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Scythian

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Looks like a stuffy, solid, up-and-coming venture at first glance, what with this and that being *released*, *events* taking place etc.

A friend contacts them, and it turns out that they're so badass, you have to pay them $1000 for the book cover, something like that again for the separate "interior design," and then later, if you swallow this, they'll discuss editing and, separately, proofreading. And other stuff as well, no doubt. I can well imagine them thinking up some totally fancy marketing thing, composed of a number of sub-things, each of which will cost $$$.

...Vanity publishers certainly have a valuable role to play in society, for example when someone wants to publish grandpa's letters from the war or "the gifted nephew's" poetry, and then distribute this among friends and relatives to mark some sort of occasion, but in situations in which this is all a)not uprfont and b) when sprung on one--presented as "that's how the publishing thing works, everybody's doing it"--then that's not OK. That's more in the predatory behavior field.
 

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Oh, no, uh-uh. And they sure don't advertise that on their site, do they?

I don't think vanity publishers have ANY value. If you want to publish grandpa's letters, you can do that yourself for far less cost, even if you use (reputable) author services. I see more and more vanity publishers masquerading as "author services" and the line seems to be blurring. But if you're paying a publisher for services AND they're going to slap their name/imprint on your book, that's vanity.
 

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