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What's the best self-publishing company? Whether you've already tried the big publishing houses and gotten rejection letters or you just want to jump right in and take the do-it-yourself approach, self-publishing can get your books on people's shelves - both digital and traditional.

One of the first questions you'll need to consider is whether you want to publish your book in print, as an eBook, or both. Some services cater strictly to one or the other, so you'll want to give that decision some thought before you dive into selecting a self-publishing provider.

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Book Baby

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Cost:

Starting at $78 for printed books

Starting at $288 for eBooks

Royalties:

0% charged for eBooks

15% charged for sales made through BookShop

70-90% charged for sales through other distribution channels

BookBaby was founded in 2011 and is the self-publishing company for authors, by authors. The team consists of authors, poets, artists and bloggers who dedicate themselves to helping writers across all genres to publish successfully.

Figuring out the process of publishing a book can be a hassle. That's why we appreciate how BookBaby breaks it down into five simple steps. You can download a free copy of their guide or click through the steps online; just look for the "How to Self-Publish" link on the site's main page. In a nutshell, however, here's what you'll learn:

  • Step 1: Finish your book. This includes a variety of editing types, like proofreading and developmental.
  • Step 2: Preparing your book for publishing. Do you have a book cover? A well-formatted manuscript?
  • Step 3: Picking your products. Do you want an eBook or a printed book - or both?
  • Step 4: Choose your book distribution options. Print on Demand? Amazon, Google, Apple book platforms? This is how you determine how to get your book on sale everywhere!
  • Step 5: Planning your promotion and marketing.

And, as luck would have it, BookBaby is ready to help you with every step of the process, with professionals who can clean up your copy, strategize the marketing approach, and, of course, help you publish your book.

Naturally, pricing for self-publishing depends on the services you choose. Options range from editing services and image conversion to print options for one book or one thousand (or more!). The most popular package offered by BookBaby is the Complete Publishing Package. For $1699, here's what you'll get:

  • 25 custom-printed books
  • eBook conversion and global distribution via Amazon KDP, Vearsa (eBooks, OverDrive, Playster and more), Apple Books, Nook, Kobo, Hoopla, and more than four dozen other channels
  • Professional cover design
  • Printed/eBook formatting
  • Worldwide distribution with Print on Demand
  • Direct-to-reader sales through BookBaby's BookShop
  • Facebook/Instagram ads for authors
  • Printed/eBook ISBNs

BookBaby offers "the strongest guarantee in the eBook and publishing business": if there are any quality or craftsmanship issues with your project, the company will work with you to make it right or issue you a full refund. This extends to your cover design and your book proofs: you can get your deposit refunded if you choose to cancel before production as well. That's a nice perk that isn't offered by every publishing service out there.

BookBaby has several different fee structures when it comes to royalties. If you're self-publishing your work as an eBook, you won't pay any royalties to BookBaby. On the other hand, if you sell your printed book through the company's BookShop, you can expect them to take 15% of your sales. Ultimately, BookBaby says that "depending on the retail price of your title and the specs of the book, most titles will generate between 10-30% royalties." Fortunately, the site has a helpful Royalty Calculator that can guide you to set the right price for your book. We also spotted a pop-up during our most recent visit, offering us free shipping on printed books if we entered our email address.

This self-publishing service has a strong reputation. Over more than 1500 reviews from authors who have used BookBaby to publish their works, the average rating is an excellent 4.5 out of 5 stars. The company also has a solid "A-" grade at the Better Business Bureau.

Self-publishing can be daunting - but it doesn't have to be. When you choose BookBaby as part of the team that will bring your work to life, you can rest assured that you'll have all of the tools you need - and any help required to know how to use them. Because BookBaby offers so many options for getting published and has such a terrific track record, we encourage you to consider them as one of our highest-ranked self-publishing services.

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A related question is your budget. How much are you able - and willing - to spend to publish your work? If you're starting out on a shoestring, you may want to give more attention to the self-publishing companies that will format, publish and list your book at absolutely no cost; you'll just pay out of the royalties on whatever you actually sell. On the other hand, if the sky's the limit and it's your dream to see thousands of copies on the shelves at your local bookstores and beyond, you'll find many services that will give you everything from full-color packages to marketing and beyond.

The good news is that technology has made it possible to get your work published with very few of the costs formerly associated with the process. There's no need for a warehouse stocked with your books when Print-on-Demand publishing has made it easy and economical for copies to be made whenever needed. You can still access any add-on service you may want, like professional editing or book covers designed by graphic artists, but most of the process of self-publishing takes out the guesswork and hassle - which saves you time and money every step of the way.

As you evaluate the many self-publishing companies available today, you'll quickly see that they vary widely in terms of services offered, costs, and reach for prospective readers of your work. Here are several handy criteria to bear in mind, to help you make your decision:

  • Anticipated Costs and Fees. While some self-publishing services are "free", almost all of them take a percentage of your profit when you sell copies of your book. What will you expect to pay upfront, and what will your royalties be?
  • Range of Services. What does the self-publishing company offer you as an author? How much work will you need to do with your manuscript before you submit it for publishing? Are these services included with any fees paid, or will you pay a la carte for each one you need?
  • Reach. Where will your book be made available for sale? Will your work be listed on some of the most well-known online bookstores, or just within the self-publishing company's internal bookstore?
  • Reputation. What do other authors say about the service? Did they have a smooth experience getting their book self-published? Does the company have a good track record of client service, including knowledgeable, friendly reps who can answer your questions along the way?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best self-publishing cmpanies available today. We hope this information helps you narrow down your options and find the perfect fit for getting your book published!

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