My question is in regards to vanity publishers, are they really all that bad? Should they be avoided at all costs? I have done some research on their meaning but I still am undecided. To be more specific, out of the two publishers I've sent my first book to (sample chapters ect) only one has give me a yes. The other one told me it had promise, but had stylistic problems. I didn't respond after that.
I've just got a piece of mail from Austin Macauley Publishers saying that, "Your words speak good, give more, please." I dare not lie, I was quite honoured. When I sent those sample chapters to them, I didn't know about vanity publishers nor did I know that they were actually one. I don't have money and I couldn't afford to publish my own book through them, which is what I understand will happen if I send my final manuscript and they accept it. Is that really what is going to happen though? If they say yes, are they seriously going to ask for my money? If so, how much? Is it worth it? Or should I send my work off to other non-vanity publishers?