book sales, publishing, scams, Uncategorized, Writers Co-op

An Independent Voice


I find it illuminating and pathetic that a market exists wherein writers pay 3rd parties to “try” to find them a publisher or pay publishers to “consider” their work. Pathetic because it reeks of desperation. Illuminating because it works so well.

Make no mistake. These leeches know what they are doing, that it is legal (no refunds), and that they will have customers. I say leeches because, well, isn’t it obvious they make money off the blood & sweat of gullible writers? I include in this category of leech “marketers” who refuse to work on commission because they know their efforts on your behalf is not worth a percentage of sales.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t care what you do. I’m just hoping new writers will consider ROI before paying money to sell their book.

If you know of any of these questionable enterprises, please do new writers a favor and note them in the comments.


3 thoughts on “An Independent Voice

  1. Perry Palin says:

    I made the mistake of requesting the free guide to publishing. I was assigned to an engaging and irrepressible woman who called me many times to try to get me to sign up to pay for a variety of services. I never signed. She made it pretty clear to me, in a nice way of course, that I must not have much confidence in myself or in my book if I wouldn’t come up with the thousands it would take for her to put the book in all the right markets. No fat bank account? Not a problem. “You have credit cards, don’t you? How much room do you have until you reach your credit limits?” She stopped calling after I told her I wasn’t entertained anymore by her pitch, and that she was wasting her time with me.

    My general impression of vanity presses is the same as yours, GD. But I do know a few people who have bought services from local vanity presses and it turned out very well for them. When I say “local” presses, these are small companies that meet with the author in person in their offices, know the business, seem to care about their clients, and don’t want unhappy authors picketing on the sidewalk in front of the building. I talked to the founder of one of these presses after her presentation at a writers’ event. I praised her own book that guides indie writers through the publishing process. She was pleased (she said) to hear that I had found a small traditional publisher for my collections, and seemed to say that is the better way, if you can do it.

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    • GD Deckard says:

      Speaking of vanity presses, Perry, have you read Umberto Eco’s “Foucault’s Pendulum?” Great story about a vanity press that publishes a conspiracy novel only to find out the conspiracy is true and hazardous to their health. Wonderful read!

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