New Contest to Determine Best Book Cover Announced by Self-Publishing Leader Outskirts Press

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Outskirts Press is asking voters to literally judge a book by its cover. Participants can vote through the month of October on their favorite of six featured book covers and the author whose book wins will be awarded a free Book Teaser.

Outskirts Press, the fastest growing self-publishing and book marketing company, announced today it is sponsoring a contest through the end of October 2010, for voters to choose their favorite book cover from six featured covers. The winning author will be awarded a Book Teaser from Outskirts Press to help promote his or her book on popular video sharing sites such as YouTube, mySpace and MetaCafe.

The contest is hosted on the Outskirts Press blog at http://blog.outskirtspress.com. The six Outskirts Press books chosen for voting are Common Choices for Uncommon People, Let’s Go Fishing, Moon Worms, Popularity Genie in a Bottle, The Shortest Distance and Smart Tales from Brainy the Cat. Each of the books was published in September 2010, with a Diamond or Pearl publishing package and the Custom Cover option.

Results will be tracked and available for public viewing on the blog through the end of October 2010. The author of the winning cover will be announced the first week of November 2010.

The winner’s prize, an Outskirts Press Book Teaser video, has been a popular option for authors because it is such a cost effective way to kick start the video promotion of one’s book. Outskirts Press Book Teasers are professionally produced, thirty second videos that feature the book’s title, the author’s byline and photo (if provided), the cover and a specific snippet of licensed music.

These teasers are fast, flashy, high quality videos that authors can place on today’s most popular video sharing sites – YouTube, MetaCafe, mySpace, Viddler, etc. – in order to launch their viral marketing campaigns and increase the sales of their books.

The Book Cover contest punctuates the fact that, per industry statistics, a book has only eight seconds to attract a viewer. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a well crafted book cover is worth ten thousand. The six Outskirts Press books that voters will choose from illustrate the importance of high quality designs that immediately prompt viewers to investigate what is inside the book itself.    

Voting takes only seconds and is completely free. To vote, visit http://blog.outskirtspress.com.

About Outskirts Press, Inc: Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at http://www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.

Outskirts Press, Inc., 10940 S. Parker Rd. - 515, Parker, Colorado 80134
http://outskirtspress.com 1-888-OP-BOOKS

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