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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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The Truth About Self Publishing

A: Like many authors before me, I spent over ten years writing, editing, rewriting, querying, and eventually wallpapering a bathroom with rejection slips. The year was 2011 and the shifts in the publishing industry were seismic. I saw how the internet ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:11:00 GMT

Bookcoverpedia - A Revolution in a Self-Publishing Book Cover Design

New York, NY, May 03, 2016 --( Bookcoverpedia is pleased to announce their new book cover design platform, bringing revolutionary changes to the way authors self-publish their books. With only a few clicks, authors, self-publishers, small ...

Published:  Tue, 03 May 2016 00:01:00 GMT

Why One Author Decided to Self-Publish His Star-Studded Oral History

As Mike Shatzkin writes in a blog post, "Amazon's own publishing strategy"¦is focused on the genre fiction that is the core of the self-publishing done through them."¯ He continues: "Unlike a lot of fiction, [biographical and analytical] books not ...

Published:  Tue, 03 May 2016 04:06:00 GMT

Self-publishing? Evaluate these three factors before deciding

One of the most fundamental decisions for a mobile game developer is the decision between publishing the game yourself or to use an established publisher. On the occurrences which I've been witnessing, this debate can get pretty heated with strong opinions ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:33:00 GMT

Book Self Publishing: Agora Books Offers Critical Service to Writers

Self-publishing of books is now the orders of the day as lots of writers have found solace in this area than opting for the services of traditional publishing houses. This has led to the emergence of numerous book self-publishing agencies all over the ...

Published:  Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:10:00 GMT


Later, McCall would spend three decades in Asia before moving to Potomac. iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic ...

Published:  Mon, 02 May 2016 02:01:00 GMT

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