The HillHelen Group LLC

HHGlogo-2014We help writers get where they need to be. We interview as ghostwriters; we edit (developmental, copy editing and proofreading), design, illustrate, photograph, create marketing strategies and guide authors to the best printer for their publication. We craft your success.

Find us on Twitter at HelenHillman1, on Facebook, on LinkedIn. Email hillhelengroup@gmail.com. Call (731) 394-2894.

We also create marketing packages for events and organizations, including press releases, photographs, brochures, illustrations, magazines, for electronic and print distribution; also social media strategy.

Specialty books include glossy photo books of the bride for the groom, and of the groom for the bride, given as surprise gifts from the mothers of the couple. Others include photo books of pets, travel adventures, wildlife, and other wide-ranging subjects.

Senior partners Jesse and Jacque Hillman have between them nearly 50 years of writing, editing and design experience. Jesse Hillman is also a specialist in computer technology. Our assistant editor is Katherine Gould; our graphics director is Wanda Stanfill. Other staff members include illustrators, copy editors, photographers and videographers.

We are a hybrid publisher as defined by IBPA. It is our preference to give all online sales royalties to the author. Some publishers give a portion.  IBPA’s Hybrid Publisher Criteria requires that hybrid publishers behave just like traditional publishers in all respects, except when it comes to business model. Hybrid publishers use an author-subsidized business model, as opposed to financing all costs themselves, and in exchange return a higher-than-industry-standard share of sales proceeds to the author. In other words, although hybrid publishing companies are author-subsidized, they are different from other author-subsidized models in that they adhere to professional publishing standards. Regardless of who pays for editorial, design, and production fees, it is always the publisher that bears responsibility for producing, distributing, and ultimately selling professional-quality books.

  • Define a mission and vision for its publishing program.
  • Vet submissions.
  • Publish under its own imprint(s) and ISBNs.IBPASeal-Publishing-We
  • Publish to industry standards
  • Ensure editorial, design, and production quality.
  • Pursue and manage a range of publishing rights.
  • Provide distribution services.
  • Demonstrate respectable sales.
  • Pay authors a higher-than-standard royalty.

IBPA’s Hybrid Publisher Criteria points to functions that a reputable hybrid publisher is expected to perform. It’s up to each hybrid publisher to figure out, and explain, how it performs each function. An author-subsidized business model in no way relieves a publisher of its editorial, design, marketing, sales, and distribution responsibilities.

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