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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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On Vanity Presses, True Self-Publishing, and One Author's Tenacity

In the article "Meet Douglas Gardham, the hardest-working Canadian novelist you've never heard of," Globe and Mail Books Editor Mark Medley features a Canadian author who has travelled every weekend for the last three years and driven over 115,000 ...

Published:  Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:48:00 GMT

10 Tips for Self Publishing a Photo Book Through Kickstarter

In January 2016 I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to get my first book, Animal Soul, printed. Here I will share ten things I learned that could perhaps be valuable for those wanting to follow this path. 1. Fully Funded is Not the Same as ...

Published:  Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:06:00 GMT

Self-publishing News: Blasting Through!

I have been catching up with the latest news on the fly having had a couple of days out researching the latest edition of "shoehorning my life into an ill-fitting metaphor for the indie author's world." I only had two nights away (hey, I'm a poet ...

Published:  Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:43:00 GMT

10 Self-Publishing Trends to Watch

The future of publishing is fraught with opportunity and peril. Here are 10 trends shaping your future as a writer and/or publisher. The rise of e-books: Ten years ago, e-books accounted for less than 1% of the trade book market. Today, e-books account for ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:00:00 GMT

Book Self-Publishing: Top 5 Reasons to Use

For you to make that very important decision to become an author simply means that you are well prepared to strictly follow that rules and regulations guiding the writing profession. Any kind of oversight on your part with regards to your book always ...

Published:  Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:48:00 GMT

A poem for your soul

Waheed's post on her struggle was on the occasion of salt. hitting its 500th review on Amazon, and breaking the self-publishing record in poetry. Her work is now studied in schools and colleges, quoted widely, and clearly intensely loved. It's ...

Published:  Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:59:00 GMT

Self-Publishing Books 101

"Self-Publishing Books 101," by Shelley Hitz and Heather Hart, is a step-by-step guide to getting a book published in multiple formats for those who don't want to publish the traditional way. First, the authors introduce you to self-publishing and list ...

Published:  Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:07:00 GMT

Outskirts Press Announces Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing from June 2016

Outskirts Press, a full-service self-publishing and book marketing service provider, today announced its top ten titles from June. All these books, and other Outskirts Press titles, are available from all major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble ...

Published:  Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:05:00 GMT

Outskirts Press Reveals Top 10 Best Selling Books in Self-Publishing from June 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 June 2016. Outskirts Press, a full-service self-publishing and book marketing service provider ...

Published:  Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:16:00 GMT

New Book Tells Stories of Five Women in Search of Grace

Arbuckle lives with her husband of over 40 years in West Chester. WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC -- the world leader in supported self-publishing.

Published:  Sat, 30 Jul 2016 04:03:00 GMT

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