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. As of 2008 the arrangement continued for the fifth year running.
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. Between 2004 and 2007 revenue rose rapidly, from $95,000 to $3.2 million and in 2007 the Denver Business Journal called it the third fastest-growing privately held company in the state.
In 2016, the company claimed it was duped by convicted serial killer Robert Pickton into agreeing to publish a book about him. Outskirts Press said it would cease publication of the book and asked Amazon.com to remove the book from its website.
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