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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!

Illawarra children's book author says self-publishing is still a 'hard slog' if you want returns

Authors keen to bypass the process of pitching their work to big publishing houses are increasingly taking the path of self-publishing. Former primary teacher and early childhood educator, Mount Kembl...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:03:00 GMT



Dream Interpretation Memoir Encourages Self-exploration and Healing

She has also written "I Dream My Crisis Unfolding." Balboa Press Australia is a division of Hay House, Inc., a leading provider in publishing products that specialise in self-help and the mind, body a...

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 03:34:00 GMT



Bob Iger: Disney Isn't "Particularly Good" at Self-Publishing Games

The CEO applauded his company's relationship with game developers EA and is happy to continue letting outside studios develop their properties into games. Disney CEO Bob Iger made a rare concession on ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Feb 2019 15:27:00 GMT



Disney Remains Happy With EA, No Interest in Self-Publishing Games

Despite what would seem to be a rocky business partnership with Electronic Arts, Disney has a "good relationship" with the publisher and will continue to license its brands to other video game ...

Published:  Wed, 06 Feb 2019 06:11:00 GMT



Disney Admits That Self-Publishing Games Was Never Their Strength

At an earnings call on Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger expressed that the Walt Disney Company hold absolutely no interest in returning to video games, as they were never able to "demonstrate much ...

Published:  Wed, 06 Feb 2019 08:55:00 GMT



Apple Reports Self-Driving Car Disengagements to DMV, Earns Worst Rank

All of Apple's self-driving SUVs have safety drivers able to take over in the event of an emergency. The DMV will be publishing the full reports later this week, but they appeared briefly on the websi...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:37:00 GMT



Willoughby Library hosts series on self publishing

Aspiring authors are invited to come to the Willoughby Library for a three-part series on self publishing and learn the ins and outs from local experts, Willie and Rachel Scott at TKI Publishing. Part ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Feb 2019 12:07:00 GMT



Maple Leaf Publishing Incorporated: Providing Book Publicity at Full Throttle

"Why Compete When You Can Naturally Standout" Maple Leaf Publishing Inc., is a Canadian publicity firm that is home to committed and creative professionals. It is opening doors to aspiring and self-p...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:41:00 GMT



Ethereal Visions Publishing Announces New Illuminated Edition of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein

Ethereal Visions Publishing features the artistry of Matt Hughes ... approaches the story of Mary Shelley's original concept of Frankenstein's Monster - a self-reflection of the darker side of Victor ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 03:42:00 GMT



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