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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 PRESSTopConsumerReviews.com 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

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

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

IUNIVERSE

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
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2.5 stars
Trafford Publishing

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

XLIBRIS

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?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best self publishing companies available today. We hope this information helps you start your publishing career right away!

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Published:  Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:36:00 GMT



New Titles from Self-Publishers: June 2019

Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 94 self-published titles below. Each appears with a list of retailers that are selling the book and a description provided ...

Published:  Sat, 22 Jun 2019 06:50:00 GMT



We Tried to Publish a Replication of a Science Paper in Science. The Journal Refused.

Science is supposed to be self-correcting. Ugly facts kill beautiful ... We believe that it is bad policy for journals like Science to publish big, bold ideas and then leave it to subfield ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:43:00 GMT



Avon Lake Public Library offers local history, self-publishing

If you are interested in reminiscing about or researching various elements of Avon Lake's history, Avon Lake Public Library is now offering a new way to make your search easier. Using the online ...

Published:  Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:18:00 GMT



Sex, drugs, and self-harm: Where 20 years of child online protection law went wrong

Safeguards by industry, which for years argued that "self-regulation" was an effective alternative ... Cookiebot discovered recently that a site for the U.S. Government Publishing Office aimed at ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Jun 2019 05:14:00 GMT



Waymo's John Krafcik on Lyft partnership, self-driving trucks and more (Episode 8)

Pete talks with John Krafcik on the latest developments from Waymo, including the company's fifth-generation self-driving system and international ... Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and ...

Published:  Sun, 23 Jun 2019 21:00:00 GMT



Learn to self-publish your book at FSU

PANAMA CITY - Would-be authors are encouraged to sign up for a crash course in self-publishing being offered by the Florida State University Panama City English Club. "Everyone has a story to tell," ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Jun 2019 03:00:00 GMT



DIY: How to Avoid Self-Publishing Scams

The booming growth of self-publishing has been great news for authors as well as providers of all variety of self-publishing services, including editing, designing, and consulting. But as services ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:22:00 GMT



Ngugi, leading authors and publishers take stock of hits and misses in key city forum

writers and artists to understand the current state of Africa's publishing ecosystem. Odhiambo, a literature lecturer at the University of Nairobi, discussed the perils of self-censorship and explored ...

Published:  Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:00:00 GMT



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