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  5. Xlibris
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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 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!

Ethan Van Sciver Leaves DC Comics For Self-Publishing Cyberfrog Riches

Maybe one day, but I want to do CYBERFROG for the next couple of years at least. I want to own something I create. DC is great, was good to me, and I had a good time there, but it's time to try to get rich. 🙂

Published:  Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:29:00 GMT

Book Reviews Now Offered By LM Book Review For Traditional And Self Publishers Authors

LM Book Review has announced a new book review service for authors of most genres. They provide reviews for both traditionally published and self published authors. Book reviews play an important role with diverse groups of people. These include readers ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:06:00 GMT

The Golden Age of Pagan & Magickal Publishing

floating around, but the selection was rather limited. Today there are dozens of Pagan and Magickal Publishers, so many that I know I'm going to forget a few in this article. With the advent of self-publishing there are now hundreds (if not thousands ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:24:00 GMT

'When we do something that grows, it makes sense to pay attention to it:' Publishers are seeing huge traffic spikes from Flipboard

Then in October, Flipboard flipped the switch on a self-serve program that lets publishers plug RSS feeds into the app and set up fast-loading article pages-similar to Facebook Instant Articles and Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). But instead of ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Jun 2018 03:00:00 GMT

Mirrors and Windows: Romance Publishing 2018

Esguerra, whose next self-published romance is What Kind of Day (June), spearheaded ... free workshop in 2013 to encourage Filipino romance readers to start writing and publishing their own stories. Their books, which are available via Amazon and other ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:02:00 GMT

Audiobooks in the Headlines: Wooing Guys in the UK, Winning Over Publishers in Canada

"Meanwhile, 69 percent of publishers reported that their year-over-year digital ... "the top three responses were Amazon (72 percent of respondents), self-published authors (63 percent), and readers (52 percent)." As in previous years, the study ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:30:00 GMT

Twitter rolls out self-serve, in-stream video spots

Premium live video on Twitter is winning over advertisers, with the company reporting 60% year-over-year increases in 2017 revenue for some publishers from in-stream spots, tips on Periscope's Twitter Hearts and in partnership with content shop Niche.

Published:  Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:05:00 GMT

Tesla's Autopilot to get 'full self-driving feature'

However, it was not clear what self-driving features would be included in the August ... Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.

Published:  Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:23:00 GMT

Twitter opens in-stream video ads to advertisers in 12 global markets via its self-serve ad tool

Twitter is opening in-stream video ads to all advertisers via its self-serve ad tool, making the video ad product ... On the publisher side, Twitter reports publishers on the platform saw a 60 percent year-over-year increase in revenue in 2017 from Twitter ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:13:00 GMT

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