Best Websites to Self-Publish Your Book in 2021

Whether you want to publish a business book to grow your business or publish a book of fiction or any genre, self-publishing is the fastest and most profitable type of book publishing available today. Unlike traditional publishing, self-published authors keep the bulk of the royalties instead of keeping only around 10%.

Even more importantly, authors who self-publish keep their rights and can get to market much faster. These are major advantages for self-publishing over traditional publishing. But finding the best self-publishing website for your book can be challenging because there are so many self-publishing platforms available these days.

We’ve researched the numerous self-publishing websites and narrowed them down to a list of the five best websites to self-publish your book in 2021.

Here’s a list of self-publishing websites that we’ve compiled to help with your research:

1. MindStir Media is an award-winning self-publishing company partnered with Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington and Mariel Hemingway. MindStir uniquely offers its clients a mentoring program from no. 1 best-selling author J.J. Hebert. Hebert and his team help authors produce their books, from book design to editing to distribution and selling.

Furthermore, its clients are able to get endorsements from celebrities and land on best-seller lists through the utilization of best-seller campaigns and comprehensive book publicity and marketing plans. Its books are distributed through Ingram, making MindStir titles available through retailers such as Amazon,, and more. MindStir authors receive up to 100% royalties.

2. Bookbaby advertises itself as “the easiest way to publish your book.” The company provides most of its self-publishing services on an a la carte basis, so authors only have to buy what they need–including services like design, editing, distribution and more. Bookbaby guarantees its services and products and offers a money-back guarantee. This is the same company that launched CD Baby many years ago.

3. Lulu publishing is one of the oldest print-on-demand self-publishing providers in the world, with millions of books printed since its inception nearly twenty years ago. Lulu gives the power to the authors by giving them tools to use to create their own cover designs and interior layouts. A major drawback is that Lulu doesn’t appear to supply authors with design or editing services. They are primarily a book printer and platform to sell your book.

4. Blurb is a self-publishing website perfect for one-off projects. If you need a handful of copies, Blurb might be the best option. They can help you create your book through online tools and sell it through your platform. They specialize in producing high-end photo books, so if you have a photo book in need of high gloss paper then Blurb is likely a good pick.

5. Mill City Press is able to create a one-of-a-king plan for each author it deals with. This is an attractive approach for many authors trying to avoid cookie cutter firms. They are a full-service publisher in that they will design the book for you, edit it and publish it on your behalf. Mill City also uses their own proprietary PubSmart technology that “is designed to get your message to the right person … allowing for easier communication,” as stated on their website. Their book printing prices are some of the lowest in the self-publishing industry as well.

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