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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 →


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 →


How to Set Up Your Author Page on Amazon Author Central

Dec 30, 2019 – Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

To help make juggling the various tools and marketing resources out there a little simpler, we’ve broken down the three major steps for using your Author Central account to optimize your Author Page. 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 →


How to Write a Nonfiction Book in 6 Steps

Nov 25, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

The waiting period is over, it's finally time to write that manuscript. Learn exactly how to write a nonfiction book in this comprehensive guide. 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 →


How to Hire a Ghostwriter You Actually Trust in 9 Simple Steps

Nov 07, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Learning how to hire a ghostwriter for your project can be a daunting prospect. Working on a book with another person means that you're going to be sharing thoughts and opinions, solving problems, and trying to mind-meld — all at the same time. It all adds up to a pretty intimate experience. [yo... Read more →


What is Creative Nonfiction? Memoirs, Literary Journalism, and More!

Nov 05, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

From viral essays to acclaimed biographies, creative nonfiction is one of the fastest-growing literary genres — even if its name sounds like a contradiction in terms. Called CNF for short, this rich and capacious form marries the elegance of poetry with the rigor of reportage, recalling the famou... Read more →


Upmarket Fiction: The Forgotten Middle Child of the Publishing World

Oct 21, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

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, "... Read more →


How Much Does a Ghostwriter Cost, According to a Pro Ghost

Oct 19, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter and author who has published more than eighty books, a dozen of which were Sunday Times number one bestsellers. He has also guided a number of international clients successfully through the minefield of independent publishing. In this post, he explains how to go abo... Read more →


Amazon Self-Publishing Made Easy: An Author Walks You Through It

Sep 19, 2019 – Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

Learning how to self-publish on Amazon can be intimidating, especially when you start out. Much of the advice available online is so riddled with jargon, rules, and exceptions that we wouldn't blame you for throwing your hands up in the air. But believe it or not, it’s actually really easy to pu... Read more →


50 Best Writing Websites of 2021

Aug 22, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing, Book Design

The Internet is full of writing websites and blogs to help people reach their creative goals. If you’ve always dreamt of writing your own book, but don’t know how to get there — or if you’re in the process of writing, but feel unsure about what to do next — then it’s your lucky day! Here we have... Read more →


Author Scams and Publishing Companies to Avoid

Aug 21, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Becoming a published author is a fantasy shared by almost all writers. And as with almost any widely-shared ambition, there are also folks out there looking to make a quick buck by exploiting those dreams — whether they involve securing a book deal or going the indie publishing route. The publis... Read more →


Roundup of Writing and Publishing Resources

Aug 16, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing, Book Design

Here at Reedsy, we’re fortunate that we get to work with some of the finest talent in the publishing industry — and these experts have shared their experiences and knowledge with us in the form of interviews and how-to guides. In fact, we’ve published articles on so many topics that it’s hard to ... 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 Self-Publishing Costs and Royalties: Here's What You Need to Know

Jul 18, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably already familiar with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon’s self-publishing service for indie authors. But you may be somewhat less familiar with the mechanics of Amazon self-publishing royalties: how much authors get paid, when they receive payment... 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 to Get an ISBN in 10 Minutes (2021 Update)

Jul 05, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

We know not everyone is thrilled by the idea of obtaining a serial number, but ISBNs are a critical part of self-publishing. Luckily, we’re here to answer all of your questions: what is an ISBN, how to get one, who NEEDS one, and how much they cost. Read more →


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

Jun 27, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

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? [youtube... Read more →


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