About three weeks ago I attended LTUE and the buzz with everyone, published or unpublished, was about hybrid authors. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s someone who has traditionally published works as well some that are indie-published. Years ago you wouldn’t have heard authors doing such things. But these days, it’s becoming more and more popular.
Why might a traditionally published author go indie? Very simply, they believe there’s a market for the book when traditional publishers may not. The market might be small on some projects and the revenues in traditional publishing may not be the best fit for a project.
So, instead of writers writing a book and then picking how they want to distribute the work, writers are letting their works speak for themselves and determine what market the work is suited for.
Publishers Weekly wrote this article not too long ago on this very topic. You can read it here to see how the industry is looking at this idea. If you subscribe to Publishers Weekly there was an article published last month on this very thing.
I came across this video from the Digital Minds Conference 2013 (London) that discusses how the business is changing. There’s some really interesting information in this video. Another website full of help is http://www.thewritingplatform.com/. It’s an outstanding site that’s being funded by the UK for writers. Check out all the incredible information that’s at your fingertips. Happy Writing!