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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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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!

Why, After 12 Books, I'm Self-Publishing "The Goat'

The betas were real readers in the consumer sense and their feedback was invaluable, although occasionally painful, to me. They pushed me and helped me make the book better. I owe it to them that ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:30:00 GMT

With self-publishing in Canada, profit isn't the main motive

Back in 1901, Beatrix Potter's book about a mischievous rabbit named Peter was rejected so many times, she decided to turn the page on traditional publishing. The British writer and illustrator ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Aug 2019 03:50:00 GMT

Do Publishers Suddenly Hate Libraries?

We get it. Librarians also get that authors are under increasing pressure in the digital world, and that the publishing marketplace is increasingly complicated, with the rise of self-publishing, ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:04:00 GMT

Sarah Ferguson is working with self-help guru Tony Robbins who is accused of sexual misconduct

Publishing the photo with Robbins at the launch of a new solar ... they dream to be in order to live the fulfilling lives they envision for their highest self. Through the course of my career, more ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Aug 2019 00:08:00 GMT

Scribe Books Is Disrupting Self-Publishing by Giving Away All the Secrets for Free

For most companies, their process is their secret sauce. They jealously guard their secrets, or at best, they sell their secrets in expensive online courses. Scribe Books does the opposite. They ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Aug 2019 05:39:00 GMT

Dog Ear Publishing accused of owing thousands to self-published authors

Actor Michael Kostroff self-published his book "Audition Psych 101" in 2017 with Indianapolis-based Dog Ear Publishing. Kostroff, who played roles on "The Wire" as well as "Law & Order: SVU," said he ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Aug 2019 10:17:00 GMT

Graphite Comics Announces First Original Series, Creator Publishing Platform, New Creator Partnerships

They also announced a brand new self-publishing initiative for comics creators that has now launched its beta phase, enabling creators to host their webcomics on the platform and monetize it right ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:40:00 GMT

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