Stop Calling It Vanity Publishing

My first “re-blog” but I stumbled upon this post by one of my followers and well, it is very true! Many people look at me and ask, who’s your publisher, and the look of blankness sometimes enters their eyes when they hear “I am”.

 

I love having total control of my project. I love being responsible for my sales. I produce a quality product. Well written, well edited, and well laid out. This takes enormous work, but I love it. It also helps that if I ever do pursue “traditional publishing” I will know more about the business than most authors do.

 

I find it insulting when people refer to self publishing as vanity publishing. Admittedly, there are some pretty bad self published books! there are also some amazing self published books that no one ever sees because they get buried beneath crap written by “famous” people. Look at 50 Shades; One of the top book series in recent years. But have you actually read it? It is so badly written, I couldn’t get past the first chapter of the first book. Yet books that could actually make a difference in someone’s life, get lost in the shuffle.

 

It’s a sad truth of the business – but the key is not to give up! Its all about fulfilling YOUR dream; if you have a gift, you will rise to the top.

The Let's Play Ball Blog

1231021950More than a decade into the self-publishing revolution, it’s hard to believe we’re still being subjected to dire warnings about “vanity publishing.” Can there possibly be a more tired phrase than that? If it’ll do any good, I’ll admit that I’m vain. Whenever I publish, I chose to pay dearly for the privilege. A complete package includes professional covers, copyrights, thorough editing, and at least rudimentary marketing. Those don’t come cheap, and all are absolutely essential for even moderate success.

Like many other aspiring authors, I have found the traditional path not totally unresponsive to my queries, yet ultimately unsuited to my type of writing. There are simply too many rules. I like to mix genres, which makes it next to impossible to fit into a publishing niche. My novels start out as chicklit, but then I complicate things by adding healthy doses of social and/or political commentary. Not an…

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