Last updated: 09/07/2017 You have a draft in Microsoft Word but you're still wondering how to make a book? Welcome to this guide where we will show you step-by-step how to do it using the Reedsy Book Editor. To give some background first, the art of making books is not new. In fact, manuscripts produced during the ... read more »
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 ... read more »
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 ... read more »
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 ... read more »
We launched Reedsy 6 months ago. Since, we’ve had an incredible amount of authors working on a daily basis with our fabulous editors, proofreaders, designers and illustrators. But we haven’t really followed up on their success. So when Matt Bieber dropped us a line to thank us and tell us about his book, we thought we’d give him a spot on our blog!
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.
The thumbnail size of books on Amazon has prompted many authors to think twice before heavily investing in a professional cover design (where quotes can range from $400 to $2000). This tendency to cut corners on design has given birth to another possibility in the past few years: pre-made book layout and cover design templates. Is it better to hire a professional book designer, or can you DIY using book design templates? We ran a quick survey among independent authors!
Self-publishing is often about pushing the boundaries, and this is what today’s interview is all about. The Perfect Capital by Karen Healey Wallace isn’t just any self-published book, it is one whose design is ingrained into its very being, both through the story it tells and through its sophisticated layout and typography. The Perfect Capital ... read more »
“The perfect cover is seductive, mysterious, puzzling.” At Reedsy, we have the chance to work with exceptionally talented and creative people. Whether they express themselves in words or images, they are always striving for their creative output to reach a level of perfection that each of them defines and idealizes in a different way. Today, ... read more »