Ultimate Black & White Publishing Package


The Ultimate Black & White Publishing Package from Outskirts Press offers industry-leading profit margins and the most included services of any publisher.  Combined with our one-on-one support throughout your publishing process the Ultimate package is literally a value that cannot be beat!

All Ultimate books include a full-color cover and industry-standard black & white interior formatting plus 10 author submitted interior images included. 

You'll select from 58 format choices with matte or glossy covers and white or creme (recycled) paper options—casebound and dust-jacketed hardbacks are also available upgrade options for Ultimate authors.  Plus, only with the Ultimate package will you get a free Audio Excerpt to use on your book's mobile-ready webpage.  

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Included Free with the Ultimate

  • self publishing 58 Trim Sizes and Format Choices

    The Ultimate offers all the standard book sizes (5x8, 5.5x8.5, 6x9, 8.5x11), plus MANY more, including atypical sizes, all with two different paper choices 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.

  • self publishing 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, and it's matched to your interior design for an over-all professional book. Rather have a professional design your cover? That's an option, too!

  • self publishing 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.

  • self publishing 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. Available upgrades include enhanced interior formatting and page-by-page custom interior formatting.

  • self publishing 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 see fit, and as much as you want.

  • self publishing 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 if 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, and the more you order, the more you save with our discounting program.

  • self publishing Amazon Kindle e-Book Edition

    Make your book available on Amazon's Kindle e-reader. More formats on Amazon means more exposure on Amazon, and the Kindle is heavily promoted by Amazon.

  • self publishingAudio Excerpt

    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.

  • self publishing Marketing COACH

    Exclusively available to Outskirts Press authors is the trademarked Marketing COACH, offering creative online assistance, coaching and help on dozens of book marketing topics available 24/7.

  • self publishing Marketing Consultation with Marketing Plan Development

    30-Minute Marketing Consultation with Marketing Plan Development upon publication.

  • self publishing Espresso Book Machine

    The revolutionary Espresso Book Machine allows your book to be ordered, printed and sold right in front of your customer. Your book will be available at every current and future Espresso Book Machine location.

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Available Upgrades with the Ultimate

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. Amazon's proprietary "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, as well as the outside, when it is published. This might sound obvious-- but it's not. Frankly, the computer programs used by those do-it-yourself places cannot format books very well - and when you start adding links or graphics or charts or anything "nice" to your book, they fail miserably. In fact, the nicer you want your book to look, the more difficult it will be for a DIY place 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, it's fairly unlikely the book will turn out well. 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 I recommend you leave the interior formatting to the professionals.

Standard professional cover design. The Ultimate package offers 20 free customizable cover styles to choose from and then further customize with different colored backgrounds and images from a image library of literally hundreds of thousands of photographs. I've seen some free customizable covers that we have published where I cannot distinguish them from "custom covers" costing thousands of dollars at some of our competitors -- our free standard covers can be THAT good. But it depends upon your artistic and creative abilities. If, on the other hand, your area of expertise falls more in line with writing than cover design, our professional custom covers are worth their weight in gold, and then some. That's why we so-highly recommend them.

10 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 10 free images if the authors have some to include. We analyzed all our books over the past 14 years and determined that 10 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.

1 free round of revisions1 free rounds of revisions with up to 60 free edits.

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 provided to you for distribution when your book is published. You'll also receive access to an ever-growing library of marketing e-books, tip sheets, whitepapers, and guides (all absolutely free), including:

* 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 providing 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.

Ultimate Authors Often Add

self publishing custom cover design

Professional Custom Cover Design

Eight seconds is all the time you have to WOW a potential reader into considering your book. With so much competition, it's more important to ever to make your book cover stand out in a crowd - especially in a wide sea like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Apple's Bookstore. How much of a difference can a customized cover make? Will readers care? If you want an exclusive professional custom cover designed specifically for your book according to your specifications and/or using an image you own or envision, this option is for you.

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Elite E-book Publishing Package

Increase availability and distribution of your hard copy book by adding an electronic edition with the Elite E-book Package, which published a Kindle, Nook, and Books edition of your book, each with Private Lable ISBNs and Private Lable distribution to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple, respectively.

Amazon Launch Bundle

Imagine working so hard to write and book and investing so much to publish it and then not marketing it. Believe it or not, many authors do just that. But the savvy author recognizes the value of selling their book on Amazon, so they choose the Amazon Launch Bundle, which packages together our most popular Amazon marketing services at an amazing price.

A Sampling of Books Published With This Package

Raising Wildflowers
by Kim Black

Arsenic and Old Men
by Glenn Ickler

Fire in Their Eyes
by Edward George Udell

Seed of Tamaris
by Penni Louise

Compare & Save with Outskirts Press

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.

A Word from a Ultimate Author

I 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.

Andrew J. Rodriguez

Ultimate Publishing Package Included Features & Optional Upgrades

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 laminated hardbacks with printing on the spine.


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