Top 7 Self Publishing “Must Haves”

Keep 100% of your rights

 The intellectual property and copyright of your book is very valuable. You should always retain all your rights. Be sure to double-check the contract of the publishers you are considering. For example, the very first sentence of our contract states: “Author retains 100% of the rights and copyright licenses to the manuscript and all other materials submitted to Outskirts Press, Inc.”

Keep 100% of your royalties

Make more money by setting your own pricing! It’s your book, so be in charge of the elements that make the most difference (like $100,000+ earning author Gang Chen was). For example, only with Outskirts Press can you set your own retail price, author discount, and Price Plan. You receive 100% of author royalties, which is the difference between the wholesale price and production price). The higher you set your retail price, the higher your profit. And guess what? You set your wholesale price, too. You are in complete control!

Unlimited wholesale and retail availability

Choose a self-publisher who distributes your books via both Ingram and Baker & Taylor, plus through all the major online outlets. For example, Outskirts Press books are available for order through online retail sales channels like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and more. Plus, with our amazing distribution-on-demand your book can be available for order from just about anywhere that sells books. This means you receive unlimited wholesale distribution through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and more. Regardless of how many books you sell via wholesale channels, we’ll produce the inventory to fill those orders, without any out-of-pocket printing costs for you.

Additional marketing support and services

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if marketing a book was as easy as publishing one? It depends upon the extent of post-publication support and services provided by your publisher. For example, Outskirts Press is the home of the exclusive Marketing COACH, delivering Creative Online Assistance, Coaching, and Help via email to our Diamond and Pearl authors for 2 years after publication. No other publisher offers anything like it!

Publishing imprint and ISBN flexibility

There’s a lot of online debate about what constitutes “self-publishing.”  Some opinions contend that “he who owns the ISBN is the publisher.”  To some extent, this is a belief held-over from the older days of publishing when the ISBN holder was also the clear-cut copyright holder. Nevertheless, how about the best of both worlds? Wouldn’t it be best to have the flexibility of owning your own ISBN or having one assigned for you? Our Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, and Sapphire packages all include unique ISBNs assigned to the book, which are required for wholesale and retail sales. However, if you prefer to submit your own ISBN and publish under your own publishing imprint, our Diamond and Pearl packages offer options to accommodate those needs, too. In either case, you keep 100% of the rights to your work.

High-quality book design

Imagine a full-service self-publisher where quality book design is included. Your dreams are a reality at Outskirts Press. Depending upon the type of book you are publishing, our designers will format the interior according to industry best practices for a high-quality presentation that keeps your book from screaming “self-published!”

And the covers? Wow! They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, our amazing custom covers are a book unto themselves. Take a look at yesterday’s post for a sample of our Christian book covers or watch another cover video below:


Complete print-run flexibility (1 to 1000s)

With unlimited wholesale availability, printing, and fulfillment, we will handle all wholesale orders directly that come from sales channels like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Ingram, etc. When we receive a wholesale or retail order directly, we will print the book, send it to the customer, and then record your royalty. You never have to order any books unless you want to. Of course, if you want to order books, you always receive your below-wholesale price in quantities of just 5 or more. And if you buy more, you save more.

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