Rope's End Publishing is a small indie publisher classified as a "hybrid publisher." We are based in Tucson, Arizona. Rope's End books express an internationalist perspective and a deep concern about the natural world. Mystery-suspense is our primary fiction genre.
Rope's End publisher and author C.J. Shane published her first six books with a traditional publisher. When she attempted to find a publisher for her book Voices of New China in 2013, she encountered many of the problems we associate with traditional publishing. The most serious was that a publisher interested in her manuscript required editorial changes that the publisher believed would make the book more “provocative,” but that went against Shane's goal and mission in writing the book.
Here are some of the problems authors have identified with traditional publishing.
So Shane decided to self-publish. Since that time, she has self-published three books. However she learned quickly that self-publishing has some disadvantages. One writer has described the status of self-publishing as a kind of ghetto because of the discriminatory policies still in place against self-publishers. For example, one respected review publication will review a publishing company’s books for free, but charges an indie author several hundred dollars to review a self-published book. Reviews are crucial to getting attention for, and purchases of, a book.
Rope's End became a hybrid publisher in late 2017. The idea here is to give authors opportunities that they would not have as self-publishers without the disadvantages of traditional publishing. Bottom line: Authors will provide seed money to start the publication process. Rope's End does the work to get your book published, and the author and Rope’sEnd share royalties. See the FAQ page for details.
What is Hybrid Publishing?
The Ingram Spark blog has a great explanation of hybrid publishing: "Hybrid publishing combines some elements of traditional publishing with those of independent publishing. The traditional publisher takes a financial risk by investing in the hybrid arm of the parent company, but authors take on some of the financial risk as well. Whether part of a larger publishing company or a stand-alone operation, the hybrid publisher takes on expenses such as production, marketing, and distribution to brick-and-mortar stores. The author pays a set fee. The publisher and the author then split the royalties earned from the sale of the book. A good hybrid publisher will offer you something of value that you might not have the time, talent, or desire to do yourself." Read more here Publishing Options.
A really excellent summary of traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing options can be found in this PDF from Jane Friedman.
2017 Key Book Publishing Paths
Rope's End fits squarely into the Hybrid Publishing column. We select manuscripts according to our guidelines, prepare and publish author's manuscripts for both print and digital publication, arrange for distribution, and promote our author's books. We share royalties with the authors. Authors provide seed money to get the publication process started.