Christian-focused Anomalos Publishers devotes a good deal of space to warning would-be authors about the perils of print-on-demand self-publishing services. Along those lines, they “highly recommend” that unpublished writers read Writer Beware’s Print on Demand page.
However, Anomalos neglects to suggest that unpublished writers also read Writer Beware’s Vanity and Subsidy Publishers page, where they’d learn that Anomalos’s requirement that its authors “partner” with them by buying 1,000 copies of their own books is what’s known as back-end vanity publishing–which can be a lot more expensive than straightforward vanity publishing.
Gee. Wonder why?
But I’m not done yet. Anomalos has actually, without requesting permission of the copyright holder (me), reproduced a sizeable portion of Writer Beware’s Print on demand page on its website.
Much as I object to Writer Beware being used to support a dubious publishing practice, I’m torn between demanding that Anomalos remove the excerpt, and demanding that they also reproduce “Vanity Publishers in Sheep’s Clothing” from the Vanity Publishers page.
(Actually not. I want the excerpt gone. I’m going to wait a few days, and if it doesn’t disappear I’ll send an email.)