Regarding Vanity Publishing
Today's reflection concern something I (re)discovered when moving to England.
In French we don't use the translation of vanity, (and it made sounds it very polite) "publication à compte d'auteur"
meaning publication on author's account (not really sure about the translation), but the meaning still the same = please pay !
To make it short (for those asking what vanity publishing is about).
A vanity press, vanity publisher, or subsidy publisher is a term describing a publishing house in which authors pay to have their books published.Wikipedia
Yesterday I read a very interesting buzz by Robert Cormack on being worrying about being published.
And it made me think again about Vanity Publishing.
A far as I want my book (this is an imaginary book) published by an editor I won't pay 2500£ or more for it (hey have like 2 or 3 prices, 1000£ - 2500£ and 3500£).
I really think as an author/writer (whatever you can call yourself writing), you don't have to pay to publish a book, unless you are a self-published author and in this case I think it's still better to spend your money on books you will really own than giving it to one of those « so-called publishers ».
I don't judge people paying, If you can afford that much and want to, well, why not.
But, it made me think about this emotion described by Robert « to be worried about being published ». It that a thing ? I mean, if it's your dream to be published, isn't better to find a publisher and to earn it the right way ? Or to throw yourself into self-publishing ?
Don't go the « easy-vanity-publishing » way. It may be easier, or at least it sounds easier, but I think it's not.
It would make me sad to see my book poorly edited, and printed (I got one of those books in my hands and the books printed by Amazon are way much better for example).
Plus, giving away the rights of your book, which is most worrying than being published or not...Think about it.
While browsing the internet looking for more information about this kind of publishing because it's still amazing me, I found this very helpful website with a lot of information on vanity publishing, (if like me you want to know more and have some spare time today). I also found a lot a people complaining about vanity publishers and wanted their money back.
I still thinking about this kind of publishing and I still don't get it (my brain is like BUT WHY...).
I'd rather print my book myself with my printer to give it to my family & friends than giving it away like this.
Best Whishes !