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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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New book attempts to capture grand paradox of life before conception, after birth, beyond death
Publication Date: March 04, 2015

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Publication Date: March 04, 2015

Outskirts Press Reveals Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing from January 2015
Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company today announced its top ten titles from January.
Publication Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:40:35 -0800

The long road to self-publishing
Back in 2007 I wrote an article about publishing your own book, and I recommended the LuLu platform. LuLu allows people to get their own printed book or e-book published but it's just one of the possible options out there.
Publication Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:10:56 -0800

7.1 Steps to Writing Your Book
If you're an entrepreneur who has been through the ringer in life or business and willing to share, self-publishing can be powerful.
Publication Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:15:00 -0800

Nintendo woos indies in New York this week in continued push for Wii U, 3DS
Nintendo will arrive at IndieCade East this week with a showcase of independently created games and some advice to help developers bring their titles to Nintendo platforms, the company announced today. Nintendo's senior manager of licensing, Damon Baker, will give a talk called "Self-Publishing with Nintendo," in which he'll discuss how developers can bring their games to the eShops on Nintendo ...
Publication Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:48:14 -0800

Author Solutions Keith Ogorek to Present Four Paths to Publishing at meeting of Publishers + Writers San Diego Feb. 28
Non-profit organization has served the interests of independent publishers and authors for more than 20 years.
Publication Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:10:42 -0800

Author Solutions Announces Acquisition of iUniverse Memoir by Macmillan Imprint
Re-titled Self-Published Memoir about Young Jewish Man Forced to Serve Hitler to Be Released February 24
Publication Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:13:37 -0800

Mattr Named One of the Top Startups to Watch in 2015
Built in Austin names Mattr as a Top 50 Startup to Watch in 2015. Mattr provides rich context around a brand's influencers, their audience, and their psychographic profiles by uncovering personality traits, interests and values.
Publication Date: March 04, 2015

Mereo Books Offers Authors a Definitive Guide to the Self-Publishing Jungle
Mereo Books has produced a downloadable self-publishing guide for authors, explaining the process from planning and writing a book right through to working with a publisher and marketing it.
Publication Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 06:40:07 -0800

Battleworn recounts the chronicles of a combat medic at war
Author Chantelle Taylor's new book shares her experiences, engaging all of the senses in this insightful memoir
Publication Date: March 04, 2015

Keith Ogorek of Author Solutions to Offer Popular Four Paths to Publishing Presentation at the Build Your Blog 2015 ...
Talk Scheduled for Saturday, February 21 at 10 a.m. MST
Publication Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:39:59 -0800

Self-publishing: Write on
In 2007, I wrote an article about publishing your own book, and I recommended as a possible option the LuLu platform ( ), which offers the ability for people to get their printed book or eBook published.
Publication Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:31:05 -0800

Complimentary Kindle and NOOK Book Format For Authors Self-Publishing With Outskirts Press in March
Outskirts Press is helping authors get the most bang for their self-publishing buck in March. Authors who publish this month will receive a complimentary Kindle and NOOK book format of their book perfect for reaching a wider audience with that new book.
Publication Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:49:12 -0800

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