As writers, we are in the business of publishing. Publishing companies and writers need to earn a living. This interesting article discusses things to pay attention to in the publishing world.
There is a natural law in writing and publishing (as elsewhere): where need and desire are greatest, moneymaking enterprises follow.
Vanity publishers are an easy (and long-standing) example of this law, presenting themselves as a way around the bottleneck of traditional publishing–as long as the writer is willing to “invest” in his/her work. Ditto for literary agent “middleman” services, in which an individual or company offers to “represent” writers to agents, supposedly to increase their chances of snagging a super-busy agent’s attention. Learn more.