Brent Sampson – Dispelling the Myths of Subsidy Presses

Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman spoke with Brent Sampson., president and CEO of, on subsidy press, vanity press, and what authors can expect from them. Brent is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist. Through Outskirts Press, Brent has helped thousands of authors successfully publish thousands of books. He speaks nationwide on the topics of writing, publishing, and marketing. You can follow Brent on his blog Our discussion ranged over a variety of topics including:

  • A question of semantics – “subsidy” vs “vanity”
  • What is the difference between a “subsidy press” and a “vanity press” and a “self-publishing company?”
  • Different types of “self-publishing” (DIY vs full service)
  • Why does the stigma of self-publishing continue?

Brent Sampson, CEO of Outskirts Press

Brent Sampson, CEO of Outskirts Press

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About Victor Volkman

Author of "Beyond Trauma: Conversations on Traumatic Incident Reduction" and six other books.
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