NEED YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED ASAP? Who’s the Fastest/Least Expensive? Price Comparison of Expedited P.O.D. Publishing Services

Uh oh! You’ve been invited to speak at a conference in four weeks and they’re going to sell your print book to attendees. What do you do?! Most POD publishers don’t offer a rush or expedited print publishing service but a few do.

Who gives the best deal? And, more importantly, will you get your books on time?!


BOOKLOCKER – $1,199 – 2 WEEKS TO MARKET (Yes, that includes original cover design, too!)
(Regular price: $875)

NOTE: BookLocker’s rush service is less expensive than the regular prices charged by the firms below.

AuthorHouse -$3,374.00 – 30 days to market instead of 6 months
(Regular price: $2,874.00)

Outskirts Press – $2,395.00 – 5-10 weeks to market (Offers no guarantees, despite the added fee.)
(Regular price: $2,296.00)

Xlibris – $1,869 – 2 months to market instead of 3-4 months
(Regular price: $1,523.00)


Infinity – N/A – 5-8 weeks to market
(Regular price: $1,097.00)

Trafford – N/A – 3-4 months to market
(Regular price: $1,474.00)

iUniverse – N/A – 3-4 months to market
(Regular price: $1,899.00)

Lulu – N/A – Does not offer rush service. Site does not quote time on services.
(Regular price: $1,688.00)

CreateSpace – N/A – Does not offer rush service. Site does not quote time on services.
(Regular price: $1,288.00)

***Prices above are based on the least expensive package offered by each publisher on similar offers targeting U.S. authors. Fees include black-and-white-interior print formatting (based on a 200-page book) with up to 25 interior photos/graphics, original color cover design with up to 5 images (some above charge extra for more than one image), print proof, basic ebook formatting and distribution to the top four ebook retailers (some have distribution limitations above, and may charge more for ebooks with complex formatting), an ISBN for all editions, barcode, a listing on the publisher’s website, distribution by Ingram, and feedback on your cover if submitting your own (some above don’t offer this, or don’t give you a discount if you are submitting your own cover), all within 6 weeks.

NOTE: Many companies offer perks that others don’t and some try to upsell authors on extraneous services. Study each publisher and contract carefully before making your choice.



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About The Author


Angela Hoy is the publisher of, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).

Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises. - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday. - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors. - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!

Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.

Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)

See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.


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Angela is the creator of the Original 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

Read More Of Angela's Articles HERE