Indie publishing. Vanity press. Subsidy publishing.
Many throw around these terms when referring to certain self-published work (and services), but what do they REALLY mean?
In Is Self-Publishing Really Vanity Press?, @JohnBetcher writes:
The answer lies in the quality of the product. Can anyone get a really lame piece of writing POD printed and onto Amazon? Sure. “See my book? It’s in print.” That’s Vanity Press.
But if you have really worked, and you have some writing talent to go along with your work, and you’ve engaged any help you need to make a great finished product, well . . . that’s a whole different animal. That — in my mind — is “self-publishing.”
As a reply to John’s post (and our RT of it), @StephenTiano wrote:
…the problem with all the self-published books that sell less than 100 copies. I mean, are they all well-written and about things that people would like to read but just poorly marketed? Somehow I doubt that. Because if they’re poorly conceived and poorly written, then that is vanity publishing.
Simply bringing up the term “vanity press” can certainly spark differences of opinion, so we want to hear from you!
- What’s YOUR definition of self-publishing?
- How is it different from (or similiar to) vanity press/publishing?
- How has the meaning of these terms changed over the past ten (or twenty) years?
We look forward to a great discussion! Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.