Short stories to develop a character for a novel? To bring about a serial? To reach readers?
Good idea or not?
Writers, what say you?
In January, we had a guest speaker discuss hybrid publishing with us. Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after.
What is hybrid publishing? That term is typically applied to an author who publishes with a traditional publisher and also Indie publishes. The difference between the two, according to Marts, is control and timing. In Indie publishing, you have control over everything, but you do more work (and you have to pay for it all). With traditional publishing, you have zero control, but they do all the work (and they pay for most of it).
As an example, professional editing is one of the most important parts of publishing. In traditional publishing, the publishing company pays for editing, while with Indie publishing, the author pays. It's expensive, but some of the best money a writer can spend. The same with book covers and formatting.
While those are costly and important differences, the writing remains the same. Write, edit, revise, and promote (no matter if you're the publisher or you have a traditional publisher). “Writing is a marathon, not a sprint,” Marts says. It’s all about the long run.
If you're considering Indie or hybrid publishing, Marts will be presenting this topic and more at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in April.
Most writers I know work a day job, or a night job, or an online job. Plus they write. We have this illusion that writing is the golden ticket to financial independence. Sadly, it is not. This article by Merritt Tierce is a prime example of the financial struggles of writing, and how they impact your ability to write.
In the MFA program, I was made to feel crass for daring to mention money. I believe my exact wine-induced phrase was: "I don't write for free." I'm not a mercenary, but I don't pour hours, and in one case a year, into a novel, for nothing. If my university asked me to teach for free, I wouldn't even show up to the faculty meeting for the free food. No one should work for free. Anyway, talking about money tends to make people uncomfortable, so of course, we should talk about the things that makes us uncomfortable.
First, this amazingly well-researched article by Lincoln Michel who discusses his research into traditional publishing. The wheres, whys, and hows are something every novelist should endeavor to understand.
Second, author Brenda Hiatt has been telling the story to anyone with an Internet connection. What do romance and YA publishers pay? Authors submit their numbers to Hiatt and she graciously posts them (both traditional and indie). When you're negotiating a contract, or deciding where to submit, these numbers are tremendously helpful.
If you know of an article or website with good writerly information on publishing and the money trail, please post in the comments.
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