Vanity presses. This is an interesting topic I’ve come across many, many times. I’ve talked with a lot of people about it and have had some experience encountering these types of companies. Often times aspiring writers don’t know the difference between a real publishing house (or print on demand service) and a vanity press. So I’m going to break it down for you.
How do I know whether it’s a vanity press? In other words, what is it?
First off, how do you know when you encounter a vanity press? It’s pretty simple. If the company is asking for money – and I mean a large sum, not just a few bucks to pay for an ISBN – it’s a vanity press.
A vanity press is, in short, a company that acts as a publisher but charges you (the author) a large amount of money to do this for you. …
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