A good friend posted a link on my Facebook wall this morning. It was an announcement of a so-called “Indie Publishing Contest” run by a major vanity publisher. The deal is, the contest prize is a “publishing, distribution and marketing package” from said vanity publisher.

So why am I FURIOUS? Because this vanity publisher is now claiming to be an “Indie” publisher. Which further confuses authors and makes my job cleaning up the mess even harder. NOTE: You are vanity published if another company’s name is on your book and you paid them for publication. If you pay a company and they put their name on your book, their ISBN on your book, and handle distribution for you, that is vanity.

The only way to be Indie published is to have everything, including distribution, ISBN, printer account, etc. registered in your name.

Please don’t believe the lie this publisher is throwing around by calling itself an “Indie” publisher! Indie stands for “Independent” which means without anyone else.

Obviously with Indie publishing you have other people helping you – editors, graphic artists, consultants, etc. But the bottom line is if you are Indie published, your name and your reputation go on your book, not some other company that sells “publishing packages.”

Kristen Joy

Kristen Joy

Kristen Joy Laidig is the founder of The Book Ninja. She has authored over 40 books, started over 50 publishing companies, trained over 10,000 authors worldwide, has her black belt in karate, and eats way too much chocolate. She currently changes lives through her students… one published message at a time, manages her two retail stores Toy Box Gifts & Wonder® and Nerdvana Outpost in the heart of her newfound hometown, Chambersburg, PA, is in the start-up phase of at least three new businesses at any given time, and generally causes anyone reading this bio to be out of breath. On her “off” time (what’s that?) she brainstorms business ideas with her awesome husband, the great Public Domain Expert himself, Tony Laidig, and hangs out with her two ragdoll kitties. She’s even been known to sleep... occasionally.

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