Is Hybrid, Vanity?
No. The term ‘vanity publishing’ came up when people started ‘warning’ others, saying you shouldn’t have to pay for publishing – ever – and if a company offers you a partnership contract, they are vanity, they just want your money. Publishing is not what it once was, and it is hard, even for an amazing book, to get accepted by a traditional publishing house – this is why hybrid exists, they are in-between traditional, and self-publishing.
What is a vanity publisher, then?
While no company will ever call themselves ‘vanity’. My suggestion is to stay away from publishers like Xlibris, who literally offers you contact before they have read your manuscript. They accept everything. They basically self-publish your book, which you can do for much less money, by using CreateSpace.
If hybrid is all good and well, why don’t they have a bunch of best-selling titles?
Here’s where the REAL problem lies. Authors often accept a hybrid contract, thinking it will be exactly like a traditional one, only they had to pay towards it. While hybrid publishers, such as Austin Macauley and Pegasus Publishing, do offer marketing (and they do, I have researched this, and spoken to multiple authors published by them) they don’t do the level of marketing a traditional publisher does. Traditional publishers also have more credibility to them, so it is easier for them to market a book, and people will accept it, as it was published by a well-known publisher.
Authors must know, before entering a hybrid/partnership contract, that you have to market your book yourself as well. You need to do social media campaigns, advertise your blog/website, and all that comes with marketing. It is just the way it is, but most authors take this for granted, which leads to their book barely getting noticed. It’s a needle in a haystack.
Should I accept my contract by a hybrid publisher?
It is completely up to you. If your goal was to be traditionally published, then by all means, wait until you hear back from them first, don’t jump the gun. But if you have the money, and you are not too concerned about getting accepted by the big companies, then by all means, accept it.
The company will edit, create a cover, distribute and publish your book, just like a traditional publisher. You just have to pitch in with marketing.
Another plus is that you’ll have a publisher name on your book, as opposed to just ‘independent’ or ‘CreateSpace’.
Do hybrids ever reject a manuscript?
But… popular bloggers on the internet say they are a scam… and vanity
Yes, they do. This is because they probably would only accept a traditional contract as an ACTUAL contract, nothing in between, nothing new or different.
Why all this hate against hybrids, and why do people call them vanity?
The simple, short answer to this is, people are either uninformed, or they haven’t moved with the times. One person calls them a scam – the rest follows. It is the internet guys!
Just to clarify:
NO – I don’t work for a hybrid publishing house
NO – I haven’t published through a hybrid (I might though)
NO – I’m not getting paid to have a ‘bias’ opinion, I am only trying to fill in the gaps
Good luck, and happy writing!
© Melina Wedin 2017
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