This week's interviewee is right at the front of the monumental changes to both traditional and indie publishing. Bestselling YA writer, Donna Hosie, is what is called a hybrid author. She popped by recently to answer a few of my questions.
Hi Donna. Thank you for taking time out of your hectic schedule to visit with me. Please pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable. Here we go:
Q: What is your favourite day of the week and why?
It definitely isn't Monday - Friday, I can tell you that much! Writing is now a full-time job for me (4am starts, anyone?), but I also have a Government 9-5 job too. I'm hoping to be a full-time writer within two years, so ask me that question then!
Q: What punctuation mark best describes you?
Exclamation mark !!! I'm in a perpetual WTF!!! state right now ;)
Q: If I came to your home and looked at your bookshelves, what would I find?
Books! (Sorry, couldn't resist!) First, you would find my fiction books in alphabetical order by author. But they're a real smorgasbord of fantasy, young adult, historical, crime... My husband and I are huge readers. I love most genres. I also have separate bookshelves for Harry Potter novels and books by Tolkien, because I also collect memorabilia for those two fantasy worlds. My study is a shrine to New Zealand and Tolkien, whereas my dining room is all Hogwarts, (I have a very understanding family who are cool with mum being a geek!)
Q: Indie publishing has a new buzzword - Hybrid Author. Can you tell us what that means?
A hybrid author is someone who has an agent/publishing contract for traditional publishing deals, but who also strikes it out alone and project manages other releases independently.
Q: Do you see yourself as a hybrid author?
Absolutely. I am signed to the Bent Agency and am repped by Beth Phelan. My novel, THE DEVIL'S INTERN, the first in a four book series, is going to be published by Holiday House in the Fall 2014, which is uber exciting. However, I also indie publish, and in June 2014, I will publish the first book in my second Camelot time-travel series. Being a hybrid author means you wear two very different publishing hats. It can be exhausting, but it's also extremely empowering.
Q: Which form of social media would you recommend as the best promotion platform for indie/hybrid authors?
Blogger may be waning in popularity, but for cover releases, Blogger can't be beaten. I love Goodreads though, and that is the platform I use the most. Book lovers are the greatest, most passionate people out there.
Q: What is your next big project?
I have two big projects this year. THE RING OF MORGANA release is next up in June. I've just had the cover delivered by my designer and it is BEAUTIFUL! But the release of THE DEVIL'S INTERN is going to be a whole new experience because I will be heading to New York to meet my agent and editor for the first time. I can't wait. 2014 is going to be very special.
Q: What is your year-ending goal for 2015?
Full-time writing. I have tunnel vision for that one goal.
About the Author
Donna Hosie is YA writer and full time geek. Author of SEARCHING FOR ARTHUR, THE FIRE OF MERLIN and THE SPIRIT OF NIMUE. Represented by Beth Phelan of The Bent Agency, NY. Forthcoming releases include THE RING OF MORGANA (June 2014) and THE DEVIL'S INTERN (Holiday House, Fall 2014).
Thank you, Donna. I'm in awe of your work ethic. It takes real dedication to rise that early in the morning before heading out for a full days work. Congratulations on becoming one of the new breed of writers. I believe the future for writers is hybrid, and we have your example to follow.
Today Donna is revealing the cover for her next release, The Ring of Morgana. Make sure you visit her blog - it's a beautiful cover.
Have you heard the term Hybrid Author before today? Do you feel this will be the future for writers - a mix of traditional and indie publishing?