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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!

VIZ Originals is new self-publishing platform for manga

VIZ is launching a new self-publishing platform for manga, although all content will be vetted by the company. They are currently asking for creators to prepare portfolio packages to give to VIZ ...

Published:  Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:03:00 GMT



Learn how to write, self-publish, and earn money from your first novel

Have an idea for a book Learn the basics about writing, self-publishing, and of course, making money in this eBook Self-Publishing Bundle. The 12-course, expert-led bundle shows you the step-by-step ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:04:00 GMT



Blind Squirrel lands $5M in funding to self-publish its first game, Drifters

Blind Squirrel Games announced today that it has raised $5 million in funding for its first game, Drifters. This is pretty notable, given that Blind Squirrel is best known for helping other studios ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:11:00 GMT



How Printers Can Capitalize on Book Publishing Trends in 2019

IBPA CEO Angela Bole explained that three publishing models continue to exist: traditional publishing; self-publishing, where authors can be assisted or unassisted by vanity press organizations; and ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:18:00 GMT



Lana Del Rey to self-publish book of poetry and sell it for $1

Lana Del Rey has revealed that she plans to publish her first book of poetry. The 33-year-old singer has reached out to book stores on social media offering to deliver copies of the collection. Lana ...

Published:  Thu, 07 Mar 2019 03:48:49 GMT



Blind Squirrel secures $5m in funding for first self-published game

They see it as an explosive opportunity that cannot be ignored." The investment is sufficient for Blind Squirrel to self-publish Drifters, with some of the funding also going to finishing the ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:31:00 GMT



Nvidia Creates A 'Safety Force Field' To Boost Trust In Self-Driving Vehicles

The Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development is the first commercial customer for Constellation. Nvidia will soon be publishing a white paper on SFF and is opening it up for any company to use ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:30:00 GMT



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