Publishing Vanity, How different is self-publishing from vanity-publishing

Recently I tried a foray into self publishing. I have had some items of non-fiction published in the past, but my current work is a somewhat dark fantasy and it’s a struggle to get read. On the other hand, I have seen some success stories in self publishing. So I thought I’d try testing the waters.

In the past I’ve viewed self publishing as vanity publishing, POD as an expensive version, and dedicated mainstream publishers as a necessity. But In my search for the right agent and/or publisher to love my work and put the effort into helping me refine and market my manuscripts as published works, I stumbled onto a couple of individuals who were committed to self publishing. Prolific writers (I’m the slow plodding sort) who work hard to make a presence that is bigger than their work and who have gradually moved from self publishing to minor indie publishers.

This inspired me to at least dip my toe in the waters and see what the process might bring. ePublishing got me some small response, so I thought I’d try printing with POD. Just as I made this decision a major POD changed their prices and fee schedule. I was amazed at how easily one could simply publish and be available for bricks and mortar as well as libraries and ed. institutions. So once more I got to editing and soon I was evaluating proofs and preparing to launch.

One thing I tried was contacting a major indie book store. Ironically, this store has as one of it’s facilities a POD of no small skill and no small fee. If purchasing their services, then you are given space in the storefront, however I had already published. I had my LCC and my very own ISBN-13 and a beautiful trades paperback to call my own.

It took a couple of weeks to hear back, and this is the core of what I was told”

We do not carry self-published books, those printed by vanity presses or print on demand titles. Previous sales tests have shown that, while our customers are interested in all subjects, they are much more likely to browse and purchase titles like this at their local bookstore or on-line rather than carrying them with them on their travels.

Now I didn’t understand the point about carrying them on their travels. Yes people buy books to read on flights and trains and ships. But a bookstore is about books. Also I immediately saw the way they lumped vanity, self-published, and POD into a single entity. That rankled. It hit my pride. I wasn’t a vanity published author. I was a real writer with a good book and it was real. How dare they make that comparison.

And then– it hit me.

Life, what a concept.

 

If you like a good story with some thought provoking undercurrents or you just like real old fashioned fairy tales, get Neverwas.

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Neverwas In Print, New this month!

New Print Release coming in January. We’ve taken the plunge and Neverwas is going to print this month. It will be available on Amazon, but we’re hoping to get exposure in brick and mortar. If you want a print copy and don’t want to pay shipping you should be able to order it through your local bookseller. That’s assuming it’s not on shelves. . . . Well that is a fair assumption. But help us bring it to those who don’t eBook, tell a friend or buy it for a friend!

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Neverwas 2nd Ed. Now on Sale!

It’s finally here! Neverwas: Forgotten tales of Albion is now in it’s second edition with expanded content. New fairy tales of Teira to entertain and delight kids of all ages six to six-hundred! These are earthy tales with unearthly characters told in the prosaic style of traditional folk tales. And if you’ve already purchased the first edition, never fear, the expanded content is available free of charge from the author.

If you’ve never read these timeless tales of worlds and imagination, get them from one of the many major eBook vendors. Or you can download it from Smashwords.

Go to the author’s contact page and provide purchase information and a current email address  for the first edition and you will receive the updated edition as an email attachment. Did I mention it was free of charge? Well it is! So act now.

 

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Neverwas now on B&N, diesel, Sony and Smashwords!

Just a quick announcement. Neverwas is propagating. The book is now available on the following sites and I’m told it will be on Kobo and Apple soon. If you see it there then please, bay all means forward me a note, wall-mark or PM. Hey even something as radical as commenting on the blog would be nice!

 

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion – eBooks Search – Barnes & Noble.com.

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion eBook – diesel-ebooks.com.

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion by Fred Grenvile :: Sony Reader Store.

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion eBook: Richard Fredrick Grenvile – Amazon.com: Kindle Store.

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion – A book by Richard Fredrick GrenvileSmashwords.

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Neverwas now on B&N, diesel, Sony and Smashwords!

Just a quick announcement. Neverwas is propagating. The book is now available on the following sites and I’m told it will be on Kobo and Apple soon. If you see it there then please, bay all means forward me a note, wall-mark or PM. Hey even something as radical as commenting on the blog would be nice!

 

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion – eBooks Search – Barnes & Noble.com.

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion eBook – diesel-ebooks.com.

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion by Fred Grenvile :: Sony Reader Store.

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion eBook: Richard Fredrick Grenvile – Amazon.com: Kindle Store.

Neverwas: Forgotten Tales of Albion – A book by Richard Fredrick GrenvileSmashwords.

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