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The new “About Us” page

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday I posted the 2011 version of the About Us page that appeared on our self-publishing website. It contained the “About Us” story through 2010. As 2011 came to an end, we needed a new version for 2012, which continued the story of our company and our successfully published authors through 2011.  Consolidating 10 years of achievements and milestones into one page was becoming laborious (to read), so with this version, we shorted it considerably. Here’s the new version:

Ten years ago, Outskirts Press was founded by author Brent Sampson in 2002 as a result of his personal frustrations with getting published. Outskirts Press incorporated in Colorado in 2003, and through strategic partnerships with companies like Writer’s Digest, Outskirts Press quickly became the fastest-growing full-service book publishing and book marketing firm.

The years between 2004 and 2006 marked a growth rate in excess of 1,500%, an amazing accomplishment that was publicized in July 2007 by The Denver Business Journal when Outskirts Press was recognized as the 3rd fastest-growing privately held company in Colorado.  By the end of 2006, Outskirts Press already had nearly 1,000 books in print,  all of them available worldwide through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble online, among others. And by the end of 2007, Outskirts Press had more than doubled its title totals again.

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In 2008 The Denver Business Journal recognized Outskirts Press for the second year in a row as the fastest-growing publisher, and in fact, the fastest-growing privately held small-to-medium sized company in Colorado (in any industry), boasting growth of over 500% for the years between 2005-2007.

2009 and 2010 marked more new milestones, as well. In 2009 Outskirts Press published its 5,000th title and became the only self-publishing company to appear on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies.

And in 2010, and again in 2011, Outskirts Press repeated its appearance on the Inc. 5000 twice more, and became the only self-publishing company to appear on the list of top 5,000 fastest growing businesses in America for three years in a row.

So how does Outskirts Press remain the fastest-growing full-service publishing provider?

  • It begins with our Mission Statement: To exceed the expectations of every author we help publish.
  • It continues with our commitment to conservationism and recycling. Our most popular book sizes offer a recycled paper-stock option, featuring 30% post-consumer.
  • It grows with our authors.  Just ask Gang Chen, who earned over $100,000 in 180 days; or Sally Shields, the stay-at-home mom-turned-2-time Amazon.com bestseller; or Ronnie Lee, who has become one of the most prolific published authors of our generation with the assistance of Outskirts Press.

As we look toward the future, our commitment to produce high-quality books and offer high levels of support to our authors in all three phases of their journey (writing, publishing, marketing), only grows stronger.

For instance, we have embraced digital e-books with three a la carte digital publishing options:

 We have embraced social media to help our authors further promote their books:

And, we practice what we preach, publishing our own series of books to help authors navigate the sometimes tricky waters of book publishing and offering free publication in various anthologies through the year to showcase how easy, fast, and fun it can be to publish with Outskirts Press.

Through it all, Outskirts Press authors have remained our main focal point. With over 8,200 published titles, Outskirts Press continues to pour development dollars and resources into further improvements to the Outskirts Press website and its growing list of writing, publishing, and marketing services/products to further support our authors’ goals and dreams.

What does success mean to you? By any measure, you will find it here with Outskirts Press and we look forward to helping you on that journey.

Many of us, and some of our family members, took a moment during our July 4th picnic, to pose…

Outskirts Press Inc. Holidays Past and Present

December 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Every holiday season, Outskirts Press hosts a luncheon for our family of  Author Reps, Title Production Supervisors, Project Managers, Editors, Illustrators, and Publishing Consultants, although since many of them are scattered across the country (to best facilitate same time zone communications with our authors), only a small percentage of us can ever get together all at once. In fact, typically between 1/3 and 1/2 of our LOCAL people are often together at the same time, seeing how we’re all working as hard as ever to deliver published books to our authors before the end of the year.

Nevertheless, we always find time to fit in a little fun. And speaking of fun, here are the last 6 years of holidays parties at Outskirts Press, proving once again that the more things change, the more they stay the same. And that constant quality, service, and value is what continues to make Outskirts Press the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing firm.  And for that, we thank our authors. So from our family to yours, happy holidays, and thank you.

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No matter what year it is, Happy Holidays from Outskirts Press.

Outskirts Press Comments

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

We receive Outskirts Press comments from authors all the time — before, during, and after publishing their books (although the majority of them come after publication). So, to offer a new perspective, here’s an email that I recently received from one of our authors who was just starting the publishing process with Outskirts Press.  With a 99% author satisfaction rate, we receive a lot of wonderful emails like this, and I enjoy reading all of them. Thank you, Steve:

Dear Mr. Sampson:

Over two months ago,  after viewing your website to explore self-publishing my book, A Guide to the Psalms of David, I called Outskirts with a number of questions such as what  made you different from, say, {competitor}. I was connected to Jodee. Frankly, I was prepared for the worst, since much of the time I engage with corporate America, I am met with “customer service” representatives who have little knowledge, difficulty in communicating,  and often a “who cares” attitude.  Within a couple of minutes, however, I perceived here was someone special. Not only did Jodee answer my questions articulately and to the point, but was courteous and patient, as one question led to another.

