Before you decide whether or not self-publishing is right for you, take a look at the following question.

5. Are you willing to pay a vanity or subsidy press a large sum of money to do the leg work for you?

I’ve never worked with a vanity or subsidy press so I cannot give you any firsthand knowledge, but I have read a few articles that are in favor and against their practices.  Vanity and subsidy presses have been given a bad name because they often ask for upfront money in order to publish your book.  I’ve read that sometimes they do not deliver on what they promise and require that you purchase your books from them using their offset shipping methods.  Many self-publishers prefer POD shipping so that they’re not inundated with tons of books that they are not able to sell right away.

It is up to you whether you want to give a vanity or subsidy press a chance or not, but make sure that you negotiate on the price and do not buy too many books unless you already have purchase orders on hand.  Also, make sure that they deliver on everything that they promise you.  If they promise to promote your book or provide you with 100 free copies, then make sure that you get your monies worth.  Hope this helps!

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For more information on POD and offset printing, check out this article from Publisher’s Weekly.


Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

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