Self-Publishing: An Update

I own and maintain three websites (two for work, and a personal blog), and one of the first things I do after turning my laptop on is check all three sites’ stats. For The Reading Spree, I noticed that my two-year-old post on self-publishing keeps getting hits from both the Philippines and other countries. Within the past two years, more self-publishing companies have gotten my attention, and some have already closed their doors or changed names.

Yes, it’s time for an updated directory.

Most of these publishing services are in my previous list, but I found and added a few more (thanks, Google!). There are many other self-publishing companies and services that aren’t included in this list; it’s advisable that you also do your own online search and thoroughly read the reviews, recommendations and warnings that all self-publishing services get from authors and publishers.

This update also includes publishing companies that do both traditional and digital books, and some provide editorial/design/file conversion/copyright registration services and help authors out with ISBNs, marketing, author site hosting and distribution. Central Books and Bronze Age Media also hold writing and publishing workshops.

Of course, you can do everything on your own (especially if you want to do digital publishing) to cut costs and get all the profits, but if you don’t have the time to go through the whole print book/e-book production process, it would be best to go with a print-on-demand (POD) company.

If you know of POD firms and online resources that should be on this list, please let me know! Drop me a line at thereadingspree (at) gmail (dot) com. 🙂

Central Books
Central Publish-on-Demand Service, Packages, Books on Demand, Process, Publishing Guide, Online Inquiry
927 Phoenix Building, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, (632) 372-3550,
Publish-on-Demand: Marie P. Villanueva-Naval, (632) 372-3550 local 34,

ARMVET Printing Company, Inc.
ARMVET Custom Publishing/Print-on-Demand Service
Request a Quote
4655 Arellano Ave., Palanan, Makati City, (632) 551-8881 to 82, (632) 556-4533 to 34, (632) 804-0688, (632) 804-0676

Bronze Age Media
Bronze Age Media Print-on-Demand Service
Bronze Age Media E-Book Publishing Services
San Antonio Village, Makati City, (632) 399-7764,

Books on Demand @ The ADB Library
Books on Demand Self-Publishing Service

Xlibris Book Publishing Services
Publishing Kit Request
1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403 USA, 1-888-795-4274
*I know Xlibris has an office in Lahug, Cebu City, but I’ve no idea if the Philippine outpost accepts manuscripts or just provides offshore services.

Tools, Pricing
Blurb for Writers, Blurb e-Books

Lulu Books, Specifications, Pricing
Lulu e-Books, Process, Creator Guide
Lulu Affiliate Program

Vantage Press
Vantage Press FAQ
419 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10016 USA, (+1 212) 736-1767, Toll-free: (877) 736-5403,

How to Publish and Distribute e-Books on Smashwords
Smashwords Style Guide
Smashwords FAQ
Book Printing Prices, FAQ, Direct to POD, Contact Page
51 East 42nd Street, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10017 USA, (+1) 800-621-2556

Custom Book Printing, BookBaby Print Servicese-Book Publishing, Process, Pricing, Free Publishing Guides
Print Books: (+1) 866-905-2446,
E-books: (+1) 503-961-6878, (+1) 877-961-6878,
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
CreateSpace Printing Options
CreateSpace Sales Inquiry

PubIt! by Barnes & Noble
PubIt! Support and Resource Page

Additional resources:

How to Self-Publish an Ebook, Chandra Steele,
Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know, David Carnoy, CNET Reviews


  1. I am included in Bronze Age Media’s e-mail list for professional book editors, and occasionally receive project proposals and details from the company.
  2. This is not a sponsored post.