Advantages See your childs work in print
Disadvantages Vanity publishing disguised as competitions
I never thought much of it when my daughter came home from school talking about entering a poetry competition, after all kids are always entering these type of things and they very rarely win. I was really surprised a few weeks later when an envelope came through the door telling me that my girl was a winner in the poetry competition and was going to be published in an anthology of the best young Scottish writers. I have always known that my girl is bright as well as beautiful, after all she takes after her mum but here was outside proof that she was smarter and more talented than the average kid!
When my daughter went back to school to share her news with her classmates she discovered that they were all winners too. Either her school is so brilliant that it produces a huge amount of talented writers or the school has fallen for some kind of vanity publishing scam. Yup, you've guessed it, the school had been duped by this company too.
I have no objection to vanity publishing, it is really nice to have a copy of your or your child's work bound into a proper book as a keepsake, what I do object to is competitions where everyone is a winner and where the company is not honest and upfront about things before you enter. The website is vague about the competitions only promising that the best writers will receive a prize and be published and that all entrants will get a bookmark.
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