How to Hire a Ghostwriter – By Andrew Crofts

Hire a ghostwriter Andrew Crofts

Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter and author who has published more than eighty books, a dozen of which were Sunday Times number one bestsellers. He has also guided a number of international clients successfully through the minefield of independent publishing. You can check out his Reedsy profile here. Why Hire a Ghostwriter? The job of a ghost is to write the book which you would write if you had the time or the ability. Writing books takes practice, like any other skill, it also requires more time than most people can afford. It is perfectly sensible to hire a professional... View Article

Winning the World’s Largest Online Writing Contest – A Reedsy Success Story

Wattpad – The Wattys

Author Rhón is brand new to the writing world, but his Frontier Fantasy novel Oakwood Grange was recently selected out of 75,000 entries for a Wattys award — an annual international contest of authors held by Wattpad. The story also earned him a “Featured” spot on the website’s homepage for a monthly audience of 45 million, and later ranked in the top 40 of the Fantasy genre (top 40 of over 200 million stories). Here he shares some tidbits about how that success came to be, how other authors might do the same, and how Reedsy is helping him climb... View Article

“I’m a huge fan of self-publishing” — An interview with literary agent David Fugate

David Fugate Interview

You know we like to bring you some of publishing’s most forward-thinking voices here on the Reedsy blog. This interview is one we’ve been meaning to do for a while, so you won’t be disappointed… David Fugate is the founder of LaunchBooks Literary Agency. He had worked as a literary agent for 20 years before setting it up, and now represents renowned authors such as Andy Weir (author of The Martian), Scott Berkun (previously interviewed on this blog), or Chris Guillebeau. He has successfully represented a wide range of fiction and nonfiction projects to more than 40 different publishers that have generated in excess of... View Article

How I Failed at Promoting my Novel with Amazon Advertising

Amazon Advertising for Books

At Reedsy, we like to stay on top of new marketing opportunities for authors. We covered Product Hunt Books when they launched. Advertising on Amazon (via Amazon Marketing Services) is not “new”, however it is still, largely, an untapped resource for authors. In this guest post, indie author Eliot Peper explains how he tried it out, and what the results were. Marketing is a fraught subject among novelists. It’s often seen as outside of our purview and some look down on those who aggressively market their own work, seeing promotion as a corruption of the creative process. Historically, many authors... View Article

How to Promote a Memoir – An Interview with Justin Renard

How to promote a memoir Justin Renard

A few weeks ago, we opened Reedsy to book marketers. We’ve now got some really amazing people there, so we thought, let’s interview them and open some of their awesome marketing knowledge to the public. We’re starting with Justin Renard, a book marketer who worked at Penguin and Amazon and who has led over 10 bestselling campaigns across 50+ books. A fair number of these were memoirs, so this is what we focus on in this interview.   What marketing channels have you found to be most successful when it comes to promoting narrative non-fiction work? For example you seem... View Article

Starting a Historical Fiction Series – A Reedsy Success Story

R.P. Wollbaum Success Story

Author R.P. Wollbaum is another example of the tremendous opportunity that indie-publishing represents for writers. He self-published his first book in 2015 and is now working on book 5 of his Bears and Eagles series. He has found his editor and cover designer through Reedsy and has been working with them ever since. His story is quite nice, so we thought we’d let him share it on our blog. I have always been interested in history. As a young lad, I used to listen to the old timers talk about the old country. There were still a few around that... View Article

How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book? – Data from the Reedsy Marketplace

How much does it cost to self-publish a book?

One of the questions we get asked most often at Reedsy is “What’s the cost of self-publishing my book? How much should I budget for editing and cover design?”. Since our launch at the end of 2014, we’ve been able to collect a lot of data about the book publishing industry – data that answers this and other pressing questions for authors and publishers. It’s always been our plan to open-source that data, and now we’re ready to share it. After 15 months of transactions, we believe we can provide quality information that promotes transparency and clarity. In fact, Reedsy... View Article

“Treat Self-Publishing as a Business” – Interviewing Elise Kova

Elise Kova Interview

We often hear that “the golden age of self-publishing is gone”, so we like to use our blog to remind authors that, no, that’s not true. There are many more indie success stories than the ones you repeatedly hear about out there, and Elise Kova‘s is one of them. She started writing in 2013, as a hobby, on Fictionpress. She now has 5 books out in her Air Awakens Series and the first one has over 500 reviews on Goodreads. In this interview, she shares more about her writing process, why she self-published, and some advice for newer authors. Hi Elise!... View Article

“My old publisher made mistakes I wouldn’t tolerate” – The story of Greg White’s The Pink Marine

The Pink Marine

Digital formats have opened countless new ways to publication for authors, and if you aren’t afraid of taking advantage of those, you can pretty much turn any situation in your favour. Greg White, author of The Pink Marine, came to Reedsy a month ago and told us he had left his publisher shortly after his first book’s publication. Immediately, we thought “that’s an interesting story for our blog!” So here’s Greg sharing his experience with us, and his advice for newer authors.

Written Word Media: An Awesome Ad Platform for Authors

written word media ferol vernon quote

One of the questions we get most often at Reedsy is: “where can I promote my book”. You’re probably already familiar with Bookbub, but their exclusivity makes it hard for the emerging author to get a promotion with them. This is where Written Word Media come in: another proven ad platform for authors with several “brands” to make your book visible. Here’s our interview with their co-founder Ferol Vernon, who shares some numbers and great nuggets of advice with us. Hello Ferol! Great to have you on the Reedsy blog! You are the COO of Written Word Media, a series of... View Article