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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

Joel Klein, Corporate Executives and Top Middle Schoolers Headline Unprecedented Education Event
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Publication Date: July 03, 2015

BookWhirl Presents New Publicity Service
The self-publishing company offers its newest service for July.
Publication Date: July 04, 2015

New Xulon Title Emphasizes Trusting God Despite the Circumstances
Geathers guide combines Scriptures with original poetry, and offers space to journal
Publication Date: July 02, 2015

New Xulon Novel Tackles Lifes Difficulties with a Positive Outlook
Eshparika Muunstar encourages young readers to dream big and aim for extraordinary goals.
Publication Date: July 03, 2015

New Xulon Book Delves into the Baptism of Fire: Why is it Needed?
Durham invites readers to receive the holy fire of God, power in the Holy Spirit
Publication Date: July 03, 2015

BookVenture Introduces New Endorsement Service
BookVenture Publishing Company reveals its latest service for July.
Publication Date: July 04, 2015

Patrick Achebe Releases Debut Book, Whispering Waves: Poems for Everyday Grace
Whispering Waves will be available from Mira Digital Publishing and in early July.
Publication Date: July 02, 2015

New Xulon Book Compiles Nine Varied Perspectives of One Illness
Miles and friends share a journey of faith enduring a devastating cancer diagnosis
Publication Date: July 02, 2015

New Xulon Title Travels to a Grand Community Where Life is Simple
Moon transports readers to a magical place and time without modern essentials
Publication Date: July 03, 2015

BookVenture Introduces New Promo for July
The self-publishing company offers its latest promo for July.
Publication Date: July 04, 2015

New Xulon Title Shows Kids How Priceless They Are with a Fun Story
Green pens delightful childrens book that will affirm and build up its little readers
Publication Date: July 03, 2015

Nicholas Snow, Guy de la Croix Pursue New Marketing Push for Novel
Last Love follows protagonists struggle to uncover lost Plato dialogue contradicting platonic love
Publication Date: July 02, 2015

Deb Hawken Introduces Readers to Practical Spirituality for Everyday Living
New book Who Am I, Where Am I, What Is This Place? offers readers practical tips for positive change
Publication Date: July 02, 2015

New Xulon Guide Brings Inner Healing and Peace to the Wounded
Olson helps readers recognize hidden issues with forgiveness, and imitate Christ
Publication Date: July 03, 2015

UbiCare and Partner to Increase Patient Access to Care Throughout the Continuum
UbiCare, an award-winning digital healthcare communications and technology company, and MedSelfEd, Inc. d/b/a, patient education video producers, have formed a partnership to build strategic connections for one anothers clients and provide access to patient engagement and education throughout the full care continuumbefore, during and after surgery.
Publication Date: July 04, 2015

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