All our covers are full-color, unless purposely requested/submitted by the author to be in black/white. All Pearl interiors are full-color, although, of course, some pages can be formatted to just appear as black & white.
Paperback specifications and page count requirements:
Paperback bindings for full-color books with color interior paper are 24 pages or longer and are high-quality perfect bound. Paperback bindings for full-color books with economy color interior paper are 18 pages or longer and are high-quality perfect bound.
We create only professional-looking books, so we do not offer comb or spiral bindings. Pearl books between 4 pages in length and 24 pages in length are saddle-stitched (maximum up to 47 pages and saddle-stitched is not available with economy color). Maximum paperback page count for full-color books is 480 pages with color interior paper, and 1200 with economy color interior paper.
Hardback specifications and page count requirements:
Casebound formats are full-color laminated casebound covers, like textbooks, cookbooks, and children's books, and are available with full-color glossy or matte finish. Dust jacket formats are cloth-stitched hardbacks with gold foil stamping on the spine, and then wrapped in a full-color wrap around dust jacket. Color hardbacks must be at least 18 pages with economy interior paper, or at least 24 pages with color interior paper, in length at the time of publication (we can pad nearly any manuscript to reach this length). Maximum color hardback page count is 480 pages with color interior paper, and 1200 with economy color interior paper.
"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) and the Pearl package offers only pure white. 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 Target.com, 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 only pay for copies you order yourself for 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.
"Outskirts Press puts out a top quality product and has a marketing and distribution plan to help their authors reach the success of their dreams.
Their illustrators are phenomenal. My book, Aurora of the Northern Lights, is getting national attention because of its beauty and the marketing opportunities available to Outskirts Press authors.
While other authors are having a hard time getting their book reviewed, I have had over 50 requests for review copies of my book. Not to mention dozens of request for interviews. All due to my Outskirts Press PR campaign.
If you are a picture book author and are looking for an independent publisher look no further than Outskirts Press. They have everything you need to turn your dream of being a published author into a reality."
- Holly Hardin, author of Aurora of the Northern Lights