Vanity press vs. subsidy: What’s the difference?

Q: Earlier you talked about the difference between royalty publishing and a subsidy press. I’ve heard other writers complain about “vanity presses.” Is there a difference between a subsidy press and a vanity press? A: Depends on who you ask. Some people think so-called “traditional publishing” is the only true publishing, and that any author …

What having a publisher gets you

The self-publishing revolution has a lot of writers asking whether they even need a publisher. It’s a fair question. So let’s take a look at what a publisher does for an author. First and foremost, as I’ve said before, the publisher pays the bill. That is, the publisher fronts all the money for the production …

How publishing works

I once sat across a coffee shop table with a client and outlined the publishing process for him. He was astounded. It never occurred to him that someone else would bear the cost of producing his book. He was more familiar with the manufacturing business model, where if you want a product made, you design …

Q&A: Do we really need Microsoft Word?

I’ve been asking myself this question lately, because Microsoft’s business strategy has turned positively creepy. To encourage people to move to its new subscription model, Office 365, Microsoft changed the licensing on Office 2013 to tie each copy of Office to a specific piece of hardware. In other words, if you install Office on your …

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