About Outskirts Press

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Outskirts Press helps authors develop and publish high-quality books by offering exceptional design, printing, publishing, distribution, and book marketing services. Top Consumer Reviews ranks us #1 because we deliver outstanding customer service, affordable pricing, industry-leading royalties, and a team of hands-on, US-based publishing experts.

Our history

In 2002, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Semi-Finalist and bestselling author Brent Sampson founded Outskirts Press. It was incorporated in Denver, Colorado in October of 2003 as a privately held, family-owned S-Corp.

The years between 2004 and 2006 marked a growth rate in excess of 1,500%, an accomplishment that was recognized in July 2007 by The Denver Business Journal when Outskirts Press was honored to be the 3rd fastest-growing privately held company (in any industry) in Colorado.

By the end of 2006, Outskirts Press 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 more than doubled its title totals again to more than 2,000 total titles published.

In 2008 The Denver Business Journal once again recognized Outskirts Press 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 previous three years.

In 2009 Outskirts Press published its 5,000th title and became the only self-publishing company to appear on the 2009 Inc Magazine Fast 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Outskirts Press repeated its appearance on the Inc. 5000 list three more times, and became the only self-publishing company to ever appear on the list of 5,000 fastest growing businesses in America four years in a row.

Ten short years after its incorporation in 2003, 2013 was a celebratory and banner year for Outskirts Press, and heralded the maturation of an industry success story. Outskirts Press published more books in calendar year 2013 than in its first five years combined, and, in fact, more books in a single year than ever before, a feat that was duplicated again in 2015.

In 2016, the All-New Outskirts Press unveiled all-new book publishing packages. What once was the "gem of custom book publishing" with packages like the Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, and Pearl became the #1 self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews with more flexibility, more options, and more inclusions in high-quality full-service offerings like One-Click Publishing Suites and a la carte packages like the Ultimate, Basic, and Economy-- all featuring specific levels of customization and flexibility for every budget and need. By 2018, over 20,000 different editions from thousands of authors worldwide are for sale from Amazon and Barnes & Noble under the Outskirts Press brand.

A team of publishing professionals to help you every step of the way

Publishing Consultants

Your first point of contact, these industry experts help you select the publishing package and options best suited to your goals and budget. Pictured: Tina R.

Book Artisans

Editors, cover designers, book formatters, illustrators. With hundreds of talented individuals, you always receive the exact help you need. Pictured: Victor G.

Author Representatives

Always in your corner, these publishing advocates take care of all the production details for you, and work with you to resolve technicalities. Pictured: Lisa J.

Project Managers

Title production supervisors, production managers, department heads - these are the people making sure our quality and service is top-notch. Pictured: Cheri R.

Being an Outskirts Press Affiliate is as easy as...

  • Join as an affiliate member or register as an author

    When you publish with Outskirts Press, you are assigned an Author ID number. This is also your affiliate number. But even if you haven't published with us (yet), when you register as an affiliate, you will be assigned a unique ID number to use.

  • Promote Outskirts Press to other writers

    Within your Affiliate Center you will be provided with HTML links to use, and graphic banners to use. Put these on your website, in your emails, and/or through your social media channels, to help other writers experience the joy of self-publishing with Outskirts Press.

  • Earn up to $180 for every referral

    When someone clicks on your Affiliate Link and/or Banner, your Author ID number or Affiliate ID number is associated with them through a small "cookie" that remembers who referred them to our site. When they publish their book with Outskirts Press, you will receive 10% of whichever a la carte publishing package they chose. It's that simple! Get Started



The Outskirts Press
Best Book of the Year Awards

Will you be our next award-winning author?

self publising awards

You could win the $1,500 Grand Prize just for publishing with Outskirts Press

No promotion code is necessary. Simply order one of our amazing One-Click publishing suites and your book will automatically be eligible for the "Best Book of the Year" Award contest for the year it is published. The talented author of the best book we publish each year will win the $1,500 Grand Prize plus a lot of bragging rights!

Outskirts Press is the only place where...
  • * you keep 100% of your royalties
  • * you keep 100% of your rights
  • * you keep 100% of the control


Since you are going to be publishing anyway, your book might as well be in the running for the "Best Book of the Year Award" and $1,500 at the same time, right? Use your $1500 credit to publish your next book with Outskirts Press, or use it to purchase optional marketing services or products to promote your award-winning book, or just to buy a whole bunch of copies. It's entirely up to you!

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