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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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Self-publishing? Hillcrest Media founder Mark Levine wrote the book

Filled with "must read" stories, industry news and reporter insights, exclusive interviews with local business leaders, and expanded Top 25 Lists. To stand out among hundreds of publishing companies, Minneapolis-based Hillcrest Media Group specializes in ...

Published:  Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:16:00 GMT

Barnes & Noble Launches Nook Press Self-Publishing Platform

Barnes & Noble announced yesterday the launch of a new self-publishing print platform called Nook Press, which will allow authors to turn their ebooks into print versions that can be sold in B&N stores and online at The program is self-service and ...

Published:  Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:34:00 GMT

THE INNOCENCE OF JOAN LITTLE is Opioned by Paulist Productions

Author Solutions, LLC, the world leader in supported self-publishing services, has announced today that iUniverse title "The Innocence of Joan Little: A Southern Mystery," (ISBN: 978-0-59515-323-7) written by James Reston, Jr., and originally published by ...

Published:  Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:33:00 GMT

Ottawa Writers Get Book Self-Publishing New Option

There are presently a lot of book self-publishing agencies with the sole promise of offering high quality and affordable self-publishing services to writers. However, the sad truth is that most of these agencies are simply not what they profess to be.

Published:  Wed, 29 Jun 2016 03:32:00 GMT

Outskirts Press Reveals Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing from May 2016

Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full service self-publishing and book marketing company today announced their top 10 best-selling, self-published books from May 2016. Denver, CO, United States., June 28, 2016 - (PressReleasePoint) -Outskirts Press, a ...

Published:  Tue, 28 Jun 2016 01:00:00 GMT

Learn the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing

"Traditional Versus Self-Publishing: Which Is Best for You?" is the title of an event hosted by the Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Sunday, June 26, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S.

Published:  Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:59:00 GMT

Indie Authors to Finally See their Books on B&N Shelves

About three years ago, then-VP, Digital Content and GM of Barnes and Noble's Nook Press division Theresa Horner sat down with GoodEReader at the Frankfurt Book Fair to discuss the state of the company, namely its self-publishing option and its ebook self ...

Published:  Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:57:00 GMT

Barnes & Noble makes belated effort to attract self-publishers, launches NOOK Press

"No one else can offer self-published authors a retail presence like Barnes & Noble can, and we are thrilled to lead the movement to innovate the self-publishing industry by leveraging our stores nationwide. We look forward to seeing how the new all-in ...

Published:  Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:23:00 GMT

Self-publishing 101: Monday, June 27, 7PM at Thomas Ford Library

Do you want to self-publish a novel, memoir, or collection of short stories but have no idea where to start? Have you published before, but want to update your knowledge? Publishing consultant Kim Bookless knows just what you need to bring your latest ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:55:00 GMT

New Writing From J.K. Rowling About The North American School Of Magic

Cerebus, the 6000 page satirical epic that represents a high point of the use of the comic book medium to tell stories, that ran for three hundred issues from the seventies into the noughties, the peak of self-publishing success in the comic book form ...

Published:  Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:15:00 GMT

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