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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 actually accept 'unsolicited manuscripts' ... read more »
Calling something “commercial” can sound like an insult in some circles, as if it’s a trifling entertainment not worthy of the term “literature.” In other circles, the term “literary” results in a half-stifled yawn, and is considered pretentious. A question you might ask when you’re writing is, "Can a book be both literary and commercial?” ... read more »
With NaNoWriMo around the corner, many authors are gearing up to weave worlds, characters, and stories into novels with their words. But… how many words does a novel make? And when it comes to creating art, just how important is it to stick to the rules — such as standard word counts?
So what do a Martian, a BDSM-obsessed CEO, a Harvard professor suffering from Alzheimer’s, and a subterranean city have in common? If you guessed that they’re all characters from originally self-published books, you’d be... correct. Today, these titles and characters are famous worldwide, and their authors are some of the most successful in the world. ... read more »
One of the questions we get asked most often at Reedsy is “What’s the cost of self-publishing my book? How much should I budget for editing and cover design?” Since our launch at the end of 2014, we’ve been able to collect a lot of data about the publishing industry – data that answers this ... read more »
If you're familiar with the traditional publishing landscape, you'll know that it's really hard to land a book deal without an agent, and it's impossible to get an agent without sending dozens of query letters… There are, however, a few ways to get to know agents before you submit to them. One is to go to ... read more »
Maria Sosnowski has been a freelance indexer for over ten years. In this article, she explains that hiring an indexer to create a professional index is something that many authors neglect: they either don’t think about an index at all, or they decide that the book doesn’t really need an index. This is a mistake that ... read more »
Fiction editors get something of an undeserved reputation in popular culture. On film or TV, authors are never saying, “Gosh, I love my editor: he really saved my book,” or, “I’m asking my editor to be my maid of honor!” Instead, it’s always, “God, my damn editor wants to butcher my masterpiece, the hack!” In ... read more »
At Reedsy HQ this week, we’re taking a big step towards our goal of making it easier for authors to get their books into the hands of readers. With the announcement of our partnership with Blurb, you now have the option to seamlessly print and distribute the books you produce with the Reedsy Book Editor.