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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?

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!

2016

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. Read More... Visit
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4 stars
Virtual Bookworm

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

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
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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. Read More... Visit
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2 stars
Llumina Press

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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Chariss K. Walker Interview - Alec Winters, New Orleans, and Self-Publishing

What was her inspiration for this book? Can the same person be both an angel and a demon? How much research did she have to do for this book? How many other books has she written? What are her thoughts on self-publishing? Where can her fans find her on the ...

Published:  Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:49:00 GMT



Tell it Yourself: The Self-Publishing Revolution

In many ways, technology has revolutionized the way we read. Attention spans feel shorter, whole stories have been clipped into bite-sized, punchy tweets and emotional reactions have been replaced by gifs and emojis. One of the greatest advantages of the ...

Published:  Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:30:00 GMT



How I Earned $45K Self-Publishing 10 E-Books: Top Takeaways

It feels like yesterday that I was self-publishing my very first e-book, Make a Living Writing: The 21st Century Guide. I made quite a few mistakes putting that out, and it's no longer available (cough). But I lived and learned, and created better e-books.

Published:  Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:20:00 GMT



Why Is Self-Publishing Still a "Last Resort?"

The digital publishing revolution, such as it was, had many facets. There was the birth of the take-anywhere traditionally published ebooks, the hope of educational reform through bells and whistles digital textbooks, and perhaps most important of all, the ...

Published:  Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:44:00 GMT



A Leader in Canadian Writing Takes Stock of Self-Publishing

Authors, traditionally published and self-published, need to adapt to stay viable, says Merilyn Simonds, former chief of The Writers' Union of Canada. At the same time, she says, it's never been a more exciting time to be a writer. Simonds spoke to ...

Published:  Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:00:00 GMT



Indie Author Day Coming to Marin County Free Library

Visitors will get to meet authors who publish both traditionally and independently in a variety of genres and discover new publishing platforms and local support for self-publishing. "This event provides an opportunity to be engaged with the rich literary ...

Published:  Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:21:00 GMT



How to Self-Publish on Amazon: The Beginner's Step-By-Step Guide to Self-publishing Their First Book

Ready to self-publish on Amazon? Considering self-publication on Amazon but don't have a clue where to start or what to expect? Take a glimpse behind-the-scenes, so when the time comes to push the button and create your own ebook, you already know what ...

Published:  Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:00:00 GMT



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