Goin’ Hybrid

For those of you not familiar with the terminology of the book world, a hybrid author is someone who is both traditionally and self-published. There are multiple reasons someone would do this: the flexibility to write for different age groups (adult vs. YA); the ability to work in different genres; the desire to control the process and all aspects of the book. This is not an exhaustive list, and one that doesn’t even contain why I’m going this route.

Long story, short, during the publication of Look Past, I lost my editor and then subsequent foothold with my publisher, who was purchased by another publisher. I kept writing, but what I was writing were not projects my agent could get behind, and so we parted ways. This left me with multiple novels and no in with the traditional publishing world. In other words, I was lost.

The decision to self-publish came when I was at the Albany Book Fest and had multiple librarians, teachers, and fans ask what was up with my writing career.  Not the most fun question to answer when you’re feeling down and out, but I explained, and to them, it all seemed like a no-brainer: Just get your work out there. You already have a fan base.

I am so very happy that they all spoke up, because I was close to quitting. Not because I didn’t have the talent or stories, but because I couldn’t see any other viable way to move forward, so tethered was I to the idea of traditional publishing.

And so here we are. I am finalizing the manuscript for both e-book and paperback sales of One in Ten, which will be available through Amazon and Ingram. Therefore, you will be able to get an e-book or paperback through Amazon, or you will be able to get a paperback through B&N or your favorite Independent bookstore, via the Ingram catalog. Tentatively, pre-sales should be available by the end of this month, and the novel should be listed on Amazon and Goodreads by then as well.

Of course I will keep you posted when those are realities, and in the meantime (like next week), I’ll have information for educators who want advanced copies for their students (*wink, wink* One in Ten can be tied into the Health curriculum). Of course, between now and publication (slated for 4/21/20), I’ll have posts with excerpts, posts about influences, the cover reveal (it’s awesome), and other behind-the-scenes looks.

So, Happy 2020. I’m looking forward to being here in a new way, thanks to you.

 

Choosing Your Own Path: A Guest Post from me

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Hey! I know I stated that I wouldn’t bother you until after the Holidays, but I had an opportunity to be interviewed on Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis’s blog. The focus is on how I see publishing today versus when I started. Please click the image of the excerpt from McGinnis’s site below to read the entire interview. I’m as honest as ever, but hopeful, too. Enjoy, and please check out Mindi’s work. If you like mine, you’ll absolutely enjoy hers.

Something Old, Something New

While I have been busy revising Tap Out, I have also been in the process of returning my first novel, This Side of Normal to the market. The rights were reverted to me and while I was excited by the idea of owning the work outright, I soon realized the daunting task of just what to do with it.

Initially I searched for someone to do the work for me and ended up on sites like the Online Publishing Review and An Incomplete Guide to POD. Basically, I wanted my book to be available in print and in digital format and for there to be some distribution channel. And I didn’t want to spend a fortune for this to occur.

The more I researched the more I realized that I was either going to gamble my time or my money, because outfits from the aforementioned sites and those of the same ilk had more fine print than I was comfortable with. I don’t have much cash to gamble, and I’ve always found a way to make time, so I set forth with the advice from Twitter via @NatalieWright_ and @AdamRPepper.

I read JA Konrath’s blog and I researched Create Space, Kindle Direct and Smashwords. I liked what I found. Konrath has a David and Goliath approach to the industry along with practical advice for those who want to enter the fray. I don’t see this so much of an Us versus Them issue, but the knowledge was priceless. As was the cost of Create Space, Kindle and Smashwords. I just needed to put in the time to edit the manuscript so that my eBook didn’t look like nonsense.

I began with Create Space because that was easiest, and I should see the proof copy some time this week. It took me twenty-six attempts with Kindle to get my manuscript correct, but once I did, it only took me five attempts with Smashwords. The learning curve was steep but invaluable. I had a sale on Smashwords within an hour of posting and hope once This Side of Normal is catalogued in their Premium catalogue that will increase.

Regardless of the sales, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to venture into the self-publishing realm. I have no platform on which to speak about the value of self-publishing versus traditional publishing other than there’s a certain wonderful freedom with the self-pub world that isn’t nearly as polished and pretty as the traditional. And that’s fine. So long as we don’t try to compare apples to oranges, we’re good, because both are worthwhile. And so long as the aim of both is to produce quality books for a hungry audience, I’ll gladly have a bit of each.