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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

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Publication Date: July 01, 2015

Francesca Camps New Book Unmasks Plastic Surgery Advice
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Publication Date: July 01, 2015

R.J. Reilly Releases New Book of Short Stories Featuring Aspects of Love
A former university professor draws on his experiences as a World War Two veteran, husband and father in creating this new book of short stories released by Dog Ear Publishing.
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

New Childrens Book Retells Parable Through Vivid Story
Margo Smiths The Perfect Shade of Pink tells story of flamingo brothers.
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

Tennis Player Learns Telekinesis in Ronald J. Fischers New Book
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Publication Date: July 01, 2015

Texas Monthly Publishes Stuart Vick Smith of ML&R Wealth Management LLC in the exclusive list of 2015 Five Star Wealth Managers
Exclusive recognition of Austin-area wealth managers.
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

Mount Sinai Researchers Discover New Epigenetic Mechanism in Brain Cells
Discover disproves past belief in genetics field
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

New Xulon Guide Debunks Luck and Fate, Points to the Power of Choice
Corelli leads the reader to make disciplined decisions for the best life possible
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

Sounds from the Circle VII - the Celebrated Annual Compilation of Global Artists - Promotes Over Four Hours of Lush, Culturally Diverse, and Captivating New Age Music.
The New Age Music Circle announces its seventh compilation featuring 49 tracks from both award-winning artists and emerging musical talent from around the world. Sounds from the Circle VII promises Music to Enlighten Your Life and Harmonize Your World, a by-line of the New Age Music Circle. Physical and digital versions are available now, available via multiple social media communities and websites.
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

Prashant Kaushik, MD to Speak on Relieving Physician Burnout at The American Meditation Institutes 7th Annual CME Conference on Meditation and Yoga as Mind/Body Medicine
Board-certified Rheumatologist Prashant Kaushik, MD will join the faculty of The American Meditation Institute (AMI) for a 30 credit-hour mind/body medicine CME conference on meditation, gentle yoga and diaphragmatic breathing for physicians and other health care professionals, November 3-7, 2015 at the Cranwell Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled American Meditation: The Heart and Science of Yoga, this comprehensive training, accredited through the Albany Medical College Office of Continuing Medical Education, is designed to help prevent and relieve physician stress and burnout.
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

New Childrens Book Shows Value of Family, Problem-Solving
Boy solves lifes little problems in Patricia Nichvolodoffs Joey Visits Grandpa.
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

Michaan's To Hold July Estate Auction
Estate auction features fine art, decorative arts, Asian art, and jewelry.
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

Self-Publishing Authors Can Save Hundreds Through July 5 with Outskirts Press Publishing Package Discounts
Self-publishing services provider Outskirts Press has announced deep discounts on its two most popular publishing packages. Authors can save hundreds on these valuable services through July 5th.
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

New book reveals The Successful Relationship Road Map
Author Edmund J. Metz offers guide for developing better, stronger relationship
Publication Date: July 01, 2015

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