Under the royalty share plan, books were published with no cash investment by the author. Now, authors will pay Bridges for the editing of their books, but will retain all rights and royalties while effectively self-publishing with professional support and, if approved, using the Splashdown brand.
The major way in which this model differs from most subsidy presses is that Splashdown doesn’t accept a manuscript from just anyone who can pay the bill. All books published under the Splashdown imprint still must receive Bridges’s approval, both for the final manuscript and the overall product design, for which assistance is also offered if necessary.
This strikes a great balance between traditional publishing, in which publishers cannot always recoup expenses in a timely way, and subsidy publishing, in which printers provide service without applying any discernment to the quality of the work.
For more information about the change, see the Splashdown Books submissions page.