The Write Stuff: The Vanity Publisher Scam

The Vanity Publishing Scam

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena and Tamara chat about the difference between vanity publishers, traditional publishers and self publishing.

What is a Vanity Publisher?

A vanity publisher, also known as a vanity press, or subsidy publisher is different from a traditional publisher in that authors pay to have their books published.

Vanity publishers also don’t have selection criteria, they will publish anyone who can afford to pay their fees. Additionally, you will often find that authors need to buy a certain number of printed books from them and often the quantities are 500 or up. This is their main source of income.

Traditional publishers, on the other hand, make their money by selling books that they publish. Authors are not expected to pay the publishers anything, instead they share the profits of the book sales with the publisher.

You can find the term vanity publishing appearing in publication in the United States as far back as 1941.


Find out:

  • Why we don’t recommend vanity publishers
  • Why most of them are considered a scam
  • Why you would use a traditional publisher
  • When you would want to self publish

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector.

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts.

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