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.

Author Scams and Publishing Companies to Avoid

Aug 21, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

The publishing world has its share of sharks, scammers, and companies that will exploit an author's ambitions for monetary gain. In this post, we expose some of the most common scams and show you how to identify which publishing companies to avoid. Read more →

Roundup of Writing and Publishing Resources

Aug 16, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

The best writing and publishing posts, videos and how-to guides from the Reedsy blog. A great resource for both aspiring and established authors. Read more →

BookBaby Review: Read This First (Plus Promo Codes!)

Jul 23, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

BookBaby is a one-stop-shop for almost any self-publishing service you could ask for. While unusually expensive and somewhat opaque, BookBaby’s packages are a popular option for authors who are time-poor (and cash-rich). Pros: Get your manuscript edited, designed, and distributed in one place... Read more →

Amazon Publishing: What Is It Like to Get Signed By Them?

Jul 16, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

This post dives into the workings of Amazon Publishing, giving you a sneak peek of what it’s like to work with them from two indie authors signed by APub. Read more →

How Long Should Your Novel Be? Our Editors Have the Answers

Jun 27, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Does word count really matter? To put it simply: YES! Read our guide to learn what your word count should be and our editors' tips for sticking to it. Read more →

Sensitivity Readers: Who Are They and Should Authors Use Them?

Jun 25, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Tips for finding and working with beta readers and sensitivity readers who provide invaluable reader-feedback before your manuscript hits the presses! Read more →

What are Beta Readers — and How to Find Them

Jun 25, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Do you need a beta reader? If so, how do you find beta readers to work with? Those answers — and more — are in this comprehensive blog post! Read more →

IngramSpark Review: Read This Before Using It!

May 06, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Not sure whether IngramSpark is the right self-publishing company for you? This guide will help you decide. Read more →

Vellum Review: Read This Before Using It!

Apr 30, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Thinking about using Vellum software to format your book? Read this review first for key features, pros and cons, and how to know if it's right for you. Read more →

30+ Writing Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Apr 26, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Discover the writing podcasts which will educate, delight and inspire you to become a better writer and a published author. Read more →

Scrivener 3: Don't Use It Until You Read This!

Apr 26, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Are you a new Scrivener user or still waiting to purchase Scrivener 3? We've got you covered with the basics you need to know, and the best new features. Read more →

The 17 BEST Self-Publishing Companies of 2022

Apr 22, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Discover the very best self-publishing companies of 2022 that all indie authors should know — along with tips on how to pick the right one for you. Read more →

Steps for Putting Together a Great Anthology

Apr 12, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

L. Diane Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association. She conducts seminars on book publishing, promoting, leadership, and goal-setting, and she offers book formatting and author consultation. In this post, she talks about the steps involved in publishing an anthology. Read more →

YA vs. Middle Grade Fiction: 4 Key Differences (2022 Update)

Apr 03, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Jamie Evans is an editor and writer based in Atlanta. Her passion is young adult and middle grade lit, and she also specializes in romance and new adult fiction. In this post, she reveals 4 key differences between writing for YA and MG readers. Read more →

How to Become an Author: The Ultimate Guide

Mar 25, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

There’s a very short answer to the question of how to become an author. Simply publish a book. With advances in self-publishing, you could technically write and publish a book this afternoon and call yourself an author. So instead, we’re going to ask a better question: how do you become a self-su... Read more →

Print on Demand Books: The Best Services in 2022

Feb 13, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

What's the best service for print on demand books? In this post, we compare four of today's top POD services and give recommendations for authors. Read more →

How to Self-Publish a Book in 2022: 7 Steps to Bestselling Success

Feb 06, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Find out how to self-publish a book with this guide from the world's #1 marketplace for self-publishing authors. Includes top resources for beginners. Read more →

What is Urban Fantasy? Definition and Examples

Jan 25, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Urban fantasy is perhaps one of the most exciting subgenre fantasies right now. From werewolves in Manhattan to gnomes in suburban gardens, it is a major part of the movement that is re-defining “fantasy” in the 21st-century. But what is urban fantasy exactly — and where can you go to read more ... Read more →

How to Start a Publishing Company in 2022

Jan 23, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

If you’ve ever watched the reality show Shark Tank, you may have found yourself daydreaming about starting your own business. And if you’re an indie author who’s learning the self-publishing ropes, you might be wondering if you should start your own publishing business — as opposed to just doing ... Read more →

15 of the Best Online Writing Communities for Aspiring Authors

Nov 19, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Looking for support from fellow writers from the comfort of your own home? Look no further with this list of some of the top online writing communities. Read more →

What's It Like to Work with a Ghostwriter? Well, Let’s Ask One

Oct 26, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Acclaimed ghostwriter Katy Weitz explains her process for collaborating with authors on their memoir, from the first interviews to the final manuscript. Read more →

How to Build a Rocking Author Media Kit: a 7-Step Template

Sep 28, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Picture this: you’ve just self-published a book and are gaining some traction in your publicity rounds. Then, out of the blue, a journalist asks you for a headshot, bio, and sell sheet. Don’t panic. By the time you're done with this post, you'll be ready to compile an all-purpose key to book pub... Read more →

How to Write an Incredible Synopsis in 4 Simple Steps

Sep 12, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Your synopsis can decide the fate of your novel — learn here how to write a synopsis full of intrigue and spark! Read more →

How to Write a Book Proposal that Seals the Book Deal (with Template)

Aug 15, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Find out how to write a book proposal that can win you that six-figure deal. It only takes 9 steps (and a free book proposal template). Read more →

List of Print Book Distributors

Aug 13, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Find the right distributor for your book with this comprehensive list of the top book distributors from four English speaking countries. Read more →

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