The Hybrid Way by Raven J. Spencer

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The Hybrid Way
By Raven J. Spencer

It may sound a little naïve, but sometimes I look at disputes (like the one going with a publisher versus going indie), thinking, why can’t we just all get along? There’s no absolute truth that goes for everyone—we make different choices, evaluate them, stick to them or change our minds. I’m fine with that. As a reader, I’ve come across self- and traditionally published books that amazed me, and some that didn’t.

As a writer, I’ve decided to go hybrid.

I have to admit, as someone who’s not overly tech-savvy, I took some pride in figuring out everything you need to know to put your book up on Amazon, succeeding in sorting out taxes, the IRS and KDP. I had the more or less irrational fear that it would rain 1 star reviews because of formatting issues—fortunately, this has not been the case.

Truth or Dare Cover for review, interviewWriting erotica in a short format (I have published two novelettes, A Perfect Dream and Truth or Dare, with more to come), this way of publishing worked fine for me. I have connected to other writers and reviewers and I’ve been working on getting the word out.

Then, a submission call came along, for dark erotica, which made me go back to a manuscript from last year. It’s one thing to edit/proof-read a story that’s less than 20K words, another, to do the same with a 90K novel, especially when you’re venturing into a new sub-genre. Either way, you have to spend more in terms of time and money.

I decided to give it a try, and got word that said novel, Soulless, got accepted. It’s a dark tale of murder, seduction and obsession. I’m happy I found it a home, and now won’t have to worry about the package, editing, cover art etc.

A Perfect Dream Cover for review, interviewMy short story series about the women who enjoy themselves at the A Perfect Dream parties, will continue, but for me, going with a publisher for the longer projects, is definitely a good choice.

I’ve spent a lot of time observing and learning as much as I can, and I’ve often seen the question come up from new authors—which is better?

I think the right question should be, which is better for you, at this point?

Because in the end, all that counts is to have a story that grips the reader, makes them feel something, and make sure they know where to find it. Connections are helpful, turf wars aren’t.

I still think there’s no reason why we can’t just get along.

A Perfect Dream (#1)

Truth or Dare

Coming soon: Soulless, a dark erotica thriller


Raven J. Spencer, lesbian, married, loves everything sensual and indulgent which led her to write erotic romance and fantasies. When she’s not writing, you can often find her on Pinterest in the pursuit of inspiration.





  1. Heading over to Amazon to hunt down your novellas. I think it’s a smart move to self publish (at a reasonable price :)) your shorter works. Letting the big guns help with editing and promotion for your 90K of effort makes a lot of sense.


  2. I really liked this topic. I have friends who do self publish and those who choose to have a publisher. It is interesting to look at it from all sides. And on that note I am off to view your work,
    Thank you!


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