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.
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
Christine 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.