Don’t Touch That Vanity!

I’m becoming concerned with the number of my writer friends who are getting offers to have their books published by vanity press. I’m not sure how these companies find them, but they seem to be preying on the ones who are frustrated with the constant rejection. Yes, I said preying because these companies state they can publish your book, and market it so it will be seen—but for a price.

Recently, a friend of mine– after going through the excitement of a partial request–was told they were interested in her work, but she would have to pay money ahead of time because she’s a new author. That’s bullshit! New author or not, that’s not right.  I did some checking with my published friends (small and big press) and NOT ONE was asked for money. Not even the newest of small online press. Any publishing house that asked for money for their services not interested in your work but rather, their bank accounts, and personally, I would stay away from them.    

Look, I understand how frustrating and depressing it is to get rejection after rejection, I’m in that boat with you all (thirty to date, thank-you very much), it’s par for the course! Sure, it’s nice to have ‘Published By’ on the cover of your novel, but with the tsunami of digital publishing, I think you’re better off spending the thousands of dollars they want, on something like professional editing or book covers. Don’t throw your money away on a gamble; make it work for you. Don’t let yourself get sucked into their pipe dreams. Money flows TO THE AUTHOR. Never forget that.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Don’t Touch That Vanity!

  1. Exactly. I don’t understand how people can get this confused.

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