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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!

You Should NOT Self-Publish A Book

I'm going to start this off by letting you know that I have written 35 books. Twelve of them are my own. The rest were ghosted for clients. I have also spent the last few years helping over 1500 ...

Published:  Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:02:00 GMT



Global Self-Publishing Platform PublishDrive Releases Case Study on how their Groundbreaking Pricing Maximizes Author Profits

In the case study, best-selling author Rachel Morgan shares her experience of increased profits and decreased administrative tasks resulting from enrolling in PublishDrive's subscription pricing.

Published:  Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:42:00 GMT



Author's Corner: Kingsport woman releases two books, helps other authors self-publish

KINGSPORT - Model City resident Cassie Kitzmiller knows a thing or two about writing and publishing books. In addition to releasing two of her own books, with more in the works, Kitzmiller helps other ...

Published:  Sat, 19 Jan 2019 10:05:00 GMT



Oberlin author takes pride in self-publishing

Tara Sivec, of Oberlin, is a USA Today Best Selling author through self-publishing and shares how working independently rather than through a company has benefited her life. Sivec, 42, first began pub...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:14:00 GMT



Should Bungie Self Publish Their Next Game Or Should They Partner With One of the Big Three

The recent news that Bungie would be going independent, splitting ways with Activision, while retaining control of the Destiny IP, came as a shocker for everyone yesterday. While the relationship ...

Published:  Sat, 12 Jan 2019 07:09:00 GMT



3 Reasons to Self-Publish With Agora Publishing Montreal

Are you a would-be author or even a published author looking to be published in Montreal Have you tried traditional publishers and failed Do you want a professionally published book that matches the ...

Published:  Sat, 19 Jan 2019 22:57:00 GMT



Destiny to Be Self-Published by Bungie After Split from Activision

Bungie is acquiring the rights to self-publish Destiny from Activision, the company revealed in a surprise announcement Thursday afternoon. The two companies are currently in the "early stages ...

Published:  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:50:00 GMT



Bungie parts ways with Activision to self-publish Destiny

Game studio Bungie, known best for having created the Halo franchise and more recently the Destiny series, is splitting up with its longtime publishing partner Activision, the company said in a surpri...

Published:  Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:37:00 GMT



The power of creativity; Maryville man writes, self-publishes 14 novels

It is action packed and filled with heart-warming and heart grabbing drama," Boyd said. Since Boyd has been successful at self-publishing his own works through his own company, BBJ Publishing, the aut...

Published:  Sun, 20 Jan 2019 21:56:00 GMT



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