Winner of an ecopy of Open Minds, in celebration of Heather McCorkle’s Channeler’s Choice release:
Winner(s) of an ecopy of Fireseed One by Catherine Stine:
Shannon O’Donnell and Stephen Tremp
Yay! And Happy Reading to all!
Turns out there’s a name for what I’m doing (going Indie for my YA novels while also – separately – pursuing traditional publishing for my MG work):
Which could also mean that I use both gas and electric. I’m the Prius of authors. Not exactly sure that’s what I was aiming for, but if the environmentally conscious tag fits …
I’m far from the only one pursuing dual paths in publishing. There are, of course, traditionally published authors like Arthur Slade and James Scott Bell who are experimenting with self-publishing their backlist. And there are mega-selling indie authors who go traditional, like Amanda Hocking. Or bestselling authors who negotiate hybrid contracts (indie ebooks, traditional paperbooks) like John Locke. But as self-publishing comes into its own, more authors are picking and choosing which books they want to go indie and which they pursue publication with big publishers.
Today, new author-friend Rhiannon Frater graciously agreed to chat about what it means to be a hybrid author. Rhiannon is the author of the zombie series As The World Dies, originally serialized on-line, then self-published, and then picked up by Tor in 2010. She also has several self-published novels, including The Living Dead Boy and the Vampire Bride Series, all of which have been optioned for TV or film.
a fascinating romp through the publishing world, with everything from online
publishing to optioning for film! And I get the sense you’re far from done.
What are you currently working on?
short story collection set in the As The World Dies universe. I’m also working on a synopsis and first
chapter for a novel proposal my agent is pitching to Tor. To do this, I had to take a break from the
futuristic zombie novel I was working on.
behind going with Tor for some of your novels, while still self-publishing
did very well when I self-published and garnered quite a bit of attention. It was optioned by a producer for a possible
TV show and publishing houses started making offers to publish the series. I ended up getting a literary agent and she
pitched it the major publishers. Tor
made a fantastic offer. I think Tor is
an amazing publishing house, so I was thrilled to sign with them. It has been a great joy working with them on
the AS THE WORLD DIES books and the sale of the series has allowed me to be a
had considered pitching the other series to Tor but after I was done with the
revisions for AS THE WORLD DIES I just couldn’t bring myself to go back and
revisit old works. I wanted to move forward.
Also, I realized that if I sold my two vampire series to Tor the fans
would have to wait even longer for the next book in the series to be published.
decide if I want to publish it myself, or pitch it to a publisher.
well suited to indie publishing? Why/why not?
one was interested in a zombie story with two female protagonist in the lead
roles. That has changed significantly
now and it’s very exciting to see a lot more diversity in the genre. The zombie genre has been a very good to self-published authors. A lot of them have been picked up by
publishers (both large and small) and have had a lot of success.
in Buda, Hungary and the other is a modern day series that takes place in
Texas. Since both series have vampires
in them, I have very stiff competition from both Indie and traditionally
published authors. Vampires are huge! It took much longer than I
anticipated for both series to find their fans.
in it, so I’m not really sure if horror in general does well or not when
self-published. I am lucky to have a
books are through Tor and which are your self-published titles? Obviously the
pricing is different, but more specifically, do you think you are reaching
different audiences? Or do your fans from one stream cross-pollinate to the
don’t care if your book is self-published or not in general. With “look inside”
features, people get a really good idea if they want to read the novel or
not. If someone is purchasing an ebook
or paperback at an online retailer they really don’t see much of a difference
between the self-published works and the books from Tor. For a while people
were frustrated that they couldn’t find my self-published works in brick and
mortar stores, but that is now changing. I’ve now found my self-published books
in a couple of Barnes & Noble stores and I get notifications from
Createspace when they fulfill a large order to a book store.
between my zombie books versus my vampire books. I have some fans that will only read my
zombie works and vice versa. Then there
is a group that will read anything I write.
the self-published and traditionally published works.
author today, trying to decide whether to go indie or pursue traditional
yourself on both types of publishing. A
lot of people are adamant that they want to be traditionally published, but
then discover they don’t actually like dealing with the process. I have been very blessed with my Tor
experience. My editor is wonderful and I
had a very good experience with my revision process. Also, I was able to have a say in the covers
of the books, which surprised me. But I
have heard from other authors that they just did not like the editorial process
or the fact they had little to no say about their covers.
work. It’s not only a time commitment,
but a money one as well. You foot all
the expenses from cover art to editing to marketing. You really have to work hard to make things
happen. I have had people tell me point
blank they just don’t want to deal with the logistics of self-publishing.
self-publishing and I always tell my students that they must do a ton of
research before making their final choice.
They have to be honest with themselves about their expectations, goals,
and commitment to making it happen.
publication now, but if you’re doing it right neither path is a bed of
roses. It’s a lot of hard work, but
completely worth it.
sharing your experiences!
The First Days by Rhiannon Frater, re-published by Tor in 2011
The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.
Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni’s stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.
They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.
Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater, self-published in 2008