The answer to this question solely depends upon three things, how much confidence you have in your book or writing skills, two what does $8,500 means to you, and what better use you could have of that amount? If you are turning to She Writes Press or any other publisher that demands handsome upfront money from you, chances are you are either a first-time author or a parent to a first-time author. Previously published authors whose books were well received mostly look for traditional contracts, even if they self published their first books.
It takes a lot for a traditional publisher to trust a first-time author. Not a piece of cake. Even if you had a college degree to become a novelist or author, you have to be exceptionally talented to be accepted by a traditional publisher as a first-time author. Your chances further slim down if you are a woman. We all know how magical Harry Potter books were but J K Rowling was rejected a dozen times, and after searching for a publisher for an entire year Bloomsbury finally agreed to publish her book. However, even the 13th publisher insisted that she should not use a name that will reflect her gender as a woman.
It is also worth noticing that many seasoned authors or celebrities refuse the traditional contracts they are offered and instead opt to self publish just because they know they have what it takes to sell the books and make money out of it so they just don’t wish to share the royalties or control with a traditional publishing company. She Writes Press is also a good option for such candidates as they can get professional level editors and advisors at their service with actually having to share their profits with them.
Why would I be recommending SHE WRITES PRESS?
There are multiple reasons to it.
- Feminist approach
- Traditional distribution through Ingram Publishers services
- Nationtional Press tours
1. Feminist Approach
In a publishing world where authors like J K Rowling are encouraged to use initials to mask the fact that they are female, I feel there is a dire need for publishers who publish female authors exclusively and celebrates the creative skill women possess. It’s an achievement that in the past 8 years She Writes Press has published 500 female authors so far.
The publishing company is willing to offer a chance to female authors solely on the merits of their writing alone.
She Writes Press is fairly transparent about what the publication company charge and exactly what services they offer in return. Here is an image from their website detailing out everything. Its very rare for a hybrid publisher to introduce the packages with prices out right on their website.
In 2019, She Writes Press was charging $7,500 and in a year it has increased the charges for their services a whooping $1000. I acknowledge that $,8500 is a huge amount and not everyone can perhaps afford it, but there is a nice long list of services they are offering in exchange for it. Not to mention you get what you pay for. They are most likely also offering other packages as suited by the author’s need.
3. Nationtional Press tours
Crystal Patriarche, CEO of SWP shared with Publishers Weekly that biannually company arranges for authors to go on national press tours twice per year and have access to webinars and other educational tools.
So She Writes Press do recommend you to hire a publicist (which means additional cost) acknowledging the lack of marketing services in their packages. It is amazing how open and transparent they are about their shortcomings unlike many.
I have found some very positive words about them on publishers weekly website here.
However, She Writes Press still need to work on developing a network of book stores that will shelf books of their authors. As defined by IBPA it is the responsibility of a hybrid publisher to market the book shelves and make sure that printed books hit the shelfs of reputable book stores.
4. For whom it is suitable?
She Writes Press works on a hybrid publishing model which is actually a controversial and confusing subject. Before you decided on hybrid publishing companies make sure to run a background checkup and look for first-hand reviews. If you are being offered a contributory or partnership contract, run your numbers first. Of course, it feels great to be offered an advance from a traditional publisher, it’s a vote of confidence. But the vote of confidence is not enough because fortunately or unfortunately that’s not how the publishing world operates. Some of the much-anticipated books fail on markets and some books do amazingly well after receiving hundreds of rejection letters
Hybrid Publishing is suitable for someone who is serious about writing and can churn up a lot of content. For example, who plans to write multiple books on a topic or a sequel of a novel. In such a case, numbers do not go in favor of traditional authors, and publishing through a hybrid publisher could pay well. After all, who is paying who, and what is the actual difference between traditional and hybrid publisher.
Considering that the company was only conceived in 2012, it has a long way to go yet.