Five Benefits of Being a Hybrid Author

Guest post by Christine Rains.

The path of the author is no longer straight and narrow. There are so many ways to publish your stories these days, and that is exciting. It’s also confusing and a little frightening.

So many writers ask themselves what’s the best way. Is traditional publishing still the way to go? Or should I become an indie author? So many pros and cons to weigh. I remember wanting to bury myself under a mountain of cookies and never come out.

But what if I tell you that you don’t have to choose?

You can do both. You can be a hybrid author. Being a hybrid author allows you to get the benefits of both paths and reduce the drawbacks.

Photo by Tui Snider
Photo by Tui Snider

1.) Being traditionally published gives the publisher control over your story. They edit, revise, format, make the cover, and put it up for sale. It saves you the stress of having to do all that. BUT it takes a lot of time. Sometimes authors wait a year or two before their book is released. While you’re waiting for your book to come out, you can publish your own stories and keep readers hooked while waiting for your traditionally published book to come out.

2.) Publishing your book yourself gives you control over everything. Oh glorious control! You decide what the cover looks like, where to sell it, and when to publish it. BUT you have to do all the work, or hire someone to do the editing, formatting, and cover. That doesn’t seem like so much when your other manuscript is already being taken care of by your publisher. Half the work for you.

3.) If you’re with a publisher, prestige and awards are easier to come by. BUT you have a small royalty rate. You get more money if you independently publish, and when readers who found your book through the press pick up your indie published works, you’ll sell even more.

4.) Perhaps your stories aren’t mainstream. You can independently publish them and find your niche. BUT finding your audience is no easy task. If you’re also with a publisher, your mainstream books can lure readers to your indie works.

5.) Marketing. If you’re an indie author, you have to do it all yourself. And if you’re with a publisher, you’ll likely have to do it all too. That is the sorry reality of being a writer these days. Promoting is tough as well. BUT with a publisher, you have their established name to give your marketing oomph. And being independently published, you can promote through whatever means you want. You aren’t restricted by a contract.

Get the best of both worlds. Be an amalgamation sensation!

Thank you so much for having me at Story Dam today!

About the Author

authorchristinerainsChristine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. She’s a proud member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. She has one novel and several novellas and short stories published. Her newest urban fantasy serial, Totem, will be released this October.

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. She writes New Adult under the pen name Patricia Josephine.

23 Comments

  1. I’m a hybrid and I love having the experience on both sides of the publishing fence. We have so many opportunities for publishing and getting the word out to readers today ; however, we also have more competition than ever before.

  2. It is nice to have control over publishing your own books, but I also think that being published by a traditional publisher gives you validation that you’re actually a pretty good writer.

  3. I can definitely see the value in being a hybrid author. At the moment, though, I’m in a situation of having to see everything in terms of return on investment, and I know that querying takes SOOOOOOOOOoooo much time and then the book might not even sell even if it’s awesome. (Case and point: 200 agents all passed on my book and my readers love it.)

    So I can either spend that time querying, or building up my backlist. Both are gambles, yes, but at least the one feels like I’m actually doing something to make progress, instead of waiting for a few hundred people to decide if my book is good enough for other people to read.

    In other words, for right now, I’d probably go hybrid if the right publishing deal basically fell in my lap. 😛

    • Thanks, L.G.!

      Misha, I queried five or six years ago, and all agents passed on my work too. Then a publisher picked me up, and I was totally surprised. I like to feel like I’m making progress too. Though sometimes I’m my own worst boss!

  4. I feel like I have the best of both worlds by having all my books with a small publisher. But like you said, nearly all the promo work is my own. Even my friends with big publishers have the same amount of work to do.

  5. Good post! And thanks for helping me to understand what a hybrid author is. For some reason, I thought it meant you published a book with a companion CD or something like that. Didn’t know it meant being both indie and trad pub’d. D’oh!

  6. Great guest post, Christine! There definitely seems to be a lot of benefits to being a hybrid author. I’ll probably never experience them firsthand, since I expect to be indie forever, but it’s fascinating to see how the trad and indie paths can blend together so well!

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