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What are the Differences Between Vanity and Hybrid Publishing Methods?

Shina is a regular freelance writer and eBook publisher from Africa with a passion for writing about everyday topics.

Vanity vs. Hybrid Publishing

Content owners who want to earn money for their works often ask ; What is vanity publishing? Simply put, vanity publishing is a system where a publisher invites an author to submit their manuscript or content, usually eBooks, and then charges a fee or arrange for a co-payment structure to publish the content on single or multiple publishing platforms.

Vanity publishing can therefore be regarded as a subsidy publishing . In vanity publishing, the publisher will assume the risks and pay the content author for their work. The publisher must edit, format, create a cover design, and, in most cases, market the book once the author submits the manuscript.

How is Vanity Publishing Different from Hybrid Publishing?

Hybrid publishing is one of the new business models where authors cover some of the costs of publishing their books. The following are the main differences between Vanity publishing and hybrid publishing.

  1. Costs of Publishing Books

The main difference between Vanity and hybrid publishing systems is that in Hybrid publishing, only the publisher takes responsibility for the costs of publishing a book. In contrast, hybrid publishers share publishing costs with authors. Since the cost of publishing is quite high in self or vanity publishing, hybrid publishers tend to get more customers because the authors know they will bear no cost risk but will surely get paid for their contents. Anyone who is willing to settle for less than 50% of revenues will be glad to work with a hybrid publisher. If you know your work’s worth , you will rather bear the costs of publishing alone. Hybrid publishers like Amazon offer less than 40% of revenues to authors depending on the price you set on its free publishing platform.

2. Entry Requirements

The entry requirements between vanity and hybrid publishing vary. In hybrid publishing, there is a lower entry barrier. Though hybrid publishers are still selective in choosing authors for their business, they still have a less-stringent requirements than vanity publishers. The reason is quite apparent,

hybrid publishers share the costs of publishing books with authors, while vanity publishers bear the costs alone. Since the publishing requirements for hybrid publishers are low, it is possible to see poor quality contents on their platform. If you want the best quality contents and ready to bear the cost of promoting and selling them, you should opt for the hybrid publisher ahead of the vanity publishers.

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3. Royalties

The number of payable royalties paid to authors varies. Hybrid publishing pays higher royalties than Vanity publishing. Since authors will take responsibility for some of the publishing costs in hybrid publishing, they often get higher royalties. Royalties can vary depending on several factors, including the book format and the types of publishers; in most cases, authors on hybrid publishing may get at least 50% of book sales revenues, and vanity publishing authors may get as low as 10 to 20% royalties. Experts will say that only lazy publishers who are willing to settle for anything will publish their works via vanity publishers, which is true to a large extent.

4. Author’s Control

The level of the author’s control over published works can vary between vanity and hybrid publishing systems. Since the publisher takes all financial risks in vanity publishing, they have the power to refuse any likely changes to a book’s content if they feel such changes will damage the credibility or marketability of the book. This does not mean vanity publishers don’t care about authors’ opinions and goals. Still, they also want their businesses to gain a reputation and remain viable long-term. In hybrid publishing, on the other hand, the author still maintains substantial control over their content. In most cases, the hybrid publisher will inform the author about specific issues such as quality and marketing. Still, it remains the author’s choice to decide whether to listen.


Hybrid and vanity publishing options will save time in many ways. Authors need to research the pros and cons of each publishing system to ascertain the one most suited to their needs. An author who wants more financial autonomy may go for hybrid publishing, while the one who doesn’t want to go through the stress of publishing and marketing will opt for vanity publishing.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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