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Publishing a book used to be an expensive chore both in terms of time and money. You had to submit your work to a major publishing house, hope that it was accepted by their editors and review boards, and pay exorbitant publishing fees. After all that, there were extensive marketing and distribution methods and fees - all of which conspired to force many would-be authors to abandon their craft.

Start Your Self Publishing with Outskirts Press Today! Thankfully, times have changed. Today, anyone can have their work professionally printed, marketed, and distributed through a variety of self-publishing services.

Self publishing companies create books for thousands of authors every year thanks to advancements in computer technology and a concept called Print-On-Demand (POD) publishing. This concept allows for books to be quickly printed and shipped as they are ordered, which eliminates the need for large upfront costs and storage.

However, not all self publishing companies are created equal. There are a wide range of services that are (or are not) offered by these companies, including professional editing services, custom graphic work, book cover options, personalized photos, marketing methods, distribution services, fees, and perhaps most importantly, royalties paid to you, the author.

There are a number of self publishing companies that exist today. They all have different fee structures and specific services that they can provide. You should consider important aspects of each self publishing company before you decide to choose one. Some of these aspects include:

  • Cost and Fees. What is the cost to self-publish your book? Will they keep a percentage of each future sale?
  • Included services. Does the company provide a wide range of self-publishing services for one set fee, or do they provide a list of services that you can choose from?
  • Turn-around time. How fast can the self-publishing company produce your book? has reviewed and ranked the best self publishing companies available today. We hope this information helps you start your publishing career right away!

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Self Publishing Reviews

5 stars
Outskirts Press

OUTSKIRTS Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Outskirts Press is the best self-publishing company you'll find to publish your work. They offer a variety of exceptional value programs that start as low as $199. You can choose the services that you want and still keep 100% of the royalties from the books you sell. Read More... Visit

4 stars
Virtual Bookworm


Virtual Bookworm provides good customer service, quick turnaround, and a large publishing package. The list of services available is lengthy and impressive. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars
Books Just Books


Books Just Books is not an on-demand book printer; instead, you must purchase a minimum number of books to resell. While this means a larger outlay of cash, it reduces the printing cost per book. Read More... Visit

3 stars


iUniverse has a professional, clear, appealing website. They offer several publishing packages that will meet the needs of most authors, and offer a bookstore buy-back feature that makes your book more attractive to booksellers. Read More... Visit

2.5 stars
Trafford Publishing


Trafford Publishing offers similar options to other on-demand publishers. You'll pay high prices to get what we consider basic publishing services, and their website leaves something to be desired. Read More... Visit

2 stars
Llumina Press


Llumina Press offers basic self-publishing resources. They offer a range of add-on services, but come up lacking in the turnaround, marketing, and distribution areas. Read More... Visit

Veteran Rescuer Explores Dark Side of Emergency Medicine in New Book
An experienced paramedic details problems and policies that undermine the business of saving lives, in his new book, released by Dog Ear Publishing.
Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Why you should use LinkedIn Pulse to self-publish
Online self-publishing isn't the bore and chore it used to be. Today almost everything is automated, and the most important choice for individuals and brands is picking the right platform, based on the goals they're trying to achieve.
Publication Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 06:57:58 -0700

Author Nancy Christie Turns a Book Signing into a Library Fundraiser with "Buy a Book; Earn a Buck"
Pixel Hall Press Author Dedicates a Book Signing of "Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories" as a Fundraiser for the Friends of The Library of the Poland Branch Library (Poland, OH)
Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Complimentary Kindle and NOOK Book Format For Authors Self-Publishing With Outskirts Press in March
Outskirts Press is helping authors get the most bang for their self-publishing buck in March. Authors who publish this month will receive a complimentary Kindle and NOOK book format of their book perfect for reaching a wider audience with that new book.
Publication Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:49:12 -0800

Opinion: To self-publish or not to self-publish?
In the first of a continuing series of features, Rebellion CEO and creative director Jason Kingsley discusses the Sniper Elite studios journey into self-publishing There are advantages and disadvantages to developers self-publishing. The complex decision as to whether we should self-publish happened over an extended period of time and a series of long conversations. Ultimately, the decision ...
Publication Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:53:20 -0800

Dissecting the Bestsellers of Self-Publishing
At this point, everyone has heard the self-publishing success story that spawned the blockbuster 50 Shades of Grey , and everyone has wondered what was it about E L James erotica trilogy that resonated so strongly with readers, making it such a runaway bestseller?
Publication Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:54:48 -0800

Outskirts Press Announces Tips for Self-Promoting During Small Press Month in March
Self-publishing authors can successfully self-promote, using these easy-to-follow marketing tips.
Publication Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:05:34 -0700

Self-publishing lets women break book industry's glass ceiling, survey finds
While men still dominate the traditional books world, among DIY writers women are publishing and selling more If a woman writing fiction needs money and a room of her own, as Virginia Woolf suggested , writers at the beginning of the 21st century should perhaps insist the room comes with an internet connection, after a new study has found that the proportion of self-published bestsellers ...
Publication Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:37:26 -0800

Parents Get Expert Help with Teens College and Career Readiness from New Psychology Today Parenting Blog Interview with Career Key
Parents get expert advice on their teens college and career readiness in an interview with Career Key published March 30 on the Psychology Today Parenting Blog. Professional counselor, author, and national thought leader in childrens mental health Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C. conducted the interview.
Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Insight: The practicalities of self-publishing and project timing
Adapting your business to the self-publishing model requires a number of practical changes. You need someone who can handle PR, manage an internal marketing team or someone that can hire in and manage freelancers. Finding someone externally to make assets like trailers can be costly so, if you cant afford dedicated teams, think about hiring individual artists and video editors who can help ...
Publication Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:48:30 -0700

Outskirts Press Reveals Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing from February 2015
Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company today announced its top ten titles from February.
Publication Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:49:02 -0700

High School Teachers Guide Students Into Self-Publishing
In some high school classes, teens are becoming published authors through self-publishing projects. "It gave them real-world skills," says Tonya McQuade, an English teacher at Los Gatos High School in California, whose students published an electronic poetry anthology they created in class last year. National Poetry Month is in April and publishing a class poetry anthology, like McQuade's ...
Publication Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0700 Adds New Book Review Service
The self-publishing firm partners with another review site to launch its newest service.
Publication Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 05:07:30 -0800

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