Vantage Press is America’s oldest self-publishing corporation and was founded in 1949, so you would think that being in business that long would mean they would be the best in the business. However, online reports suggest that isn’t the case.
The reviews I did of Dorrance Publishing and AuthorHouse are also in the same category as Vantage Press because they are what is termed as Vanity Publishers and will charge fees plus they will take over the ownership of your book. The only entitlement you have is to the digital copy of your work.
The complaints against Vantage Press are what I can only describe as being…worrying, and I have compiled a list of some of the complaints which include:
- The case where they charged a senior citizen $16,000 and the author only received $450 in return for a few sales.
- 2,200 authors were awarded $3.5 million by a State Supreme Court in Manhattan for defrauding them.
The ‘Vantage Press’ that was apparently doesn’t exist nowadays due to the fact that it has a new owner, but they still operate in the same way by taking over the ownership and charging what I can only describe as excessive fees.
Despite the above, the Better Business Bureau accredited Vantage Press in 2010 and gave them an A+ rating, and they only ever received 3 complaints which are now closed.
Every book accepted by Vantage Press gets the following:
- ISBN/Barcode Allocation (Registered with Vantage Press) – Once this is done you lose ownership.
- LCCN (Library Cataloguing Number)
- Professional Copy Edit
- Copy Proofing
- Custom Cover (Author can supply materials if they wish)
- Typesetting/Interior Layout
- Advance Information sheet to Sellers
- Review copies sent to newspapers, magazines, and broadcast outlets in your local area and nationally, taking into account specialty and Internet media.
- Sample copies sent to selected booksellers and libraries
- When practical, a coordination of book signings
- 500 Contacts for direct sell list
- Press release
- Inclusion in Vantage Press trade catalogue
- Online distribution listing (including Books in Print)
- Wholesale warehousing and fulfilment of inventory
- Direct sales marketing from Vantage Press
- Initial offset print run of 400-1000 books
- Free print runs thereafter if required
- Copyright registration
- 100% Returns program offered to booksellers
- Submission of legal copies to National Library
- 50 to 100 Author copies supplied
- 50% Discount on retail price for any copies bought by author
- 40% Royalty on retail book price
- Paperback or hardback editions
- Option to use Vantage Press just as your printer
- Note: Cancellation of contract allowed after two years (contract is active from the date the book production is completed)
This is a very comprehensive list, but for all that you will pay between $5,000 and $25,000 for the privilege.
From what I have read there hasn’t been many complaints about Vantage Press since it’s takeover by it’s new owner, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the service is without issues.
My main concerns are the high costs and that you do not own your book, but if these facts don’t bother you then you shouldn’t have a problem.
Vantage Press – Is It a Scam?
I cannot say so for certain because it depends on how you value their service. But if having complete ownership of your work is something that you are looking for, I would advise against using them for the reasons stated above.
Neil – WFHW
* Please read our updated post on Vantage Press: Has Vantage Press ceased trading?