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Diamond book publishing (b/w interior, color cover, ISBN, ultimate distribution, free ebook edition)

Option Details:

The ultimate Diamond publishing package from Outskirts Press offers the greatest profit margin and the most free options of any publisher. All Diamond books include standard interior black & white layout, an ISBN number, a price-embedded barcode, and unlimited wholesale printing, fulfillment, and distribution via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertram, and others. Scroll down for more details.


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Included free with the Diamond
Spring Arbor
Cover Style
ISBN and
The paperback is included and is available in a wide variety of trim sizes (see chart below).
The ebook edition is FREE with the Diamond and for sale on your Outskirts Press author webpage. Take the ebook file and upload it to other ebook retailers for increased sales opportunities independently of Outskirts Press and keep all the profit.
Spring Arbor Christian distribution is included with the Diamond package, although only books of a religious nature are submitted. Outskirts Press has no control over the books Spring Arbor accepts for this additional distribution channel.
Cover theme image swapping allows you to choose from over 100,000 photos to further customize your professionally pre-designed cover.
Every hardcopy format you publish receives its own unique ISBN and barcode, both of which are required for wholesale distribution and retail availability.
Standard interior formatting according to industry best-practices for the book's genre is included. Standard author webpage is included with 16 different color/format combinations available. A standard press release announcing the publication of your book will be distributed across the Internet.
Recording a 3-minute audio recording that plays on your webpage so visitors can hear you read a passage from your book is as easy as making a phone call.
The Diamond includes 10 free paperback copies of your book upon publication.
Standard Book
Standard Author
Standard Press
Standard Audio
10 Author's


31 trim size and format choices
Trim SizeBindingCoverInteriorPaper TypePaper Color
5 x 8PaperbackColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
5 x 8PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
5 x 8 glossyCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
5 x 8 matteCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
5.5 x 8.5PaperbackColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
5.5 x 8.5PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
5.5 x 8.5DustjacketColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
5.5 x 8.5 glossyCaseboundColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
5.5 x 8.5 matteCaseboundColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
5.5 x 8.5 glossyCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
5.5 x 8.5 matteCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
6 x 9PaperbackColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
6 x 9PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
6 x 9DustjacketColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
6 x 9 glossyCaseboundColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
6 x 9 glossyCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
6 x 9 matteCaseboundColorB/W55# 441 PPICreme-white
6 x 9 matteCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
6.14 x 9.21PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
6.14 x 9.21DustjacketColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
6.14 x 9.21 glossyCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
6.14 x 9.21 matteCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
7 x 10PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
7 x 10 glossyCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
7 x 10 matteCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
7.4 x 9.7PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
7.5 x 9.25PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
8.25 x 11PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
8.3 x 11.7PaperbackColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
8.5 x 11 glossyCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite
8.5 x 11 matteCaseboundColorB/W50# 512 PPIWhite


Optional formats and editions starting at $99
An optional hardback edition is available in a wide variety of trim sizes (see chart below).
Optional Amazon Kindle edition for additional book platforms, sales distribution and marketing opportunities.
Optional On-Demand Espresso Book Machine edition for additional book platforms, sales distribution and marketing opportunities.
Publish under your own private label publishing name and ISBN.
Books with Price Plan 50 or higher can order the Retail Returns program, for full retail returnability through Ingram.
Amazon Kindle
Private Label


2 Cover Plans to Choose From

The custom cover is one of our most highly-recommended options. Optional custom covers starting at $499

Highly recommended.  Have one of our cover designers create an exclusive work of art for your book. The simple fact is that people judge books by their covers. Make sure people are impressed by yours.

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Create your own cover for free using a professionally-designed theme

Here's how it works:

  1. Select from one of the professionally pre-designed cover themes below.
  2. If your selected theme has an image, you may use that default image, submit your own, or select an image appropriate for your book from our 100,000+ image library, in partnership with
  3. Select your background color from among 18 choices or use the default color.

    Click on each cover sample below for a larger look.


Ultimate wholesale distribution-on-demand and retail availability is included with the Diamond*
Self publishing Diamond distribution-on-demand with Outskirts Press is included with the Diamond package.


