Why I’m Going Hybrid ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

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About a month and a half ago, I started writing a new story. It’s a novella about a Broadway dancer who blows out his knee and moves on to his backup plan of opening a dance studio in his hometown of Atlanta. Along the way, he falls for the contractor he hires to renovate the studio space. Around the same time, I realize I had ideas for two more thematically related novellas, with each story featuring a musical kind of guy and a renovation project. I have a rock singer who’s doing restoration on the Victorian house his grandmother left him, and a jazz pianist who plays for a house band in a bar that undergoes a major renovation.

And I’ve decided I’m going to self-publish all three stories.

To be perfectly clear, I didn’t make this decision because of any problem with any publisher. I have a deadline with Dreamspinner later this year and no plans to stop writing for them, and other projects in the works that will also go to publishers. The problem is mine: after spending a year and a half focused on the Sons series, I had nothing left in the pipeline. I have some reverted stories I plan to re-release, but nothing new would be coming. And considering how far ahead publishers like Dreamspinner fill their schedules, it would likely be next year before I could get a release date.

By self-publishing, I can get the stories out much sooner and fill in some of that gap. At the moment, I’m shooting for June for the first novella, and probably two-month intervals for the others.

I think I’m in a pretty good place to dive into this kind of challenge. I have enough publishing background to be able to navigate the process without too much trouble, and I’ve been in the genre long enough to know where to go for cover art and proofreading—not to mention review sites. I’m also fortunate to be in a position that I can afford some up-front costs.

None of that means I have any real idea what I’m doing. Sure, I self-pubbed a reverted story back in December, but that was just on Amazon, and it was a story that had already been through the editing process already. I just did basic formatting in Word, added some links, made a simple cover, and uploaded everything.

But I’ve still never self-published anywhere but Amazon, and I haven’t been through the rest of the process. I have a lot to learn, and it’s nerve-racking to think that if something goes wrong, it’s all on me.

On the other hand, it’s kind of cool to be doing things like hiring a cover artist and figuring out how to do file conversions and making lists of review sites to contact. I like learning new skills, and even if it turns out that I only use them occasionally, having more insight into those parts of publishing production isn’t a bad thing.

Of course, none of this is going to happen if I don’t get the stories written first. Feel free to jump in wherever you see me to goad or cheer me on, whichever you prefer. 😉

~Shae Connor

About Shae Connor

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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One thought on “Why I’m Going Hybrid ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

  1. Best of luck with your newest challenge/adventure with self publishing! Thanks for sharing – I enjoy reading about how authors work.

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