I’m not sure who said it first, but over the past few years many have stated that “traditional publishing is the new vanity publishing.”
As writers struggle with the quandary over self-publishing or traditional publishing, many cling to traditional publishing as the preferred solution merely because they see it as validating their work. In their mind, finding a traditional publisher is an endorsement from the corporate world. This would affirm their book’s viability and ensuring it’s quality. Make sure you pick the right publishing solution based on what’s best for you, your book, and your future, not to appease your ego or out of vanity. Click To Tweet
This might be a legitimate perspective. However, it could also be a form of vanity. This is especially if self-publishing has the potential bring in more revenue for the author.
The old vanity publishing versus the new
At one time vanity publishing meant paying someone to produce a book that no one was willing to publish. This was because it was either poorly written or possessed limited commercial value. Now the pendulum could be swinging to the opposite extreme. Vanity publishing is insisting someone produce your book merely to satisfy your ego or attain affirmation.
Whichever side of the traditional versus self-publishing dilemma you select, make sure you pick the right solution. It should be based on what’s best for you, your book, and your future, not to appease your ego or out of vanity—there’s no future in that.
Peter DeHaan is an author, publisher, and editor. He gives back to the writing community through this blog. Get insider info from his monthly newsletter. Sign up today!