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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!

Is Self-Publishing Still a Flash in the Pan Yeah, Right.

In case you were waiting for the hoopla surrounding self-publishing to die down, there's some unfortunate news from Bowker: the number of ISBNs issued for self-published books just reached one ...

Published:  Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:11:00 GMT

Learn about self-publishing at library panel discussion

Those interested in self-publishing a book are invited to a panel discussion featuring local self-published authors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Northfield Public Library. Learn about different s...

Published:  Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:27:00 GMT

Frankfurt: A Panel on Self-Censorship and Morality in Publishing Today

Self-censorship is a growing issue for publishers; publishing in India is on the verge of the #MeToo movement; and adult publishing seems stuck, with the real change on issues like diversity and sexua...

Published:  Sat, 13 Oct 2018 05:48:00 GMT

The Number of Self-Published Titles Cracked 1 Million in 2017

While Bowker noted that the 2017 decline is the third consecutive year the number of ISBNs issued for e-books fell, the drop is more likely due to authors moving to Amazon's KDP self-publishing platfo...

Published:  Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:44:00 GMT

New Self-Help Book Offers Tips for Leaders to Become Better Using the Spine as a Metaphor

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing ...

Published:  Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:00:00 GMT

5 Indian languages added to Kindle Direct Publishing

With the five Indian languages, authors would be able to self-publish their eBooks in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam, the company said in a statement. "We launched Indian language ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Oct 2018 02:55:00 GMT

A true tale of a kid author: 11-year-old from SD has self-published mystery novel

She told me about this place called Create Space, where you can self-publish and have more control of your work," Anderson said. Patrick, of Mitchell, is the author of several books for children, incl...

Published:  Fri, 05 Oct 2018 07:30:00 GMT

Teatro Paraguas To Host Self-Publishing Workshop

Teatro Paraguas is pleased to host "Your `Self' in Self-Publishing," a three-hour workshop lead by Eva Murray of the San Francisco Bay Area, Founder of VERBALIST The workshop is scheduled at the theat...

Published:  Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:11:00 GMT

3 Ways This Startup Aims To Democratize Book Publishing

So rather than being painfully rejected dozens of times over months or years, authors can be quickly connected with interested publishers. 2. Higher quality and more credibility than self-publishing. ...

Published:  Wed, 10 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT

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