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What is the difference between a traditional publisher and a hybrid publisher such as Becker-Hill Books?
Traditional publishers are those we are familiar with, and have grown historically ever since the invention of the printing press. They are distinguished by paying the author to write. They own the copyright of the book the author writes and the author gets royalties through the publisher based on a contract. The author typically relinquishes control over their book to the publisher!
Getting a contract with a traditional publisher isn’t easy and takes in most cases a literary agent advises the author how to create a book proposal or presents it to a publisher. Most traditional publishers don’t take on “unknown people” as authors so there are more hurdles to get a book published. Depending on the power of the traditional publisher’s brand, it can be very worthwhile because of the reputation benefits of being represented by a well known publisher.
Before the internet and social media, traditional publishing houses did all the marketing for authors and their books. Now authors have to show proof in their book proposals that they have a “serious platform”, which means a decent email list of ideally 10 000 or more subscribers and over 50 000 followers combined on social media platforms.
With the online industry development of books being “printed on-demand”, the development of great editing software, and affordable cover designers, self-publishing became very popular and holds the other end of the spectrum of the publishing industry: The authors do everything themselves or outsource pieces of the process. The author keeps all copyrights and has the freedom to multi-purpose her writing in any way they can think of, however the learning curve is often very steep and doing it alone, the whole process may end up taking longer than if they were working with experienced professionals. Plus mistakes can be costly and deeply frustrating because of the deep personal attachment. Think of painting artists, who often can’t sell their own art...
Hybrid publishers combine the best of both worlds! Authors can choose from different niched hybrid-publishers with different service packages and hire them to provide specific services they choose and pick. (See the list of services Becker-Hill Books offers further down the page.) The most important advantage of hybrid-publishers versus self-publishing is that there is much less work and stress for the author, and a far more professional, higher quality book product as the end product. Self-publishing sadly still has a bad reputation of cheaply produced books and garages filled with unsold inventory. Being published by a publisher gives the book and the author a higher reputation.
The most important advantage of hybrid-publishers versus traditional publishers is the speed to market, control of the end product e.g. cover design, and copyright ownership. Plus the income potential beyond the royalties from the book - which the public over-estimates hugely - is much higher because of the option to multi-purpose the book and its content. Traditional publishers - with the exception of proven bestselling authors and celebrities - don’t pay their authors as much as an author-entrepreneur can make by keeping the copyrights to their book, using it as a funnel product or as the door to their products and services. If an author is also a speaker and can do book sales from the back of the room, they earn much more per book than the royalties they would get from a traditional publisher.
From contract to book launch it takes about two years with a traditional publisher. Depending on the scope of the book with a hybrid publisher you can get your book out in a matter of a few months. My fastest solo book was my bestseller in 2016, which took under 40 days to write and publish! One multi-author book with Becker-Hill Books took from start till publication four months with 20 authors from around the world of which over two-thirds were first-time authors!
How quickly can I become a published author with Becker-Hill Books?
It depends if you are part of a multi-author book project or a solo author. For a solo book it will depend on how big your book will be, and how much you have already written when you come to us. As an average for groups: 4 to 6 months after enrollment closes and the real group process starts. As the scope for solo-authors: 3 to 12 months depending on how far along your book is written.
How can you guarantee that I will become an Amazon Bestselling Author through your program?
I vetted multiple publishing concierge service companies till I found my ideal partner: Tarryn Reeves. She shares my passion for empowering women and commitment to top quality. She and her team are trained and experienced in what we call “the Amazon algorithm bestseller launch game”. I went through that game with different publishers as an author myself. No one knows it in my experience as well as she does and she has so far a 100% success rate. Meaning: All books she managed the Amazon launch for became bestsellers in the first three weeks, most of them on the first day!
How much does it cost to become a published author?
That depends on several factors: number of authors in a multi-author book or solo book, chapter word count or book word count, number of done-for-you services (see list below). The range is from US$2000 for a 3000-word chapter in a multi-author book and only a few done-for-you services, to our main package which we call the “Group Bestseller Program” with a full done-for-you service package for between US$3000 to $4000. A solo-book may cost between US$12 000 up to US$25 000 that includes developmental editing, one to one book strategy coaching and book business mapping support. The latter is for you if you’re an entrepreneur and we will together design your client’s journey and map out your five book-based products with names for your main funnel.
- Strategy coaching about your book concept to flesh out the idea and title
- Book context strategy session how the book fits and empowers into your career/business goals and lifestyle dreams
- Training in writing from flow and in alignment with chosen intentions
- Time management training for writers
- Back cover blurb writing support
- 3D branded book mockup design and digital file management
- Developmental editing with feedback sessions
- Copy editing (proofreading)
- Internal book design including font choice suggestions
- Guaranteed bestseller Amazon launch with Kindle version
- Social media graphics for book promotion
- Marketing copywriting done for you
- Coaching how to get celebrity endorsement or foreword written
- Training in launch team building, nurturing, communication and administration
- Rockstar Author Interview on Zoom with video and audio files to share and the use for marketing
- Rockstar Author Interview placement in book playlist on becker-Hill Books Youtube channel
- Amazon Author page set-up and tips how to keep it up-to-date and attractive long term
- Amazon Author account set-up for bulk purchases at wholesale price
- Book trailer for launch and as evergreen promotion material
- A facilitated book launch party on Zoom
- Print version softcover design and upload to Amazon
- Print version hardcover design and upload to Amazon
- Audiobook production and upload to Audible
- Coaching about how the book can empower your career as a leader
- Coaching about how the book can be multi-purposed or lead into different products to grow your business as an entrepreneur
- Designing and mapping out products with name and macro-level content for book based funnels
- A vision coaching session for "What's next?"
And more coaching and training and brain alignment through The 7 Step Author Empowerment Program that all our authors go through.
Not all programs offer all services. The scope and investment level vary. If you have needs that are not covered by the above’s list, talk to Sylvia and we are confident we will find a way to add your needed solution to your package.
What distinguishes the offers of Becker-Hill Books from those of other publishers?
Our uncompromisable commitment is to quality, impeccable boutique-style service, and hands-on involvement from Sylvia Becker-Hill. This enables Becker-Hill Books to offer coaching specific to the process of writing, organizing and execution. Sylvia’s established expertise as an executive coach, leadership trainer, and empowerment mentor for over 22 years creates the unique preposition of Becker-Hill Books.
Sadly a lot of hybrid-publishers have their biggest focus on the sales of the spots in multi-author books and when the real work around the book starts they delegate that to others and switch focus to selling the next book. For them, publishing equals selling. Sylvia cares too deeply on a personal level about each author to do that. She is with you the whole time and elevates and edifies you as only an experienced coach and empowerment mentor with academic gender expertise can do.
Becker-Hill Books is a “full-suite publisher”, meaning our books can get published as Kindle, softcover print, hardcover print and audiobook, something a lot of “vanity publishers” don’t bother to do because it is much more project management work and reduces their profit margins.
Becker-Hill Books has an unapologetic political basis in supporting women to reach positions of power and leadership in a society designed to keep women away from exactly that.
It is Sylvia’s personal life’s mission to turn pain into joy and disconnect into love. She wants every author to reach as many people in the world as possible in order to strengthen the role of women in societies. That’s why Becker-Hill Books offers all four forms of books. Audiobooks are reaching over 20% of readers and the number is growing bigger fast each year!