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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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Is self-publishing coming of age in the digital world?

Erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey began life as a humble, self-published e-book, unable to satisfy the tastes of traditional publishers. Within a few years it had achieved domination on a global scale, spawning a series that has sold more than 125 million ...

Published:  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 03:13:00 GMT

Introduction to Self Publishing on eBook

Learn some guidelines, expectations and costs in self publishing, specially for eBook (Kindle, Nook, iPad). Learn about print-in-demand. With guest presentor, Rand Greenfield, who recently published his book/eBook.

Published:  Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:55:00 GMT

Brighton Walsh on why she self-pubbed "˜Paige in Progress'

But even with that experience behind me, nothing prepared me for self-publishing. It's an entirely different beast - not better or worse, but different. And a lot of work. Anything that needs to be done for your book falls to your shoulders ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:12:00 GMT

Local authors to present self-publishing program March 3

MADISON - Three local authors will tell their stories about how they became self-published authors 6:30 p.m. March 3 at Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. Margie DeLong, Barbara Hacha and Doug Farren will each tell their reasons for ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:43:00 GMT

How has self-publishing changed the industry?

As more and more writers choose to self-publish, how are these author-entrepreneurs changing the bookselling industry? BBC News caught up with a selection of authors and people working in publishing at Author Day, an event organised by The Bookseller and ...

Published:  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:43:00 GMT

Digital Arachnid: What Does Author Earnings Mean to the Industry?

In the new February Author Earnings report, released Monday (February 8), things continue to look relentlessly rosy for self-publishing authors and dire for the trade. But there are also announcements of changes in the approach-not entirely clear changes ...

Published:  Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:50:00 GMT

Groton Reads launches with 'The Martian'

"But what's also interesting is that the book was a self-publishing phenomenon, was picked up by a regular publisher, the Crown Publishing Group, became a best seller, and made the New York Times best seller list for 2014." Indeed, according to Sanchez ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:51:00 GMT

The Walrus Talks: Blue Met event's lineup includes Heather O'Neill

photographer and self-publishing phenomenon; and Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Published:  Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:13:00 GMT

Children's Book THE LION PRIDE is Released

She is also the author of "My Dozen Angels," due for release in March or April. WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC - the world leader supported self- publishing.

Published:  Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:38:00 GMT

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