Understanding Publishing

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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 →


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 →


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 →


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 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 →


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

Self-publishing vs. traditional publishing — which path is right for you? Learn the pros and cons about costs, timing, creative control, and more. 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 →


What is a Small Press? (And Should Authors Use Them?)

Feb 04, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

In this article, we’ll tell you exactly what a small press is, and how their priorities might be different from those of the big, billion-dollar publishing houses. Then, we'll get into the pros and cons of working with one, and what you can expect when you ink a small press book deal. Read more →


Proofreading: What is it? And Can You Do it Yourself?

Jan 31, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

What is proofreading all about? In this post, find out what this task specifically involves and when writers can do it themselves. Read more →


What is Indie Publishing? And How to Get Started in 2021

Jan 10, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Have you ever wondered whether you should call yourself an indie publisher of a self-publisher? Learn about the difference, and how to get started, today. Read more →


Copy editing services... from actual copy editors!

Dec 19, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Get free access to the thorough profiles of 500+ of the industry's best copy editors — and the power to pick your own professional. Read more →


Ghostwriting Services... Find The Right Ghost For You

Nov 28, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Reedsy's professionals offer the best and most reliable ghostwriting services for authors — with over 100 ghostwriters to choose from. Read more →


Editing services... from actual book editors

Nov 15, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Reedsy's professionals offer the best and most reliable editing services for writer and authors — with over 2,000 editors to choose from. Read more →


How to Find the Right Nonfiction Editor (to Take Your Book to the Next Level)

Nov 11, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

If you’ve got a cookbook, self-help manual, or piece of creative nonfiction in the works, you might just be asking yourself how to find the right nonfiction editor for your project. Scouting one can be as tough as online dating — a process filled with equal parts anxiety and hope. You want an edi... Read more →


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