Understanding Publishing

Understanding publishing is now easy thanks to insights from experts on our blog. This section of Reedsy's blog explores the rapidly changing face of publishing in the digital age.

15 Books on Publishing to Give You the Inside Scoop

Nov 15, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

Hoping to demystify the publishing process, or understand the intricacies of the publishing industry? Here are 15 essential books on publishing! Read more →


How to Self-Publish Hardcover Books with KDP

Oct 27, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

If you're a self-published author looking to sell hardcover copies of your book on Amazon, check out our guide to hardcover printing with Kindle Direct Publishing. Read more →


Book Printing Services: Which One Is Right for You?

Aug 16, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

Find the book printing service that best suits your needs with Reedsy's guide to offset, volume, and on demand printing. Read more →


What is Kindle Vella? And Should You Join as an Author?

Apr 21, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

Kindle Vella is Amazon’s foray into the “serialization market,” competing with Wattpad or Radish, for a readership consisting mostly of young readers. So how is Kindle Vella different? Read more →


Reedsy's Guide to Sustainable Publishing

Apr 19, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

If you're an eco-conscious author looking to publish responsibly, we've got you covered with our guide to sustainable book publishing. Read more →


How to Find a Literary Agent in 5 Simple Steps

Mar 26, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

Do you want to work with a traditional publisher? Then you'll likely need a literary agent. Learn how to get a literary agent in five simple steps here! Read more →


Copy Editing vs Proofreading: What’s the Difference and Which Do You Need?

Mar 24, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

Two types of editors, both alike in dignity. Find out the differences between a copy editor and a proofreader. Read more →


The 4 Best Kindle Calculators for Authors

Feb 11, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

Four free, web-based Kindle calculators that will provide you with the data you need to make informed decisions — levelling out the road to KDP publication. Read more →


Word Counts: How Long is a Novella, Novelette, and Short Story?

Jan 13, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

Find out how long a novella, novelette, and short story are supposed to be. Read more →


How to Publish a Book in 2021: 10 Steps to Success

Jan 12, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

Learn how to publish a book in 10 steps. From picking a publishing path to marketing your book, here's what you need to succeed in 2021. Read more →


8 Self-Publishing Success Stories Every Author Should Know

Jan 05, 2021 – Understanding Publishing

If you’re on the fence about going the indie route and need some inspiration before you take that leap, we’ve got 8 self-publishing success stories to share with you. Read more →


The Ultimate List of Book Genres: 35 Popular Genres, Explained

Dec 29, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

The tropes and expectations of a book’s genre will inform its content and style during the writing process, as well as fundamentals such as word count. In this post, get familiar with dozens of the most popular genres in today's publishing landscape. Read more →


How Much Do Authors Make? Figures + Tips to Earn More

Dec 29, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

“How much do authors make?” is one of the most pressing questions for those considering a career as an author, or hoping to earn more. Here you'll find all the relevant facts and figures, plus tips on how to make money as an author! Read more →


60 Gifts for Writers That Your Creative Friends Will Love

Dec 01, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Left your shopping to the last minute? Quick, pop on here and get something great gifts for writers in your life. Read more →


How to Make a Chapbook in 4 No-Nonsense Steps

Nov 17, 2020 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

Check out our 4-step approach on how to make a chapbook, from polishing your verse to creating a DIY chapbook from scratch. Read more →


What is a Chapbook? (And Should You Publish One?)

Nov 12, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Welcome to the niche world of poetry chapbooks, where many budding poets come to develop their craft and grow their readership. While developing novelists and short story writers are, these days, often going digital, emerging poets are finding new life in the printed word. Read on to find out wha... Read more →


How to Get a Book Deal in 2021

Oct 12, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Want to know how to get a book deal? From polishing your writing and crafting a query letter, to securing a literary agent and that ever-desirable contract, the process of selling your book to a publisher is fairly straightforward: you just need to be meticulous, patient, and a little bit lucky. Read more →


Professional Editor: Is Your Book Ready for an Editor?

Sep 21, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Working with a professional editor at the right time can transform your book for the better. Here's Reedsy's suggested editing timeline. Read more →


How to Submit a Manuscript to a Publisher In 5 Simple Steps

Sep 01, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Scott Pack is an editor, publisher, and author of the book How to Perfect Your Submission. He's here today to shed some light on how to research prospects and perfect your manuscript submission to agents and publishers. Take it away, Scott! As a publisher, I receive a hell of a lot of manuscript ... Read more →


How to Publish a Cookbook in 6 Easy-As-Pie Steps

Aug 19, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

If you’re hoping to learn how to publish a cookbook, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll look at all the cookbook-specific aspects of the publishing process. We’ve already looked at how you can write a cookbook and self-publish it in a previous post. So in this post, we’ll assume... Read more →


Draft2Digital Review: Read This BEFORE You Publish

Aug 05, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

The gold standard for self-publishing aggregators, Draft2Digital distinguishes itself with excellent customer service and a user-friendly interface. They’re the best way to sell your book with dozens of retailers without tearing your hair out. Pros: Quick to set-up and publish a book Robust... Read more →


What is an Indie Author? All Your Questions Answered

Jun 26, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Is there a difference between an indie author and a self-published author? In this post, we look closer at the recent phenomenon of independent publishing. Read more →


How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book in 2021?

Jun 23, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

How much does it cost to self-publish a book? This guide includes all the data you need on publishing costs, plus tips for saving thousands of dollars. Read more →


What Is a Ghostwriter? All Your Questions Answered!

Jun 22, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

What is a ghostwriter? There's more to them than celebrity memoirs and political autobiographies! Read on to learn all about ghostwriting. Read more →


Writing a Non-Fiction Query Letter (+ Sample Query Letter)

Jun 02, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Learn how to write a non-fiction query letter that gets agents and editors excited. Includes a real example that got a book sold. Read more →


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