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Package price
Free paperback books
Book size/format choices
Customizable covers
Trade paperback format
Standard interior formatting
Black/white interior printing
Full-color interior printing
Non-exclusive contract
Author maintains all rights
Author sets the retail price
Author's marketing toolkit
Standard author webpage
Author representative
Great author discounts
Manuscript evaluation
Author sets the royalty
Price-embedded barcode
ISBN assignment
Amazon online retail availability
Barnes & Noble online retail availability
Outskirts Press bookstore listing
Ingram U.S. wholesale distribution
Baker & Taylor U.S. wholesale distribution
Worldwide wholesale distribution
Listing in Books-in-Print
Marketing COACH Emails
EVVY Awards eligibility
Spring Arbor Christian distribution
Audio excerpt
Standard press release
Cover image library
Ebook edition
Author loyalty program
Everything with a is included in the package price.

Product details...
All our covers are full-color, unless purposely requested/submitted by the author to be in black/white. All Diamond interiors are black/white.

"Outskirts press is outstanding! The entire publishing process from the beginning to the end was informative and thorough. As a matter of fact, the marketing info is more than I can keep up with. I get the sense that Outskirts wants me to succeed." - Stephen Myers

Paperback specifications:
Paperback bindings are high-quality perfect bound. We create only industry-standard, high-quality books, so we do not offer comb or spiral bindings.
Hardback specifications:
Casebound formats are full-color laminated casebound covers, such as the type you commonly see on textbooks, cookbooks, and children's books. Casebounds are now available with full color glossy laminated covers or a full color matte finish. Dust jacket formats are cloth-stitched hardbacks with gold foil stamping on the spine, completed with a full-color wrap around dust jacket.
Page count requirements:
The minimum black/white page count at publication must be 18 pages (we can pad nearly any manuscript to meet this minimum). The maximum page count at publication is 1,000 pages and 1,150 for sizes 6.14x9.21 or larger.
Paper specifications:
"Paper Type" in the table above refers to page weight and width of the paper. "Paper Color" refers to the tone of the page. Creme-white is a 30% recycled natural off-white color. White is a pure white (a better choice if your interior contains images).  All paper is off-set, opaque, acid-free and meets all library archival standards.
Print-on-Demand and Distribution-on-Demand
The power of on-demand printing and distribution-on-demand can make your book available for unlimited wholesale availability via the most sales channels in the industry (including the potential for more channels not listed above, like, e-bay, and many others, depending upon the Price Plan you choose and the marketability of the book you publish).
Outskirts Press will print and fulfill an unlimited amount of orders originating from any wholesale channel, without any out-of-pocket printing costs for you, ever. You pay only for copies you order yourself at your below-wholesale price (and you don't have to order any books if you don't want to; your book will still be available via distribution-on-demand according to your package and pricing). 
*The Price Plan you choose determines the book's trade discount, which ultimately determines actual distribution and availability. You can set the trade discount from 0% - 55%. 55% is industry standard. The higher the trade discount, the more distribution opportunities become available from the channels above. Wholesalers and retailers are not obligated to carry/stock/order all books, timeframes for ordering or delivery is entirely at their discretion, and some will not list your book without a 55% discount and the optional Retail Returns Program.Your book's content and subject matter also play a significant role in some retailers' (like Target's or Walmart's) opinion of it. We have no control over a retailer's decision to carry/list/stock your book or the delivery timeframes they quote to customers.
Most off-line retailers base their decision to stock/carry/order a book based upon four factors: Ingram availability, high trade discount, returnability, and the book's overall strength/content/customer demand  (in other words, the retailer's potential profitability).
There is an annual $25 digital distribution fee per ISBN, billed every January after your book is published. This keeps your book available throughout the distribution network, keeps your Author's Center account active, and allows you to print copies of your book yourself at any time for your below-wholesale author price, in quantities of just 5 at a time.

