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  1. Virtual Bookworm
  2. Books Just Books
  3. iUniverse
  4. Trafford Publishing
  5. Xlibris
  6. Breezeway Books

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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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Self Publishing Reviews

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 to Decide Whether to Self-Publish Your Book or Not

At least once a week, some highly motivated CEO, C-suite executive, coach, or entrepreneur calls me up and asks, "Should I self-publish my business book" Unfortunately, there's no one right answer to that question. To begin with, it's critical to ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:39:00 GMT

Independent filmmakers are irate after Amazon slashed royalties by 60% on its self-distribution platform

Amazon touts AVD as a "self-service publishing interface, without the need for complex negotiations or contracts." But Amazon's ability to change things on the fly has now left filmmakers angry, and has forced them to decide if they should continue using ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:42:00 GMT

Self-Publishing The Last Thing You Need Is A Proofreader

When I say the last thing you need is a proofreader, I mean it literally. Proofreading is the final stage in the editorial process prior to publication. The self-publisher who moves straight from writing to proofreading is trying to win the race by ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:46:00 GMT

Outskirts Press Giving Self-Publishing Authors Extra Love in 2018

Writing a book is often a solitary pursuit - but there's no reason a new author must finish the publishing journey alone. Outskirts Press, named No. 1 self-publishing service provider by Top Consumer Reviews, is showing its authors lots of love in the new ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:10:00 GMT

Outskirts Press Giving Authors a Sweetheart Deal on Self-Publishing for Valentine's Day

Outskirts Press is showing self-publishing authors lots of love with a sweetheart of a deal this Valentine's Day. The company, rated the No. 1 self-publishing company by Top Consumer Reviews, has announced a 20 percent off flash sale on its popular Full ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:58:00 GMT

XOXO After Dark and Archway Publishing Announce Winners of Hot Books, Cold Nights Romance Novel Writing Contest

For more information visit our website at Archway Publishing is a strategic self-publishing alliance between leading global publisher Simon & Schuster and self-publishing world leader Author Solutions, LLC. For more information ...

Published:  Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:56:00 GMT

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