Would you use a vanity press, you know the one's where you have to pay to be published
No, I am actually trying createspace.com instead. It allows one to self-publish and sell it at Amazon.
I have successfully published a comic book that was political satire. You don't really need anyone to be able to publish a book. Once you get an IBSN number you can register your book, and booksellers will put it up for you. You need to do some marketing and advertising, and you are good to go. To paraphrase a comic line " Publishing is easy, Marketing and Distribution is hard". Yes I know it is grammatically incorrect. Unless a vanity press can offer a valid marketing and distribution campaign, then it would be a waste of money.
Today there are a number of sites that will put your eBook online, or print a book for you at a fairly reasonable rate. CafePress, LuLu, and Amazon are only three of the options open to you. It really depends upon what you want to accomplish.
I just wanted to do it, so I did.
Google "The Shrub Chronicles"
And you will see it.
I would really avoid it at all costs - it would seem too much like admitting defeat. However, just as there are times when one will admit defeat, I imagine there would be a time when a writer would bite the bullet and do what it takes to get his work published.
I would not use a vanity press. I will give amazon a try when my picture book is ready.
I wouldn't do it but then again, I'm not planning on writing a book anytime soon.
I have a friend that published a few of his books using that type of publisher. He was an excellent writer (I edited one of the books for him) but had a heck of a time selling the books once they were printed.
If I ever decided to write a book, I'd self publish and post it on Amazon for Kindle.
No. You shouldn't have to pay a publisher to have your work published. With hard work and determination, you will eventually get published without having to pay someone for it.
I will admit that I did think of doing it, but realized that having your work be sought after is part of the challenge.
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