"I have published four books with the Outskirts Press Diamond Package. The company's professional staff, impeccable ethics, top-notch service, and outstanding finished product have enabled me to fulfill a life's dream: to become a successfully published author."
- Andrew J. Rodriguez


Agreement for the Production, Printing, Distribution and Sale of Manuscript
1.       AUTHOR RETAINS 100% OF THE RIGHTS AND COPYRIGHT LICENSES to the submitted manuscript and all other material submitted to Outskirts Press, Inc. 
2.       Author RETAINS ALL RIGHTS to distribute and sell the manuscript in other print and digital formats.
3.       Author grants Outskirts Press a NON-EXCLUSIVE, worldwide license to distribute and sell the manuscript in print and/or digital form; author grants Outskirts Press the non-exclusive right to exhibit manuscript in part on websites or promotional materials owned by Outskirts Press; author grants Outskirts Press the non-exclusive right to store and transmit digital versions of manuscript to facilitate production, distribution, and sale of manuscript.  
4.       Outskirts Press will produce a book version of the manuscript, referred henceforth as “Title.” Author grants Outskirts Press the non-exclusive right to exhibit, print, and distribute any and all related materials submitted in conjunction with Title, which includes, but is not limited to, cover art, interior and exterior images and concepts, author’s photograph, summaries, quotes, testimonials, and author’s biography, and furthermore grants Outskirts Press the right to exhibit Outskirts Press logos or verbiage on any applicable submitted materials.
5.       AUTHOR RECEIVES 100% OF THE ROYALTIES PROFIT for each wholesale print copy sold for which Outskirts Press receives payment. Royalties profit is defined as the difference between the Base Price and the Wholesaler’s Price.
6.       AUTHOR SETS THEIR OWN RETAIL PRICE to any price ending in .95 cents, provided the Retail Price exceeds the Wholesaler’s Price.
7.       AUTHOR SETS THEIR OWN ROYALTY by adjusting their Retail Price. Since the author receives 100% of the Royalties Profit, the Author’s Royalty increases as the Retail Price increases. Likewise, the Author’s Royalty decreases as the Retail Price decreases.
8.       AUTHOR SETS THEIR OWN AUTHOR DISCOUNT by adjusting their Retail Price, since the Author Discount is the difference between the Retail Price and Base Price. Author may purchase additional discounted copies of the Title from the Author’s Center, in the minimum quantity established by Outskirts Press as set out on the Outskirts Press website, for the Base Price specified by Outskirts Press for each format of Title, plus applicable shipping and handling charges. The Author’s Discounted Price is always BELOW WHOLESALE. The per-copy Base Price will remain unchanged for a minimum of three years after which the Base Price may be moderately changed every three years to reflect changes in the consumer price index. Author understands that a change in the Base Price, without adjusting the Retail Price, will affect the Author’s Royalty and Author’s Discount.
9.       AUTHOR SETS THEIR OWN PRICE PLAN representing the distribution incentive/trade discount for each format. The Distribution Discount (aka Trade Discount) is the percentage difference between the Retail Price (Cover Price) of the Title and the Wholesaler’s Price.  The Distribution Discount selected by the author must be at least 20% in order to secure Digital Distribution for each print format. The Distribution Discount cannot exceed 55%. Digital Distribution is offered by Ingram through distribution “feeds” Ingram has acquired and as such, Ingram, not Outskirts Press, is solely responsible for offering wholesale availability of Title. Author understands that wholesalers, distributors, and retailers are under no obligation to stock, order, carry, or list every book that is published. The degree to which Digital Distribution is effective depends, in part, on the Price Plan set by the author.
10.    Outskirts Press sets the Base Price. The Base Price depends upon the Publishing Package selected, the format of Title, and the total number of interior pages in the final digital file to be printed. Since the final total number of pages of the digital file cannot be known until the final digital file is printed, any Base Prices or Page Counts displayed on the website or communicated via email by the Author or Author Representative are estimates until the book is printed.
11.    Wholesale Book Sales are displayed in the Author’s Center on a monthly basis within 60 days following the end of the month in which the Book Sale occurred and constitute all newly printed books sold initially through LSI/Ingram, including its feeds to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others, where applicable. Books provided to or sold to the Author or utilized by Outskirts Press for its marketing purposes do not count toward Wholesale Book Sales.
12.    Royalties are paid to Author within 90 days following the end of the calendar quarter in which Wholesale Book Sales (as defined above) occurred, once the total accrued Royalty meets or exceeds $25 for an author residing in the United States, or $100 for an author residing outside of the United States. Royalties are paid by check mailed to the Author’s address as supplied by the author in the Author’s Center. Checks not cashed by the Author within 90 days of issue will be cancelled by the bank and subject to a $25 administrative fee if the Author requests a replacement check. The author is responsible for maintaining a current address in the Author's Center.   Any royalty check which is returned as undeliverable due to an outdated address in the Author's Center will be re-issued to the author within 90 days of the author’s request (administrative fees, defined herein, apply).   