Have you heard of this hybrid publisher based in Montpelier, Vermont? I just received a press release for a book by one of its authors, which got me curious. More and more of these "hybrid" publishing companies are springing up, and I've been studying what they offer, but so far I'm not impressed. Personally, I don't see anything to be gained by sharing my royalties with a company that will charge me to do what I am already doing for myself. And wow, if you look at what Rootstock says it will cost you to "self-publish" your book (without Rootstock's help), it's a fortune--$20K? Really? The hook is that you can get Rootstock to do all of it for you for a mere $5K-plus. IF they accept your project. I shouldn't be surprised. This is why we started Korongo: To help local writers, mostly novices, produce their own books, whether they are intended for a wide audience or a small number of people. Because to pay for professional editorial and design services typically costs a fortune. In the twelve years since we put together our first books for the Hale Street Gang memoir-writing project, Korongo has helped dozens of people produce their cookbooks, memoirs, novels, poetry collections, family histories, and other books . . . Most of the time, we donate our services. In one case, we charged the author a whopping 1,600 bucks, which we then donated to another author's project (hint: she needed an ice ax, among other equipment). Now, that's a story: the connection between Daniel Pouget, author of Nicky's Medallion (a novel) and Mary Anderson (aka Mary Badass). Maybe I'll write a post about it. Here's the link to Rootstock if you want to see what it offers .