Hybrid writers, the writing business and my own plans
I just read an article in Writer’s Digest (2/2014) by Chuck Wendig about “hybrid publishing”. This is where an author pursues both traditional publishing and self publishing simultaneously. He likens it to diversifying your portfolio. Put all the eggs in all the baskets!
I’ve concluded my experiment that I started last year, where I self-published a novel into Barnes and Noble and Amazon. I did no promotion beyond telling my friends and family it existed and putting a link here. I sold 15 books at Amazon and 27 books at Barnes and Noble. The book was not my best work, it was a quirky mystery/humor book. I could be discouraged by the low numbers, or encouraged. I choose to be encouraged. What can happen if I really work at promotion, quantity and quality? If I have ten great books on all the ebook places, with promotion, I can see a real side business. I am going to rewrite and polish a fantasy novella (Name Quest) and self-publish it.
At the same time I will continue to keep looking for an agent for my paranormal romance, “Seeking Clarity”. After I finish my rewrite, I will start looking for publishers and agents for my kid’s book, “Other People’s Magic.”
For my self-published work I need to have a great cover, a great description, and promotional materials. I am doing research on covers, looking through my own bookshelf for inspiration. A great resource I found was Joel Friedlander’s site, the Book Designer. He does a monthly contest and talks about what makes a great cover and what just bombs (no plain white background without borders, check!).