Hybrid publishers offer an alternative to traditional and self-publishing models. Traditional publishers put up a higher-than-ever bar to entry due to the changing book publishing marketplace and increased pressure on the bottom line. And while the emergence of digital book production and book distribution technologies have made it much easier for an author to get his or her writing out into the marketplace (and as one bookseller put it), self-publishing is not for everyone.

Enter the hybrid publisher to bridge the gap. 

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About Hybrid Publishers

There are a number of different hybrid publishing models, but what most have in common is that they provide some factors of a traditional publisher (brand identification, some consultation and marketing) with some of the DIY elements of self-publishing (control over product, out-of-pocket expenses, more of the theoretic profits). 

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Publishers

Whether you find each of these "pros" or "cons" depends on your priorities and on what publishing options are open to you. But here are some things to think about when you're deciding if a hybrid publisher is right for you:

  • Like traditional publishers (and unlike self-publishing services), hybrid publishers have a vested financial interest in your book's success. Whether it's a royalty arrangement or shared costs / shared profits, they get a direct benefit from book sales.

  • Select their books with some care to fit well into their lists — they do not accept just any manuscript.

  • May offer a level of authority and legitimacy over self-publishing.

  • Offer expertise — they generally do have staffs with faces and names and some knowledge of book publishing.

  • Usually do not pay advances against royalties as traditional publishers do.

  • Are lean and keep their overhead low. Editorial, marketing, and book PR support may incur in some out-of-pocket costs.

  • Can advise you on vetted and transparent lists of capable freelance editors, publicists, etc. to get you the outside help you need.