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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!

Writer Gives Advice on How to Self Publish Kids' Books

Do you have a great idea for a children's book According to Publisher's Weekly, the children and Young Adult (YA) book market is strong with children's books being "growth drivers of the book ...

Published:  Sat, 06 Apr 2019 05:05:00 GMT

Easy Way To Self-Publish Your Book

Get in to print or put out an ebook in a couple of days. Have you completed your novel and now you don't know how to get it out there Are you ready to jump in and be found I didn't want to ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Apr 2019 03:07:00 GMT

Waimea library hosts self-publishing workshop today

Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library in Waimea is hosting a writers workshop, "Self-Publishing 101," from 5-7 p.m. Today (April 17) in the library meeting room. The event is free and open ...

Published:  Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:05:00 GMT

Have A Big Idea Publish It!

This is a common pathway to becoming published, but given the high volume of book proposals that publishers receive and the length of time involved -- sometimes years -- it can be the most difficult. ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Apr 2019 05:08:00 GMT

Self-organising peer review for preprints - A future paradigm for scholarly publishing

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Published:  Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:12:00 GMT

Former Greensheet property will become self-storage site

A 6.2-acre North Loop industrial site that was owned by classified publication Greensheet has been sold and a self-storage facility is planned ... Helen Gordon founded the Greensheet in 1970. MVR ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:43:00 GMT

Self-healing Concrete Market Worth Around 1380 Billion USD by 2025 | Exponential CAGR 27.0% In International Market

Ameco Research is the one spot destination for all your research needs. Ameco Research holds the repository of quality research reports from numerous publishers across the globe. Our inventory of ...

Published:  Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:23:00 GMT

Former Greensheet printing facility sold to self-storage developer

MVR Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based McElvy Media ... That project was a 1,017-unit self-storage facility on a 2-acre land parcel. In February 2018, GreenSpace and TMS Contractors broke ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Apr 2019 05:48:00 GMT

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