Outskirts Press features higher profits, lower retail prices, and lower per-copy prices. This is the kind of pricing flexibility only Outskirts Press offers.

Other details about the book used in this comparison chart:

  • Author selected a trim size of 6 x 9 (paperback) from among 9 available paperback sizes. AuthorHouse offers 3 paperback size choices.
  • Author set a trade discount of 20% from among an available range of 20% - 55%. Author House offers no author control here.


Outskirts Press
Author House
Top of the Line Publishing Fee
$1999 Ultimate
Author Photo on Back Cover
Free $119
Hardcover Edition (optional)
$199 $350
Expedited Service (optional)
$149 $500
Exclusive Custom Cover (optional)
$ $1199
Total with Expedited and Author Photo
$1098 $1317
Total with all above options
$1196 $2866

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Best-selling Author Switches from Author House to Outskirts Press and Increases Royalties by 300%

Alan Ritz, the best-selling author in six different categories on switched his book to Outskirts Press and increased his royalties from 15% to 55% as a result. For a best-selling title on Amazon that translates into big bucks.

“I am interested in a long-term partnership,” stated Mr. Ritz regarding the decision to move his book to Outskirts Press, “and I considered [the] services to be of higher quality and value.”

Mr. Ritz made his decision to leave his previous publisher, AuthorHouse, after just two months due to the low royalty. “Their royalties are not a secret. An author has to select between 5%, 10%, or 15% royalties for Amazon, which is still extremely low.” Even though he selected the highest royalty allowed, he was making just $3.74 on a retail price of $24.95.

In Mr. Ritz’s case, that margin differential translates to a retail royalty of 55% for every book sold through Outskirts Press’s extensive distribution network of wholesalers and online retailers. Yes, that includes Amazon and Barnes & Noble's websites. A royalty of 55% on the retail price is unheard of in the publishing industry, but Outskirts Press continues to pave the way toward book publishing of the future.

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Unbelievable! With the help of my author rep, Michelle, and, of course, Chris (Director of Author Support), my book is an actual, three-dimensional object that others can buy. For anyone who wants to keep their manuscript exactly as they intended and have complete control over every aspect of the publishing process, Outskirts Press is your best option, too.”

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Those Made to Suffer



  1. How will people be able to buy my book once it is published?

    Your book will be for sale online through many different book retailers such as:
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    Additionally, you receive your own free webpage (don't worry, we design it for you, but you may modify it whenever you want without any programming).

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  2. How does Outskirts Press quality compare with Author House?

    The print quality will be exactly the same since Outskirts Press and Author House use the same exact printers.
  3. How do you help me market and promote my book after publication?

    No other publisher offers what we offer. The exclusive Outskirts Press Marketing COACH offers Creative Online Assistance, Coaching, and Help by sharing marketing tactics, promotional opportunities, and general recommendations for years after your book is published.

    Your free author tool kit inside your Author's Center allows you to manage your free Author Webpage whenever you want. And you can produce (and modify) professional sales sheets whenever you need them.

    We offer all the marketing materials you will need, including bookmarks, business cards, postcards and two different sizes of posters. Whatever you order is designed and shipped straight to your house. Not just templates that you have to print elsewhere. These are the real marketing materials featuring your book that you can immediately start using.

    Plus, every book we publish receives its own Internet webpage, which you can customize with your book synopsis, a sample chapter, and you author biography. You can even change the content of your webpage whenever you want, and your changes are made instantly.
  4. How do I get paid?

    Every quarter Outskirts Press mails royalty checks via first-class mail ranging from hundreds to tens-of-thousands of dollars.

    The royalty amount you earn is up to you. (Isn't that a refreshing idea?) Step 7 of your pre-production process allows you to set your own retail price, discount, and royalty in advance so you know all your pricing beforehand.
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“My second book, A Nice and Quiet Place was published by Author House last year. I paid $944 (because of discounts offered) - that would have been like a Ultimate package with Outskirts Press. I got a book that disappointed me to no end. I kick myself because I didn't know about Outskirts Press.”

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"I just wanted to tell you how happy I am with my book. The final product exceeded my expectations. Outskirts Press did a wonderful job.

Words cannot express the joy I am experiencing now. The professionalism and the courtesy that was displayed by my author representative Lora is immeasurable. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone I know who wishes to publish their book.

My friends and family are piling up to get their copy. Many have complimented me on the cover design. The layout is awesome! I am sure I will be using Outskirts Press again in the near future. "

Tonya Barber
A Journey Through The Window Of My Soul


All the details, including our contract and package prices, are in our online guide here, but below is a quick run-down of what you can expect when working with Outskirts Press.

Once you begin the publishing process with Outskirts Press with a $35 deposit (which is applied toward the cost of your package) you are assigned a team of publishing professionals to help you personally.

Your main point of contact is your Author Representative, who helps you through the pre-production process and keeps in touch with you from beginning to end.

Your book also receives a Title Production Supervisor, who oversees the production of your book and makes sure it is high quality.

Your Author Rep and Title Production Supervisor are assigned to your book within 24 hours of beginning the publishing process.

Plus, our Director of Author Support is available to make sure everything is going quickly and smoothly. If you ever have any concerns, he is your ace-in-the-hole to help you resolve them.

After your book is published, the amazing Marketing COACH provides marketing tips, promotion recommendations, and publicity tactics designed to help you be successful!

"I wish to express my great appreciation for your role in getting my most recent book published. I am very thankful that you and the Outskirts people have been excellent to work with. Everyone with whom I have dealt at Outskirts has been professional and cooperative.

I am looking forward to working with Outskirts in the future."

Montecue J. Lowry
Great Captains of the Faith





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