Behind the Scenes of Indie Publishing

Behind the Scenes of Indie Publishing

Hybrid Authors: A New Mode

Kelly St. Clare - Indie author and Staff Reviewer

 

Before digital ways of publishing came into being, traditional publishing was the only way to go. With the e-book revolution, self-publishing exploded and many authors got a chance to display their talents. In the last few years, there is new mode of author forming.

You know how Wolverine is a bit uranium and a bit human?

How Ariel is half fish and half human?

How the beast from Beauty and the Beast wasn’t always a beast?

What I’m trying, unsuccessfully, to say is: There is no longer a need to pick either traditional publishing, or self-publishing. *cue celebration* There is a hybrid author forming; Those who do a bit of both.

…Why would I want to do a bit of both.

Reason One: I want to be in more bookstores, but I self-publish.

You are an indie author and you love what you do, but would like your books to be in more stores. It is hard to for indies to get into bookstores on a large scale. Traditional publishers have global networks which make this much easier to achieve. This is a different market, and you want to reach it!

Reason Two: It takes too long for my publisher to release books. It is not financially stable for me.

This is a biggie. It can take one to two years from signing the contract to release day. This is after you jump through the agent, submission, and selection hoops. On top of that, many publishers will only release one book per author each year.

 Unless your book is a smashing hit (let us hope it is), then making it from release to release may prove difficult. Many authors are now self-publishing novels between releases from their publishers to stay afloat.

Reason Three: You want a leg up into the traditional publishing world.

You want to build a readership, so you are more desirable to the marketing teams of publishers. You can show them what they are missing out on by releasing a few great series the indie way.

On the other hand, you may wish to focus on writing in the long term, instead of splitting some of your time with marketing. In self-publishing, marketing your work is essential and you cannot afford not to market. With traditional publishing, you can dedicate as much (or as little) time to this area. You may want to begin as an indie, with the goal of shifting into the traditional route over time, simply because you detest time away from your stories.

Reason Four: I self-publish, but do not have enough time!

Time can get tight in self-publication. Especially with a number of books in your catalogue. You must market, plan releases, write the book, and stay engaged with your readership, too. But there are other avenues of profit you may be missing out on because of these time constraints. In place of cloning yourself, you can lease your rights to traditional publishers. Audio and foreign translation rights can all be leased. If you hand over some of these projects to publishers, they will handle the translation of your manuscript—or the recording—the cover, product release, and marketing. You relinquish some of your royalties, yet you are now able to bring these different products to your readers.

There is no wrong avenue to take when publishing your book. There is only the avenue which is right for you. It is now easy to tailor publishing your book to suit you.

Think about what you want; are you into the marketing side? Do you hate it? Are you stretched to the limit? Do you want to see your title in bookstores? Will you self-publish between your publishing contracts to ensure financial stability?

Are you an aspiring author? Comment below; What kind of publishing do you believe would suit you best? Traditional, Hybrid, or Indie?

Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaw...
Author Chat with Carrie Mac, Plus Review & Giveawa...

Related Posts

 

Comments

Already Registered? Login Here
No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Calm Bunny (Yoga Tots)
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Charming illustrations and step-by-step instructions take little ones through a...
The Problem with Pierre
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
The differences between Bertram and his neighbor Alan were never...
Noisy Tractor (I Can Learn)
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Children will love to press the soft, silicone buttons on...
Ravage the Dark (Scavenge the Stars, #2)
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Step into an opulent world filled with risk, romance, and...
Phoebe Unfired
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
CONNECTING IS TOUGH WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TOUCH ...
Thirty Talks Weird Love
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A 13-year-old girl growing up in Mexico is visited by...
Admission
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Lie. Cheat. Bribe. How far would you go to get...
Running
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president,...
City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place, #2)
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
City of Spells, the follow-up to Alexandra Christo's gritty YA...
Christmas Parade
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
A delightful Christmas board book filled with hilarious characters and...
Best Friend in the Whole World
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Roland lives a quiet life filled with books, music, and...
Bird Show
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Award-winning author-illustrator Susan Stockdale welcomes you to the Bird Show,...
Down Comes the Night
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw...
My Book of Feelings (My World)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Inspired by the Montessori method of education this unique board...
Sweet & Bitter Magic
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery...
My High School Rebel Boyfriend
 
3.8 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
He’s a rebel with a cause… to make my...

Latest Member Reviews

Mommy Loves You
 
4.5
"MOMMY LOVES YOU is a sweet board book of love between mother and child. The book features mother and baby..."
Calm Bunny (Yoga Tots)
 
4.0
"CALM BUNNY is a colorful board book that walks young children through some simple yoga poses to help promote focus..."
The Problem with Pierre
 
4.5
"THE PROBLEM WITH PIERRE is a sweet picture book about a picky cat, good friends, and problem-solving. Bertram and Alan..."
Noisy Tractor (I Can Learn)
 
4.3
"NOISY TRACTOR is a cute board book with an interactive element that presents some farm-themed basics. Each page features some..."
Ravage the Dark (Scavenge the Stars, #2)
 
4.3
"RAVAGE THE DARK is a satisfying conclusion to a YA fantasy duology. In this sequel, we begin with Cayo, Amaya,..."
Thirty Talks Weird Love
 
5.0
"One day, Thirty, a strange woman comes up to thirteen-year-old Anamaria and tells her she's from her future. Anamaria lives..."
Admission
 
5.0
"‘Admission’ by Julie Buxbaum is a modern and definitely current read on a topic that has been in the news...."
Running
 
5.0
"‘Running’ by Natalia Sylvester is a trend-setting anthem for anyone who has ever wanted to be the change they wish..."
The Fire in the Glass
 
4.7
"Lily can see the future and when she sees her friend killed, she tries to save her. Lily is an..."
City of Spells (Into the Crooked Place, #2)
 
4.7
"CITY OF SPELLS is a stunning conclusion to an enthralling YA fantasy duology. The book plunges us into the story..."
Christmas Parade
 
4.5
"CHRISTMAS PARADE is another cute and brightly colored board book from Boynton. In this book, children see a Christmas parade,..."
Best Friend in the Whole World
 
5.0
"BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD is a sweet picture book about friends and doing the right thing. Roland lives..."
The Project
 
4.7
"What worked: This is one intense psychological tale of a girl trying to reconnect with her sister after she joins..."
The Threads of Magic
 
3.0
"Pip picks pockets to get food for himself and his sister, El. When he picks something unexpected, a mysterious box..."
Bird Show
 
4.3
"If birds had a fashion show, they would show off their unique plumage! BIRD SHOW is a brightly colored book..."
My Book of Feelings (My World)
 
5.0
"MY BOOK OF FEELINGS is a great conversation starter for emotions with toddlers. The book features spinning emoji faces of..."
Sweet & Bitter Magic
 
4.7
"SWEET & BITTER MAGIC is a lush and enthralling YA fantasy filled with magic, pain, and love. In this world,..."
The Smile Shop
 
3.5
"THE SMILE SHOP is a cute story about a young boy who is shopping for something special. He has a..."
Stanley's Lunch Box
 
4.0
"STANLEY'S LUNCH BOX is a cute board book that combines a favorite character with a shopping trip to the market...."
What Are Unicorns Made Of?
 
3.5
"WHAT ARE UNICORNS MADE OF? is a brightly colored board book that questions what makes a unicorn. The rhyming text..."