Compare CreateSpace and Outskirts Press Self Publishing Packages

Deciding which self-publishing company to go with can be a real challenge.  To assist you with this process, I’m beginning a series of posts where I do the legwork for you!  I’ll prepare a side-by-side comparison of two similar publishing packages from two self-publishing companies.  I’ll strive to keep it as simple as possible to help cut through the vast amount of information out there by giving you an easy to read chart and a brief summary of my impressions on the comparison.

I’ll start this series with a comparison of two of the most robust self-publishing packages available: The “One Click for Coaches & Speakers” from Outskirts Press  (which you can enjoy even if you’re NOT a coach or speaker, by the way) and the “Total Design Freedom” from CreateSpace.  The information shared here is current as of the date I completed the comparison (18 November 2012).

Outskirts Press One-Click Publishing For Coaches & Speakers CreateSpace Total Design Freedom Marketing Pro
$4497 $4634
Production Options Expedited Service
Copyright registration
Custom Cover
Enhanced Interior Formatting
Cover Scribing / Promotional Text
Library of Congress Control Number
Your ISBN/ Imprint or ours
Interior Elements Up to 20 images Up to 10 images (add’l @ $15 each)
Copyediting Up to 75,000 Words Up to 60,000 Words
Additional Formats Amazon Kindle Edition
Secure EBook Edition
Espresso Book Machine Edition
 Marketing Services Publication Press Release
Custom Topic Press Release
PR Publicist Campaign
Electronic Clipping Service
Author Webpage

After comparing these two self-publishing services side by side, the winner looks to be Outskirts Press. For $137 less, you receive expedited service, official copyright registration with the US Copyright Office, the Amazon Kindle edition of your book, the Espresso Book Machine edition, electronic clipping service, a PR campaign, and five hours of personal marketing assistance with a professional book marketing expert, among other benefits.   

See all the benefits and features of the One-Click Package for Speakers & Coaches by clicking here.

I’d love to know, which option would you choose and why?

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in   sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services   for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department   is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants;   together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the   book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your   career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist   seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.

3 thoughts on “Compare CreateSpace and Outskirts Press Self Publishing Packages

  1. dear jodee
    your comparison looks good. i wish you would compare OP’s diamond package with create space. i am told at the end of the day usually authors are left to do the marketing all by themselves. can you enlighten me on this matter. i am planning to use OP but still undecided. chris

  2. Hi Chris! Thank you for your comment. I believe I have addressed your concerns and questions in an email a couple days ago, but thought I would reply here as well.

    I would be happy to prepare a comparison of the Diamond package offered by Outskirts Press and the most similar package offered by CreateSpace — look for that detailed review on my blog soon!

    In the meantime, I will tell you that in my experience one of the many places where Outskirts Press typically outshines its competitors is when you look at distribution and royalties. I’ll include an example in my comparison blog post.
    In regards to your question about marketing, it is true that along with self-publishing comes self-marketing. Self-publishing companies will include distribution of your book through wholesalers and online retailers, but this does not include marketing. Check out my earlier blog post on this subject: http://selfpublishingadvisor.com/2012/07/17/you-cant-sell-your-car-in-the-garage/.

    Not all self-publishing companies leave the author to do the marketing on their own. Some companies offer marketing services (http://outskirtspress.com/marketing) to assist you with the marketing and promoting of your book.

    I wish you the best with your publishing project!

    Jodee

  3. Jodee, Thanks for putting this together – this is great information. I write very technical books on the subject of Agile Project Management. I’ve published one book in 2013 through OP and they produced a good quality book and did a good job on distribution and royalty management, but their marketing support was minimal for the kind of book I write. I’ve learned that the way to market the books I write is to get into the university textbook market and that’s how the book I’m currently writing is targeted. (I am an Adjunct Professor at Boston University). I’ve published one prior book through Wiley and I’m leaning towards publishing this book through Wiley as well because they have a strong marketing focus on the university textbook market. However, in the interest of getting the book to market quickly, I’m thinking of taking the book all the way to camera-ready copy on my own as a first step and then negotiating a publishing agreement with Wiley – if Wiley decides not to publish it, I will do it on my own.

    Do you know anyone who has done something like that? Any advice? I would think that CreateSpace would give me more flexibility for doing that kind of thing than OP – do you agree?

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