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      June 23, 2018

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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!

Burlington Couple Find Success Self-Publishing Sci-Fi Fantasy

Two years ago, Christine Mancuso was a school psychologist and her husband, Nick Crawford, was a biology researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Now they work from home, writing books about boot-clad young women who discover magical powers, fight ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:06:00 GMT

New Titles from Self-Publishers: June 2018

Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 85 self-published titles below. Each appears with a list of retailers that are selling the book and a description provided by its author. Some of these writers are waiting to be ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:05:00 GMT

Ethan Van Sciver Leaves DC Comics For Self-Publishing Cyberfrog Riches

Maybe one day, but I want to do CYBERFROG for the next couple of years at least. I want to own something I create. DC is great, was good to me, and I had a good time there, but it's time to try to get rich. 🙂

Published:  Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:29:00 GMT

Seimas takes 1st step toward publishing names of self-confessed ex-KGB agents

The Lithuanian parliament has decided to start debates on an initiative by the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania-Christian Families Alliance (LLRA-KŠS) to make public the names of people who have confessed about their past collaboration with the KGB.

Published:  Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:47:00 GMT

Women on the Move Folk Trio, Self-Publishing Discussion at Central Library

The Women on the Move Trio performs traditional and modern folk songs, to listen or sing along, starting at 11 a.m. Local independent author Anne Louise Bannon discusses the world of self-publishing from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 6:00 pm Classic Car Nights at Lake ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Jun 2018 01:15:00 GMT

Book Reviews Now Offered By LM Book Review For Traditional And Self Publishers Authors

LM Book Review has announced a new book review service for authors of most genres. They provide reviews for both traditionally published and self published authors. Book reviews play an important role with diverse groups of people. These include readers ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:06:00 GMT

Police: Fla. Gunman Kills Self, 4 Child Hostages

Orlando, Florida authorities say man shot an officer before barricading himself in an apartment. He killed the four children he had been holding hostage and took his own life, following a siege that lasted nearly 24 hours. (June 12) Subscribe for more ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Jun 2018 02:22:00 GMT

Book Review: "Note to Self"

But do they hear what you say now" or, as in the new book "Note to Self," collected and introduced by Gayle King, will your words ring back in the future When she was just nine years old, a classmate told Gayle King that she would be his slave ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:24:00 GMT

Bayonetta Developer Talks About Self-Publishing Future Games

For years, Platinum Games has been responsible for the creation of some of the most visceral action titles out there, including the Bayonetta series, Vanquish and NieR: Automata. But it sounds like for future releases, the company may try a different ...

Published:  Sun, 03 Jun 2018 18:56:00 GMT

Richmond gallery hosts self-publishing workshop

Richmond Art Gallery is hosting a workshop tonight led by Vancouver artist Ho Tam from 7 to 9 p.m. to discuss the practice of self-publishing as a means of sharing one's art with new audiences. The workshop will be a chance to network with emerging and ...

Published:  Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:35:00 GMT

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