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Outskirts Press is a book publisher which caters to self-publishing authors. Outskirts Press was created 20 years ago as a better way for authors to write, publish, and market their books and is actively accepting new manuscripts. Today Outskirts Press continues to help authors publish and market books of all genres. Through strategic partnerships, exemplary customer service, and unmatched quality, Outskirts Press quickly became the fastest-growing full-service book publishing and book marketing firm.

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, Barnes & Noble.com, and thousands of other retailers. And by the end of 2007, Outskirts Press more than doubled its published book totals again to more than 2,000 total books 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 years between 2005-2007.

In 2009 Outskirts Press published its 5,000th book and became the only self-publishing company to appear on the Inc. 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 appear on the list of top 5,000 fastest growing private businesses in America for four straight years.

2012 also marked the 10-year anniversary of the company's founding and the publication of its 10,000th book. What took seven years to accomplish the first time (publishing 5,000 different titles) was repeated in less than three.

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, Outskirts Press unveiled all-new book publishing packages with more inclusions and updated services.

By the end of 2020, nearly 30,000 different editions (ranging from paperbacks, hardbacks, eBooks, and audiobooks) from thousands of authors were for sale from approximately 25,000 sales channels around the world including Amazon, Ingram, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Wal-Mart, and many more.


Outskirts Press is a full-service self-publisher that publishes paperback, hardback, eBooks and audiobooks. Printed books are offered in both black and white and full-color and are offered on a print-on-demand basis. The company offers services that assist authors including editing, ghostwriting, cover design and custom illustrations. They also offer book marketing services that help published authors. Many services can be utilized, even if you published your book with another company.


Outskirts Press is based in Parker, Colorado, and focuses on print on demand self-publishing services, wholesale digital distribution to Ingram Content Group and Baker & Taylor, and online-order fulfillment.

Around 150 contractors (as of July 2007) throughout the United States are used to assist authors with production issues such as editing, formatting, illustrations and cover design.[1]

In 2004, Outskirts Press and F+W Publications reached a sponsorship agreement whereby Outskirts Press would publish the annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition Collection.[2] As of 2008 the arrangement continued for the fifth year running.[3]

The company was founded by an author, Brent Sampson, as a result of his frustration in trying to get his own work published, and incorporated in 2003.[1] Between 2004 and 2007 revenue increased from $95,000[1] to $3.2 million[4] and in 2007 the Denver Business Journal called it the third fastest-growing privately held company in the state.[4]

In 2009, Outskirts Press was recognized by Inc. 500 as the fastest-growing self publishing company.[5][6]

In 2016, the company claimed it was duped by convicted serial killer Robert Pickton into agreeing to publish a book about him.[7][8] Outskirts Press said it would cease publication of the book and asked Amazon.com to remove the book from its website.[8]

In 2022, Outskirts Press was voted the #1 self-publishing company by Top Consumer Reviews.[9] The company has held this distinction since 2017.


  1. ^ a b c Jodi Torpey (July 16, 2007). "Outskirts Press brings unpublished writers into the mainstream". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  2. ^ "(Press Release) Writer's Digest Partners with Outskirts Press for Writing Competition Publication". PRWeb. August 14, 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  3. ^ "(Press Release) Outskirts Press to Publish 2009 Writer's Digest Contest Collection". PRWeb. August 14, 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b Doug McPherson (July 18, 2008). "Outskirts pressing forward with success". The Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  5. ^ "Inc. 500 Website". Inc. 500 Website.
  6. ^ "(Press Release) Inc. 500 Names Outskirts Press Fastest-Growing Self Publishing Company". PR Web.
  7. ^ "Robert Pickton book pulled from production after public outcry". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  8. ^ a b "Book penned by Canadian serial killer pulled by publisher". Reuters. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  9. ^ "The 10 Best Self Publishing Services for 2022 | Free Buyers Guide". www.topconsumerreviews.com. Retrieved 2022-04-12.

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