Hybrid Authors and Happy Readers

There’s a term being used more and more in the publishing world these days: hybrid author. This breed of author is both self-published and traditionally published.

Some well-established authors are self-publishing their out of print books, much to the delight of their fans. While keeping those books in print doesn’t make financial sense for a traditional publisher, it makes perfect sense for the author. He or she can keep earning money for all the hard work that went into writing that book.

Self-publishing also provides an option for authors who’ve had success with traditional publishers in the past but find their current project caught in the financial crunch. Publishers aren’t the greedy, big corporation bad guys they’re made out to be. Not always. They’re a business and need to turn a profit. They have to make decisions about which books to publish based on prospective earnings, and I can’t fault them for needing to play it safe sometimes. They also can’t produce an unlimited number of books per year. The result is that a lot of really good books get turned down.

Tablet Computer with Pages and BooksThere are numerous reasons why traditionally published authors choose to self-publish, and sometimes it happens the other way around. An author does well enough with self-publishing that it grabs the attention of a traditional publisher.

Hybrid authors are becoming more common, and the best part about it is that both authors and readers win. Readers have more options, more books to read. We have short stories and novellas and deleted scenes. We readers can hang out with our favorite characters in ways we never could before, and we can discover some new ones while we’re at it. Hybrid authors mean happy readers.

©2013 Kim Vandel

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