Day 2 of the DBW conference begins with a survey by Writer’s Digest of thousands of authors. The presenter is Phil Sexton, publisher and community leader at Writer’s Digest.
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Mike Shatzkin kicks off the next session, an interview with Hugh Howey, author of WOOL, and his agent, Kristin Nelson, by saying, “now that we know what a hybrid author is…”
Hybrid authors equally interested in publishing traditionally or via self-publishing. They make more money than other authors. What happens when traditionally published authors are finally given enough incentives to try self-publishing? Phil Sexton asks the big question: What can publishers do to assure authors they are always the best option? Stay tuned!
92 percent of self-published authors are interested in doing it again.
I’m interested in this term “hybrid author.” It has quite an appeal, certainly none of the lingering negatives that attach to “self-published.” And, interestingly, it seems more appealing that “traditionally published.” Who wants that? Which puts a new spin on the prestige attached to publishing with an established publisher. Welcome to the new era of the Hybrid Author!
Has growth in self-publishing been good for most authors? Traditionally published authors don’t think so, compared with self-published and hybrid authors, who say yes.
All authors expect roughly the same advance. Hybrid authors want the most, more than $35,000.
Hybrid authors don’t agree with assertion that publishing involves complexity best done by a publisher. What should publishers take from this information?
Views of traditional publishers in survey: Most agree they add prestige. Hybrid authors, who have experience traditional and self-publishing, believe publishers move too slowly, keep too much money, and don’t understand digital publishing.
Traditionally published authors most motivated by prestige of publishing with a traditional publisher. Not so important for hybrid authors or self-published.
“Hybrid authors” who self publish and use traditional publishers are the authors most motivated by making money, according to the survey. And they make about $11,000 more a year than traditionally published authors.