Jules Jones

Yog's Law: Money flows *towards* the author

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Writer beware had a nice article about an unusual vanity scheme: pay to be a 'co-author' in a Chicken-Soup style book. (No writing experience necessary)

And fangs_fur_fey is currently running a series of articles of slushpile stories - guess what? Most of those published writers sent queries to agents and got representation and sold - some faster, some slower, but none waited for the +5 potion of publishing to appear.

The background here is that there's an epublisher which as far as I can tell from the outside appears to be a commercial publisher on the epub side, but which is also offering authors the opportunity to have any of their books put into print if the author will pay the printer's set-up fee.

Which I wouldn't have a problem with if they were upfront about this being a vanity operation, but they keep insisting that they're *not* a vanity operation, because they're not charging a fee to be published, it's a fee charged by the printer that they're merely passing on. And of course a bunch of their authors have popped up on the comment threads to a couple of blog posts today to say how happy they are with their publisher, and it is not a vanity press because the money is a *printer's* fee...

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