Authors Circle Q and A
This month’s Q and A talks about the hard decisions when moving from hobby to business.
Our Q and A comes from feedback we’ve received, social media, and authors from our authors’ circle. The questions are also answered by authors at different stages in their writing careers.
1. Traditional Publisher or Self-Publish?
There is a third option we didn’t mention – hybrid publishing. A hybrid author is someone that uses both publishing options. This is becoming more common as writers explore various genres.
Reasons an author chooses this path;
- A publisher may not want other genres from that author.
- Testing the market
- Explore different story lengths and genres
- Build a backlist
- Control over branding and business decisions
- No agent fee
Here’s what our authors are saying;
Traditional publish if possible, if not will self-publish – Christine Colorado Author of cozy mysteries and a member of the Hamilton Mountain Writers Guild.
I believe that one of the first considerations to take into account, when considering publishing, is your audience. How big is it and how big is the niche you write for are good indicators to determine what the best publication option is for your work.
Nowadays, being a self-published author gives you the chance to not wait to be chosen by publishers, but just take that leap of faith and do it all yourself. Some see self-publishing as something one does as a hobby, you can publish a memoir that is of interest to you and your family members only, or you can self-publish your church ladies cook book. This way of going about publishing can be costly, it demands as much, if not more, time and dedication into polishing your work before publishing. The entire process lies on your hands alone. Anyone can self-publish anything, in the end it depends on their budget and what they want to get out of it. Continue reading