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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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 Services

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.

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!

Self Publishing In The News

MU Reads guest lecturer discussed self-publishing, writing historical books

Marshall University Library's book club, MU Reads, presented an afternoon of learning about self-publishing books with guest lecturer and author Jack Dickinson. Dickinson, curator of Marshall's Rosanna Blake library, discussed his journey of self ...

Published:  Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:06:00 GMT

Self-Publishing Expert Joanna Penn to Keynote 2018 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference in Philadelphia

PENNSAUKEN, N.J., April, 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ The best and brightest minds in self-publishing are coming to the 2018 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference this fall in Philadelphia, PA. One of the most acclaimed experts in independent book ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:51:00 GMT

Self-Publishing in the Kitchen: A Success Story

I'm not a foodie," insists Alan Batt, or Battman, as he is known in culinary circles. However, anyone looking at his oeuvre of food photography might be surprised that he counts a Quarter Pounder with cheese and fries as one of his favorite meals.

Published:  Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:14:00 GMT

Learn how to self-publish your own work for just $25

We've each got at least one great story inside of us that should be made into a book. But if you've ever tried to actually carry that concept all the way to a bookstore shelf, you know the truth: navigating the treacherous seas of publishing can be ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Outskirts Press Announces 46 Self-Publishing Authors Nominated to EVVY Awards

Outskirts Press, the No. 1-rated self-publishing company according to Top Consumer Reviews, has announced its nominees for the 2018 CIPA EVVY Awards, which recognize independent authors in dozens of literary categories. This year's nominations for the ...

Published:  Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:01:00 GMT

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