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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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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!

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MOORHEAD, Minn. - Self-published author Ryan Jacobson said he always looks for inspirational stories. The Mora, Minn., man, who talked with more than 100 people this past week at area libraries about ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Sep 2019 06:56:00 GMT

NBCUniversal to exit the game publishing business [Update]

is shifting its investment and approach in Games to opportunities that don't require mobile self-publishing," the spokesperson said. "This will allow UBD to deepen their licensing and ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:25:00 GMT

NBCUniversal Shutters Game Publishing Division

"Given the realities of the increasingly competitive nature of the mobile games landscape, Universal Brand Development (UBD) is shifting its investment and approach in games to opportunities that ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:03:00 GMT

NBCUniversal is shutting down its game publishing business

is shifting its investment and approach in Games to opportunities that don't require mobile self-publishing." The statement continues with, "This will allow UBD to deepen their licensing and ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:47:00 GMT

Self-Publishing: What you need to know at Humber Bay Library

Please join us as this seminar will provide aspiring authors with the knowledge they need to successfully navigate the self-publishing world. Although we endeavour to provide the most accurate ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:06:00 GMT

The final installment of the Bookworm's Path to Publishing workshop on Sunday discusses marketing a book

When Pfeiffer first started in the publishing world, the concept of self-publishing didn't exist. "You can do it all on your own now and that's fantastic," he said, "but you need to make sure your ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:53:00 GMT

Ittle Dew 2+ Pulled From eShop After Cancellation Of Nicalis Publishing Contract

According to Ludosity CEO Joel Nystrom in a Twitter post this morning, Ludosity cancelled the publishing contract for the game with the aim of self-publishing it several months ago, and Nicalis ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Sep 2019 05:25:00 GMT

Podium Publishing Taps Scott P. Dickey as Chief Executive Officer

Independent audiobook publisher Podium Publishing has selected veteran media ... the company as Podium looks to expand its support for self-published authors and industry narrators.

Published:  Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:10:00 GMT

Vibrant Publishers Transforms How Students Prepare for the ACT Essay With Its Launch of a New Book & ACT Essay Writing Contest

Vibrant Publishers, USA is a leading publishing house with focus ... With content that is both concise and approachable, the three series are: Job Interview Questions, Self-Learning Management, and ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Sep 2019 01:33:00 GMT

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