Thursday, August 5, 2010

Outskirts Press doesn't know what "free" means, or what "publishing" means

I've said some nice things recently about frequently inept and dishonest Outskirts Press.

Now it's time to slam them again:

  • A few days ago Outskirts announced that authors who begin their publishing process in August can receive three times as many "free" author's copies with their publishing package. For authors choosing the most popular Diamond publishing package, this promotion delivers 30 "free" paperback author copies when the book is published.
Of course, none of those books are really free. Authors have to pay $999 for the package.

  • In July, the Denver Business Journal held its annual Fastest Growing Private Companies awards banquet, and for the fourth year in a row, Outskirts Press was recognized. On the Outskirts boss's blog, a headline proclaimed, "Fastest Growth Among Self Publishing Services."
Take a look at the other entries shown in the image of the projection screen up above. Business may be done differently in the Rocky Mountains, but here on the East Coast, travel agencies, ad agencies and pork-pullers do NOT provide publishing services.

Outskirts boss Brent Sampson wrote, "...winning an award helps establish some prestige and PR, and those are valuable commodities in this day and age."
The award might have more value if Brent had not improperly described his competitors. He published similar distortion with last year's INC 500 award.

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