. . Here on this blog I wrote several times already about vanity publishers and warned: “Writer Beware, Beware and Beware Even More!” and I also blogged about POD services “Don’t be fooled by POD Services”. . The “Independent Publishing Magazine” explains their readers / writers in a great article how to identify a vanity company:
- Reputable trade and independent publishers don’t advertise for authors in newspapers and writing magazines. Publishers are inundated with submissions. They don’t need to look for authors!
- Reputable trade and independent publishers don’t ask the author for money, ever, for any part of the publishing or marketing process. However, don’t always expect an advance (or a large one) on royalties from a small or niche publisher. The industry might not like to admit it, but the size of advances is reducing quickly and some small publishers cannot afford anything more than a few hundred dollars in an advance.
- Trade and independent publishers sell books [mostly!] – not only author services.
The Independent Publishing Magazine helps you to find out How To Avoid The Vanity Publishing Trap – don’t miss to read it! .
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