Understanding Publishing

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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

You may have heard snippets about the ghostwriters behind celebrity memoirs and political autobiographies. But there's so much more to it than that! In this article, we're tackling the question, "but seriously, what is ghostwriting?" by telling you about the many different types of ghostwriters and how much they cost. Read more →

How to Find a Children's Book Editor in 6 Simple Steps

Jun 10, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

In June 1969, Eric Carle published The Very Hungry Caterpillar to resounding acclaim. Since then, it’s sold 50 million copies and become one of the most iconic children’s books of all time. Yet its beginnings were surprisingly different: The Very Hungry Caterpillar was originally titled A Week Wi... Read more →

Manuscript Format: Create a Professional Manuscript (inc. Template)

Jun 07, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

When you share your manuscript with other people — especially folks who can help you get published — you really, really want to make sure that it doesn’t stand out for the wrong reasons. With the help of Chersti Nieveen, an editor on the Reedsy Marketplace, we’ve created this post with tips to help you achieve an industry-standard manuscript format. Read more →

How to Publish a Short Story: 6 Steps to Perfect Your Submission

Jun 05, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Are you an aspiring author itching to get your writing out into the world? Then find out how to publish a short story in just six steps! Read more →

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

Jun 02, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Writing a non-fiction query letter is like writing your own ticket to the big time. If you want to convince an agent or publisher that your idea has ‘bestseller’ written all over it, the few hundred words that make up your query must be irresistibly compelling. Elsewhere on this site, we go into... Read more →

Where to Submit Short Stories: 20 Places Accepting Submissions

May 25, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Where to submit short stories in 2021? Check out the top places accepting short story submissions and launch your career! Read more →

Poetry Submissions: Top Places To Submit Your Poems in 2021

May 25, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Get your foot in the door by submitting your poems to these 20 well-respected magazines accepting poetry submissions in 2021. Read more →

What is Line Editing and How Can It Fix Your Book?

May 22, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Line editing can transform your book, taking your prose to the next level. Learn exactly what line editors do, and how to edit your own book in this guide. Read more →

How to Publish (and Sell) on Apple Books in 2021

May 21, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

When it comes to selling ebooks, many view Apple Books as Amazon’s main competitor. And that hunch is backed up by the numbers. A 2015 analysis by the (now defunct) Author Earnings website showed that Apple Books’ market share in the US was bigger than that of Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google... Read more →

Novlr Review: The Best Writing Software for You?

May 20, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

In a writer’s eternal quest for productivity, one cannot overstate the value of a solid piece of writing software. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of great novel writing software out there — including Novlr, an online writing app that’s been built “by writers, for writers,” according to the site... Read more →

How to Publish on Google Play Books in 2021

May 06, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Learn how to publish on Google Play Books in seven simple steps! Includes tips from the Google Play team themselves and bestselling Play authors. Read more →

Lulu Publishing Review: READ THIS Before You Use Them!

Apr 30, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Over the last two decades, Lulu has become one of the biggest self-pub platforms in the business. Lulu publishing, or “Lulu Press” as the company is now called, offers both print-on-demand and distribution services for books. And they're a popular choice among self-publishing authors for POD — in... Read more →

How To Copyright A Book: A Definitive Guide

Apr 13, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Want to know how to copyright a book you've written? That’s probably a smart idea. You don’t want this nightmarish scenario to occur a year down the road: you’re in a bookstore and you pick up a random novel. You notice that the dialogue sounds familiar. Upon further inspection, you realize that ... Read more →

How to Get a Book Published: Your Guide to Success in 2021

Apr 13, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

What's the best way to get your book published? In this post, we take a deep look at the best way to land a book deal. Read more →

How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Simple Steps

Apr 06, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

A starving writer stands in front of a mailbox, clutching a hefty brown envelope addressed to a publishing company. They say a prayer, push their manuscript in, and begin the long wait for a reply that could make or break their career. It's a romantic image, but most major publishers don't actual... Read more →

How to Publish Poetry: 4 Ways to Get Your Work in Front of Readers

Mar 27, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Publishing your poetry is a big step, but it doesn't have to be scary! We'll walk you through 4 different approaches so that you can pick the best path for you. Read more →

Hemingway App Review: Read This Guide Before Using It!

Mar 13, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Ever wondered if the Hemingway App would work for you? Read our review to find out exactly what this app is all about. Read more →

How to Write a Picture Book Query Letter in 6 Simple Steps

Mar 05, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

So you want to publish a picture book and see it in the hands of children everywhere? You’ll need to get past a literary agent first — and for that, you’ll need to write the perfect picture book query letter. A query letter is a short document you submit to agents to outline the important elemen... Read more →

Hybrid Publishers: What are they and should you TRUST them?

Mar 03, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Hybrid publishers are still a bit of a mystery to many authors. The term “hybrid” may mean different things to different people. To some, it's interchangeable with vanity publishing — which is understandable, as they both require the author to take some financial risk in order to get the book to ... Read more →

How to Find the Right Book Translator in 8 Steps

Feb 19, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

These days, plenty of English-language writers find success in foreign language markets. If you’ve ever wanted to bring your work to a global audience, there’s no better time than now. But to make sure your translation soars, you’ll need a book translator who really understands your work. Read more →

How to Get a Book Translated in 6 Simple Steps: the Ultimate Guide

Feb 19, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

A few years ago, Jean Joachim — a self-published author with 38 English books under her belt — was asked if she would want to partner up with an Italian translator. She accepted. Her first book, which was translated into Italian, was an unexpected triumph: rocketing up to join the Amazon Top 100 ... Read more →

Is It Better to Self-Publish or Get a Publisher? An Author's Guide

Feb 18, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

You’ve written a beautiful book and now you’re ready to release it to the world. But before you can truly embark on your publishing journey, you need to make a major decision: will you self-publish your book, or attempt to get it published traditionally? Self-publishing vs. traditional publishin... Read more →

CreateSpace is DEAD. Here's what you need to know.

Feb 06, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

As all writers know, the process of self-publishing a book is ever-fluctuating and evolving. Case in point: CreateSpace, one of the premier print-on-demand (POD) services for self-published authors, merged with Amazon’s KDP Print in late 2018. As CreateSpace was one of the go-to options for anyon... Read more →

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