When we look at the technicalities of publishing, my business would in some ways come under the title of Vanity Publisher. I dislike this title – to me Vanity Publishers are generally rip off artists who charge to much and don’t do their job properly. How they can charge so much is mind blowing. I know for a fact I under cut most.
Vanity publishers have huge costs, they hold your copyright and royalties. However, they don’t have a selection like Traditional Publishers – genres. They will work with any genre and take your money. I know there are some good ones out there, though I would prefer not to be associated with the term Vanity. It is old fashioned – out dated term.
I come under a new umbrella. I am an Indie Publisher. My selection is Indie Authors of all genres. My aim is to assist Indie Authors get their manuscripts online with full professional services.
As an Indie Publisher I don’t hold copyright, I don’t hold royalties, I get paid up-front for the work we do. I contract out to other Indie Businesses when the need arises. I run an Indie Newsletter with FREE Marketing, I hold a Sponsorship for new Indie Authors and I also publish a yearly Anthology which any Indie Author can participate in. Yes, I have cost though they barely cover everything I do. I am here to help.
You made the right decision. Vanity Publishing wouldn’t be a good title.