Top 3 Publishing Venues

Do you know what a hybrid author
is? Clue: it’s got nothing to do with GMO’s or any sort of freakish grafting.
In short, it’s simply a writer who colors outside the lines by taking advantage
of multiple publishing avenues. Let’s take a little looksee at the pros and cons of each, shall we? 
Traditional
PRO’s
Ø  up-front
moolah in the form of an advance
Ø  more of a
chance your book will get noticed and you won’t even have to wear a gorilla
suit (unless you want to)
Ø  professional
editors, marketers, and cover designers paid for by The Man instead of you
Ø  easier access
to foreign rights, film rights, bookshelves, and all-around awe and respect
from others in the publishing industry
CON’s
Ø  you’ll need to
scare up an agent
Ø  the process is
s-l-o-w, so slow you might die waiting in the process (yes, Susie Downer is my
middle name, thank you very much)
Ø  publishers are
in it for the money and not very willing to take on groundbreaking ‘risky’
prose, no matter how much your mother and significant other are sure it will
sell
Ø  unless you’re
a big name, royalties are not what they used to be…translation: a pittance
Indie
PRO’s
Ø  small presses
are willing to take on zombie dystopian romances and/or whatever
non-traditional genre you might be penning
Ø  it’s a great
way to break into the publishing biz
Ø  some
independents are eaten by bigger fish, taking you along for a free ride into
Successville
Ø  you’ve still
got some kind of marketing support, albeit minimal
CON’s
Ø  if there is an
advance, you’ll probably only be able to splurge on a few White Castle gut
bombs with it
Ø  covers
generally look like they’ve been created by an art school dropout who’s barely
hanging on until his next hit of meth
Ø  if you were
hoping for bookshelf space at B&N, sorry…not happening
Self
PRO’s
Ø  you sit in the
driver seat, steering your book car on any cover design or editing road you
want to
Ø  you can write
what you feel like, gosh
Ø  equal rights
don’t apply here, baby, because they’re all yours
Ø  when the
profits roll in, they go directly to your bank account
Ø  once the work
of getting it out there is finished, your eBook is practically eternal…except,
of course, if an EMP bomb goes off
CON’s
Ø  you sit in the
driver seat, taking the brunt of cost pot holes and marketing road blocks
Ø  you’ll endure
the sneers of literary snobs who assume that traditional publishers have
rejected you and this is the only route left for you to get your horrifically
written story to the public
Ø  it’s not as
easy as it looks if you want to output a decent piece of work
There’s really no magical formula
to follow, like first try to publish traditionally and then you’ll have an audience to go
on your own. That can work, but so can self-pubbing first and then when you get
noticed, scoop up a traditional contract. The bottom line is that no matter
what route you choose, write the best book you possibly can. A
fan-freaking-tastic story is always the best trump card to hold in your hand.
And if this whole hybrid thing fascinates you and you’d like to read more, check out An Escapee From the Island of Dr. Moreau.
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas…professionally, however, for the past 10 years. Her latest release, A HEART DECEIVED, is available by David C. Cook. You can find her at:
Writer Off the Leash,
www.michellegriep.com or on
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