The Ultimate publishing package from Outskirts Press offers the greatest profit margin and the most free options of any publisher. All Ultimate books include a full-color cover, standard interior black & white formatting, an ISBN number, and unlimited wholesale printing, fulfillment, and distribution via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bertram, and others. You have your choice of over 58 trim and format choices, plus 20 free image insertions, 3 free rounds of galley revisions, and one-on-one support with your publishing consultant and author representative throughout the process. Plus Book Publishing Tip Sheets, the Book Marketing RoadMap, the Marketing COACH, and 3 included upgrades, each worth $99 separately (Audio Excerpt, Spring Arbor Distribution, and a Standard Press Release). It's literally a value that cannot be beat!
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We've analyzed the competition so you don't have to. Here are prices from four of our largest competitors for their top-of-the-line a la carte black/white publishing packages. Why pay for options you may not need? Flexibility and customization: just two more reasons why Outskirts Press is rated #1.
Included Free with the Ultimate
58 Trim Sizes and Format Choices
The Ultimate offers all the standard book sizes (5x8, 6x9, 8.5x11) with two different paper choices and atypical sizes to ensure your book is exactly what you want. Also available are hardback formats with or without dust jackets with either glossy laminated finishes or matte finishes.
Spring Arbor Christian Distribution
The Ultimate already offers the widest distribution and availability in the industry, and if your book features Christian BISAC codes, we'll submit your book to Spring Arbor for consideration.
Custom Cover Styles
The Ultimate package includes 20 customizable cover styles to start from and further customize to your liking by choosing from an image library of thousands upon thousands of pictures. Take a look at lots of examples and ideas here. It's like getting a professionally-designed custom cover for free.
ISBN and Barcode
A Bowker issued ISBN is a book industry requirement for distribution and retail sales. Every Ultimate package includes an ISBN and a barcode on the back cover of the book, with the option of adding your own Private Label ISBN if you prefer.
Standard Interior Book Formatting
Another reason Outskirts Press is rated #1 is because our books look so professional, both on the outside and the inside, and that's because we don't use computer algorithms to format your book. Every Ultimate book includes free standard interior book formatting by a real, live (and talented) human being.
Standard Press Release
Every Ultimate package grants you access to your exclusive Publishing Center after publication, where your Author Toolkit gives you control over your author webpage, your sales sheet, and your free standard press release. You can easily edit the content of your webpage, sales sheet, and press release as you sit fit, and as much as you want.
Every Ultimate package comes with its own free responsive author webpage (so it looks great on every device), including a "media" section for your optional book video teaser, optional audiobook, and included audio excerpt (where you can record a passage from your book or share something personal about you as an author for customers to listen to.
10 Paperback Author's Copies
Once your book is published, you will receive 10 free paperback author's copies. And unlike the other guys, we won't charge you "shipping & handling" for your free copies in you live within the continental United States. You can always order more at any time for your below-wholesale price in quantities as low as 5 at a time.
Start publishing today with the help of your personal publishing consultant for a $35 down payment.
Available Upgrades with the Ultimate
The Ultimate is the #1 publishing package at the #1-rated self-publishing firm because it includes so much: industry-high royalties, more included services, and more available upgrades than anywhere else. That way, you get precisely what you want (without paying for what you don't).
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The Ultimate Package delivers everything you need to accomplish your publishing goals. Here are all the details (and some nuggets of wisdom from our President) to help you make the right choice in publishing.Paperback publication is included with all our packages, and Ultimate clients have the option of adding a hardback edition (with or without a dust jacket) for a little bit more. In fact, all told, Ultimate clients have the ultimate in customization options, with over 50 different trim and format options to choose from. It's an embarrassment of riches, actually, and frankly, all these decisions are one reason authors elect for us to handle ALL the details with a One-Click package instead.
An ISBN. This stands for International Standard Book Number and is the unique identifier for every "real" book that is published. I stress real, and put it in quotes, because so many books nowadays (primarily ebook-only books) are being published without ISBNs. An AISN is NOT an ISBN. Anyone "in the know" in the industry knows ISBNs are required for all publications, and especially for paperback and hardback publications.
