Hybrid Publishing

What is Hybrid Publishing?

Our hybrid publishing (otherwise known as co-publishing) model is designed for those who want more creative freedom with publishing their manuscript, or who have unfinished/unedited manuscripts they wish to submit.

With  hybrid publishing, the author also has a financial stake in the publishing process when it comes to the manuscript. While the author will not be financially responsible for the full cost of preparing and publishing their manuscript, they will receive deep discounts on services obtained through The Red Pen of Doom, and their manuscript will be published and marketed under our imprint, and will receive up to 65% royalties.

Authors may also choose to obtain services from outside vendors. If authors choose outside vendors, they will be responsible for the full cost of those services, unless other arrangements are made ahead of time.

We will work with each author on a book-by-book basis to determine what costs the author and the publisher are responsible for.

This is not to be confused with vanity publishing, where authors are required to pay inflated prices for ‘services’ and then required to purchase X amount of their own books. Instead, this is geared towards those who may be more inclined to self-publish, but don’t have the financial means to pay full cost for all of the associated services.


If you are interested in having your book published with The Red Pen of Doom Publishing, please fill out our query form for NA/Adult or Childrens/MG/YA.

All books queried for traditional and hybrid publishing contracts are vetted and considered on an individual basis for each title’s merit. Not all hybrid publishing submissions will be accepted, just as all traditional submissions will not be accepted.

Only a small number of submissions will be accepted for publishing each year, so that we can focus on providing high quality services and marketing to the authors and manuscripts that we do accept.

While we try to respond to all queries within 1-2 weeks, it depends on the amount of queries we have to consider. If you have not heard from us after 4 weeks, please email us with the title of your manuscript as the subject.

Please be advised, we may ask you to make certain revisions and resubmit. On the other hand, if we pass on your manuscript, it just means that it wasn’t a fit for what we are looking for at this time. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback on every submission, but we thank you for thinking of us and wish you luck.

Contracts are still required for our hybrid publishing titles, where we would obtain the rights to publish.


If you are looking for options where you don’t need to sign a contract giving us the rights to publish your manuscript, please visit our Manuscript Services division. There, you may receive a quote on individual services or packages in order to get your manuscript ready to self-publish, or submit to agents and other publishers.