[SCA-Dance] to darius et al

David Learmonth david.a.learmonth at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 17:26:03 EST 2012

Thanks for the info!  :)


On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM, Justin du coeur <jducoeur at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM, Niki <janeeve2001 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > 2. There is nothing wrong with self publishing or vanity press. I should
> > know, I self published my novella. In addition,  I know many academics
> who
> > have had to self publish their research in recent years.
> On the one hand, this is true.  That said, it comes with some big caveats.
>  The problem is that many companies like this like to pretend that they're
> "real" publishers, and they aren't -- real publishers mostly focus on
> things like editing, marketing, and stuff like that.  Vanity presses
> generally provide little-to-no editing, zero marketing, and often little or
> no distribution -- many of them are really just printers in disguise,
> frequently less useful than, eg, CafePress.
> That can work for someone like you, who has the drive to do all the hard
> legwork.  But most folks who sign up with these companies are suckers who
> think that all they have to do is *write*, and people will buy their books,
> not understanding the enormous post-publication effort required for
> marketing.  That's usually a recipe for failure.  So it isn't for most
> folks, at least if they actually want any sales.
> Also, some of these companies are really nasty scams; from what others have
> mentioned, this sounds like it might be one of those.  The scam artists
> take more or less all of the income derived from the book (even more than
> usual) by setting impossibly high break-evens, and sometimes try to steal
> the rights through contractual trickery, leaving the author with nothing.
>  (As opposed to a reasonably legitimate vanity press, which is no-frills
> but is at least decently honest and upfront.)
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