I’ve been hearing a few stories lately of authors who think they’re being approached by a traditional publisher but are asked to pay an upfront fee to cover the publisher’s services.
You should know that when a publisher asks you for any upfront costs, they aren’t a traditional publisher — they’re actually a Hybrid Publisher.
But rest assured! Hybrid publishers can be a fantastic option for any children’s book author, especially for first-timers. Actually, hybrid publishing is a service my company provides through our Publishing Mastermind program.
Even though every hybrid publisher does things a bit differently, there is a basic structure to this publishing option.
Here’s how it works:
When you decide to work with a hybrid publisher, you’ll be required to pay an upfront cost. In exchange, the hybrid publisher will provide you with some services required to publish your book. The exact services provided will vary depending on which company you decide to work with.
But before you sign with a hybrid publisher, you’ll want to know the answers to these three questions:
3 Questions to Ask Your Hybrid Publisher
- What exact services do you provide? Different hybrid publishers will offer different services. You’ll want to know exactly what you’re paying for before you sign any contracts.
For example, here is an overview of the services my company offers to those enrolled in the Publishing Mastermind:
- We publish your book
- We provide professional editing
- We handle all of the book design
- We take care of your eBook & Amazon set-up
- We create personalized social media marketing graphics
- We support you through email communication, mastermind group calls, and private coaching sessions
2. Are there any royalty fees?Sometimes, a hybrid publisher will also require a percentage of the income from your book sales (in other words, a royalty). Though this isn’t unusual, the best case scenario would be for you to keep 100% of the profits from your book sales. It’s essential to be aware of any royalty fees before signing their contract.
3. Who will have the rights to the book once it’s published? One of the greatest benefits of not taking the traditional publishing route is that you can avoid giving up the rights to your children’s book. Make sure your hybrid publisher allows you to keep ALL the rights to your children’s book before you lock in any agreements.
Hybrid publishing is a great route for first-time children’s book authors to consider. The key is to do your due diligence and make sure you’ll be working with a reputable company that is dedicated to your success as a children’s book author.
Interested in working with me? Visit the Publishing Mastermind website to learn more and join the waitlist to find out when enrollment will open next.