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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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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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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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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.

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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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Xlibris is the most expensive of the self-publishing services we reviewed, but many of their author customers would say you don't necessarily get what you pay for in terms of quality. Packages are spendy and royalties are low, so you may get more for your money with a higher-ranked service.

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Breezeway Books, formerly Llumina Press, is not a service we recommend for your self-publishing needs. A clunky website, negative customer reviews, and misleading information regarding royalties are just some of the reasons we recommend you look elsewhere.

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Self Publishing Services

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.

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 In The News

How Indie Genre Fiction Ebooks Are Thriving Online

According to the numbers, genre fiction has taken over in the self-publishing community. Mark Coker, founder and CEO of ebook distributor Smashwords, has some insight as to why. "The bestselling indie titles are genre fiction," Coker says.

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:49:00 GMT

Amazon laying off 58 workers at North Charleston self-publishing business

Amazon says it's cutting part of its office staff in North Charleston this summer, a year after the e-commerce giant moved its book-printing factory out of the city. Amazon's self-publishing service, Createspace, is laying off workers in its editing ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:50:00 GMT

MovePH to hold webinar on Online Publishing

The free webinar will tackle topics on effective storytelling techniques using X - Rappler's self-publishing platform - and responsible use of social media among others. (READ: #NSPC2017: A thousand stories of hard work, hope, and excellence ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:12:00 GMT

Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Benefit from the Popularity of the Amazon Kindle Ebook

The Amazon Kindle e-reader has revolutionized the literary industry and the book-buying and reading experience. That's why Outskirts Press, the No. 1-rated self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, is continuing to focus on helping ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:54:00 GMT

Lupita Nyong'o to Publish a Children's Book

Lupita Nyong'o, the Academy Award-winning actress and voice of Maz Kanata in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," will publish her debut children ... When thinking about her own journey into acceptance and self-love, Ms. Nyong'o cited reading with ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:07:00 GMT

Self Hosting with Raspberry Pi and Tor

A year or so ago I started experimenting with digital self publishing. Having become increasingly politicised with regard to both state and commercial online surveillance I also started questioning the role centralised platforms such as soundcloud and ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:58:00 GMT

Versus Evil's "developer first" approach to indie publishing

"We've lost games to teams that wanted to self-publish, but a good majority of them have come back and said they should have worked with us, and that's not because we're super smart or anything," he says. "I think they get kind of overwhelmed when you're ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:04:00 GMT

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