How I Became A Hybrid Author

Although I already have ten traditionally published books out there, I recently decided to take the plunge and self publish three books myself.

THE LAST REEF and SILVERSANDS were originally published by small presses in 2008 and 2010 respectively, but had sadly fallen out of print when those presses ceased trading. Publishing them myself was a way to keep them available to new readers.

DOWNDRAUGHT was a novella I had previously serialised on my Patreon page, and thus wouldn’t have been of interest to a publisher, having already been effectively ‘published’ online. But, as it had received a good reception from my patrons, I decided to go ahead and bring it out myself, as I thought it deserved a wider audience.

But if I was going to do this, I wanted to be sure I put out a professional-looking product. So, I engaged the services of my friend, Emma Kalson at Creative Cat Apps.

Emma was a huge help. She proofed and formatted the manuscripts, designed the covers, and walked me through the process of uploading everything to Amazon. I couldn’t have done it without her help, and I have no hesitation in recommending her services to any budding self-publishers.

I’m extremely pleased with the finished products. They look and feel good, and hold their own when sitting on the shelf next to my traditionally published works.

Being an author these days means taking every opportunity to get your work out there, and get paid for it. Therefore, I don’t see self-publishing as being in conflict with traditional publishing. They are simply different routes to market, and as far as I’m concerned, they can happily coexist and complement each other.

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Author: Gareth L Powell


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  1. Glad to hear it worked out for you, Gareth! A friend of mine was being published by one of the big publishers. She had a contract for a series, but they cancelled it, so she self published the last two, which were ready, and found another market for the entire series. These days, it might be a matter of negotiations, because nothing is ever really out of print, with the large publishers, with print on demand. And POD is not a lot of use, unless people specifically look for your books.

    If you are going to self publish and get something out of it, you really need to know what you’re doing, or, as in your case, invest in someone who does! And you do already have fans, who will be the market for your self published work.

    How did you go about finding a cover artist?

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