If you a writer or an author, then you may already have your favourite in terms of the methods of publishing, some of you who are reading this write-up might be a great fan of Traditional Publishing, while the others who went ahead to read this write-up, might be satisfied with the Self Publishing method. Well, not to disappoint you but both these methods of publishing, be it the traditional publishing or the self-publishing method have their drawbacks and limitations. This may sound unreal to many of you but it is a harsh fact of the publishing industry!
Many a times, at various platforms the shortcomings of the self-publishing method has already been discussed so a big section of the readers will easily digest the statement that the self-publishing method has some drawbacks. However, the ones who are big fans of traditional publishing will not easily accept the notion that even traditional publishing has some limitations. Therefore, I urge the readers to go through this entire write-up and find out the facts themselves.
Well, since this article is introducing the term Hybrid Publishing, so let us understand the very concept of hybrid publishing first. What is a Hybrid Publishing model? Hybrid Publishing is a Publishing-Model in which the aspects of both Traditional Publishing as well as Self Publishing are combined together. The basic aim of this model is to provide the benefits of both the types of publishing!
What factors lead to the rise of Hybrid Publishing? Hybrid Publishing is better than both Self Publishing as well as the Traditional Publishing because it simply combines the benefits of both the types of publishing. It is a fact that there exists a certain degree of inefficiency in both the models of publishing, i.e. Traditional & Self Publishing! For instance, the Traditional Publishers takes a great amount of time of approve the manuscripts and publish them. While, the Self Publishers only lists their books on the various online platforms and literally make no effort to take their authors’ books to the physical bookstores.
The above discussed example is just one example of the long list of the drawbacks, which the traditional and the self publishing methods possesses. Well, this is where the Hybrid Publishing method makes the entry and provides the solution for the limitations that occurs in both the methods of publishing. The very enterprising model of HYBRID PUBLISHING makes sure that the manuscript gets approved is a lesser time than what a traditional publishing takes and the publishing takes place in no time. In addition, the Hybrid Publishing method also ensures that the books gets placed in the physical bookstores along with getting listed on various online platforms! Therefore, the whole idea of Hybrid Publishing is to make the procedure of publishing as much Author Friendly as possible!
The other factors that had led to the rise of Hybrid Publishing are the constant shortcomings of the self and the traditional publishers. Lately, even the traditional publishing has received a lot of criticism by the budding authors due to factors like – low acceptance rate, high time consumption in getting response, negligible control over creativity, low royalty rate & an overall complex procedure. Whereas, the self publishing method, which usually stays on the receiving end of the endless criticism has been accused of factors like – authors paying for every step of publishing, no real support in sales, marketing & promotions, not getting the books placed in the bookstores, lack of distribution system & being a costly venture!
Whereas, if we carefully analyse the working model of the HYBRID PUBLISHING then we will find out the this model of publishing has actually taken care of almost all the drawbacks of both self as well as traditional publishing methods, which are mentioned above. Moreover, it would not at all be wrong to conclude that in the coming days, it will be the Hybrid Publishing model that will be adopted by most of the publishing companies around the world.
Written By NEEL PREET – Author of the Books, Voice From The East (2016); Journey With Time Place And Circumstances (2018) & Indian Defence Files (2021).