Category Archives: vanity publishing

Just because publishing is changing does not mean it’s dying

When I first read this article by Garrison Keillor, I kind of chuckled to myself—I mean, how seriously can I take the opinion of modern publishing from the dude who hales from the (albeit fictitious) “little town that time forgot … Continue reading

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Book review

Title: The Wealthy Author: The Fast Profit Method for Writing, Publishing & Selling Your Non-Fiction Book  Authors: Joe Gregory and Debbie Jenkins  Publishing Academy, 2009 Back cover synopsis: Renegade publishers, Debbie Jenkins and Joe Gregory, share their hard-won experience to … Continue reading

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Why self-publishing your book rather than pursuing the traditional route can be your best bet

I read a blog post today about why authors should pursue traditional publishing rather than try self-publishing from the start. For authors of fiction, I would probably agree that traditional publishing is definitely the more ideal model; but for authors … Continue reading

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Book distribution and discounts: The problems with using a “self-publishing company”

One of the most appealing things about using a so-called self-publishing company for many authors is the lack of up-front investment. Companies such as Lulu cost very little, so eager authors jump right in—often without examining the fine print. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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So you’re thinking of publishing your own book. Is self-publishing a scam?

I read another blogger today who asked this same question—and his answer was that 99 percent of self-publishing is a scam. I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with him on that one—but only because he is using incorrect terminology. … Continue reading

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I certainly don’t think Author Solutions is “evil”–but they cannot “self-publish” anyone

I have to speak up again today after reading this blog post: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/CommentView.aspx?guid=8f273388-29f7-4bcc-9b1f-3efd79f5cf10 The blog wasn’t cooperating with my comment addition, however, so I’m going to put it right here: “…the industry is now experiencing a “true self-publishing” movement that … Continue reading

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Yes, think hard before self-publishing–but understand what “true” self-publishing is first

I read this blog post today http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/03/think-hard-before-self-publishing.html from a literary agent, who basically thinks self-publishing is a bad idea for the vast majority of authors. Because I disagree with so much of what she says–from the standpoint of authors who … Continue reading

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Publishers Weekly still doesn’t understand the definition of “self-publishing”

Apparently, not even Publishers Weekly understands that POD ”self-publishing” is not self-publishing at all. Here is the article I responded to: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6712254.html?talk_back_header_id=6637648#talkback. (There is a lot of other excellent feedback there, including from self-publishing pioneer Dan Poynter, so be sure to read … Continue reading

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New Harlequin line: self-publishing or subsidy publishing in disguise?

If you are even remotely tapped into the publishing world, you’ve heard all about the new Harlequin Horizons, wherein authors can pay $600 to $1,600 for their book to be “published.” (Hmmm…sounds like a vanity press to me.) This might … Continue reading

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