Monday, February 10, 2014 | By: Angela Brown

What is a Hybrid Author?

What is the creature referred to as a "hybrid author?" Are they beings spliced together genetically or perhaps some liger-jumbling-of-authors?

Those answers are very imaginative, to be sure, but it's actually quite simple. A hybrid author is an author that has published through or is publishing through traditional and Indie paths.
For example, meet Elana Johnson, young adult author of the Possession series published by Simon and Schuster (part of the Big 6 - er - 5 - or whatever it is now). She is about to release a new book, titled ELEVATED, on February 18th. This book is one she is self-publishing. So she falls under the definition of hybrid author.

Susan Kaye Quinn is another great example of a hybrid author. She first published with Omnific Publishing but has since made her mark in the sci-fi world with her breakout Mindjack novels and future-noir Debt Collector serial. She's not one to let genre be a stumbling block either. She's also published a Bollypunk thrill-read and a middle grade fantasy.

Indie Romance Convention's 2014 Mistress of Ceremony, Victoria Vane, is also a hybrid author. She's an award winning author who pens smart and sexy romance from historical to contemporary. Her Devil Devere series is self-published under her Vane Publishing LLC. And get ready for some Hot Cowboy Nights as Victoria also has a new series releasing from Sourcebooks, the first book being SLOW HAND, set to release November 2014.

When you take a look around, you'll find plenty of other examples, some that may have been around for quite a while. "Hybrid author" is just a term, a way to reference, to categorize. The authors, themselves, are just authors, plain and simple. They're storytellers embracing the traditional and Indie paths. We, the readers, just happen to be the benefactors. I, for one, am glad for it.

27 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, it's so awesome how authors can be hybrid and just have more options for getting their books published. I'm glad for it too.

Brinda said...

Hi Angela, I think hybrid is a smart business move for most authors these days. Hope you are doing well!

Angela Brown said...

I agree. Having and embracing options is wonderful.

Angela Brown said...

You're right Brinda. It's a very smart business move. I am doing very well, thank you :-) Hoping the same for you.

SanWrites said...

Nice feature, Angela.
I 'met' Susan Quinn on YALITCHAT a long time ago, and she's great at social media. She always replies to tweets, contests, etc. Very versatile hybrid writer.

SA Larsenッ said...

I didn't know there was an actual definition. Good to know.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The most successful hybrid author I know is Elizabeth S. Craig. I couldn't even tell you how many books she's had published both ways.

Angela Brown said...

Susan is definitely a success in what she's pursuing :-)

Angela Brown said...

I heard the reference a while back and really thought of how much it's a good thing that writers can and do use both paths to bring their dreams to fruition.

Angela Brown said...

Another great example, Alex :-)

Catherine Stine said...

Yay to hybrids! I'm one too, having published with Big 6s, small presses and indie pubbed. It's all good.

Angela Brown said...

Howdy, hybrid author. Hugs!!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I love the fact that we are now given plenty of choices. I love how the times are changing!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

The readers are the true winners here. Hurrah for the hybrids!

E.J. Wesley said...

Truly believe it's the way of the future. And I think it's very book/story specific as well. Certain things will do better indie and the opposite is true. It's about finding the best home for your story, and reaching the most readers. It's not about right, wrong, good, or bad.

These ladies are rocking the concept. :)

Angela Brown said...

And as the times change, it's good to adapt with them.

Angela Brown said...

I totally agree, Sheena-Kay! Woot!

Angela Brown said...

Yep, doing what works for them, as each author should :-)

Ellie Garratt said...

A well-timed post. I'm interviewing Donna Hosie about this subject in a couple of weeks.

Angela Brown said...

Cool beans :-)

Crystal Collier said...

If you ask me, that's the best way to go--hitting all audiences and building a unique readership. I applaud the ladies who have breached the gap.

Angela Brown said...

True, Crystal. What's better is there are so many others. My examples just scratch the surface :-)

Maria Zannini said...

As a business move, it's the smart way to go, but I'll be glad for the day when publishers view us without the labels of how we were published.

Angela Brown said...

Hear, Hear. You're a hybrid author as well, Maria. So I know you're speaking from experience :-)

cleemckenzie said...

Guess I'm a hybrid. I sold two YA's to traditional publisher, then self-published an MG. This business is changing so quickly that it's hard to figure out what I am. Wait! I'm a writer. That' s what I am!

Angela Brown said...

That's right, C Lee. Whatever path you've taken or paths, since you are a hybrid author, you are a writer, plain and simple :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure we need the label but it does illustrate what a great time it is to be a writer. There are so many avenues toward publishing available. Plus from a business standpoint, you don't want to have all your eggs in one basket :) Thanks for pointing out a couple names I haven't read before!

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