HYRBID Author cultivates eight years of writing and publishing experience to help you in having the best of both worlds, publishing your books.
I’ve been where you are now, spending precious hours writing your books, continuously overloaded with emotional stress and overwhelmed by the endless writing advice out there.
Watching from afar and in close proximity as fellow authors progress in their careers and questioning:
is it ever going to happen for me?
The good news is as a hybrid author, yes it can.
I’m Joanne Morrell.
By day, I’m a part time technical scriptwriter. I work for a media company who builds eLearning modules for multi-billion dollar companies. It’s my job to write the scripts for these programs.
By night, before work, in between school drop off and pick up, family time, dinner, bath, bed and tucking my two kids in for the night, being a wife, guinea pig tamer, finding time to exercise, a smidge of time for myself and be a good daughter and friend … I write.
As an author, I traditionally publish Children’s and Young Adult fiction under the pen name JzeMorrell, as well as independently publishing short non-fiction books for authors in my Author Linings series.
I’m based in Perth Western Australia, where I was born, but grew up in a little fishing village off the East Coast of Edinburgh in Scotland. I love story in all mediums: film, television and of course books. I’m the founder of my local book club and I love anything that’s edible.
During my first year at Edith Cowan University, I wrote a fictional short story called Across the Causeway. It was about a child sex slave in Thailand and was elected by Amanda Curtain to win the Talus prize.
It was also during my first year at University that I had my first lessons as an author, collaborating with an illustrator and independently publishing my first middle grade fiction book. I’m thankful I had these lessons so early on and and I know in this career, there will be many more to come.
At the end of my studies, I interned at Westerly magazine where I wrote reviews of novels and wrote films for Dircksey online magazine. But, I wanted to write books. And that realisation came about by setting up shop as a freelance writer.
I thought I could be a freelance writer on the side as my day job whilst I built my book business and wrote my little heart out. But it was much harder than I thought and being a writer doesn’t mean you can just write in every kind of style of writing there is and be good at it. There’s a skill to each format. And there’s also a whole wide world out there who will use you up and spit you out for buttons. So, I wrote a book about my experiences: both as a working paid freelance writer and as an author who has experienced so many physical and emotional aspects of striving to have a successful author career.
And what does having a successful author career even mean, anyways?
Well, it’s different for everyone. But for the majority of us, it consists of seeing our ideas bound in the form of a book and earning a living from our book business to feed our families and ourselves.
I believe the back bone for having a successful career as an author is to:
- know your writing process (so you can write your books faster)
- publish your work productively (understanding a publishing schedule and sticking to it) and
- getting comfortable promoting your books (fine-tuning your body and mind to the you of now).
Want to know how to develop these three skills?
Discover your Process, learn how to Publish Productively and feel comfortable Self Promoting you and your books as well as fortnightly tips on how to have a successful career as a HYBRID Author, both independently and traditionally publishing your books!