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Maemi's Rants About Writing
In which I post my rants about writing, idiots who can't take constructive critism, and anything else.
Kay, so here's rant number two. This rant shall be entitled:

Vanity Publishing.

So, why am I ranting about vanity publishing, you might ask? Because vanity publishing is one of my pet peeves. In case you don't know what vanity publishing is, it's a type of publishing where a company will publish ANY book, no matter how good or how bad it is. The catch? You have to pay them, and the price almost always ranges in 4-5 digits.

The problem I have with someone using vanity publishing is that it means that they're usually not good enough for regular publishing. Many people who turn to vanity publishing have been rejected by several different companies. And yet, it doesn't seem to sink in that maybe, MAYBE their book just isn't good enough to be published.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but giving publishers the option of rejecting a book was to try to make sure that no crap hit the market. If they sent out a crappy book and it didn't even sell five copies, they'd be out thousands of dollars and their reputation would probably take a landslide.

And another thing about vanity publishers is that they usually have a bad reputation since they'll publish anything, since that means they've most likely published a lot of crap. Many book stores won't even buy books from vanity publishers because they're afraid that it will just be another mediocre attempt at literature and it won't sell at all, therefore they would be out of the money they used to buy the books in the first place.

So what am I trying to say? Simply that if you want to get published, vanity publishing isn't the way to go. If someone has to pay for their book to be published, they either need to seriously re-think their plan or seriously re-think themselves.

And that's all for today. Until my next rant

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