Vanity Press and Self Publishing: It used to be that self-publishing was synonymous with vanity publishing. You paid someone to print your book because no commercial publisher would touch the thing. This was not a “road to success” but the path to a garage full of books. Things really have changed in the last few years! Now, it is a viable option to go DIY, either as a Print-on-Demand (POD) book or as an e-book.
Looking for practical tips on understanding your publishing options? Consider the blog entries by veteran writer Dean Wesley Smith: