Publisher v. Vanity Presses

Question #8

Did it cost a lot to get your books published?


Publishing a book shouldn’t cost a lot of money if you find the right publisher, unless you want to self-publish which is becoming more popular and accepted. Most publishers pay you, unless they are what are called ‘Vanity’ presses. What that means is, you are the one paying for the cost of printing, but they will help promote and advertise your book.

My publisher gave me an advance on my royalties before each book came out in print and will pay me a percentage of each book that is sold over and above that advance amount. They took the chance that they would get back the money that they spent on producing the book. This kind of publisher is very choosy about which manuscripts they will produce. A ‘Vanity’ press will publish anything as long as YOU pay the printing costs.


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