It’s a jungle out there – watch out for the vanity presses #wwwblogs #amwriting #selfpublishing

Alison Williams Writing

I had a phone call the other day from an elderly gentleman who was trying to find an agent. I explained the process to him and then he said that he’d already published a book, but he still couldn’t get an agent. Digging deeper, it seemed that he was under the impression that if he had a book out on Amazon, an agent would come calling.

He’s published with a small press. I took a look on Amazon. His book has been out for almost three years. The blurb and the cover are terrible. He has zero sales and zero reviews. Getting a little bit cross now, I decided to dig a bit further.

It turns out that he paid money to a vanity press that seems to masquerade as a publisher. This organisation states on their website that they open to submissions. They give the impression that they are…

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One thought on “It’s a jungle out there – watch out for the vanity presses #wwwblogs #amwriting #selfpublishing

  1. I suppose that there is a position for Vanity Press companies in today’s market. As long as they clearly state the costs, and their reason for existence. To try to con old people out of money with flattery is unacceptable, but sadly nothing new.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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