"Indie Publishing", "Self Publishing","Vanity Publishing" they are all the terms for the same type of book publishing, if you pay a company to publish your work, or pay them for editing or other "extra" services, then it is just plain old vanity publishing. Have you heard about the "exponential growth of self-publishing companies"? Well it's really the old vanity publishers today in disguise.
Using clever PR techniques and hype, self-publishing companies are spreading all kinds of false information to trick writers. So called "Self Publishing Companies", really are vanity publishers that represent the dreaded negative stigma to the media and others that your book wasn't good enough, and has been rejected by traditional respected book publishers. So you had to find a company with no quality standards and paid them to publish it for you.
When writers pay these companies to publish their work their careers are often tainted before even getting started. These companies only provide professional services at a high cost or not at all. They won't do you any good. Yes, self-publishing companies growth and profits today are booming, but with a large flow of new authors that pay them to publish their books, not with earnings from book sales.
Do you really want to be one of 120,000 authors being published by the very same vanity company that same year? Do you really think they have the staff to help guide you or help you succeed as an author?
Common to most all placed PR articles by these vanity companies you will read a story about how one or two vanity published authors succeeded. But they don't mention how rare this is. That "successful author" is only one in a one hundred thousand or more of vanity published authors. The vanity company will entice you and have you believe that if you pay them to publish your work; you are just as likely to succeed as their example, often it's Amanda Hocking.
Don't get caught in their trap. Self-publishers want to publish your work without putting much work into it. Quick turn around and a quick profit -- for them.
Even Amanda Hocking stated recently in an interview with the Guardian about the overwhelming burden of editing as one of the reasons she won’t continue to self-publish: “It drove me nuts because I tried really hard to get things right and I just couldn’t. It’s exhausting, and hard to do. And it starts to wear on you emotionally.”
Do you really think the media and book reviewers will risk promoting titles from these vanity publishers or self-publishing mills that churn out tens of thousands of titles per year? Do they believe that these vanity companies are investing in high quality services for all their titles? Even if these vanity publishers are owned by a popular online bookstore or are a vanity imprint or subsidiary owned by a traditional publisher, a vanity published book is not going to impress any book reviewers and media. A true traditional publisher has a business model to make a profit on book sales and the vanity self-publishing companies have a business model to make money from authors. Book reviewers, the media, all know the difference today, and many readers are beginning to become aware to avoid books by the names of certain self publishing companies as well.
A respected, traditional book publishing company that publishes about 100 titles an imprint per year has what it takes to develop and cultivate a manuscript through quality developmental editing, custom cover design that gets noticed, and guide the author through the appropriate distribution of their title. These traditional publishers are not out to make a quick profit -- they love what they do and spend the time needed to acquire, develop and market tomorrow's classics.
Don't give up and give in to these vanity publishers until you have submitted to many traditional publishers or at least these listed below. You may not have read about any large cash advances these below have given to any celebrities, but they are respected mid sized traditional book publishers today and that provide cash advance and traditional royalty book contracts. We provide them in this list below because these publishers do not require literary agents and have an open submission policy. It's an alternative option you can try before before resorting to the very last option you should ever consider, that of a vanity or so called self publishing company.
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