Is it normal for writers to pay toward print costs? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Posted by Yvonne Barlow on Monday, November 26, 2012
Do all publishers charge writers to publish their work?
According to some, it is a legitimate part of doing business in today's world, and I've just had a rather heated debate with a publisher who feels that not charging is impossible. 
Hmmm! I have been known for my Polly Anna tendencies, but a work should be accepted because a publisher feels that their investment in editing, typesetting, design, printing and royalty costs will be returned by enough readers purchasing the title. We all make mistakes, and invest sometimes in a book that barely covers the first stage of these costs. As a result, we rely on bigger sales from other titles to offset these costs.

However, asking a writer to contribute to the printing costs veers too close to vanity publishing.
As a small publisher following a slightly different model from most - taking manuscripts only from new writers and asking book groups to decide what we should put to print - we are occasionally asked if we charge writers for print costs. 
No question makes me stand on my toes and yell more vehemently, "ABSOLUTELY NOT!"

Credibility in this business matters.

Tags: "hookline books" "digital publishing" "the people's book prize" "vanity publishing" 
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Yvonne Barlow Editor at Hookline Books - where book clubs and readers choose the novels that go to print.