Standard interior black/white book formatting. One of the main advantages of choosing Outskirts Press (or, really, any full-service self-publishing company) is that your book is going to look like a book on the inside when it is published. This might sound like a small thing -- but it's not. Frankly, a computer cannot format a book very well - and when you start adding links or graphics or charts or anything "nice" to your book, forget about it; computer's choke. In fact, the nicer you want your book to look, the more difficult it will be for a computer to deliver what you want. That's why professional authors seeking high-quality professional book publication, use services like ours. Can some authors get away with formatting their own book themselves? If they're proficient in inDesign, then the answer is ... maybe. Otherwise, forget about it. So if you're considering submitting your manuscript to a do-it-yourself place, or submitting a pre-formatted PDF file to anywhere, ask yourself if you're proficient in InDesign. If the answer is "no" or "kinda" or "what the heck is InDesign" then do everyone a favor (especially your readers) and leave it for the professionals.
Customizable covers. The Ultimate package offers 20 customizable cover styles to start with and then further customize with different colored backgrounds and images from a image library of literally hundreds of thousands to choose from. I've seen some customizable covers that I can't distinguish from professional custom cover design costing thousands of dollars at other places -- they're THAT good. It really depends upon the artistic and creative abilities of the author. If your area of expertise falls more in line with writing than cover design, our professional custom covers are worth their weight in gold. And that's why we recommend them.
20 optional image insertions. Ask any professional book designer and she will tell you that properly and professionally inserting images into a book manuscript is a pain. Anyone can do it, but not very many people can do it well. In reality, any page that contains an image becomes a custom-designed page, and those can throw off all the remaining pages in either direction if a substantial change is made to the text (which authors often do as late as the galley-revision stage). But, we are passionate about publishing the book of our clients' dreams, so this Ultimate package includes 20 free images if the authors have some to include. We analyzed all our books over the past 14 years and determined that 20 images was a high enough number to satisfy the needs of over 80% of our clients publishing in black/white. The other 20% had LOTS and LOTS of images, and in those cases, yes, image insertion fees still must apply.
3 free rounds of revisions. We're all perfectionists around here, so Ultimate clients receive 3 free rounds of galley revisions. Most of the other guys only give you one.
Unlimited worldwide distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, with global on-demand availability through retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books-A-Million, and thousands more. In fact, ANY bookstore with a relationship with Ingram will be able to order and sell your book and you'll never have to incur out-of-pocket printing or shipping expenses for any wholesale book that is sold. That's the power of zero-inventory, on-demand printing & publishing. See additional "Product Details" below for more details and the fine print about how on-demand delivery works.
Free Marketing Support. While the Ultimate doesn't hold a candle to our One-Click Suites in terms of book marketing inclusions, it certainly out-shines the majority of our competitors in the self-publishing industry. A publication announcement press release will be composed and distributed via Newswire when your book is published. You'll also receive the following marketing e-books, tip sheets, whitepapers, and guides (all absolutely free):
* The Book Marketing RoadMap
* Top 15 Book Marketing Steps
* Navigating the Social Media Jungle
* The Book Marketing Guide
* Top National Contests & Awards
* 10 Rules for Hosting a Book Launch Party
* 10 Best Practices for your Responsive Author Webpage
* 10 Local Ways to Use your Free Author's Copies
* 5 Ways to Get Amazon Book Reviews
* 77 Book Marketing & Promotional Resources
* Top 15 Steps for Marketing your Book
* How to Make a Book Club Kit
* How to Market Your Book on Facebook
* How to Create a Press Kit
* How to Make a Boxed-Set
* How to Sell Autographed Books on Amazon
* Becoming an Amazon Bestseller
* 7 Tips for Highly Successful Interviews
* 7 Simple Steps to Succeed at Book Fairs
And, of course, our exclusive Book Marketing COACH provides creative assistance, coaching, and help via email for years after publication by proving genre-specific suggestions and help for non-fiction, fiction, spiritual, and children's books.
Responsive author webpage with social media integration. Ultimate clients also have the included option of recording an audio excerpt which automatically appears on the author's webpage in a "Media" section.
10 free paperback copies of your book when it is published (including FREE shipping within the continental United States. Then future orders can be purchased in quantities as low as five at a time (without those "service fees" the others charge, nor those 25-copy minimums), with the option of saving up to 50% on your own copies if you want to buy in bulk.
A Word from a Ultimate Author
Andrew J. RodriguezI have published four books with Outskirts Press. 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.
All our covers are full-color, unless purposely requested/submitted by the author to be in black/white. All Ultimate interiors are black/white.
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.