We help indie authors create beautiful books


QUALITY
BOOKS

Quality
Books

Otterpine is a full service indie author support agency based in Asheville, North Carolina. We specialize in creating gorgeous print books with impeccable words, beautiful aesthetics, and lasting quality. We craft books that are made to last with impactful designs that will be admired on bookshelves. Print-on-demand has made printing easy and accessible for indie authors, but too often these books are made cheaply and printed just to be thrown away. We are different. We care about the materials we use.

We fret about things like paper weight and color quality and fabric type and stamping quality. And most importantly, we want to treat each book like a work of art that’s worthy of the words inside it.

That Match
Your Values

One of the first steps of our process is to get to know our authors. By getting to know you, we can better understand your values and goals for your book, leading to holistic book production and sales strategies that match your needs and your budget. Every plan is unique because every plan is personalized. Many of our authors have mission-driven goals like donating profits to charity, making books more accessible by offering them at sliding scale pricing, and giving away copies for free to clients and organizations. These goals don’t always fit into the machine of indie publishing through Amazon KDP.

With or without Dependency
on Amazon

Amazon has made indie publishing easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s made it better. We understand that many readers prioritize buying books online, but we also still love walking into a bookstore and talking to real people. Today’s digital version of connection with your readers is to prioritize selling wide, starting with a direct sales platform. By selling direct, you can have a digital connection with every single person who purchases your books, and you can fulfill the books however you want. Selling direct also means you can get paid sooner, understand your readers better, and often earn higher margins as well.

With or without Dependency
on Amazon

Where You Keep
Your Royalties

If your readers already know who you are and want to support you, then why give others a cut? You can still leverage Amazon to reach new readers and to sell books to people who only buy books there, but you don’t have to be solely dependent on them. You have choices, and selling wide will provide you with more freedom and security in the long run.

Today, writing and selling books is too much about online algorithms, based on attention-driving tasks like building social media platforms, Amazon keyword ranking, online ads, and SEO. Entire companies exist just to write books based on niche Amazon keywords that they can get to rank. We’re not saying any of these approaches are wrong, but we’re nostalgic at heart. We love independent bookstores, libraries, and used bookstores filled with the smell of worn pages. So we balance the opportunities of this digital era to help authors create and sell books that are based as equally on human connection as they are on online algorithms.

INTRODUCING

Generation Hope

By Arunjay Katakam

Written in clear and compelling prose, entrepreneur Arunjay Katakam addresses a wide range of today’s most pressing economic issues, from the macroeconomic challenges that humanity collectively faces, ​​to our personal engagement with our current economic system. You will read illuminating and inspiring examples of people, organizations, companies, and governments that are already doing the work of building inclusive economic systems that serve all of humanity and this planet we call home.

INTRODUCING

String Theories

By Adam Levy & Ethan Sherman

Renowned guitarists Adam Levy and Ethan Sherman offer a comprehensive and practical guide to boundless musical growth for the dedicated guitarist, as well as on-the-job lessons learned from both of their many years of experience as players and teachers.

Testimonials
Saeah produces my books start-to-finish. She's a perfectionist that cares about books even more than I do, so I trust her judgment even more than I trust my own.
Derek Sivers
Author of Anything you want & Hell Yeah or No
Amy brought not only her technical skills and incredible writing polish, but also her thoughtful insights into the content and direction of my book. She became an important part of bringing the whole, critically acclaimed book into the world.
Daniella Mestyanek Young
Author of Uncultured: A Memoir
World class production! World class team! Any creative undertaking from launching a book to branding a new company, Otterpine will not disappoint. They treated our dreams, visions, and aspirations like it was theirs with the utmost professionalism and mastery. If you’re a creative and have birthed a new idea, look no further than Otterpine. They’ll take your vision and execute it flawlessly. 
Haley Scheich & Dr. Tarek Pacha
Authors of My SuperHero Foods
Writing a book is hard enough, but figuring out how to get it published can feel daunting. After trying it myself, I realized that the process of getting my book professionally edited, illustrated, laid out, printed, published, and marketed both online and in bookstores, and handling all fulfillment issues too…well, it can feel downright insurmountable and it’s hard to do well. That’s where Saeah and her team at Otterpine come in—they do all the heavy lifting for aspiring authors and make it a smooth (and fun) process!
Erik Palin
Author of Hiking South Korea
I am incredibly fortunate to have worked with Saeah Wood, Amy Reed, and the team at Otterpine. Their attention to detail has been amazing and collaborating with them has been an absolute pleasure.
Arunjay Katakam
Author of Generation Hope: How Inclusive Economics Can Help Us All Thrive
Thank you to the Otterpine team, with special gratitude to Saeah Wood and Amy Reed, for embarking on this project and transforming our vision into a reality that has far exceeded our expectations—your incredible work has left us in awe.
Evan & Reed Milnor
Authors of The Essential Dog Owner’s Guide: A Reference for the Responsible Dog Owner

Derek Sivers

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment

Vivienne Palin

The Magic Sphere

Editorial, Art Direction & Illustration, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment, Author Platform, Website

Haley Scheich & Dr. Tarek Pacha

My SuperHero Foods

Editorial, Children’s Book Art Direction & Illustration, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment, Author Platform, Website, Content Management, Social Media Management

Cory Stout

End Small Talk

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment

Hiking South Korea

Erik Palin

Hiking South Korea

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment

Military Money Manual

Spencer C. Reese

The Military Money Manual

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment, Author Platform

Adam Levy Ethan Sherman String Theories

Adam levy & Ethan Sherman

String Theories

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment, Author Platform

Arunjay Katakam

Generation Hope

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment

Yes You Can

Courtney Daniels

Yes You Can

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment

Eric Nehrlich

You Have a Choice

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment

The Essential Dog Owner's Guide

Evan & Reed Milnor

The Essential Dog Owner's Guide

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment

Serah Blackstone-Fredericks

Love Unfolding

Editorial, Art Direction, Book Design, Print Design & Production, Sales & Fulfillment

Contact

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hi@otterpine.com
81 Broadway St Suite 201, Asheville, NC 28801

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