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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!


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.
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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.
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Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #71

Welcome to this issue of the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival. This issue is August, 2016. We welcome your submissions on topics related to writing, self-publishing, book design or marketing books. A collection of outstanding articles recently posted ...

Published:  Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:13:00 GMT

Outskirts Press Reveals Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing from July 2016

Outskirts Press, a full-service self-publishing and book marketing service provider, today announced its top ten titles from July. All these books, and other Outskirts Press titles, are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble ...

Published:  Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:10:00 GMT

Advantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing

Self-publishing is a way for authors to get their work published without using a traditional book publisher. In some ways it is even better than traditional publishing, but it has downsides, too. Learn the pros and cons of self-publishing here. Image ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:01:00 GMT

Self-publishing News: Bringing the gift of books

When I was a teenager, one of the most wonderful things about starting my degree course was getting a store card at the world famous Blackwell's book shop, with £300 of credit on it. Of course, I had finished my instant purchases before it occurred to ...

Published:  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:55:00 GMT

A Case of Self-Publishing PTSD

Sometimes at night, lying wide-eyed in a bed of regret, I imagine a headline that reads like this: Former Mid-List Hack Succumbs to Anxiety During Self-Publishing Push, is Hospitalized and Delusional. Even that much publicity really is a delusion in the ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Aug 2016 01:00:00 GMT

Self-Publishing On Amazon - A How-To Guide

There are many options available for self publishing your book, but I think self-publishing on Amazon is still by far the best option to reach a wider audience (and no I'm not being paid to say that!) and I think it is by far the most popular platform ...

Published:  Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:20:00 GMT

Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Walter F. Todd

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Walter F. Todd who has ...

Published:  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:18:00 GMT

Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Today it is easier than ever for an upcoming author to publish a book. Two main ways of publishing are available for authors: traditional publishing and self-publishing. According to Infinity Publishing, traditional publishing is when a traditional ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:30:00 GMT

All you need to know about self publishing

Adithya Iyer dropped out of engineering college in Mumbai, backpacked across India, raised money on a crowdfunding platform, wrote a book, and then, wasted no time in publishing it himself. He said it was the best decision - The Great Indian Obsession ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Aug 2016 01:45:00 GMT

Self-publishing paper type

Aside from the often awful covers I've always found a big giveaway when spotting a SP is the thicker and much whiter paper used. I was once told the reason for this was down to cost, but I've always imagined the exact opposite is true. Surely mass-produced ...

Published:  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:17:00 GMT

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