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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

Learning how to self-publish a book and getting your ideas into the world is easier than it’s ever been. There is a wealth of knowledge available online, shared by authors who have developed proven techniques for selling more books. There are also a number of ways new authors can access professio... 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 →

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

Katy Weitz is an acclaimed UK ghostwriter who has worked for some of the biggest names in publishing including Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin Random House. In this guest post, she pulls back the curtain to reveal what the collaboration between a ghostwriter and an aut... Read more →

Book Cover Design: Your 7-Step Guide to an Unforgettable Cover

Oct 26, 2018 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

In this definitive post, we look at book cover design: why it's important to work with a professional, what you can do to create the best cover possible, and — if all else fails — how you can make one yourself. 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 →

The Complete Guide to Writing a Book Proposal

Aug 15, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Have you got a nonfiction book idea and dream of securing a million-dollar deal — all before writing the book itself? Well, we’ve got two words for that: book proposal. 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 →

What Are the Meaning of Proofreading Marks?

Jun 06, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

These days, pen-and-paper proofreading (and the use of proofreading marks) is becoming increasingly rare. However, if you’re working with a proofreader and want the collaboration fulfills its top potential, it’s worth getting to know the meaning of the more common proofreading marks. Read more →

The Self-Publisher's Guide to the Copyright Page (with Template)

May 03, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Imagine the day of your book release. Your book is selling fast online, your book reviews are glowing, and your scheduled book promotions are up and running. In fact, everything’s going swimmingly in your plan to conquer the world with your self-published book until you wake up in a cold sweat — ... Read more →

How to Write an Amazon Book Description That Sells

Apr 20, 2018 – Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

An optimized amazon book description is a critical part of turning potential readers into fans. In this post, we’ve condensed the process — for both fiction and non-fiction authors — into three steps. Head inside to find out what they are. Read more →

How to Write a Killer Author Bio

Apr 12, 2018 – Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

Learn how to write an author bio that tells readers: who you are, what you write, why readers should trust you, and how you stand out from other writers. This definitive guide includes tips from top professional marketers and an author bio template for your easy reference. Read more →

7 Books You Never Knew Were Ghostwritten

Mar 28, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Ghostwriters. You might read ‘em, but you don’t see ‘em — and you often don’t even know that they’re right there. So just who are these shadowy figures lurking beyond our reach? Sure, we know that they’re authors who are paid to write under someone else’s name. But that’s often not enough to sat... Read more →

How to Submit a Book Proposal in Just 3 Steps

Mar 08, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Ready to submit a book proposal? This post is here to help with the main components of submitting to publishers: deciding whether you need a literary agent, how to find the right publishers for you, and what to do if your proposal is rejected. Read more →

Download the World's Most Essential Self-Publishing Checklist

Feb 08, 2018 – Understanding Publishing

Need a simple step-by-step self-publishing checklist to guide you through publishing and marketing your books? Well, that's exactly what this is. Read more →

EPUB vs mobi: Is Amazon's mobi Format Now Dead?

Nov 17, 2017 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

Discover the differences between the three most popular book file formats on the planet — and learn which ones are best for you. Read more →

The Ins and Outs of a Twitter Pitch Party

Jul 21, 2017 – Understanding Publishing

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... Read more →

Can Non-Fiction Authors Create Their Own Indexes?

Jul 14, 2017 – Understanding Publishing

Learn why hiring a freelance indexer to create a professional index is important for non-fiction authors looking to stand out in a competitive market. Read more →

Winning the World’s Largest Online Writing Contest – A Reedsy Success Story

Jul 12, 2017 – From our Authors, Understanding Publishing

Author Rhón is brand new to the writing world, but his Frontier Fantasy novel Oakwood Grange was recently selected out of 75,000 entries for a Wattys award — an annual international contest of authors held by Wattpad. The story also earned him a “Featured” spot on the website’s homepage for a mon... Read more →

Print and Distribute Your Book with Blurb and Reedsy

Jun 07, 2017 – Understanding Publishing, Reedsy News

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... Read more →

How I Scored an Amazon Book Deal with Thomas & Mercer (in 5 Stages)

May 19, 2017 – From our Authors, Understanding Publishing

Last year we spoke with author Natalie Barelli about striking a big item off her bucket list: writing and publishing her debut novel, Until I Met Her. Less than 12 months later, Natalie has been signed by Thomas & Mercer (an Amazon Publishing imprint), and her novel is undergoing a re-release... