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Old 11-01-2012, 12:46 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by fjtorres View Post
Correct.
More to the point: vanity publishing is when the author is exploited by the printer and never makes a profit. What we are discussing is *indie* p-book publishing, which is a business approach used by savvy hands-on authors who wish to retain their copyrights and still have access to the pbook markets.
Vanity publishing:
Author pays all costs up front
Author retains all rights
Author is responsible for all marketing
Author gets all profits.

Indie publishing:
Author pays all costs up front
Author retains all rights
Author is responsible for all marketing
Author gets all profits.

The only changes are that the up front costs are lower, and marketing is easier and cheaper. But it's still vanity publishing unless you make a full time job of the marketing, same as before.

There are people how have made literal fortunes self-publishing through a vanity press, because they did make a full time job of the marketing. The tools change, but the game is the same as always.
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