Hybrid publishing is a relatively new term in the industry, and it can be very confusing because most publishing insiders have different definitions of what a hybrid publisher actually is.
A hybrid publisher could be:
A small press publisher that pays royalties and doesn’t charge any author fees. They often don’t pay advances.
A publishing services provider (also called a subsidy publisher or vanity publisher) that charges fees to do editing, layout, and book production for authors.
A traditional publisher that also sells publishing services on the side.
Or some combination of all of these.
Because hybrid publishing is such a vague and confusing concept, you should do extra research to make sure you pick the right publisher before deciding to sign a contract with a hybrid publisher.
Note: We have not done business with all of these publishers, so you should do your research, understand what a publishing scam looks like, and get some good advice from an experienced professional. List of Hybrid Publishers
Here’s our list of hybrid publishers that are currently accepting submissions from unagented and/or agented authors.
1. TCK Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.tckpublishing.com/submission-guidelines
Unlike most hybrid publishers, TCK Publishing never charges their authors any fees. They pay 50% net royalties, and they cover all the costs of editing, design, layout, production, printing, and publishing. They also invest heavily in providing coaching, mentoring, and marketing for their authors.
You can learn more on their
FAQ page. 2. 3rd Coast Books
Submission Guidelines: www.3rdcoastbooks.com/submissions 3. Abuzz Press
Submission Guidelines: www.abuzzpress.com/submissions 4. Blue Sun Studio Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.bluesunstudio-inc.com/submission-guidelines 5. Book Press Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.bookpresspublishing.com/submissions 6. Boutique Quality Books (BQB)
Submission Guidelines: www.bqbpublishing.com/submissions 7. Boyle & Dalton
Submission Guidelines: www.boyleanddalton.com/submissions 8. Busybird Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.busybird.com.au/submissions 9. Build Buzz Launch
Submission Guidelines: www.buildbuzzlaunch.com/submissions 10. Cardinal Rule Press
Submission Guidelines: www.cardinalrulepress.com/submissions 11. Certa Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.certapublishing.com/submissions 12. Christopher Matthews Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.christophermatthewspub.com/submissions 13. Deep River Books
Submission Guidelines: www.deepriverbooks.com/submissions 14. EA Books
Submission Guidelines: www.deepriverbooks.com/submissions 15. E.L. MARKER
Submission Guidelines: www.widopublishing.com/submissions 16. Entangled Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.entangledpublishing.com/submissions 17. Evolve Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.evolvepublishing.com/submissions 18. First Edition Design Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com/submissions 19. Fruitbearer LLC
Submission Guidelines: www.fruitbearer.com/submissions 20. Glass Spider Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.glassspiderpublishing.com/submissions 21. Greenleaf Book Group
Submission Guidelines: www.greenleafbookgroup.com/submissions 22. Iguana Books
Submission Guidelines: www.iguanabooks.ca/submissions 23. Inkshares
Submission Guidelines: inkshares.com/submissions 24. LifeTree Media
Submission Guidelines: www.lifetreemedia.com/submissions 25. Little Creek Press
Submission Guidelines: www.littlecreekpress.com/submissions 26. Mascot Books
Submission Guidelines: www.mascotbooks.com/submissions 27. Resilient Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.resilientpublishing.com/submissions 28. Science Thrillers Media
Submission Guidelines: www.sciencethrillersmedia.com/submissions 29. She Writes Press
Submission Guidelines: www.shewritespress.com/submissionss 30. Something Or Other Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.soopllc.com/submissions 31. Summerland Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.summerlandpublishing.com/submissions 32. Sunacumen Press Inc
Submission Guidelines: www.sunacumenpress.com/submissions 33. Unbound
Submission Guidelines: www.unbound.com/submissions 34. Warren Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.warrenpublishing.net/submissions 35. Union Square Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.unionsquarepublishing.com/submissions 36. Hugo House Publishers
Submission Guidelines: www.hugohousepublishers.com/submissions 37. Morgan James Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.morgan-james-publishing.com/submissions 38. Koehler Books Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.koehlerbooks.com/submissions 39. Epigraph Publishing
Submission Guidelines: www.epigraphps.com/submissions 40. Stratton Press
Submission Guidelines: www.stratton-press.com/submissions
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Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of
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