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Best Self Publishing Companies

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.

Thankfully, times have changed. Today, anyone can have their work professionally printed, marketed, and distributed through a variety of self-publishing services.

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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.
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4 stars
Virtual Bookworm


Virtual Bookworm provides good customer service, quick printing turnaround, and a large publishing package. Their impressive list of services is lengthy and includes items to help ensure your success.
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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.
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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.
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2 stars
Llumina Press


Llumina Press offers a basic range of self-publishing resources. They also have a variety of add-on publishing services, but unfortunately come up lacking in the turnaround, marketing, and distribution areas.
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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!

Navigating Self-Publishing Or What Two Successful Business Women Call Indieworld

"A funny thing happened on the way to my retirement"Ž"Ł It's the first sentence in Julie A. Gerber's and Carole P. Roman's book, "Navigating Indieworld: A Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing Your Book."Ł Roman goes on to say in ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:28:00 GMT

Self-publishing, in an instant

"śPublish yourself' recently assumed a different meaning, when visitors to a street book fair in Thiruvananthapuram turned contributors, their impromptu writings were turned into books as the event concluded. Ninety-year-old Balakrishna Kurup never ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:44:00 GMT

The hiccups of self-publishing: A cautionary tale

Abraham Lincoln said, "He who represents himself has a fool for a client."Ł I hadn't heard that when I self-published a YA poetry book, employing myself as literary agent, graphic designer, editor, writer, public relations rep, and marketer.

Published:  Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:54:00 GMT

3 Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Kids' Book

If you've ever thought about how to make money on the side, you've probably considered writing a book. Many websites suggest writing books as an easy way to earn extra income. I am here to set the record straight. I have always wanted to write children's ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:09:00 GMT

Self-Publishing versus Traditional Publishing

"śLike it or not, your dick will never compare to a good lick.' This is the tag line that comes with a new app called Lickster, a cunnilingus training app available on Google Play. Some desperate changes are needed at the African Union for the ...

Published:  Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:21:00 GMT

Hewer Text now offers more for self-publishers

Edinburgh typesetting company Hewer Text has recently set up a self-publishing service for independent authors. The company has been in existence since 1980, but says that it now it offers a more bespoke service for those who want to make their works look ...

Published:  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:33:00 GMT

Self-Publishing Progress and Hurdles

At the Digital Book World (DBW) Indie Author Conference on January 19, we were so pleased to have Orna Ross, author (traditionally and self-published) and founding director of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), join us from London to provide an ...

Published:  Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:01:00 GMT

Getting Noticed in a Noisy World with Your First Book [Michael Hyatt Interview]

He shared some of that wisdom during his interview with Chandler Bolt during the 2016 Self-Publishing Success Summit. Here's what he had to say: Want to write a book but not sure where to begin? Start a blog and keep it up regularly. And by this Michael ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:27:00 GMT

Legal Lens on Self-Publishing Companies

In my last post, Five Legal Terms Every Author Should Know, I explained that the worst mistake indie authors make is losing control of their work. After all, the key benefit of self-publishing is controlling the quality and marketing of our books, in other ...

Published:  Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:31:00 GMT

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