Frequently Asked Questions
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What’s right for me?
What’s the difference between self-publishing and hybrid publishing?
Self-publishing is just that. You are responsible for executing every aspect of the publishing,
printing, cataloging, distribution, sales, inventory, and marketing of the book. And all at your
own expense. You retain ALL rights to your book, you process all sales, pay all taxes, keep all
records, negotiate discounts and returns. This is no simple task whether it’s your first book or
50th. It’s also not impossible and if you like a challenge, learning, are tech savvy, have a good
head for business, and are very patient, this may be the right option for you.
Hybrid-publishing is like a partnership where the author makes a financial contribution in the
development of their book in exchange for representation under the imprint of the publisher.
Credibility, support, distribution channels, mass markets, professional web and social media
exposure, and royalties are just a few of the perks more like traditional publishing than you’ll
find when self-publishing. You generally see a much a more significant return on your investment when working with a reputable Hybrid-publisher.
Publish rights are always negotiable, and Happy Dolphin Press acquires first publishing rights only for new
authors. (Click here to explore what publishing rights are and how they affect your manuscript)
Hybrid-publishing has become increasingly popular with author’s who don’t have the time or inkling
to learn the entire publishing industry, especially if they intend to publish multiple titles or a series. It is generally much less expensive to publish through a Hybrid-publisher than to self-publish if you want to sell your books on the mass market.
(Click here to schedule an appointment to discuss your goals and options).
Can I just get my book edited and publish it myself?
What marketing is included if I publish with Happy Dolphin Press?
Do you offer help or training to self-publish?
What is an ISBN and do I need one?
What if I want a traditional publisher?
How do I get my book on Amazon?
I already have a published book, how can you help me?
My book’s not a children’s book. Can you still help me?
How much does it cost to publish a children’s book?
I just need an illustrator or a cover design, can you help?
Can you help me finance my book?
About Our Services
We offer a full array of services from self-publishing solutions to a full agency publishing experience. Scroll through the information below to find publishing services that fit your needs the best, then schedule an appointment to create a plan that meets your goals and budget.
It takes engaging, polished writing, beautifully designed layouts, quality printing, multiple formats, plus dynamic marketing to make your book stand out from the thousands of books printed every month. That’s why we offer a complete library of tutorials and workshops for you to choose from. Learn at your own pace and take your skills to another level with every course you complete! Freemium and Premium Courses designed to supercharge your writing skills.
Whether you want to self-publish, be a professional Indie Author (Independent Author), shop your book for an agent or traditional publisher, or you’re looking for a full-service small press publisher, we’ve got you covered! We offer individual copy editing, content editing, formatting, cover design, graphics editing and formatting of illustrations, file conversion, eBook creation, proofreading, beta reading, paperback and hardcover printing, and much more! We can help you reach your goals for any budget. Choose from one of our value bundled packages or create your own! Looking for a full-service publisher? Yes, we do that, too! Get complete pricing now!
We have printing solutions for every type of book format. Whether it’s a non-traditionally sized paperback, a trade paperback, hardcover, dust jackets, embossed, board books, or just about anything else you can think of, we can do it! Oh, and we also have affordable solutions for audiobooks, braille, and coloring/activity books! Request a printing quote for your project now!
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