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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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Publishing packages range from $899 to$15,299


50% paid to the author on eBooks

10-25% paid to the author on print books

Xlibris has been helping authors get published for more than 20 years. The service allows you to retain all the rights to your book, have complete control over design, and distribute your book in paperback, hardcover, and eBook formats worldwide. Xlibris is one of two self-publishing companies we evaluated that is owned by Author Solutions. The parent company enjoys an "A+" rating and accreditation from the BBB, which is always a positive mark.

If you want Xlibris' free publishing guide, you can sign up for it in the pop-up you see when you first visit the site. Just be aware that it asks for your mobile number, and by entering your information you're consenting to receiving up to 10 messages per month. (That made us say "no thank you".)

Pricing with Xlibris is over-the-top expensive. Unless you have at least $900 in your budget, you won't be using their service. The most basic package includes a handful of image/text/design treatments, one round of alterations and corrections, three paperback copies, and 50 bookmarks/business cards/postcards. While most of their print packages include eBook formatting, we didn't find an option for authors who only want to self-publish their work digitally and not in print.

Xlibris' distribution network is very limited. They use Ingram Distribution, "the largest book distributor in the United States", as well as Baker and Taylor. Or, if you're publishing a black and white or full-color paperback, your book will also be listed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and "online book retailers". Their distribution list for eBooks is even more vague: "to see where your eBook is being sold, please use a search engine". Really? Authors can't even know upfront which channels Xlibris will use to get their book out there? That's a huge disadvantage when you compare this service with the competition.

You also shouldn't expect to make much money if you use Xlibris to distribute your book. They'll keep 50% of the retail price on your eBooks, and as much as 90% when sold through partners like Amazon. And, by the way, Xlibris sets the retail price for your book - unless you buy the right to set your own price!

When you consider all of the self-publishing services on the market, it's easy to see that Xlibris can't compete with other companies who do so much more - for so much less money! You'll get more for your investment and a much broader reach for your self-published book with other services in our review.

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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? 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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