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  3. iUniverse
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  5. Llumina Press

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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.

Thankfully, times have changed. Today, anyone can have their work professionally printed, marketed, and distributed through a variety of self-publishing services.

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Self Publishing Reviews

5 stars
Outskirts Press

OUTSKIRTS PRESSTopConsumerReviews.com 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.
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4 stars
Virtual Bookworm

VIRTUAL BOOKWORM

Virtual Bookworm provides good customer service, quick printing turnaround, and a large publishing package. Their impressive list of services is lengthy and includes items to help ensure your success.
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3.5 stars
Books Just Books

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.
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3 stars
iUniverse

IUNIVERSE

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
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2.5 stars
Trafford Publishing

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.
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2 stars
Llumina Press

LLUMINA PRESS

Llumina Press offers a basic range of self-publishing resources. They also have a variety of add-on publishing services, but unfortunately come up lacking in the turnaround, marketing, and distribution areas.
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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?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best self publishing companies available today. We hope this information helps you start your publishing career right away!

Keeping up with the fast-changing self-publishing market by Ruth Kaufman

Just a few years ago, self-publishing was unexplored territory for authors and readers alike. Today s-p has advanced to the point where it's hard to keep up. RUTH KAUFMAN offers a road map of sorts, to help you navigate the ever-changing world of self ...

Published:  Wed, 24 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT



The Authors Guild Honors Toni Morrison, James Patterson, and"ŠIngramSpark

At the Authors Guild's 25th annual gala in New York, traditional publishing stars and a self-publishing engine are applauded for distinguished service to writers. A singular moment in publishing's development was reached last night (May 24 ...

Published:  Thu, 25 May 2017 11:40:00 GMT



Working with self-publishing authors - Part 2: expectations and implementation

In Part 1: An industry of opportunity, Sophie Playle explored who self-publishes, why and how self-publishing has developed over the years, and what this means for editorial freelances. In this post, she'll be looking at the more practical elements of ...

Published:  Tue, 23 May 2017 14:04:00 GMT



The Definitive Guide For Self Publishing on Amazon

You've just finished writing a book and now you want to self publish your soon-to-be-bestseller on Amazon. But wait"Šafter doing some research into self publishing, you have come up against a wall. It seems there are a lot of steps involved before you ...

Published:  Mon, 22 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT



Don't Give Up On Your Writing Dream: 5 Tips When Self-Publishing Your Book

It is hard to believe that, at 57 years old, I am on the other side of the book launch for my historical fiction novel, THE WAIT. Standing in front of more than 100 people talking about a lifelong dream I have been pursuing for over 25 years was, in a word ...

Published:  Mon, 22 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT



Self-Publishing Resources: For Fun and Profit

In the writing and self-publishing world, writers encounter a lot of services that cost money. Some of them are solid resources that are worth it if they work for our processes (such as One Stop for Writers with the Emotion Thesaurus and other thesauruses ...

Published:  Tue, 23 May 2017 05:41:00 GMT



THIRD ARTIST SELF-PUBLISHERS' FAIR TO TAKE PLACE AT THE ICA

The one day fair will feature work from over 70 artists from the UK as well as internationally. The fair aims to promote independent self-publishing artists and "avoid the restrictions and market dominance of much of contemporary arts culture". All of the ...

Published:  Fri, 26 May 2017 06:31:00 GMT



Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Madelyn I. Sawyer

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 Madelyn I. Sawyer, who ...

Published:  Thu, 18 May 2017 11:54:00 GMT



How to get ahead in self-publishing: never stop dreaming

We all have dreams. For many, writing a book and seeing it on the shelves of bookshops is a dream come true. The next best thing to fulfilling your own dream is to help someone else to fulfil theirs. Such was my opportunity when my father wrote his dream book.

Published:  Wed, 24 May 2017 08:43:00 GMT



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