The Space Between: Going Hybrid by Lizzy Charles
Feb17

The Space Between: Going Hybrid by Lizzy Charles

The Space Between: Going Hybrid by Lizzy Charles   Hello, everyone! I’m delighted to be on Brenda’s blog today. First, I have to thank Brenda for sharing her corner of the Internet. I’ve always fan-girled over Brenda and her pitch contests (of which I’ve failed at brilliantly), so it’s a surreal experience to guest post here. I mean… Come on! It’s Brenda Drake’s blog!!! Okay… Now that I’ve picked my jaw off the floor, I’d love to discuss one of my new risks as an author—going hybrid. My first experience with publishing was semi-traditional with a blush of indie—I signed with an agent and published two successful novels, Effortless With You and Perfectly Messy, with a small press. When I published with this press, I remember thinking “Cool, I’m an indie author now!” I enjoyed the community of my small press, and loved my editor and the detail the press put into its editorial process and covers. I learned so much! Logically, with two successful novels under my belt, It would’ve made sense for me to follow up with another deal with the press, or submit to bigger publishers. Unfortunately, life took over and directed me down another route. For health reasons I needed to be able to control my own deadlines, so I knew it was time to embrace my dream of self-publishing a little earlier then planned and dive into the role of a hybrid author. But in doing so, I’ve discovered myself exploring an incredibly gray area that I didn’t realize existed. You see, from an indie perspective I’m considered a traditional author, despite publishing with a small press. And the traditional world? Well, they consider my small press success as an indie success. And the audiences? They are split the same way! Funny, huh? So where does a hybrid author fit? Some would argue nowhere, but I think we’re the chameleons of the book industry. I don’t know why it shocked me that there are “cliques” within the publishing world. People group together. It’s what we do. I’ve never fit in with a clique though, of any sort, and that’s the key of being a hybrid author. The challenge is all about dancing between the two lines of publishing. It’s a rich experience, not just “knowing” that all publishing is simply that- publishing, but living it. There are equal but different obstacles and both require immense work. You discover there is no “right road” for you, but rather per book. Some characters scream out hopes of a traditional route, while others boldly request the control that self publishing offers. like Autumn and Colt in my...

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