Company Profile

Over ten years ago, Outskirts Press was founded as a better way for authors to write, publish, and market their books. Outskirts Press incorporated in Colorado in 2003, and 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, and Barnes & Noble online, among others. And by the end of 2007, Outskirts Press more than doubled its title totals again to more than 2,000 total titles published.

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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 title 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 10,000 title. 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, continuing to exceed industry averages with double-digit percentage growth of new titles and authors.  

Now, more than ever, self-publishing writers are recognizing the value of high quality production, superior customer service, and the continued necessity of hard copy books to differentiate their contributions to the literary world from the mass of unfiltered, unprofessional electronic-only books. 

So how does Outskirts Press remain the fastest-growing full-service publishing provider?

  • It begins with our Mission Statement: To exceed the expectations of every author we help publish. 
  • It continues with our commitment to conservationism and recycling. Our most popular book sizes offer a recycled paper-stock option, featuring 30% post-consumer.
  • It grows with our authors.  Just ask Gang Chen, who earned over $100,000 in 180 days; or Sally Shields, the stay-at-home mom-turned-2-time bestseller; or Ronnie Lee, who has become one of the most prolific published authors of our generation with the assistance of Outskirts Press.

As we look toward the future, our commitment to produce high-quality books and offer high levels of support to our authors in all three phases of their journey (writing, publishing, marketing), only grows stronger. 

For instance, to complement our authors' hard copy printed paperback and hardback editions, we have embraced digital e-books with three a la carte digital publishing options to make electronic readers even easier to reach for our authors:

 We have embraced social media to help our authors further promote their books and enhance their careers:

  • Our author community on Facebook is the most popular and most active among all full-service self-publishing firms.
  • Our author channel on YouTube features the most book videos among all full-service, high-quality firms.
  • Our company blog keeps our authors informed on industry news, exciting promotions, and marketing tactics.
  • Our Twitter account keeps our authors up-to-date, sometimes up-to-the-minute.
  • Our Pinterest boards keep authors and readers apprised of Top 10 monthly bestsellers, our most prolific and successful writers, and genre collections/themes to celebrate holidays and special events.

By publishing our own series of books, we help authors navigate the sometimes tricky waters of book publishing. And by offering free publication in various anthologies through the year, we demonstrate how easy, fast, and fun it can be to publish with Outskirts Press. 

Through it all, Outskirts Press authors have remained our main focal point. With nearly 12,000 published titles, Outskirts Press continues to invest into further improvements to the Outskirts Press website and its growing list of writing, publishing, and marketing services/products to further support our authors' goals and dreams.

What does success mean to you? By any measure, you will find it here with Outskirts Press and we look forward to helping you on that journey.

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Executive Profiles

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Brent Sampson, President/CEO/CMO

After years of frustration and turmoil as a writer at the mercy of an outdated publishing industry, Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson envisioned a better way to get published that could benefit all writers. In 2002 he founded Outskirts Press, a custom book publishing solution that provides a cost-effective, fast, and powerful way to help authors publish and distribute their books worldwide while leaving all the control, flexibility, and profits in the hands of the author. Outskirts Press was incorporated in Colorado in October, 2003.

In his capacity as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, Brent has established himself as an expert in the field of publishing and promotion through the publication of several books, including the bestseller Sell Your Book on Amazon, which debuted at #29 on Amazon's bestseller list. A prolific writer and engaging speaker, Brent is also an active participant and member of several leading publishing and writing associations nationwide, including:

  • The Independent Book Publishers Association
  • The Small Publishers Association of North America
  • The Colorado Independent Publishers Association
  • The Florida Writers Association
  • The Southwest Writers Association

Brent Sampson holds multiple degrees in English and Film from the University of Colorado in Boulder and is the author of several published books including:

  • Self-Publishing Simplified
  • Publishing Gems
  • Sell Your Book on Amazon
  • Adventures in Publishing

In addition to serving on the board for the Education and Literacy Foundation, Brent Sampson is the Chairman on the Outskirts Press Board of Directors and oversees the COO, the CFO/CTO, and a veritable army of publishing professionals as Outskirts Press continues its double-digit growth year after year.

Lynn Sampson, CFO/CTO 

With over 25 years of legal, accounting, database systems, and computer programming experience, Lynn Sampson brings an arsenal of knowledge to her dual role as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Outskirts Press.

Lynn holds a J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and an undergraduate degree in mathematics.

Prior to joining Outskirts Press in 2003, Lynn enjoyed a successful law career in private practice where she provided legal counsel on business and tax-related matters. She was honored by appointments in Colorado to the First Judicial District Nominating Commissions and Commission for Judicial Performance.

In her capacity as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Lynn oversees all aspects of internet and intranet systems design along with all the financial management for Outskirts Press.

Kelly Schuknecht, Executive Vice President

Kelly Schuknecht holds a Language Arts degree from James Madison University and has been working with Outskirts Press since 2007. She brings nearly ten years of experience as a technology coordinator and grant writer to a role that, increasingly, requires both creative and technical skill sets.

Kelly was hired as the Vice President of Outskirts Press in 2011 and was tasked with overseeing and improving the company's core, author-centric departments:  Author Services, Production, and Author Support. She now manages all three departments while presiding over a complex, service-oriented process that literally has thousands of active titles in the pre-production, production, or post-production pipeline at any given time.


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