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Hybrid Publisher vs Vanity Publisher

Unless you’re an already established author, you may not have heard the terms “hybrid” and “vanity” publishers. Though they sound very similar, they’re not the same thing.

So-called “vanity publishers”. charge the author for everything included in publishing a book, from editing to cover to actual publishing, to requiring that a certain number of volumes be purchased. From pillar to post, as it were. You’ll often see them offering “deals” of a thousand US dollars or more for this “opportunity” that supposedly include editing, cover design, your purchase of a certain number of books, promises of a certain amount of success, marketing, etc.

They’ll also accept anything that is sent their way, no matter the quality of the work. For them, it’s all about the money, and not about producing a quality book. In addition, vanity publishers often charge for a book’s ISBN, while we provide our writers with one free of charge.

Hybrid publishers, on the other hand, are picky about what they accept for publication. They generally charge for some services, such as editing/cover design, but don’t require the author to purchase books as part of the agreement. They’re also not going to be charging you an arm and a leg for the services for which they do have a fee. They’ll be there for you before and after publication, helping with marketing your work.

Their success is dependent upon your success, and they know it.

In the end, whatever publisher you ultimately choose, even if it isn’t Converted Books, our advice is to stay away from so-called publishers who charge you a fee to publish your book, and give you promises of sales/success if you publish with them.

Anna Rose’s Blog

February 21, 2022

After half a week spent in Austin Texas for an internet networking conference, I’m back at work on my writing. There was plenty of drama on the trip home from Austin, but a few days after getting home, my stress has eased mightily and I can get back into the swing of things once more.

It’s nice, sometimes, to be able to take a break and allow your brain to just relax. At least for me, it opens my mind up to new ideas and allows me to consider what I’ve already written to see if it can be improved upon by either the addition of or subtraction from what’s already there.

When I do such things, I save the previous version so that I don’t lose what I’d written before, and I save that iteration to the cloud so that I don’t lose it at some point. I’ve been through that sort of thing before when either trying to archive physical copies or using a regular computer hard drive.

I’ve learned that not only does Murphy’s Law apply, that bastard Murphy was an optimist.

Anyhow, back to writing for me. I look forward to hearing from you all!

Anna

February 17, 2022

Hey there, it’s Anna!

I’m currently taking a break from working on my books and stories to give you all an update on what I’m working on right now. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know that things have been especially rough for me and my family over the past couple years. That has slowed down my writing considerably, although I have done what I can to write as much as I was able.

My Mother died, three weeks short of her 93rd birthday, on December 18, 2021. She was surrounded by her family as she went on to her Next Great Adventure. I will love and miss her always.

Now, what I’m working on these days:

  1. We’re in the process of looking into a move to the Northeastern United States. Yes, the place where it becomes stupidly cold and rain turns to snow and ice during certain times of the year.
  2. I’ve got more than one novel that I’m working on right now. It’s one of the best ways, I’ve found, for me to beat the possibility of Writers’ Block over the head and then kick it to the curb.
  3. I’ve been posting first draft (minimal editing) serialized chapters from most of those stories and novels to my Patreon page, where they are available for subscribers to enjoy. Most of the content on that page is subscriber-only, but I do periodically post “free” things for folks who don’t want to contribute to my care and feeding.
  4. Figuring out who I am, what I want and where I’m going. This isn’t just a physical thing, it’s also a mental thing.

    One of those things is that I have very recently accepted and embraced the fact that I’m non-binary. I’m a they/them, rather than a she/her.

    I hope you can accept and embrace that as well.

    Toodles for now, but I’ll be posting periodic updates both here and on my own author page at www.sumaire.com.

Anna

Michele Roger

Michele Roger is a Renaissance woman who writes, paints, draws, and plays, teaches, and writes music. She lives in the Walled Lake, Michigan area, where the weather breeds tough women who don’t take “no” for an answer.

You can listen to her share some of her writing and music on her podcast, which is available on several podcast platforms, Michele Roger’s Tales of Terror,

Amongst her novels are Eternal Kingdom, The Harpist,   Agent for the Orchestra: Rite of Spring (as MM Genet), Meant to Be…SPOOKED: Meant to Be Love Notes Book 3The Conservatory, Terror Under A Lupin Moon, Santa CLAWS, Dark Matter, and Huggy Muggy Do! co-written (as Michele Roger Beresford) with her grandson, Finnegan Dudley).

She has also written music books intended for children, which include The Harp and the Storm Tamer: Michigan Conservatory Harp Method Book 1 also written as Michele Roger Beresford.

