Self Publish, Traditional, or Hybrid?

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A question for all my fellow writers out there.

When the time comes to unleash your completed works into the world, how do you do it?

Are you taking the DIY route of self-publishing, with its steep learning curve and up-front costs? Or are you walking that traditional publishing road, fraught with long wait times and piles of rejection letters?

I ask because I’ve been reading articles like this one at Writer’s Digest about “hybrid publishing”. Most writers I speak with choose one path or the other, but it would seem the hybrid model has some advantages from both.

I’ve begun the process of submitting work to journals and other outlets (short stories, flash fiction) while continuing to write larger pieces that will either be self-published or queried. It seems like the stigma of being “one or the other” is slowly fading away, and I’m interested to see if one strategy pans out better than the other.

Does anyone else use a “hybrid model” for publishing their work? Do you take different publication routes for your individual projects, or try to stick solely to one strategy that works for you?

 

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Does Amazon Hurt Author Creativity?

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I’ve wanted to post about this subject for a while, but haven’t gotten around to. It was only after listening to an episode of the Rocking Self Publishing podcast that the question resurfaced in my mind and I wanted to pen my thoughts.

First, this is NOT a gripe or attack post on Amazon. I use their Kindle Direct Publishing platform to self-publish my work, and I think they have done writers a great service by removing “gatekeepers” and releasing some great books that might otherwise have languished forever in some publishing house slush pile.

My concern surrounds the idea of book quality and how author creativity might actually be stifled by the cottage industries that have sprung up around the behemoth.

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#NanoWriMo2016 But Not Really

nanowrimoIt’s November 1st, and that can only mean one thing. YARD WORK!

Wait, sorry, NanoWriMo, and yard work. If you’re active on social media, chances are you equate the second-to-last calendar month with dudes growing mustaches (WordPress auto-corrected ‘moustache’) to “raise awareness”, and tons of would-be authors telling you about their frantic race to create a 50,000 word novel.

I have participated in past NanoWriMo events, but decided they really weren’t for me. It’s an admirable exercise, and although on some level it sets people up for failure (see: 20% success rate) I think it’s important to recognize “the journey” and the act of putting effort into the craft. Does that sound philosophical and lame? Probably.

This year I’ve decided to follow along with the Nano craze in parallel, and utilize all the positive energy created by the community to spur me in revising my fantasy novel. Like some sort of literary psychic vampire, I’ll feed off their goodwill to gain power as I search for misplaced commas and erase adverbs.

The reason for this is two-fold.

One, I’ve learned as much about myself as I can from NanoWriMo. It’s just not my style, and I really want to accomplish some goals before the holidays arrive and eat away at my already diminished free time.

Two, I already have enough unfinished projects active, and I don’t want to add another (of dubious quality) to the pile. I’m a finisher by nature. I absolutely hate incomplete projects lingering around, so I’m going to turn this social experiment into lemonade and put a bow on this draft that’s been hanging around for months collecting dust.

Rather than unleash 1600 words a day, I plan to edit/revise around that much per day, which will put me to the end of my edit process with room to spare in case I get distracted by Xbox or something a few times.

Are you participating in #NanoWriMo2016? If so, let me know what your plans are, and if you’re reading this on November 28th, I hope you’re almost done with that novel!

How to get out of your own way when self publishing — Horror Made

Today’s post comes from Ben Daniels, the author of the new novel, “Detroit 2020.” And he, far better than I could even imagine, lays out the essential steps to self publishing. He’s also a fantastic blogger and shares some very insightful thoughts on horror, writing, and the long-hard-journey of self publishing over on bldaniels.wordpress.com. So, enough […]

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Editing Tips for Self-Publishing

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Editing your work is never easy.

If writing your novel or short story is creatively fulfilling, then editing can be considered a meticulous, soul-crushing grind that comes after. It’s ultimately necessary to make that draft into the final polished work you saw in your mind’s eye, before you send it out into the world.

I’ve written about editing for beginning self-published authors before, but not in any real detail. Since I’m in the process of editing both a novel and some shorter works, I felt like now was an opportune time to discuss the process of editing your own work, and put together some tips.

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Self Publishing a Book: Bringing Your Ideas to Life

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It has never been easier to self-publish your own writing, and yet the cliche of “working on your novel” is still alive and well. Even with the gatekeepers of traditional publishing removed, a writer’s worst enemy (themselves) is still omnipresent. I’ve recently learned quite a bit after co-authoring and publishing my debut novella, DETROIT 2020. I’d like to share some advice for aspiring authors on turning your ideas into books that you can pester your friends and relatives to purchase.

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Setting Realistic Self-Publishing Goals

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Artists are dreamers by nature.

Through my experience working with (and for) a good number of creative people over the years in different media, I’ve noticed a common thread that binds most of them together. They think big. They have bold dreams and high expectations.

Disenchanted authors are commonplace in self-pub blogs and forums, and I wanted to pass on some pragmatic advice that has helped keep my expectations tempered. Hopefully it will help other beginner authors set attainable goals.

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Self-Publishing an eBook on a Budget

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I’ve read many articles that explain how first time self-published authors should go about preparing their inaugural work for public consumption. There are many accepted opinions on the subject, from folks with more experience than myself, but I have been hard-pressed to find much content that provides alternatives for hobbyists or people on a shoe-string budget.

Full Disclosure: I am a hobbyist author. I take it seriously, as I’m passionate about writing and enjoy sharing my creative works, but I never intend for it to replace my current career. That said, these are opinions I’ve formed through patterns of observation, so take them for what they are worth. I hope some of this advice might help others like myself who are having trouble finding a discussion targeted at an audience who isn’t trying to “make it”.

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