Any royalties unclaimed after two years revert to Outskirts Press.   An author who is a US citizen subject to US income tax must provide a valid taxpayer identification number and a complete and signed form W-9 upon request, which Outskirts Press will, in turn, provide to the United States Internal Revenue Service.   Any irregularity or inaccuracies the U.S. Internal Revenue Service identifies in regard to the provided taxpayer identification number or the information provided on form W-9 will result in the non-payment of accrued royalties; so it is the author's sole responsibility to provide correct and accurate tax identification information. For foreign authors, Outskirts Press will withhold US income tax from the royalty payments made to foreign authors at the default percent applicable to foreign persons, which is currently set at 30%, unless there is a tax treaty which provides for a different withholding percent and the author both satisfies all the requirements of that tax treaty and purchases the Custom Foreign Tax Option annually, in which case the tax treaty withholding rate will be applied.
13.    Outskirts Press will make all reasonable efforts to produce, print, and distribute (as set forth for each Publishing Package and in accordance with the Author’s Selected Trade Discount) Title within 90 days of both Author’s approval to proceed with Production and Outskirts Press’ receipt of all acceptable materials required from Author in conjunction with Title. Outskirts Press is not responsible for delays caused by the author due to non-responsiveness or inability to appropriately deliver acceptable materials, nor do the days of author inactivity apply toward the timeframe set forth above. The publishing process will be terminated without refund in the event the author’s inaction or non-responsiveness prevents the publishing process from completing within 2 years from the date of final publishing package payment.
14.    Outskirts Press reserves the right to reject any manuscript and/or any related material at any time prior to publication for any reason. A rejection of the manuscript or other material prior to publication for which the author is unable to provide an acceptable substitute warrants a full refund of all monies paid to Outskirts Press, provided the manuscript or other material does not violate the terms and conditions set forth in Section IV below.
15.    Unless otherwise supplied by and notified in writing by the Author, Outskirts Press will design the interior pages, front cover, back cover, and spine according to professional standards, specifications, and industry best practices. Unless otherwise supplied by and notified in writing by the Author, Outskirts Press will assign a unique ISBN for each print format of Title. Outskirts Press will prepare the digital files necessary to print and distribute the Author’s manuscript in book form as set forth herein. 
16.    Due to the volume of books printed, it is not feasible to review each individual printed page of each book produced, and due to the one-at-a time printing process inherent in POD printing, it is not feasible to guarantee that each individual book will look identical to the next. However, all reasonable efforts are made to ensure the following: All pages are included in the book according to the author approved proof; cover is applied within 1/16” variance; binding is applied and squared to the book page block without excessive visible adhesive; book is cut square according to the Author’s selected trim size within 1/16” variance; cover and interior match the author approved proofs; print registration is within +/- 1/16” variance. Any book falling outside the scope of these specifications may be returned to the printing establishment for, and only for, a free replacement copy.
17.    Author must possess the technical means and knowledge to submit their manuscript to Outskirts Press and provide the necessary book information (title, synopsis, pricing, etc), as required for production, distribution, and sale.
18.    Each January following publication, Author agrees to pay an annual digital storage and hosting fee in the amount of $25 for each print format of Title so title can continue to receive Standard Digital Distribution and availability through all the sales channels included with the Publishing Package. To avoid termination of Title, the annual storage fee must be paid within 30 days following its placement in the Author’s online shopping cart.
19.    Author represents and warrants that Author is the sole owner of the manuscript and all material submitted in conjunction with Title, including all submitted cover art work, interior images, and photograph(s) of Author(s). Author represents and warrants that Author has full power and authority to enter into this agreement and to provide to Outskirts Press for reproduction and distribution all material submitted. Author represents and warrants that the submission of the manuscript and all other material, does not conflict with or violate any arrangement, understanding, or agreement between the Author and any other persons or entities. Furthermore, author represents and warrants that the manuscript and all material submitted in conjunction with Title is entirely original, free of liens, claims, or interests of any kind; is not slanderous, pornographic, obscene, libelous, or defamatory; and does not violate or infringe upon any personal or proprietary rights, including without limitation copyrights, trademarks, privacy rights, or publicity rights of other persons or entities.
20.    Author represents and warrants that s/he is eighteen years of age or older. If Author is under the age of 18 years of age, then Author represents and warrants that Author’s parent or legal guardian is executing this Agreement and assuming all liability for the warranties and responsibilities set forth herein.   
