Who is Outlaw Sales Group and what do you do?
This is a common question, and a good one. We've had the unusual opportunity of being able to work with some of the largest Christian publishers, book wholesalers and third party logistics distributors, print-on-demand book printers, and now, long run/offset book printersin the industry.
Outlaw Sales Group (OSG) is specifically dedicated to working with authors and independent publishers. With this focus in mind, we have put together a robust list of services for authors and independent publishers, with additional opportunities coming online in Q2 2013.
Independent Publishing Services
Who is Dave Sheets?
David Sheets is a book industry veteran with experience with some of the top publishers and distributors in the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). Shortly after graduating from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, David joined the Christian Coalition national headquarters in Virginia, buying print, coordinating publishing projects and selling magazine advertising. These ad sales led to his ultimate introduction to the CBA and traditional book publishing.
After the Coalition’s publishing division shut down, David joined Tyndale House Publishers during the heyday of the New Living Translation (NLT) and the Left Behind series (The LB series has sold more than 65 million copies, one of the most prolific of all time). Initially responsible for the Focus on the Family publishing relationship, David quickly became the go-to guy for numerous sales projects, in-store merchandising training, and the international sales territory. This led to additional opportunity in US territory sales and the challenge of ‘lead salesman’ for a new digital product called iLumina.
After almost five years with Tyndale, David was recruited to Multnomah Publishers where he led the Special Markets sales division, in charge of international sales/rights, ministries, churches, internet and catalog accounts. Multnomah is best known for the dramatic sales of a little book called The Prayer of Jabez, which became the fastest selling book (at the time) in the history of publishing. During this stint, one of David’s British customers began to court him and he was eventually asked to lead their sales team as Sr. Vice President of Sales for a new US ‘start-up’ called STL Distribution, which consisted of five newly acquired companies under the STLD banner.
After only a short time with STLD, David was also asked to lead their marketing team as the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. In 2008, David was named as one of Christian Retailing Magazine’s ‘Top 40 under 40,' in which CRM identified 40 individuals under the age of 40 “who are widely considered to be influential figures for the days ahead in the Christian product industry.”
After a short stint at Harvest House Publishers calling on their largest general market booksellers and distributors, David resumed his work with start-up companies. Immersion Digital, the original creator of the iLumina product licensed to Tyndale House Publishers, asked David to join their team to help develop the sales strategy, hire key distributors, and launch a new digital product in the fall of 2009 called Glo. David led the Sales and Marketing teams for Snowfall Press, a revolutionary digital print solutions company, and other small publishing/author relationships until early 2013, when he launched two services for authors and publishers. BookPrintNow.com is a full service print-on-demand, digital printing, and long run printing company, with publisher services (editing, typesetting, design, layout, and eBooks) for both books and eBooks being offered by BelieversBookServices.com.