How to Make a Book with the Reedsy Book Editor

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The art of crafting books is not new. In fact, manuscripts produced during the medieval era conformed to a well-defined set of rules that publishers today are still following. The canons of page construction, for example, describe how a book’s proportions, margins and type areas (print spaces) should be constructed. But if you’re an author planning to self-publish, you might be wondering if these same rules apply to your book – and how you should implement them if they do. Age-old rules aside, even the most tentative look into the nuances of producing a self-published manuscript will likely lead to a... View Article

Writing a Book when English is not your First Language — A Success Story with Dom Cutrupi

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Dom Cutrupi is the author of The Abyss of Lumberwitch, the first volume of his Abyss series. A storyteller by day, and a video editor by night, he chose to write a novel in English even though it was a foreign language for him. In an intimate conversation with the Reedsy team, Dom reveals what it was like for him to write and publish his first book. Hi Dom, thanks for chatting with us. To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself and the book you’ve written? Born and raised in Italy for most of my life,... View Article

Ten Steps for Finding the Right Ghostwriter

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Hiring a ghostwriter is one of those things that is shrouded in mystery for people who aren’t familiar with the process. If you are looking for a ghostwriter for your project but have no idea where to begin, look no further. With simple and actionable tips, acclaimed ghostwriter Toni Robino breaks down how you can find the best ghost for your project.  Choosing the right ghostwriter for your project doesn’t have to be daunting.  It can actually be an enjoyable process. Ghostwriters tend to be interesting characters.  If you meet one you really like, though, that doesn’t mean he or... View Article

Why I Self-Publish My Literary Fiction

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Self-published books are still largely associated with genre novels, while authors tend to turn to traditional publishers for literary fiction. We were curious to hear from someone who has been challenging labels and going against industry wisdom to carve her own niche in the publishing world. Indie author Jane Davis used to be bullied into changing her work just to fit into an easily marketable category. She decided to take matters into her own hands and self-publish her daring, award-winning fiction.  Eimear McBride used the platform provided by her various competition wins to urge publishers to back challenging fiction. McBride had spent... View Article

How to Get “Writing a Novel” off Your Bucket List

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Natalie Barelli harbored a dream that’s all too familiar for our readers — writing a novel. An IT professional writing a psychological thriller might have seemed like a pipe dream, but persistence led to a book which by all accounts is a real page-turner. If “writing a novel” is still on your bucket list, you’ll find some good inspiration and advice below! It was a conversation about bucket lists that got me started. Over a glass of wine — or ten, let’s be honest — my friend and I were lamenting the fact that it’s so easy to put something into... View Article

Reedsy Live Chat — Cover Critique with Mark Ecob

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We are very excited to bring you the highlights from our first Reedsy Live Chat, which as promised will be a regular feature in the coming months. Every live chat features one professional from the Reedsy marketplace hosting an interactive session that includes among other things free advice on topics like editing, book design, and marketing. We started things off with our first Cover Critique, a big thanks to the terrific Mark Ecob for an informative session. Mark runs his own design studio and specialises in book cover design. He has worked with large publishing houses like Penguin, Little, Brown and Amazon, as well... View Article

Making Hiding Haelo in the Reedsy Book Editor

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Tara Holladay is the author of Hiding Haelo. We’re thrilled to share with you that she used the Reedsy Book Editor to print her book with Amazon’s CreateSpace. Since we felt that being able to export a print ready file straight from your browser will empower many authors who want to self-publish, it was a proud moment for us when we actually saw this beautiful book for the first time. Read on to know how Tara went from manuscript to printed book. My fellow Reedsy-ites, I am a perfectionist. When it came to Hiding Haelo, the first book in my... View Article

Launching the Reedsy Live Chats

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As our Reedsy authors and regular blog readers know, one of our main missions at Reedsy is to provide as much education as possible in the form of free content. Writing a book and publishing it are two very different — but equally formidable — challenges, and both have steep learning curves. The great thing about Reedsy is that we have hundreds of extremely experienced professionals who specialize in all areas of the publishing process, from writing the book, to editing, designing, formatting and marketing it. Of course, you can hire them through our marketplace, but to go one step... View Article

Do I Need a Literary Agent to Find a Publisher?

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How important is it to have a literary agent to find a publisher? Writers & Artists Editor Alysoun Owen shares her experiences on the role of literary agents in the publishing industry. Who are they, what do they do, and should you find yourself one? Read to find out. Do I need a literary agent? The answer to this much-mooted question asked by thousands of first-time authors is ‘Yes’ (with the parenthetical caveat of ‘But sometimes no’). Allow me to explain… Nearly all fiction – for adults, YA and children – reaches a publisher via a literary agent, a person... View Article

Self-Publishing Tips from one of the UK’s Bestselling Authors

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For those of you who are still skeptical about the extent of self-publishing’s promise, Adam Croft is all the inspiration you need. With 150,000 in the first quarter of 2016 and a book deal with Amazon, things are only looking up for this indie giant. Here he shares his top tips for self-publishing. When you’re first starting out as an author, it can be incredibly daunting. I remember the feeling well. Back when I started self-publishing in 2011, there really wasn’t much information out there on how to market your books and be successful at it. I had to find my own way, and... View Article