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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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Cost:

Free

Royalties:

Authors keep 45-85% of net sales proceeds

Smashwords serves as a global eBook distributor. Their distribution network includes Apple Books (in more than 50 countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo (France, UK, etc.), OverDrive, Gardners, and more. Smashwords has helped more than 130,000 authors publish and distribute nearly 500,000 eBooks over the last 11+ years.

We were happy to see that Smashwords had an "A+" rating and zero registered customer complaints with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our review. We also found blog posts from published authors who said that they had excellent experiences using this service for their eBook distribution.

The Smashwords site is a little less polished than some of their eBook-only competitors. The "How to Publish on Smashwords" page is full of small text and bullet-point lists that can be tedious to read through. You may want to go directly to creating your free account, or download the Smashwords Style Guide to be sure your manuscript is properly formatted. (We thought it was nice that the guide is available in several languages, including Spanish, German, Italian, French, Dutch and Bengali.)

You'll get a ton of free services when you use Smashwords. ISBNs, author profile pages on the Smashwords bookstore, anytime updates to books and metadata, exclusive marketing and selling tools (like a coupon manager!), and much more. And, of course, don't forget about their extensive distribution network where you'll pay exactly zero to list your book.

Yes, you'll still have to pay royalties, though. What you make on your eBook depends on which channel sells it. On average, you'll keep anywhere from 45-85% of the profits made, which is better than many of Smashwords' competitors.

We also love that the company is very forthcoming about your likelihood of selling tons of books. In the Q&A with Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, he says that your sales will be determined by you, your marketing efforts, and the quality of your book - and if you need any tips to publish like a pro, you can tune into his Smart Author podcast.

Smashwords is fun and free to use, and is a good option if you're looking for an eBook-only platform with lots of distribution channels.

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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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