Not the cars. But the authors. Some authors who are self-publishing have an agent and are also pursuing (or are already) published “traditionally.” Some may have found an agent through self-publishing, others may have already had an agent and a traditional deal but then self-published another book or were agented but decided to self-published first and another manuscript found their way to an editor.
One does not exclude the other. And I think it really comes from the thought process one puts behind its own publishing path. It’s not “one size fits all” type of experience.
Personally, I am not looking for an agent and I’m not looking to be traditionally published at the moment. Why? I like to have control over the aspects of publishing that I do. For ONE TWO THREE, I chose my pub date to coincide with my parents’ 40th year anniversary. I like that the process can be as fast as you want to be (or as fast as you can make it happen). Maybe one day, I’ll change my mind and will pursue querying again but not now. Now I’m still learning how to do this right and that’s where my energy is going.
However, if you want to read some amazing self-pub by hybrid authors: CHASING THE DREAMS series by Elizabeth Briggs. She published the NA contemporary romance series herself but her science-fiction YA FUTURE SHOCK will be published by Albert Whitman & Company. Or Dahlia Adler who published LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT but has several books with Spencer Hill, including UNDER THE LIGHTS coming out in June.
Talking about Dahlia, she has this amazing series on her blog about publishing and one part of it was about self-published authors, including the topic of “Hybridizing”. It has great insight (and you can see it here)
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