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Have we really killed off vanity publishing? A conversation…

Do you still think paid-for publishing is ‘vanity publishing?’ Have an eavesdrop into the following (genuine, real) online conversation I got involved in recently. Have changed the names (apart from mine!) for obvious reasons…

The topic: self-publishing companies

Marianne: Really? Who is this to publish with? I work with many well known publishing companies but have never heard of this. Generally if you are paying someone else to publish your work, then you’re dealing with a vanity publisher.

Is vanity publishing really still around? Or do people confuse that with genuine book publishing services that normally are good value for money?

Eloise: There are a number of vanity publishers. I don’t really know much about them, but I think two examples are Pegasus and Austin Macauley. [Read more…]

Vanity publishing is dead. Crappy publishing isn’t.

30 years ago, there were only two ways to get your book published: one, by a trade publisher like Random House or Penguin and two, by a vanity publisher. Books in those days could only be produced in printed form and could only be sold in bookshops or, in the case of a vanity published book, by the author direct.

vanity publishing versus professional self publishing

It’s not hard to tell the difference between a professionally produced book, and a crappy one

Many people today believe that anything other than traditional trade publishing is vanity publishing.

But it’s not. Truthfully.

The internet and digital technology have turned the entire book publishing world upside down and opened up a number of new options not only in how to produce a book, but also in how and where to sell it. [Read more…]

Book publishing today: top 10 myths exploded

Updated January 15th, 2020. You probably know that book publishing today is a very different ballgame than the publishing picture of 20 years ago and more. But as you’d expect with a comparatively new and still evolving industry, “fake news” runs rife.

10 most popular myths about book publishing today

Today, there are options for people to read our words on their laptops, on their phones and tablets, through earphones while they work out at the gym .. as well from the good old-fashioned printed page. And that’s something that should be celebrated.

Here, then, are some of the myths that are flying around, and what the truth is about them. Enjoy.

1. Self-publishing is the same as vanity publishing

No, it’s not. Vanity publishing was a rather unfairly named con played by scammers not so much taking advantage of wannabee authors’ vanity, as of their hearts and souls. [Read more…]

About Suzan St Maur – best-selling author, author coach, publishing and marketing consultant

Do you have a great idea for a book, but don’t know how to go about writing and producing it?
Does writing a book seem a lovely idea, but as such a large project is a bit scary – especially if it’s your first one?

Or … do you want to start a bit smaller with one or more booklets – and/or eBooks – to establish yourself and your credibility with a lesser commitment (and reduced cost?)

Get your book written and published - without the scams

That wonderful feeling when your new book is actually published and out there…me with my latest. (And over-bleached hair – apologies.) Photo by Kate Everall https://www.kateeverallphotography.com/

The help you need to write your book and get it out there

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Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 2

By James A Rose

In last’s week’s article, James Rose, from Tennessee-based InstantPublisher.com, shared his view of traditional publishers and literary agents in the USA – both the good and the bad. As I mentioned last week, it’s no surprise that – if anything – there are even more potential scams to watch out for in the USA than there are here in the UK. Anyway, this week James looks at the fast-growing and increasingly complex area of self-publishing and its derivatives…

Book publishing scams are alive and well and living in the USA

Self-publishing in the USA: a bit of a minefield, but this advice will help you avoid the scams

Self-publishing is a catch all term referring to any company that provides any type of service that might be needed by an author who wishes to self-publish. Every publishing model except traditional is a so called self-publishing company and simultaneously there is no such thing as a self-publishing company.

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Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 1

by James A Rose

Please welcome James Rose from InstantPublisher.com, based near Memphis, Tennessee. In this two part series he walks us through the publishing choices available for authors in the USA – and the book publishing scams you need to be wary of. Are they as rampant over there as they are here in the UK? James says:

“Unfortunately there exists an army of unscrupulous players in the publishing industry just waiting to pounce on the inexperience of new authors. Just like with any other industry, these publishing vampires feed off the confusion and perhaps vanity of the uninitiated.”

Book publishing scams are alive and well and living in the USA

Want to publish a book in the USA? Like anywhere else, you need to watch for scammers.

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