Today we'll start by talking about the different types of authors. Of course, there are bloggers and journalists and novelists, etc, etc, etc. The list goes on. But in the world of fiction writing, there are traditionally published authors and there are self-pubslihed authors. Among those, on both sides, there are the good and the bad. But there is also another breed: the Hybrid Author, and we'll capitalise that because I think it deserves a title.
What is a Hybrid Author and why do I want to be one?
This is the kind of writer that self-pubslied a book and got a following. But not only a following, they got a huge following and sold a lot of books. They then applied to a publisher for that title and got accepted, and are now sitting pretty.
Sounds great! How can I do this?
It's easy. Once you get the bones of your career laid down (the bones being a well-constructed novel), you release it and, using the Facebook page and Twitter account that you opened when you first started (because I know you were smart enough to do that), you post helpful links for fellow writers, and awesome reviews for book lovers, and somewhere along the way, those people will grow to love and appreciate you, and buy your book. If it's a great book, they will tell people about it, and if more people buy your book, you will make money. If you can show a publisher that you are a profitable investment, they just might take you on. But don't sit around waiting to be 'discovered'. If you want a publisher, go out and get one. With the help of an agent. Don't insult real publishing companies by querying them directly. Everyone wants a piece of them, and they don't have the time or the resources to accept queries from unknown authors, no matter how awesomely cool and wonderful you think your novel is.
My next post 'How to Land an Agent' will tell you all you need to know about taking that step. Stay tuned.