Russ Scalzo

Amazon Best-Selling Author, Russ Scalzo

Welcome to Out of the Stack

Books, books, books - everywhere you look, piles and piles of books. As of first quarter 2020, Amazon has over three million eBooks for sale! If you're an author like me, I am sure you have Googled dozens of book promotion/book marketing services since you started writing. For most of us (me included!), the price for such advertising is out of our budget. So what are we supposed to do?


When I started in 2002, like many fledgling writers, I attempted to entice a literary agency (any agency) to represent me. No dice. After a year of that, desperate to get my book published, I paid a vanity press company $1,800 to put out my book. They didn’t edit it, format it, or design my cover, but they did take a big piece of my royalties. They merely threw it out there to die a painful death. Needless to say, I didn’t sell any books to speak of, other than to friends and an occasional relative. My quarterly royalty checks averaged $3.47. Ouch!


Then came Amazon! I discovered CreateSpace in 2013 (now KDP - Kindle Direct Publishing), and that was a game-changer. The results were amazing! Currently, my first series On the Edge of Time (2 books) has 194 reviews with a rating of 4.8. My second series released from 2015-19, Hidden Thrones (5 books), has 210 reviews with a rating of 4.6.


Over the last 17 years, I have learned much about publishing, marketing books, and book shepherding. Each of my series has enjoyed the honor of being #1 in the Christian Fiction/Fantasy category and, for the most part, I have been successful in maintaining their positions among Amazon’s Best Sellers.

There is no magic wand, only hard work. Out of the Stack can help you move up the ranks and get noticed. I know what works and what doesn’t. Contact us today and let us help you get your book in the hands of as many readers as possible.

As authors we work hard writing and re-writing, doing out best to make our books all that they can be, then we pay upwards of $2,500 for someone to edit, format it, design a cover, and publish it only to watch it die on the vine. Why stop halfway through the process? It is time to climb to the top of the mountain and blow the trumpet! You have done your job, now let us do ours. I know from experience delay only leads to disappointment.

As an independent hybrid publisher, our authors pay nothing for the production of their eBook and paperback and retain full content rights as well as a graduated royalty percentage as high as 50% in the second year. In return, our authors partner with us for two years by investing $249 a month in the promotion of their book. As an Out of the Stack author, you will receive a high-quality product that will build your brand and pay dividends for years to come. Out of the Stack provides the perfect balance of speed-to-market and a thorough, well-planned production, marketing, and distribution strategy and execution. 


Email me today at or call for a free consult at (732) 807-5832.

Onward and upward!

In His service,

Russ Scalzo

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