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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.

Thankfully, times have changed. Today, anyone can have their work professionally printed, marketed, and distributed through a variety of self-publishing services.

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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.
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4 stars
Virtual Bookworm


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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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.
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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.
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2 stars


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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1.5 stars
Breezeway Books


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 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!

How self-publishing a book in New York is a little like starting a small business

I've been writing about business for the last 13 years as a reporter, but until now I've never known how it felt to be a small business owner in New York. Self-publishing a book has given me a little ...

Published:  Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:29:00 GMT

On self-publishing "A Programmer's Introduction to Mathematics"

Over the past four years I've been writing a book, A Programmer's Introduction to Mathematics. It teaches someone with programming knowledge and experience how to engage with mathematics.

Published:  Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:11:00 GMT

Stardew Valley Creator to Start Self-Publishing on December 14th

It's hard not to love Stardew Valley, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone's take on the farming/RPG genre that Harvest Moon popularized. That's especially if you consider the long and arduous ...

Published:  Fri, 30 Nov 2018 22:45:00 GMT

'Stardew Valley' Creator Splits with Publisher, Moves to Self-Publishing

Stardew Valley will soon be self-published on most platforms after its developer announced a split from the publisher. Created by Eric Barone, better known as "ConcernedApe" in his updates ...

Published:  Sat, 01 Dec 2018 06:56:00 GMT

Video Game News: Stardew Valley Developer looks to begin self-publishing

Stardew Valley is a farming simulator RPG that was released back in 2016. This gem of a game by Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone was one of the best releases to come out that year, garnering high scores fro...

Published:  Sat, 01 Dec 2018 19:30:00 GMT

Stardew Valley moves to self-publishing model in December

Eric Barone, who most of the internet and gaming community knows by now as ConcernedApe, took to the official Stardew Valley site with an important announcement today. Starting December 14, the creato...

Published:  Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:21:00 GMT

Stardew Valley Developer Will Begin Self-Publishing on Most Platforms

Stardew Valley developer ConcernedApe made a pretty huge announcement today. The developer, whose real name is Eric Barone, announced that he will soon self-publish his indie smash on most platforms, ...

Published:  Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:21:00 GMT

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