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Old 09-10-2009, 09:28 AM   #6
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kt: Vanity publishing had a bad reputation (still does, in some circles) because it implied that no “real” publisher would take a chance on the success of your book.
There is certainly some truth to that but I wonder if, given the state of mainstream publishing today with its conglomerates and bottom-line bean counter approach, if that thinking is nostalgic?

I tend to agree more with Benwiggy's thinking that vanity publishing and self-publishing can be two different things because I when I think "vanity publishing" I think of someone who is not concerned with valid criticism of their work and wants to publish no matter the cost versus something like Molly's son's books or Ann's mom's books or the Walsh book mentioned by Benwiggy--just because something is published by a mainstream publisher doesn't mean it was worth publishing...

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