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TYPES OF PUBLISHING
The three basic publishing methods
Wintertree Press has been a traditional publisher for over twenty years.
Most writers aren't aware of the detailed differences between
AUTHOR-FUNDED (HYBRID, VANITY, and SUBSIDY), TRADITIONAL, SELF-PUBLISHING, and of each method's highly advertised benefits and cleverly concealed faults.
Read on. . .
The five biggest book publishers include Random House, Simon Schuster, etc. Wintertree Pres is usually included in the next twenty or so. Most traditional publishers require a formal submission from a literary agent. Others, including Wintertree, also accept submissions directly from authors providing all submission guidelines are followed. Literary agents will demand a percentage of your advance and royalties. When a publisher accepts a manuscript, it acquires limited or full rights (ownership). Wintertree never acquires more than a three-year right to any accepted manuscript, which Wintertree may renew at any time upon renegotiation.
Upon acceptance, a publisher may or may not offer an advance payment to the author. Typically, authors dream of six-figure advances, but typical advances are more likely to be a few thousand dollars at most. Huge advances are possible but extremely rare. In fact, it has become common for publishers not to offer advances at all, or to delay payment until a predetermined sales figure has been reached.
Wintertree pays accepted new authors a low advance payment of $50.00, and a very high royalty of 20%.
Author-Funded (Hybrid, Vanity, and Subsidy) Publishing
There has been and continues to be endless folderol regarding all three types of author-funded publishing. The quick of it all is that the author pays for just about everything regardless of the publisher's word choice. Many hybrid publishers claim to be more concerned about sales than the others. Vanity and subsidy publishers claim similar virtues. Pick your choice; your bank account may or may not notice a difference. Each such publisher makes great effort to appear extrordinarily different than their competitors by proclaiming superior efforts or results, and that's precisely what makes them all the same. That sameness is identifiable: their primary income comes from their author's pockets, not from the sale of books.
The five biggest