Hybrid Publishing: What exactly does that mean?

On February 20, 2018, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) published a nine-point list of criteria defining what it means to be a reputable hybrid publisher. The purpose of the guidelines is to “help hybrid publishers build better businesses based on clear and consistent best practices,” said Maggie Langrick, CEO and publisher at LifeTree Media Ltd., and member of the IBPA advocacy committee.

I get lots of questions regarding the publishing model that I use at Prairieland Press and how it differs from a vanity press. I am so grateful to the IBPA for creating this list of criteria that provides clear guidance for authors regarding exactly what is meant by hybrid publishing and how it can prove a viable publishing option for them.

Click on the links below to examine the IBPA statement in depth and examine how Prairieland Press strives to meet (or exceed) these “best practices”. The IBPA wording regarding “best practices” for each part of the IBPA statement is in black, while Sharp’s comments about her specific practices are in green. Read more about the IBPA statement when you visit PublishersWeekly.com.


CRITERIA #1: Define a mission and vision for it’s publishing program.

CRITERIA #2: Vet submissions.

CRITERIA #3: Publish under its own imprint(s) and ISBNs.

CRITERIA #4: Publish to industry standards.

CRITERIA #5: Ensure editorial, design, and production quality.

CRITERIA #6: Pursue and manage a range of publishing rights.

CRITERIA #7: Provide distribution services.

CRITERIA #8: Demonstrate respectable sales.

CRITERIA #9: Pay authors a higher-than-standard royalty.

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