An author contacted me last week saying she was thrilled that she’d been offered book publishing contracts from two companies. She wanted to know which one she should choose. Sadly, since there were no prices on the publishers’ websites, she didn’t realize she was going to have to pay them for their services.
I checked out the first one, and was able to quickly find their average publishing price online in an author discussion list. It was a jaw-dropping $3,000.00!! They called themselves a “hybrid” publisher, which is a term that is grossly mis-used these days, across many industries.
hybrid: relating to or produced from parents of different species, varieties, or breeds; a thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture. (Thank you, Merriam-Webster)
A hybrid publisher is a cross between traditional and self-publishing. It will typically invest the funds in publishing an author’s book, but will not take all rights from the author for as long a period as a traditional publisher would. There are other variations as well but, put simply, a firm that charges authors anything at all for formatting, cover design, or other services to get the initial edition on the market is a self-publishing service, not a hybrid publisher.
Some firms claim to “pay half” of the author’s publishing fees…but are they really doing that? Three thousand dollars is MORE than enough to pay to publish a book. So, this firm’s claim that they would also be paying an additional $3,000 out of their pocket was a bunch of you-know-what.
So, what is an example of a true hybrid publisher?
AbuzzPress.com. Abuzz (which I own) charges authors nothing up front. The publishers takes the initial financial risk but only requires a three-year exclusive contract. Authors are then free to sell their books anywhere they choose, or to move to another publisher. However, Abuzz rejects most manuscripts, publishing only 10-15 new books per year.
With regards to the author I was assisting with research – I couldn’t find any rates for the second publisher that offered her a contract. So, I used a WritersWeekly email address, and contacted them. I had to first order their “publishing guide,” which is a fancy term that really means “spammy sales brochure.”
They asked for my address and phone number. Yeah, I’ve been spammed and buried in junk mail by too many publishers when doing this type of research in the past. So, I gave a fake address and a fake phone number, but a real email address. I also used my real name. Within the next few minutes, I received an email from them saying they couldn’t find my address in a database. I wrote back, saying I just wanted to know their prices.
The salesman responded with several separate emails that contained links to videos about their service. And, of course, nothing about prices. A week later, I received the exact same email from them asking for my real address. I’m now in their endless loop of spams.
You know the old saying: If you have to ask how much, you can’t afford it!
That’s how it works with companies that hide their prices until they know they’ve enticed you with enough crappy marketing verbiage and false praise that you’re probably not going to walk away…even after you faint from sticker shock when their prices are finally revealed. It’s a classic marketing move. Don’t be fooled by it.
Do yourself a favor. When you see a publisher with no prices posted, do not walk away. Run. Any firm that must hide their prices from potential authors until they’ve exhausted all their false praise and hard-core, used-car-salesmen marketing pitches should be avoided at all costs.
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Got questions about Print On Demand and Self-publishing? Ask Angela Hoy.
About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
Angela lives on a 52' Irwin Center Cockpit Ketch (sailboat) with her family and pets. Keep up with her family's adventurous liveaboard lifestyle at GotNoTanLines.com
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
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