Episode 302: The New Vanity Publishing?

Show Notes

This week, Vicky and Joe talk about why we shouldn’t burst our own balloons and downplay our achievements. That’s after Vicky goes on a 5 minute rant about why The Wheel of Time is not something you should read if you want good epic fantasy. So: if you’ve ever thought that self-publishing is “vanity” or that you need a book deal to make your book “worthy,” grab a cup of tea, settle down, put aside your prejudices, and listen to this. Maybe we’ll change your mind.

 Key Points

  • [4:15] Vicky explains why she couldn’t get behind the Wheel of Time book series.
  • [9:45] Self publishing vs. traditional publishing? What’s right for you?
  • [11:25] Publishing a book, doesn’t matter in what way, is a big deal! Don’t discredit it if it’s self published.
  • [14:45] Why is self publishing a cool, and completely legitimate, thing to do?
  • [16:05] What is the reason why you want to write a book?
  • [18:50] Traditional publishing doesn't always know what they’re talking about/doing.
  • [20:00] Are straight white male authors at a disadvantage?
  • [23:50] You will not make money off of your book if it’s traditionally published.
  • [24:00] There are pros and cons to both methods of publishing. Choose with intention, not with vanity.
  • [26:15] Interested in working with Vicky? Reach out!

    Mentioned in This Episode:

Creative book coaching


Power Hour

Boyhood, Childhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Great Hunt: Book Two of ‘The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan

How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell 

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About Vicky...

Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write life-changing books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she's not doing that, she's hanging from a trapeze by her feet.

About the Author Vicky Fraser