That all modified in the late 1990s, with the advent of print on demand POD era, which allows books to be revealed one at a time. As a result, many POD publishing amenities arose that provided authors with comparatively cheap self publishing packages. They could be within your budget as a result of—without print runs, inventory, and warehousing—the only rate left was in developing and designing the product itself: the book. Outfits like iUniverse, Xlibris, and AuthorHouse which have merged and been consolidated under AuthorSolutions provided more than a few packages to aid authors get their books in print, though most books never sat on a bookshop shelf and sold a few dozen copies at best.
Some self publishing or assisted publishing services have began calling themselves “hybrid publishers” as it sounds more fashionable and savvy, but such agencies may be not anything greater than a posh self publishing provider. Fees dramatically vary and nice dramatically varies. You must do your analysis cautiously. I talk about hybrid publishing in more detail here. As with self publishing carrier agencies, you will fund book e-book in trade for potential and counsel of the publisher; cost is often in the hundreds of dollars.
You may obtain better royalties than a standard publishing contract, but you’ll earn less than if self publishing in your own. Each hybrid publisher has its own exceptional costs and enterprise model; always secure a clear agreement with all fees defined.