SFFMP 122: Finding Success Self-Publishing Science Fiction After Years of Writing Children’s Books for Trad Publishers
This week, we chatted with Barry Hutchison, a full-time author who started out writing children’s books for a traditional publishing house and who is now dabbling in self-publishing with adult science fiction. After a bumpy start with his first self-published project, a serial called The Bug, he learned the ropes and had a successful launch for his Space Team comedic SF series. With the release of the fourth in the series coming, he expects to hit his first five-figure month in June.
Here are a few more details of what we talked about:
- Why Barry chose to self-publish his adult fiction after working with a traditional publisher for so many years.
- Not being discouraged by a less-than-stellar launch with his first self-published project.
- Why he went into the Space Team series bootstrapping it by doing his own cover art and handling his own editing.
- Launching at 99 cents and into Kindle Unlimited.
- Differences in marketing between traditional publishing and self-publishing.
- Writing quickly and launching subsequent books in the Space Team series with only two months between releases.
- What kinds of covers make sense for comedic science fiction.
- The importance of a mailing list over social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Whether holiday stories can make sense for writers of space opera.
- How Barry used a preview of his first Space Team novel on Instafreebie to get people to sign up for his mailing list before the book launched.
- How promoting other authors on Instafreebie ended up with him being featured by the company.