» Hydra: A Digital First Imprint of Random House

Hydra is a digital first Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror imprint of Random House. It is worth taking a look at for a publishing source. ❤


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  • 🙂 I knew about Hydra. There was originally some dust kicked up about their contract that they offered, so I reviewed it and wrote something about it here:


    (Summary: There was a group of Scifi authors who warned people against Hydra. I analyzed what went on there and pulled it apart – and it’s very much up to the author, what kind of contract one wants. If I were a self-publishing author, I’d very much submit to them. They are the baby of Random House.)

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    • I mean if I were NOT a self-publishing author! Sheesh! Where’s my editor?? 😀

      Btw I dropped in to drop a link – where can I drop it? Pls let me know.

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    • I wondered what your thoughts would be. If you submit to a publisher can you self publish also?

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      • That depends on your contract. In Hydra’s case, if you have had a book accepted by them, and they’ve bought the rights, it’s theirs. In the case of any traditional house, they don’t even want to look at previously self-published authors, let alone previously self-published books. Penguin had such an option up for half a second but when I contacted them, they had just merged with Random House and were rewriting their rules, and that option was gorne.

        It has to do with the marketing, I guess. If you’re a hugely successful self-published author who makes a lot of sales, I mean, a bestseller, the large houses do want your “product” and will probably look at your next manuscript with keener eyes, because basically, you’re already “bringing a crowd” as musicians would call it. Your name and previous success will be driving sales for them. At this junction self-publishing authors need to ask themselves whether they really want the publisher between themselves and their sales. The principle is, if something works, don’t change it.

        If however you have self-published and not yet made a success of it, they regard you as a failure and won’t look at any submission of yours. Ironically if three years later it turns out your books have started running, then they do want you!

        I’m currently reading up a lot about marketing ebooks, from someone who knows. (Discovered a good source!) His statistics show a surprising trend and explain a lot of mysteries around ebooks and the way they move, and also why traditional paper books by the large houses have such a narrow window to live or die.

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      • Then again I have met at least one author who is previously traditionally published and is self-publishing now.

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        • However, what I meant with my own comment (I’d submit to Hydra if I weren’t a self-publishing author) is the following: (I also mention this in the blog post on Hydra) : I’m an indie because I have all the classic indie issues. I don’t want someone editing around in my story without my express permission. I don’t want a publisher making cuts and potentially cutting away clues to the overreaching story of the series. I don’t want to have to give up on the gorgeous graphics my designers made for me. Where I’m concerned, I’m far too possessive of my books to really ever entrust them to a large machinery. So, no, I haven’t submitted to them, as my books already have P’kaboo ISBN numbers that I’m proud of. When I self-published, I stopped submitting (that one Penguin submission in 2013 excepted). I haven’t even submitted “Arcana” anywhere even though I published it under another pen name.

          But it doesn’t have to be that way, I’m sure many self-publishing authors carry on submitting. I’m just a bit hard-core that way. 😀 Besides, I have other authors to look out for.


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