I was recently made aware of the term ‘hybrid author’. I’d never come across this description before, but after reading this article, I realised that it actually referred to people like me. As someone who has self-published and is also awaiting publication of my first traditionally published book, I had always considered that the way I work, in terms of publishing, was a bit clumsy and indecisive. I was slightly afraid that the self-publishing I do may endanger any chances I have in the future of getting further traditional deals.
This article gives everything a fresh perspective. It seems that self-publishing has well and truly moved from out of the shadows. Where it used to be considered a last resort, it’s now a valid career choice. It’s like having your Toblerone and eating it. If this way of working is being understood and accepted within the industry as a whole, it seems the second wave of the publishing revolution is about to begin. What an exciting prospect!