Tracking the Hybrid Author

trackingMore authors who have published traditionally and are now finding success self-publishing are coming out of the woodwork to talk about their experiences.
 
The latest is Marie Force, the best-selling author of 25 romance titles, including many from Harlequin. (She hit the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list last week at No. 9 on the $3.00 to $7.99 list.) In an interview in answer to the question of what is the most important key to her success, she said, “self-publishing is the single most important key to my success.”
 
What about all that work over at Harlequin? That was then and this is now. And now, publishers are less interested in Force’s works – yet, she has found readers who still are interested. She has revived old works and self-published them digitally and she is now writing new works.
 
Publishers should listen to what authors like Force have to say. First, they can point the way to more profitability (read: selective revival of back-list titles, for instance). Second, they can help publishers understand what to do to be more attractive to authors. It’s probably also worth knowing what authors think in aggregate.
 
Read more of the Force interview here.
 


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