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PostSubject: Vanity Publisher Costs   Vanity Publisher Costs EmptySun Nov 22, 2009 5:07 am

I received this from a vanity publisher with whom I once corresponded. It sheds a little light on some of the costs broken down in pieces. I have no idea how realistic it is; but I found it interesting anyway.

Contract Administration and Plan Accounting ($100) - It costs us about $100
to setup your file, assign your ISBN, and to issue a receipt for your
payment. This also covers the administration associated with managing the
payment plan. As you would expect, there is more overhead with this plan
simply in terms of accounting.

Manuscript Review and Preparation ($100) - As soon as we process your
contract and receive your work, we have a qualified editor review every
manuscript for text quality, image quality, formatting, legal issues, etc.
We use the review as a 'roadmap' for identifying any potential problems that
can be fixed as we go. You will receive the review and go back and forth
with our review team to make sure that the next steps go as smoothly as

Text Blocking ($150) - Creating a "final" text block that is ready for the
printer takes our talented designers about 6-10 hours. We also let you
proof the Text Block and then you formally sign off on it.

Back Cover Writing ($100) - Typically, the author has a hard time writing
about themselves and it is so important that we do it well. Writing a
compelling back cover takes us about 3 hours of work and going back and
forth with you.

Cover Design ($150) - Like the Text Block, creating a compelling cover, that
you approve takes us about 6 hours of work. You will approve the cover and
we consistently get high marks from our authors for the quality and impact
of our covers.

Galley Proofing ($100) - We hate errors, but they do happen. Galley proofing
is the final/final proof step before the work is uploaded to the printer.
We need to make sure that we have the correct final files and that all work
is done to specifications.

Proof Copy ($50) - A physical proof copy is printed and mailed to you for
final approval before printing.

Ingram Catalog and File Upload Fees ($100) - There are a series of one-time
fees that we pay the printer when we send your file for processing. The
Ingram fees are to make sure that your book is available for purchase around
the world by bookstores and other outlets. Also, this fee takes care of the
upload to Amazon and other online retailers.

Author Book Selling Website ($50) - The Author Book Selling website is where
your clients can buy the book on the web. We provide a customized site that
tracks purchases, etc.

We will also be providing you with a Royalty Management system to check on
your sales and royalties and we will be providing you with monthly
production/accounting statements.

And finally, the next step is Marketing... Marketing ... Marketing..
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PostSubject: Re: Vanity Publisher Costs   Vanity Publisher Costs EmptySun Nov 22, 2009 5:14 am

Thanks, DK. that breakdown really shows all the work that goes in to a publication, and why the cost is what it is.

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PostSubject: Re: Vanity Publisher Costs   Vanity Publisher Costs EmptySun Nov 22, 2009 9:05 am

As I understand it, Vanity publishing is similar to self-publishing in that the author is paying. Vanity's list of published costs attempt to justify what they are charging you. Much of the process an author can accomplish him/herself with various programs, i.e., text blocking. Websites are also available for free.

In my view, a first time author is better served by using a POD publisher that assumes all the costs, provided that the contract is short term, offers the author a reasonable royalty and sets a retail price that is marketable.
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PostSubject: Re: Vanity Publisher Costs   Vanity Publisher Costs EmptySun Nov 22, 2009 10:46 am


I agree. I have access to formatting and cover art.

My lulu book turned out quite nicely, but I paid for stuff I didn't need to pay for. It was formatted with fantastic cover.

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