Firstly, this isn’t to bash Traditional publishing at all. There’s pros and cons to both traditional and self publishing and I think each has their own place and works for different people, etc.
I was just surprised today to find out how LONG traditional publishing can really take. People have mentioned it before, so I knew but it didn’t really hit me until today. Perhaps this is an extreme example but…
I follow a writer on YouTube who started their channel after they got their first book deal (really great channel, talks a lot about what traditional publishing looks like, transparent about money and contracts, etc.) They were contracted for two stories and have been finished the second round of edits for the second book for two months now I believe. They did their cover reveal today (I thought it was really gorgeous, they knew about the cover in October but can share it now it’s going in the publishers catalog). So I was really excited for them! But even with all this stuff done, the book doesn’t come out until February 2020. That’s over a year away! I’ve wanted to read this book because I’ve been following the author through her YouTube channel and would like to see how it all turned out, you know? I thought I’d be waiting, but until like Fall of 2019. Not 14 months from now, especially since if seems almost finished at this point.
Anyway, was just a really big eye opener to me and made me wonder. I would think such long waits for a book would hurt sales if people start forgetting about a book they were interested in. If one wants to be a hybrid author, should you be releasing any self-published books while waiting for your traditional book to come out? Can you?