I was so impressed I decided that I did not really need to check out your competitors, but would use Outskirts as soon as my budget would allow it.  When I signed on, Jodee graciously consented to be my AR, and my initial impression was borne out. I cannot say enough about her  professionalism, courtesy, knowledge, encouragement, etc. in what is not necessarily an easy process for new authors.  Like the consummate navigator, she guided my ship safely into Port Production avoiding the reefs and sandbars of the publishing sea.

I might also compliment you relating to the Outskirts  “culture.” Thus, if  I call a plumber or electrician I pay them for their service, but there is no relationship, let alone one of an emotional nature. But, however other POD companies operate, with Outskirts, it appears to me a relationship does exist—on both levels. And although the author is the one who gives ” birth,” your staff are the attending physicians, nurses, orderlies, midwives, etc. And while a fee is paid for services, I sense the experience of Outskirts “attendees,” like those attending to the birth of a new-born, is very much different than installing a new sink or upgrading amperage. 

I imagine with your phenomenal growth, you personally no longer have the time to know each author individually or the details of each book you publish, but I would like to make you aware of my particular project, which is best done via the attached cover—designed by my wife, a gifted graphic designer, who worked for a number of years at McGraw Hill and designed many covers for their educational series.   

I am looking forward to working with Outskirts in what I hope will become a long-term relationship.

All the best!

Sincerely,

Steve

Is Outskirts Press legitimate?

“Is Outskirts Press legitimate?” This is a question we see from time to time in online forums and searches, and a question we even hear directly from potential authors. After all, as one of our successfully published authors, a doctor on the west coast, has said, “Outskirts Press almost seems too good to be true.”  He just published his second book with us.

The short answer is “Yes, Outskirts Press is legitimate,” but don’t take my word for it.  Take it from the hundreds of authors who have posted comments and testimonials on our website and on the Self Publishing Author blog.

Or take it from the thousands upon thousands of authors appearing on Amazon.com, where you can find over 7,300 Outskirts Press titles, written by writers and professionals just like you. See the Amazon screen shot to the right, with the total title count (as of July 1, 2011) circled in red.  Outskirts Press books are for sale and available for order worldwide every day online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Or take it from Facebook, where our legion of fans and friends outnumber all other high-quality, full-service firms. Notice I said “high-quality and full-service” so you-know-who and you-know-who don’t count.

Or take it from YouTube, where our growing number of videos, channel views, and total views outnumber all other high-quality, full-service book publishing and marketing firms.

Or take it from some of our successfully published authors, like:

  • Sally Shields, who published TWO #1 Amazon.com bestsellers with Outskirts Press. See her case study here.
  • Gang Chen, who earned over $100,000 in 180 days from Outskirts Press. See his case study here.
  • Andrew Rafkin, who published 4 different award-winning novels with Outskirts Press. See his case study here.
  • Susan R. Dolan & Audrey R. Vizzard, who were picked-up by a traditional publisher after publishing their book with Outskirts Press. See their case study here.
  • Ronnie Lee, perhaps the most prolific self-published author anywhere, with over 5,500 (and growing) pages of published material, all with Outskirts Press. See his case study here.

Or take it from a talented and diverse group of cover designers, illustrators, editors, book formatters, ghostwriters, marketing assistants, and other professionals who help approximately 150 Outskirts Press authors publish high-quality books every month.  These talented people (see a small sample of them and some of their family members below) receive checks from Outskirts Press for a job well done.

Is Outskirts Press legitimate?  The short answer is yes. Not only is Outskirts Press legitimate, but we publish books for established, legitimate writers and professionals, too —  CEOs, politicians, speakers, doctors, lawyers, actors, and professional athletes from the Wide World of Sports, including:

  • FROM THE NBA: NBA All-Star and “Sixth Man of the Year” Ricky Pierce, author of Bouncing Billy
  • FROM THE NFL: St. Louis Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, and Tennessee Titans NFL star Isaac Byrd, author of How to Think Like a Pro & Play Like a Pro
  • FROM THE MLB: NY Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson, author of Mickey Mantle Is Going To Heaven

Of course, all this means nothing if YOUR book remains unpublished, sitting in a drawer or on your hard drive, so the best way to prove it to yourself is to…

Any one of those three options will start you down the path of experiencing the best service and the best quality in affordable online book publishing.

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