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Monday, March 10, 2014

Michael Martinez on Self, Hybrid, and Traditional Publishing

Mike Martinez, for those who don't know, writes an incredible hybrid blend of science fiction and historical fantasy, in which tall ships battle for control of the solar system rather than the New World (full disclosure: I edited his novella The Gravity of the Affair, so I'm not exactly unbiased). So it's only fitting that he's a hybrid author, and he took the time recently to weigh in on a brouhaha in the publishing world forming around a survey of author earnings done by a prominent self-published author and his partner. The survey in question grabbed a bunch of data from Amazon and crunched it to try to compare average earnings of various types of authors.

There's been a lot, and I mean a lot of vitriol floating around concerning this survey.

Mike took a more peaceful approach, one shared by a lot of authors, including myself, and I wanted to share it with you.

There are an awful lot of reasons to publish a book, and the various approaches to doing so will suit you better or worse depending on what your reasons are. One book may have different reasons than another. Your reasons may change as your career progresses, and it's a good thing that authors can and are moving fluidly from one publishing model to the other and back as it suits them. Personally, I love working with authors who were self-published as an editor; they tend to be better educated about the industry than those who never went through that crucible.

I'm also immensely enjoying being my own publisher. It's teaching me a lot.

And for what it's worth, I haven't read much that's self-published that's as good as Mike's books are.

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