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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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1.5 stars
Breezeway Books

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?

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!

Know thy-self-publishing at Writers of Kern workshop

Once upon a time, self-publishing was the underdog story of the publishing world. Now it's where so many great author success stories begin. And on Saturday, self-publishing executive duo Marcus and D...

Published:  Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:33:00 GMT



Blind Author Shares 10 Tips for Self-Publishing Your Book in the Safest and Most Profitable Way

Many writers fail to realize that it is absolutely FREE to self-publish books on major websites like Amazon. They have never even heard about options like Print-On-Demand that make life so much easier ...

Published:  Sat, 04 Aug 2018 16:58:00 GMT



Writers of Kern hosting workshop on how to self-publish

Once upon a time, self-publishing was the underdog story of the publishing world. Now it's where so many great author success stories begin. And on Aug. 18, self-publishing executive duo Marcus and Do...

Published:  Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:56:00 GMT



Between the Stacks - Self-publishing success stories are the exception rather than the rule

I don't want to knock self publishing. You can easily find success stories. Christopher Paolini. Vince Flynn. E. Lynn Harris. Zane. "The Martian" by Andy Weir. However, just like with traditional publ...

Published:  Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:41:00 GMT



China Bestsellers for June: Self-Help and Hopeful Reads for Young Adults

Another from the foreign author group is Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg at No. 8, from Huaxia Publishing in China and from PuddleDancer Press (2015) in the States. In more self-help fr...

Published:  Mon, 06 Aug 2018 23:02:00 GMT



Self-published author could see book on big screen

But Selleck was confident that readers not only know what they want, but how to find it. She went through Amazon's self-publishing program to appease family and friends who had been pestering her abou...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:39:00 GMT



HUGEOrange Now Offers Book Editing, Book Marketing and Book Publishing Services

Their book editors will polish your book for publication and ensure it's at its fullest potential. HUGEOrange's book editing service is affordable and expertly done. Your editor will answer any questi...

Published:  Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:03:00 GMT



July Religion Bestsellers: 'Boundaries' Returns as Self-Help Soars

Self-help books continue to dominate Publishers Weekly's Religion Nonfiction bestsellers list, this time with psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend appearing at #9 with the updated and expanded ...

Published:  Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:22:00 GMT



News publishers are using their brands to carve out space on TV screens

For a growing number of digital and print news publishers, TV is not just a place to make money ... Later this fall on HBO, Axios will air a self-titled limited-series focusing on the midterm election...

Published:  Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:01:00 GMT



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