21.    This agreement shall remain in effect until terminated by either party as set forth in this Agreement.
22.    Author may terminate this Agreement at any time with 30 days prior written notice to Outskirts Press. Upon termination by Author before Author approves production on Title, all submitted fees are refundable minus a $49 administrative fee and any other applicable fees for which work has already commenced. Upon termination by Author after Author approves production on Title, all submitted fees become non-refundable. Any accrued author Royalties will be paid as set forth in Paragraph 12.
23.    Outskirts Press may terminate this Agreement at any time and immediately cease print availability of Title upon any legitimate claim that Title violates the copyright or other legal rights of any person or entity, or upon the discovery by Outskirts Press that Author has violated any of the Warranties or Representations in Section IV above. In such case, all submitted fees become non-refundable and all accrued author Royalties will be paid as set forth in Paragraph 12.
24.    Outskirts Press may terminate this Agreement and immediately cease any print availability of Title upon failure of Author to pay any amounts due after 60 days notification by Outskirts Press, or upon failure of Author to respond within 30 days to Outskirts Press’ request for contact from Author.   In such cases, all submitted fees become non-refundable and accrued author Royalties will be paid as set forth in Paragraph 12.
25.    Outskirts Press reserves the right to terminate this Agreement during production or after publication if irreconcilable differences between the Author and Outskirts Press prevent Outskirts Press from professionally providing its services, in which case the author will receive a refund of their publishing package fee in the following amount: 100% before publication; 50% within the first year of publication; 25% within the second year of publication. 
26.     Upon termination, all rights granted within this agreement revert back to the author and within 30 days Outskirts Press will cease all print availability of Title and will cancel/remove the digital files of Title from LSI/Ingram, thus preventing any further printing of Title. However, Outskirts Press is not responsible for the failure of any third-party distribution, retail, or marketing sources to remove Title from listing, display, or sale.
27.    Author shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Outskirts Press, Inc., its parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any and all third-party claims, actions, proceedings, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and applicable costs of in-house counsel), in connection with a breach or alleged breach of the representations and warranties made in this Agreement. This includes any and all claims of copyright or ownership infringement by publication of Title and all claims for damages caused by the negligence of Author.
28.    Author acknowledges that due to the nature of the Internet, digital content may be sold in geographic territories for which neither Author nor Outskirts Press has territorial rights. Author waives any claim for damages against Outskirts Press for sales in territories for which it does not have the right to sell or distribute the digital content.
29.    Any delay or failure of Outskirts Press to perform its obligations under this Agreement shall be excused if and to the extent that such delay or failure is caused by an event beyond the reasonable control of Outskirts Press, including without limitation, any act of God, act of terrorism, actions by any government authority, fires, floods, natural disasters, riots, wars, labor problems, failure of or interruptions in telecommunications or data transmission systems, or the inability to obtain materials, labor, equipment or transportation.
30.    All services and products provided by Outskirts Press under this agreement are provided on an “as-is” basis. Outskirts Press does not warrant that the service or product provided will be uninterrupted or error free. Outskirts Press disclaims any and all representations and warranties, expressed or implied, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, salability, or noninfringement of copyright. Outskirts Press’s total liability to Author or any third-party for any and all damages shall not exceed in the aggregate the amount of fees actually paid by Author to Outskirts Press during the one month period prior to Outskirts Press’ act giving rise to the liability. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall Outskirts Press, its parent companies, subsidiaries, or affiliates, or any of their respective officers, directors, employees, or agents be liable for punitive, consequential, incidental, exemplary, indirect, or special damages, including without limitation damages for loss of profits, revenues, business data, or other intangibles, whether or not such damages were foreseeable and even if Outskirts Press had been advised of the possibility or likelihood of such damages.
31.    All warranties and indemnifications made by Author herein shall survive termination of this Agreement and any license granted hereunder.
32.    This Agreement shall be governed exclusively by and construed according to the laws of the State of Colorado, without giving effect to conflicts of law principles. Any legal action related to the terms of or obligations arising under this Agreement shall be brought in the District Court of Douglas County, State of Colorado.
By indicating your acceptance of this Agreement, you, as the Author, agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Outskirts Press Agreement for the Production, Printing, Distribution and Sale of Manuscript.


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