What is a Vanity Press?


You’ve probably heard the term “vanity press,” but you may not know exactly what it is or where it fits in the myriad of publication routes available to authors today. 

In episode #126 of The Author’s Corner, Robin is back with another riff to pull back the curtain on the true purpose of a vanity press, and identify some of the red flags you should look out for before you sign with any publisher. Plus, she reveals a surprising truth about why she is in this business and what she thinks should be at the core of every author’s motivation for writing a book.


Key takeaways:

  • The definition of a vanity press
  • What an IP grab is, and why you should look out for it
  • Traditional publishing vs self-publishing vs hybrid publishing vs vanity presses
  • How to tell the difference between a legitimate hybrid press and a vanity press
  • Why vanity presses exist
  • And more!


About Robin Colucci:

Robin Colucci has been helping world class experts write world changing books since 2003. Before that she built, grew, and sold a personal fitness business. She also was a journalist and worked as an acquisitions editor for an independent publishing house. Robin brings her deep, hands-on knowledge of publishing and entrepreneurship to her clients whose books cover a range of topics including: business, personal development, memoir, health and fitness, science and technology, politics, equality, and the environment.

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