Perchance to Steam

Author Rowan Green’s debut novel brings together the mysterious Tarot and steampunk for a fantastic about a wonderful fantasy world seemingly drawn from the Major and Minor arcana of the Tarot.

From the novel’s back cover:

“The story follows a young man named James Baker who is a self proclaimed tarot reader and a computer geek. Like many others, he has an apartment and a job that he doesn’t really enjoy, however, it pays the bills.

All things considered, it’s a pretty comfortable life, if not a bit dull. All of that changes when he is pulled into his Tarot deck by an unknown force. He wakes up in the Realm of Tarocchi, with no idea of how he arrived, much less how to get home.

Now James has to contend with a world where everyone dresses like they’re straight out of a Charles Dickens novel, steam power is the order of the day, and the technology is nothing like he’s experienced. To top it off, he’s been thrust into the position of the Fool, or Key 0 in the Major Arcana.

Follow him as he navigates this new world with its share of joys and challenges, unlike anything he’s experienced before.”

Aya’s Dragon

Aya’s Dragon is the first novel in Anna’s first Young Adult series. From the book’s rear cover:

“Aya is a young woman who loves dragons and craves one of her own.

Unfortunately for her, Aya’s family is poor, and there are few options available to her in her culture, beyond an arranged marriage over which , as a girl, she has no say. Life is hard in Aya’s world, and women have almost no human rights.

Will Aya ever get the opportunity to have a dragon of her own, and if that opportunity comes, how will she manage to get one in the first place?

Reader Alert: Contains domestic violence and deaths.”

LUCI: Rhoades to Hell

Anna’s deep dive into urban fantasy and comparative theology, loosely inspired by Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN series.

From the book’s description:

“A grieving human. A bored Celestial.

Professor Hector Rhoades is a comparative theology professor. Tragedy in his life has caused him to make reckless choices and when he makes a certain discovery, jumps right in.

Enter Lucinda Inferi, mysterious businesswoman with an unnatural background.

What will happen, now that the two of them have met?”

What happens when an academic with nothing left to live for meets the Devil and it turns out she’s not at all what he expected? What is his reaction when he goes to Hell and finds out that demons and Hellish torture actually exist?

LUCI: Rhoades to Hell explores preconceptions, grief, loss, friendship, and healing. It is currently intended to be three volumes in length. It also proudly features LGBTIA+ content.

About Anna Rose

Anna Rose

Anna Rose, author of Urban Fantasy and YA Fantasy is published under our Sumaire Press imprint. You can find a comprehensive list of her books here. (Please note that these books can be found for purchase on other sites, not simply Amazon, this inclusion is merely for your convenience.)

LUCI: Rhoades to Hell

Her first novel, SIOFRA, was first published on January 23, 2012, followed shortly thereafter by the second novel in that series, FIACH FOLA, and then DROCH FOLA. The short story FEASTA FOLA is also part of that story, but can be read independently of the actual series.

Anna is also currently working on the Young Adult TALES OF THE DRAGONGUARD series, which starts with AYA’S DRAGON and continues with SARA’S FIRE.

Siofra

She has a Patreon page where she shares her current works in progress in a relatively raw form to her subscribers in a chapter-by-chapter serialized format for a unique first-look opportunity.

Trevor the Demon sautéing something up in Hell’s Kitchen.

Anna is currently focused on her series THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS about the very human Hector Rhoades and his curious friendship with the Devil, Luci Inferi. Along the way, Hector learns about the dangers of preconceptions and that demons aren’t necessarily something to be feared.

The first novel is LUCI: RHOADES TO HELL, and will be followed by LUCI: RHOADES TO RECOVERY and then LUCI: RHOADES TO REDEMPTION. The series is about preconceptions, friendship, love, loss, grief, and healing (This particular series is aimed at LGBTIA+ folks and those who support that community.)

Aya’s Dragon

From LUCI: RHOADES TO HELL’S Amazon reviews:

Mari Sloan 5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, Original and Fun!

Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2020

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I love reading fiction that transcends genre and creates characters that have no blueprint but still illustrate universal truth. Trevor, his friends, Hector and even Luci do all of that, and more. I hope this is just the first of a series and this crew of friends explores human emotions again soon! If you love to read outside of the box and enjoy a different perspective on heaven, hell, humans and celestrals, settle down with a good snack. This book will leave you hungry, and hungry for more!

Welcome to Converted Books!

Welcome to Converted Books, your gateway to genre publishing.

Our publishing genres include Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult books, Children’s books, and more.

Yes, our publishing house’s name is new, but we’re certainly not lacking in publishing experience. Check out our About page for more information about our history.

We’ll keep you updated as our list of published work grows. Perhaps you’ll add your own creation to that list.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].