About Us

Out of the Stack is a hybrid independent Christian book publisher that focuses on getting the best version of your book to market, while continually promoting your book to ensure the greatest exposure and highest possible Amazon sales ranking.

The term hybrid is a relatively new concept in book publishing. It is a unique and innovative way to get your book out to market. There are incredibly varied business models, methods of working with writers, and approaches to marketing and distribution. BEWARE: not all are interested in your success.

 

This can be a confusing term to discuss because you will hear different definitions and descriptions of hybrid publishing depending on whom you ask. The term has become popular among companies that wish to put a new look on an age-old activity: charging writers to get published.

 

What makes Out of the Stack different?

 

First thing's first. Out of the Stack is not a vanity press. We do not accept every manuscript that is submitted to us. However, if our staff chooses your book, we design your cover, edit and format your book, and set up distribution at no cost to you as the author.

 

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 60%. In return, our authors partner with us by investing in themselves and continually promoting their book. As an Out of the Stack author, you  receive a high-quality product that will build your brand and pay dividends for years to come.

Russ Scalzo (russscalzo.com)

Founder, lead marketing strategist

A singer/songwriter, full-time author, and a frequent lecturer in Biblical Prophecy, Russ brings a lifetime of technical expertise to a story he believes may very well be the substance of tomorrow's headlines. His first novel On the Edge of Time began in 1994 as a 50-page short story named for the newspaper the protagonist writes for, "Chronicles of the End Times." Russ partnered with author and good friend Steve Mamchak in 1995 and ultimately split the completed novel On the Edge of Time into two captivating parts that Russ feels are both Biblically accurate as well as dramatically powerful, hitting at the essence of our lives now, and during the time that may soon be upon us.

 

Russ's new series, Hidden Thrones, features Jack Bennett, a consultant for the FBI's new paranormal division. Jack has an unusual gift that pits him against powerful dark forces that threaten to take over planet Earth. In this series, the author reveals the link between spiritual warfare and paranormal activity.

In the 1960s and 70s, Russ was the frontman for The Hallmarks, a band popular along the Jersey Shore. At age 17 he wrote Soul Shakin' Psychedelic Sally and signed a record contract with Mercury Records. The song was debuted on Dick Clark's American Bandstand on October 7, 1967. Nearly 50 years later, the Hallmarks' lost songs were found and the album Paper Sky was released August 17, 2018, on the Numero Group label. After a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ, Russ went from performing in bars and clubs to ministering in churches and touring the U.S. and Canada with his band, Saved By Grace. He has written too many songs to count, including music for six original musicals. He is the co-founder and president of Lighthouse Stage Productions, a non-profit Christian theater company based in New Jersey. Russ serves as an elder in his church and currently resides on the Jersey Shore with his wife of 50 years. He has three beautiful daughters and is a grandfather of five.

Stephanie Scalzo

Marketing, promotions, social media, web

Russ's youngest daughter, Stephanie has worked on various projects with her dad over the years including his personal author website, RussScalzo.com. She also handled marketing, promotions, social media, and web design for Lighthouse Stage 

Productions, the family's non-profit Christian theater company beginning in 2009. 

 

Stephanie served as the marketing coordinator at a private high school for 5 years where she initiated and directed a re-branding campaign to update the school's marketing and communication efforts. She also revamped recruitment, promotional materials, and worked on data-driven strategies for growth in admissions.

 

She brings with her a marketing degree with a concentration in advertising & promotions from the Pforzheimer Honors College & Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

YOUR STORY MATTERS!

 

Out of the Stack features fiction & non-fiction authors in various genres including romance, fantasy, mystery, historical, biographical & literary. We do not feature erotica or books that contain excessive profanity or sex scenes. We are passionate about equipping and empowering writers of all genres to share their unique gifts with the world.

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