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Hybrid publisher versus a Vanity publisher.

Buyer beware. Now that Vanity publishers are a dirty word and the industry is fighting back, some have rebranded themselves under a new name. We are not saying that all Hybrid publishers are rebranded Vanity publishers. We just ask that you read the fine print and ask what you get for your money.

What is the difference between the two types of publishing models?

The difference between a hybrid publisher and a vanity publisher lies in the level of support, control, and investment that authors receive.

A vanity publisher is a publishing model in which the author pays for the publishing and distribution of their book, but receives little to no editorial, marketing, or distribution support. Vanity publishers often offer limited distribution options, and the quality of the final product is often subpar.

A hybrid publisher, on the other hand, provides authors with a mix of traditional publishing and self-publishing services. Hybrid publishers typically offer a higher level of editorial and marketing support, as well as more extensive distribution options, than vanity publishers. However, hybrid publishing also often requires a higher level of investment from the author, and the author may have less control over the final product.

In summary, a vanity publisher offers limited support and control, while a hybrid publisher provides a mix of support and control, at a higher cost. When deciding between these two models, it is important for authors to consider their goals, budget, and the level of support they need to bring their book to market.

Don't be fooled by the mention of manuscript assessment as part of their package. There are still crocodiles out there!

The average cost of a hybrid publisher package in Australia

The cost of a hybrid publishing package in Australia can vary greatly depending on the publisher and the level of services included in the package. On average, a hybrid publishing package can range from $5,000 to $20,000 or more.

Keep in mind that the cost of a hybrid publishing package can be influenced by several factors, including:

  • Services Included: The level of services included in the package, such as manuscript editing, proofreading, book cover design, and marketing support, can impact the overall cost.

  • Publisher Reputation: The reputation and experience of the publisher can also impact the cost, as some publishers may charge more for their expertise and established network of contacts.

  • Book Printing and Distribution: The cost of printing and distribution can also add to the overall cost of the hybrid publishing package, as publishers may offer different options and pricing for these services.

When choosing a hybrid publisher, it is important to carefully review the services included in the package, as well as the cost and reputation of the publisher, to ensure that you are getting a good value for your investment. Additionally, be sure to compare quotes from a few different publishers to find the best option for your needs and budget.