Authors who fall prey to a vanity press are frequently victimized by scammers or other vanity presses. It's easy to accuse those authors of being gullible or not doing their research, but there's more to the story.
Vanity presses are almost universally reviled, but is the nearly 80-year-old definition still appropriate in the self-publishing renaissance?
In this month's #AskALLi Advanced Salon, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn talk about the tools, software, and services they use that are the most advantageous for independent authors—from writing to formatting to planning, sales tracking, accounting, and more.
It's unfortunate that in every industry there are people who will gladly take advantage of you. That's why the Alliance of Independent Authors is proud to run a watchdog desk that runs a number of services including: highlighting trusted service providers through their vetting service and monthly watchdog posts on the not so trustworthy. Today, we have a round up of all of the articles you need to avoid being ripped off as an indie author.
How do you explain the dark reality of vanity presses to an author who desperately wants to believe the sales pitch? Show them the proof.
When small publishers fail, they often implode spectacularly. How can publishers avoid this? And how can authors stay safe?
There's a service for any element of the publishing process — including some you've probably never heard of. We're here to help you make sense of it all.
Ghostwriting: is it a collaborative tool, or just cheating? Explore the ethical concerns with us, then let us know your thoughts.
Civility is more than good manners; it is the foundation of every good business relationship.
How do we know that a publisher is correctly and faithfully reporting our sales?
Deciphering the arcane incantations of a publishing contract can spare indie authors needless anguish.
Most publishers — even the bad ones — will at least respond to client requests and complaints. But what happens when that company simply ignores you?