In the world of publishing, there is a dark side that often preys on unsuspecting writers: vanity presses. These so-called publishers promise fame and fortune but deliver nothing more than shattered dreams and empty wallets. But fear not! There are still ethical publishers out there who truly care about their authors’ success. One such company is Finesse Literary Press, dedicated to standing against vanity presses and promoting fair and honest publishing practices. Join us as we explore the importance of ethical publishing and why Finesse Literary Press stands out in this ever-changing industry.
Finesse Literary Press
Finesse Literary Press is a nonprofit, progressive literary publishing house that works to promote ethical publishing practices. It was founded in 2007 by two graduate students who were disillusioned with the state of vanity presses and the widespread lack of quality control within the industry.
Since its inception, Finesse has published over 100 books, including works by NY Times Bestselling authors like Ben H. Winters and Toni Morrison. In addition to promoting quality writing, Finesse also strives to cultivate a community of engaged readers around its books. Through events, blog posts, and social media campaigns, Finesse seeks to connect its readers with authors and other book lovers in order to foster a greater appreciation for literature.
While many vanity presses operate without any regard for the well-being of their authors or their readers, Finesse takes a principled approach to publishing. Our authors are paid accurately and on time, and our books are subjected to rigorous editorial review before publication. We believe that this level of care Certified Ethical Publisher (CEP) status provides us with an advantage over our competitors; as such, all of our books are published with CEP certification.
Finesse is committed to promoting ethical publishing practices not only within the literary community but across all industries. By working towards CEP certification for all our titles, we hope to set an example for other publishers and help reduce the prevalence of vanity press scams throughout the publishing industry.
Vanity Presses that focus on promoting ethical publishing
Vanity presses, also known as vanity publishing or self-publishing, are small, independent publishers that produce books without the editorial oversight of a traditional publisher. They are often cheaper than traditional publishing methods and can be more flexible in terms of what authors can publish. However, some vanity presses have been accused of being irresponsible and unethical in their practices.
Finesse Literary Press is one of the few vanity presses that focus on promoting ethical publishing practices. In 2012, Finesse published “The Unadoptable”, a book by Steve Biko that was critical of South African apartheid. The book was banned in South Africa and Biko was threatened with imprisonment. But Finesse defended its decision to publish the book.
Finesse Literary Press has also published books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Viet Thanh Nguyen. It has also worked to help newcomers to the publishing industry, such as Jess Walter and Jami Attenberg, find an outlet for their work.
The Problem with Vanity Presses
Vanity presses are printing businesses that publish books without ensuring that the authors are paid properly for their work. This type of publishing can be harmful to both authors and readers, as it creates an industry rife with exploitation. Finesse Literary Press is a publishing company that strives against vanity presses, promoting ethical publishing in the process.
Vanity presses often operate without proper ISBNs or copyright protection, meaning they can print and sell books without paying royalties to the authors. This leaves the authors (and sometimes their families) in debt and often forces them to work long hours for little pay. Furthermore, vanity presses often churn out low-quality books that audiences will not want to read. Readers who purchase these books may end up wasting their money and damaging their literary reputation.
Finesse Literary Press believes that quality is more important than quantity when it comes to booking publishing. We strive to publish only the best works, and we always ensure that our authors are properly compensated for their efforts. By promoting ethical publishing, we hope to create a better industry for all involved – writers, readers, and publishers alike.
Promoting Ethical Publishing
Finesse Literary Press is a small press that stands against vanity presses and promotes ethical publishing. Vanity presses are often used to publish books without the consent of the author or the publisher. Finesse Literary Press only works with authors who have agreed to both have their books published by Finesse. To have some of their royalties go towards supporting literacy programs.
Finesse Literary Press was founded in 2015 by Libby Fischer, who saw a need for a press that would stand up against vanity presses. Fischer says that she wanted to create a place where authors could be sure that their work would be given the attention it deserves. While also helping to support literacy programs.
Fischer has published several books with Finesse Literary Press, including her debut novel, The Art of Pretending. She says that she loves working with the team at Finesse and is proud to be part of the organization. That is fighting for the best interests of its authors.
Finesse Literary Press stands against vanity presses and promotes ethical publishing. Finesse was founded on the belief that writers should be paid fairly for their work. They take pride in being a reliable publisher who pays promptly. They firmly believe that an author’s worth is not based on how many books they sell. But rather on the quality of their work.