How to Evaluate Hybrid Publishers

Hybrid publishers

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Starting this month, I’ll be writing a regular column for Publishers Weekly/PW Select on topics of interest to indie authors and the self-publishing community.

My first column tackles the issue of hybrid publishers, or those services that don’t really fit the definition of traditional publisher or self-publishing service. It can be difficult to evaluate such companies and determine if the value they’re providing is worth the investment. I offer a beginning list of considerations.

Read the full piece, Not All Hybrid Publishers Are Considered Equal.

Posted in Publishing Industry.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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