Roundup of Writing and Publishing Resources

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Here at Reedsy, we’re fortunate that we get to work with some of the finest talent in the publishing industry — and these experts have shared their experiences and knowledge with us in the form of interviews and how-to guides. In fact, we’ve published articles on so many topics that it’s hard to keep track of them all. In this post, we want to share some of the best Reedsy articles so far, sorted in a way that mirrors the publishing journey taken by most authors. Writing your book Designing and formatting  Publishing your book Marketing your book Check out... View Article

Anatomy of a Book: Front Matter, Body and Back Matter

Anatomy of a Book: Front Matter and Back Matter

As you put the finishing touches on your book and prepare it for publication, you’ll quickly come across the need for front matter and back matter. These terms may seem confusing at first, but they’re simply the first and last sections of your book; the bits that make it an official book, and not just chapters printed on bound paper. In this post, we’ll summarize what sections should be including in your front, body and back matter, and how you can create them all using the Reedsy Book Editor.

How to Make a Book with the Reedsy Book Editor

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The art of making a book 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... View Article

Cover Critique #1 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

What to expect from your book cover designer

What to expect from your book cover designer

You’ve written a brief and commissioned a designer. What’s next? Bestselling book cover designer Simon Avery explains the process of working with a cover designer, from the first concepts up to the final payment. He also has a very special offer for authors! Professional cover design is part of what makes a bestselling title. So it’s no wonder that successful indie authors are serious about the process. Once you’ve chosen a professional book cover designer the first thing you’ll need is a good brief. You can read an excellent Reedsy article on writing a good brief here. What’s next? Round... View Article

Learning from a world-class designer and typographer, Erik Spiekermann

Today, our CEO Emmanuel has the amazing opportunity to interview Erik Spiekermann. Erik is a world-famous art historian, typographer, designer and author who says he is “suffering from typomania: a sickness that is incurable but not lethal.” Erik is the designer behind many global brands and publications such as Audi, Bosch and The Economist. Erik also designed exclusive typefaces for Nokia and Mozilla, as well as designing the reading app Blloon from his own design agency Edenspiekermann. Followed by over 300,000 people on Twitter, he is frequently asked to contribute to books and magazines on a range of topics from visual language to bicycles (he... View Article

6 Tips for Briefing your Book Designer

Briefing your Book designer

After all, big part of the what makes self-publishing so attractive is that authors retain all creative freedom over their work. This means it is up to you, and you only, to choose your cover designer and brief them properly. As in any other creative business relationship, the briefing process is the most important part of the collaboration. A good brief will save you and your book designer both time and money.