Hi, everyone! Since announcing the cover and blurb for Elementals, I’ve had some people ask why I’m self-publishing the series after The Secret Diamond Sisters series was traditionally published. The reason for this is simple—as an author in 2015, I LOVE the hybrid publishing model!
"Hybrid" means that my books are a mix of both traditionally and self published. There are so many pros and cons to both models of publishing, and I love being able to have the best of both worlds. Here’s a small list of my favorite pros of each :)
Pros of Traditional Publishing
- Getting to have your books on the shelves of traditional bookstores
- Working with a top level editor who helps you make your book the best it can be, and who teaches you in the process
- A monetary advance on the book, so you know you’ll receive that amount as a minimum
- Potential to get reviewed in top trade publications
Pros of Self Publishing
- Significantly higher royalty rates
- Ability to decide on and control the prices of your books
- Full control over marketing and publicity
- No deadlines—you can publish at the pace that’s most comfortable to you
- Less waiting time, so books can release faster
- You are the boss—you don’t need to worry about going through hoops to get permission to do anything
So, those are my basic reasons for being a hybrid author! I love the opportunities that come along with both options. But mainly—I love the control that self publishing gives me. I self published The Transcend Time Saga, and I’ve been so pumped about getting back into self publishing since I made this decision last summer. Being in control of the whole process is just so much FUN!
The best part? Because I’m publishing Elementals myself, I’ll be able to get the books out to you FASTER than I would if they were being traditionally published. The first book in the series comes out on January 26, 2016, the second one comes out in April 2016, and I plan on having the third book release in 2016 as well!
Also, my agent currently has another book of mine out on submission to publishing houses. So cross your fingers for me there, too :)
Get ready for a fun ride, and I hope you love Elementals!
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.
Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.
When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.