Today I came across a great article all about the different ways of publishing - what a minefield.
Here is the link to the full article and if you're a new author, like me, then I strongly recommend a quick peek:- dont-confuse-independent-publishing-with-self-publishing
"I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a zillion times: yes, dear author-to-be
(and those already published), there is a difference between
self-publishing, vanity presses, pay-to-publish, a small press, and
independent publishing. Don’t mix them up. Don’t get confused..."
Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd (www.TheBookShepherd.com), an author and book publishing expert and the Chief Visionary Officer and Founder of Author U (www.AuthorU.org),
a membership organization created for the author who wants to be
seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops
on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 30 books. Her
latest, Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms