The term ‘hybrid publisher’ has been around for a while, but it’s not always clear what it means. Wordcatcher Publishing Group Ltd is proud to be a hybrid publisher, and this is what it means to us…
How it all began…
In 2012, the founder of Onion Custard Publishing, David Norrington, started writing books and self-published seven of his own in fifteen months. In addition, he published some for business associates and fell into being a publisher. In the early days he worked his way through the problems and challenges that self-published authors face. Moving from working from home, to serviced offices, and then onto the high street, the company continued to offer a 5* service to self-published authors. It offered a publishing imprint to bring them together. At this time, the company was very much in the assisted publishing mould; charging authors for the services they required.
David then took the plunge and opened a bookshop, learning the trade of bookselling. This helped enormously with publishing too – there’s no substitute for practical experience in selling books when you publish them too.
This activity led to Onion Custard gaining the attention of a larger publisher, and by being absorbed into them. As is often the way in business, things didn’t go according to plan and there was a parting of the ways, but David emerged more determined than ever to offer a quality service and a voice for talent.
In October 2016, Wordcatcher Publishing was born.
Lots of thought went into creating a new brand and identity for Wordcatcher Publishing, and Onion Custard lives on as the imprint for children’s books as Onion Custard Kids. Wordcatcher now reflects a more mature side to publishing with titles for adults.
In a departure from the original business model, Wordcatcher now offers no-money-down publishing as well as assisted publishing, catering for a wider range of authors. However, there’s a caveat for the assisted publishing – we won’t publish just anything just because someone is paying for a service. We believe in quality, and we refuse to compromise on the integrity of our output just to make a quick buck.
Join us as we continue to thrive, and look out for new developments and new ways we seek to promote our authors and their books.
Our Guiding Principles
Whatever the imprint, and whatever the service, we aim to:
- Give new and existing authors a platform to publish their work
- Work to high editorial and design standards
- Offer creative and technical advice
- Help authors to develop their skills and craft
- Help authors to develop an understanding of the industry
- Promote authors and their work
- Drive innovation and efficiency in our business to deliver world-class solutions
- Build a community of Wordcatcher contributors, meeting and working together to sell more books
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A title might be available in several editions – paperback / hardback / different dimensions / ebook
'Traditional' Publishing with a Passion
Wordcatcher Publishing titles are for adults and children 12+ years old.
In order to qualify for these imprints we have to be involved in the editorial process, and we also take the lead on cover design. Titles also need to fit into our catalogue. Wordcatcher publications typically do not involve authors paying for services to get their book into print and distribution – in essence we only make money when we sell books.
Onion Custard Kids
This is our imprint for pre-teen and younger children.
Onion Custard Kids titles are bright, intelligently written books for 3-11 year-olds. Our picture books are crafted with care and attention to detail, and as much work can go into the production of an 800-word picture book as a 90,000-word novel.
Authors typically come to us with ideas and an illustrator, and we help them to navigate the waters of producing beautiful books that children will love.
Working with self-published authors and small presses
Auxillium Press is an imprint of Wordcatcher Publishing Group Ltd. Through this imprint we publish titles when we aren’t necessarily collaborating editorially or making the final decision on cover design. We supply publishing services for the title, but the author is in creative control and has final say on all aspects.
The author pays for services they require for these titles, with confidence that all back-office functions of publishing are being taken care of by us.
We don’t publish everything – irrespective of whether an author wishes to pay for our services.
Our Partners in White-Label Publishing
We also work with authors, other publishing companies, and small presses – providing some or all of the functions and services they require. Our partners retain complete editorial and creative control. They publish in their own name or under their own imprint. We provide as much or as little support, as required.