This is an interesting one: –

Various expressions have been used to describe authors who have been unsuccessful in getting their book accepted by a large publishing house such as.

“Ah, this is just self-published.”

“He/she is vanity publishing.”

Such expressions are used in a derogatory way as if the author is just a self seeking glory hunter and not a serious or talented writer or not as good as one who has been published through a mainstream publisher.

No-one is denying there are advantages getting your work published through a large publishing house. However, for the reasons outlined earlier they can keep themselves busy by simply leaping on the celebrity bandwagon and if you could get yourself on Big Brother or other fly-on-the-wall TV programmes, they would be contacting you for a book.

What they also conveniently forget to tell you is that if they were able to detect talent when they see it, why did well known authors such as J. K. Rowling, Steven King, Lord Byron, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allen Poe, Leo Tolstoi, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf and many others, all start by self publishing.  

They were all rejected by main stream publishers so the self-proclaimed experts aren’t necessarily able to recognise talent when they see it.  However, they were very quick to jump on the bandwagon after their talent was discovered by others.

One author gave the best answer we’ve heard.

He said:

“If a chef, rather than apply for a job at Trusthouse Forte, decided to open his own restaurant,  I don’t think anyone would dismiss it as ‘vanity catering’.

On the contrary, potential diners would be inclined to assume that he might serve up a better, more adventurous meal than they would get in a chain outlet.”

We hope that all helps to answer the question.


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