by Jennifer James
Almost one year ago, my first book LOVE KINECTION (Sexy geek romance) was released from Decadent Publishing. I was ecstatic. Finally, I’d sold a manuscript. I had the street cred I thought I needed to say that I was a “real” author…. At that time, I had the mistaken impression that an Indie author was someone who couldn’t sell a manuscript to a publishing house and so they were forced to self-publish their crappy story.
Don’t hit me with rotten tomatoes and old sardines! I like to be as frank and honest as possible. *I was an undereducated, mislead, brat.* Any Indie titles I’d picked up at that point were a hot mess in need of editing. My little, closed off world view combined with a few bad purchases on Amazon left me with a bad case of tunnel vision author snobbery. (Of course, I think everyone can agree that there are plenty of books out there published by the Big Five in NYC that are a freakin’ overpriced doorstop.)
Now, almost a year later, I’m getting ready to publish two titles myself. Originally I had planned on having MARKED (a BDSM Werewolf short) up and ready to go for free. Unfortunately I’m still waiting on cover art. But, I have high, HIGH hopes that it will be ready to go very soon. I’ve got a 20k erotic paranormal romance called COVERT CRAVING at the editor’s right now.
What caused the change of heart? Well, I got educated.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know nearly as much as I thought, and that my limited experiences greatly affected how I viewed Indie authors and publishing. Add in the traditional thinking that permeates the publishing world (you have to have an agent, you have to be published by a huge publisher, only novels can be sold, if you don’t have an agent, you’ll never get published anyway, Indie books are garbage) and I had unwittingly closed myself off from an entire world of possibility.
After realizing that I could publish a book faster than a publisher, that I had a circle of fellow authors with the chops to edit for me in exchange for things I’m good at, reading some amazingly good Indie books (happiness abounds when I get a new Felicity Heaton, Tonya Cannariato, or Tom Winship book), and discovering the blogs and books of authors who have been Hybrid for a while and are hitting the Best Sellers list, I got out my thinking cap.
How could I get my book out when *I* wanted it out, instead of having an approximate six month wait from submission to release? What was I missing? Indie didn’t mean bad. I came to realize Indie meant control. Indie meant a lot of work. Indie meant I could get more books out faster . . . with a circle of talented friends to help me.
When you really think about it, going the Hybrid route makes loads of sense. I can write books with publishers and have the advantage of their built in systems for getting a book on the market. Very little out of pocket cost for me, I get to work with great editors who help me hone my craft, and my readership base can grow because my books have the publisher’s name attached to it. When I want to release something Indie, I get to decide the publication date, I get a larger share of royalties, I can set the price myself, and I can keep my readers happy because they’ll have more books to read more quickly.
Being Hybrid is a win-win.
Jennifer James lives on the coast of a lake fed by a famous burning river. She and Jack Daniels have a good, if slightly unbalanced relationship. Chocolate and peanut butter were meant to be together, and should be considered the ultimate celebrity couple. Two Tiny Divas, a dog, a cat, a husband, and a whole ton of imaginary friends follow her wherever she goes. This can make bathroom breaks awkward.
Love Scenes and Wet Dreams : http://www.lovescenesandwetdreams.com