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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.
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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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Is self-publishing coming of age in the digital world?

Erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey began life as a humble, self-published e-book, unable to satisfy the tastes of traditional publishers. Within a few years it had achieved domination on a global scale, spawning a series that has sold more than 125 million ...

Published:  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 03:13:00 GMT

ISU alumna forges path to success through self-publishing

With the whisper of puffy snowflakes blanketing Terre Haute outside, a group of writers gathered Tuesday night in a meeting room in the Vigo County Public Library to celebrate and learn from one of the community's own. Lexi Ryan, a graduate of Indiana ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:02:00 GMT

Introduction to Self Publishing on eBook

Learn some guidelines, expectations and costs in self publishing, specially for eBook (Kindle, Nook, iPad). Learn about print-in-demand. With guest presentor, Rand Greenfield, who recently published his book/eBook.

Published:  Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:55:00 GMT


WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC - the world leader supported self- publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:23:00 GMT

YouTube acquires music startup BandPage

"YouTube already offers a global distribution platform for any artist to be discovered and some of the best self-publishing tools for musicians and other creators. The team has a lot of things planned to help musicians succeed on the platform, and more ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:56:00 GMT

How has self-publishing changed the industry?

As more and more writers choose to self-publish, how are these author-entrepreneurs changing the bookselling industry? BBC News caught up with a selection of authors and people working in publishing at Author Day, an event organised by The Bookseller and ...

Published:  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:43:00 GMT

Author of Mrs God Trinity Mark Evans on the pros and cons of self-publishing

Mark Evans' skill set grew exponentially when he self-published his new novel to reach more readers. Writing a book is hard work. Especially if you're self-publishing it. I began mine in September 2014 and wrote almost every day until the following May ...

Published:  Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:21:00 GMT

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