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Hybrid publishing combines traditional and self-publishing. A hybrid publisher acts like a traditional publisher, but authors pay most or all of the publishing costs and aren't granted a royalty advance.
Hybrid publishers have editorial, design, and marketing departments, like traditional presses. The goal is to support authors who want traditional publishing but can't or won't deal with a traditional publisher.
Hybrid publishing isn't vanity publishing in theory, but the reality can be disappointing. Learn about hybrid publishing below.
Traditional publishers buy manuscripts they like and lead them through editing and marketing. Traditional publishers pay authors an upfront amount (an "advance") and cover all production costs for their publications. Hybrid publishing is different.
Publisher splits costs
In hybrid publishing, the author fronts, or shares, production costs and doesn't earn an advance. The publisher handles everything (editing, marketing, etc.). Authors that don't want to manage editorial, design, and marketing can hire a hybrid publisher.
Some authors crowdfund the first expenditures by pre-selling their book and using the money to pay the hybrid publisher. Unless the author raises a minimum amount, the book will be cancelled.