Friday, May 20, 2016

Questions from Readers (Part 1 of 9)

For this series, I’ve asked Kathy Ide to respond. (Cec)

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What Is Hybrid Publishing? 

The newest model of publishing to have emerged is hybrid publishing, a combination of self-publishing and traditional publishing.

Hybrid publishing is difficult to define because there are many possible variations. It’s neither self-publishing nor traditional publishing, but it can be any combination of the two.

Here are examples of hybrid publishing:

* An author whose career started with traditionally published books decides to try self-publishing. From there, the author publishes some books traditionally and self-publishes others.

* An author who has self-published several books is picked up by a traditional publisher.

* An author might get a traditional book deal for print publishing but continue to self-publish e-books, retaining all digital rights and royalties. Publishers benefit from hybrid publishing because they can sign authors who have a fan base with their self-published books. That means a lower-risk investment for publishers.

When authors self-publish, they earn a larger percentage of royalties. Authors who have already published traditionally are now self-publishing books, based on their reputation, and receive much larger royalties than on traditionally published books.

Some literary agents (including mine) are hybrid because the authors are being published under the agent’s imprint. However, the agencies don’t have an effective distribution channel. The quality of their books excel because they understand publishing standards. In short, in hybrid publishing the author pays to publish. That means the author receives a higher royalty, and someone else publishes the book.

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—Kathy Ide, author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series, is a full-time freelance editor/writing mentor and teacher. She is the founder and director of the Christian Editor Connection and The Christian PEN.

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