Its website has a page promoting dubious "Outskirts Press Benefits."
It says: "Say good-bye [sic] to the hassles of independent self-publishing, like guessing print-runs, managing inventory, and the responsibility of order fulfillment."
With print on demand (which Outskirts and most independents use), there is absolutely no reason to even think about print runs, inventory or fulfillment. Outskirts is FULL OF SHIT.
Its website shows the following chart (with my corrections in red) comparing Outskirts to two other paths to publication: traditional and independent. The uncorrected chart is FULL OF SHIT.
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- The chart says that with Independent Self-Publishing, there is no wholesale distribution to Ingram and Baker & Taylor. That's a LIE.
- The chart says that with Independent Self-Publishing, there is no automatic online listings with top book retailers. That's a LIE.
- The chart says that with Independent Self-Publishing, there is no marketing support. That may be a LIE. An independent publisher can pay for marketing support if needed, and Outskirts support is not free. It is not included in the company's least expensive publishing package. You can pay Outskirts $218 for an hour of telephone time with a marketing person having uncertain knowledge and experience. For that price -- or less -- an independent publisher can hire a real expert.
- The chart says that with Independent Self-Publishing, there is no order fulfillment. That's a LIE.
As shown up above, the company's 'highly skilled editors' don't seem to know that "goodbye" and "print run" don't need hyphens.