Book Country Adds Free Self-Publishing Option

By Jason Boog Comment

Penguin’s Book Country writing community has relaunched its self-publishing program for authors, offering online editor support and wider distribution.

Publishing packages now range from free to $399 on the site.

At the same time, the company has ended its print publishing services because “digital content has become more important to those writers looking for a non-traditional pathway to publishing.”¬†Writers that self-publish with the service can put their work on¬†Amazon, Apple,, Kobo, Sony, Google and Scribd.

Royalty rates have also changed. Once the online retailers take a portion of the sales, Book Country authors will get 85 percent of their net sales. Authors paying $399 “Prospect” publishing package will get 100 percent of their royalties (after publishers take their cut).

Here’s more about the changes, from the release: “Previously our self-publishing tools were limited to writers of science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, and thriller. Although the Community will remain a genre-only writing community, we’ve eliminated the need to attach your self-published work to our Genre Map, which opens up our self-publishing services to writers working in most genres of fiction and non-fiction.”