Ihnatko:Vanity Prez

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Vanity Prez: ”

If you want to be a published author, well, that’s no trouble at all. Write a big check to a vanity publisher, or to a local print shop. They’ll take any manuscript you can cobble together and print it as an authentic, book-shaped object.

Honest: it’ll have words and pages and everything. You can put it on your bookshelf alongside such celebrated novels as ‘The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,’ ‘A Farewell To Arms,’ ‘Great Expectations,’ and ‘Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas,’ each of which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

You just can’t put it on a bookshelf at Barnes & Noble. Not unless you sneak it in there when Security isn’t watching. You’ll probably have a decent shot at it; usually they’re more concerned about inventory moving in the opposite direction.

Otherwise…no. Booksellers won’t stock your vanity-press book. Period.

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