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.

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 →

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 →

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 – Perfecting your Craft, 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 to Get an ISBN in 3 Super-Simple Steps

Jul 05, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Wondering whether you need an ISBN to publish? This post will answer all your burning author questions: who needs an ISBN, how to get an ISBN, and more. 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 →

How to Get a Literary Agent for Your Book

Jun 25, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Do you want to work with a traditional publisher? Then you'll likely need a literary agent. Learn how to get a literary agent in six simple steps here! Read more →

IngramSpark Review: Read This Before Using It! (PROMO CODE)

May 06, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Not sure whether IngramSpark is the right self-publishing company for you? This guide will help you decide — and offers an IngramSpark promo code! Read more →

Vellum Review: Read This Guide Before Using It!

Apr 30, 2019 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

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 2021

Apr 22, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Discover the very best self-publishing companies of 2021 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 (2021 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 →

What is the Best Service for Print on Demand Books?

Feb 13, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

What's the best service for print on demand books? We compared four of today's top POD services — and we're revealing the results in this post.i Read more →

How to Self-Publish a Book: 7 Simple Steps to 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 2021

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 →

The Largest Book Publishers in 2021

Jan 16, 2019 – Understanding Publishing

Modern publishing is a tricky game — especially when trying to figure out the biggest names within that game. Most major publishers are part of a larger media conglomerate, prominent indie presses excepted, and a search for the year's largest book publishers will often yield companies that work... Read more →

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