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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!


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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How I Earned $45K Self-Publishing 10 E-Books: Top Takeaways

It feels like yesterday that I was self-publishing my very first e-book, Make a Living Writing: The 21st Century Guide. I made quite a few mistakes putting that out, and it's no longer available (cough). But I lived and learned, and created better e-books.

Published:  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:20:00 GMT

Self-publishing News: Where Are We Heading?

Today is International Translation Day. And that seemed like a good opportunity to start by reminding everyone who comes here of Orna Ross's continual refrain that for indie writers, rights are everything. It's so important to think beyond just ebook ...

Published:  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:37:00 GMT

An Interview with Rebecca Brockway: Author of Miss Matched at Midlife

I was restless. I knew if I didn't write my story and launch it, I might miss my opportunity. Self-publishing wasn't my first choice but it became my best choice. What self-publishing service did you use? Happy with the service? From the start ...

Published:  Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:00:00 GMT

Why Is Self-Publishing Still a "Last Resort?"

The digital publishing revolution, such as it was, had many facets. There was the birth of the take-anywhere traditionally published ebooks, the hope of educational reform through bells and whistles digital textbooks, and perhaps most important of all, the ...

Published:  Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:44:00 GMT

Chariss K. Walker Interview - Alec Winters, New Orleans, and Self-Publishing

What was her inspiration for this book? Can the same person be both an angel and a demon? How much research did she have to do for this book? How many other books has she written? What are her thoughts on self-publishing? Where can her fans find her on the ...

Published:  Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:38:00 GMT

Tell it Yourself: The Self-Publishing Revolution

In many ways, technology has revolutionized the way we read. Attention spans feel shorter, whole stories have been clipped into bite-sized, punchy tweets and emotional reactions have been replaced by gifs and emojis. One of the greatest advantages of the ...

Published:  Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:30:00 GMT

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