Unless you’ve really done your research, a lot of new writers don’t know the difference between a publisher and a Vanity Press. Vanity Presses have been around for a long time. How is unknown, since they don’t really offer authors anything that is special and have a rather bad stigma attached to them. In fact, most authors are cautioned to steer clear of Vanity Presses. Why exactly?
OVER THE TOP FEES
Unlike self publishing Vanity Presses can run you into thousands of dollars-and, no, not talking one or two, but ten to twelve thousand. And, if you are shelling out that kind of dough, it’s hard to sell enough books to recoup your cost. Traditional publishing houses never charge a fee to publishing your novel. From reading, to editing, to the cover art, to formatting, everything is paid for by the publisher.
While there are a lot of reputable Vanity Presses in the writing world today that fulfill their contracted promises, dozens of Vanity Presses engage in dishonest practices and fraudulent behavior such as misleading authors into believing they are a publisher, over charging for publishing, breaching contracts, and producing poor quality novels.
Anymore, review sites are refusing to review Vanity Press published novels due to the lack in quality that most Vanity Presses release. Reviewers don’t like giving authors bad reviews anymore than an author likes receiving them, and when they are forced to because of poor editing and formatting which is not the fault of the author, well you can understand why they just pass on Vanity Press published books.
BOOK STORES? THINK AGAIN
Because Vanity Presses deal with their own distributers, most of which are not compatible with any major book retailers, book stores often baulk at Vanity Press published novels. And, if in fact your Vanity Press handles their own distribution, more often than not, they don’t offer discounts or return credits, which is another reason books stores just say no.