Liesel K. Hill’s Publishing Journey
Hey everyone! Today I have Liesel K. Hill on the blog to talk about her publishing journey from small pub to self pub (and back? Stay tuned :D). Her second book in the Interchron series, Quantum Entanglement, is out, so be sure to check it out if you like sci-fi and time travel! Also stay tuned for my review as soon as I finish it ;-).
I always say that I’m odd, or just that I’m a hybrid author–meaning that I both self-publish, and traditionally publish–but most authors are unique. Everyone’s journey is a little bit different, and more and more authors are hybrid authors these days.
Before I got published, I was determined to be traditionally published. I didn’t know anything about self-publishing and didn’t feel equal to the task. Plus, there is still a negative stigma about the quality of self-published work. With hard work and persistence, I was picked up by Tate publishing for my debut novel, Persistence of Vision.
During the year after I signed my first contract, I started blogging, following other authors, both indie and traditional, and learned a lot about both sides of the business.
I actually had a really good experience with Tate Publishing, but by then I knew a lot more about self-publishing. Because Tate was a publisher that asked for money, I realized I could publish faster, cheaper, and with more control on my own. I decided not to use Tate to put out book 2.
Meanwhile, two more of my books were picked up by Jolly Fish Press. One is a historical fiction. The other: a crime drama. Both to prepare to sell that crime drama and because I had another crime story rolling around in my head, I self-published Dark Remnants, book 1 in a series entitled Street Games.
Now I’ve put out Quantum Entanglement, book 2 of Interchron, myself as well. There’s definitely more to take into account when you self-publish, and promotion is harder because it’s just you doing it on your own. But there are rewards too. It’s not uncommon to see indie authors make insane amounts of money self-publishing. They can put the books out quickly and benefit from the voracious readers who own digital devices and want affordable titles.
That’s at least in part what prompted me to self-publish: to see more money more quickly. But it’s also the turn-around time. I can get out shorter titles quickly to help promote and garner attention for bigger, farther-spaced titles.
I firmly believe that, with the changing, global economy, the future of publishing will be in self-publishing. I don’t believe traditional houses will entirely disappear, but I think they’ll stop taking on unknown writers. New authors will have to self-publish first, garner reviews and readers, then appeal to traditional houses to pick them up. That does happen now, but I believe it will become the norm over the next ten years. So it’s prudent for all authors to understand both sides of the publishing world.
I’m still pretty green at all of this, but I believe I’m headed in the right direction. So that’s been my publishing journey so far. I believe I have many miles to go, but I’m loving every minute of it.
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