My usage of the word “fake” is honestly a bit stretched so let me explain. I say “fake” because there are publishers out there who although will print your work, will also print anyone’s work; for the right price.
You may know these publishers by different terms…vanity or subsidy.
Typically these guys will offer you various package options that include editing, cover design, etc. which ultimately lead to the printing of your book. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with these guys. I just hate to hear that an author was confused when using one. He/she has shelled out some big bucks on getting their book “published” by a vanity/subsidy only to find that it wasn’t what was originally thought.
If you are self-publishing and absolutely don’t have a clue on what to do, this could be a good move if you have the money. One thing to remember though and I’ve said this before. Should you go this route and you truly want to be self-published, please oh please do NOT take the “free” ISBN offered by these guys. If you do, you will not be self-published. That free ISBN belongs to them and lists them as the publisher; not you.
Secondly, you can typically do the same thing these guys are doing and at a cheaper price. Another thing I’ve said before…a little bit of research goes a long way and can save you some money and grief. We live in a world where anything is searchable on the internet. Search and you’ll find what you need to get through the self-publishing process. Still need help? A publishing consultant can assist you and I guarantee the cost will still be cheaper than using a subsidy/vanity publisher. Another option is good ol’ Amazon. Buy a book on self-publishing and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll be able to do.
Lastly, some authors feel that once they’ve paid a subsidy/vanity publisher to publish them that they’ve been picked up by a publishing house. Not true. Basically you’ve paid for someone to self-publish you. I’m not saying these guys are bad. There are some publishing houses that won’t even look at a new author unless he/she has something in print and well, a subsidy/vanity will get your book to you in print.
If you have the money and the desire to use one of these guys, I’m not going to stop you however, I hope I’ve educated you a bit and have helped you to make an informed decision.
Later my friends. (Evin – http://www.mrgurupublishing.com)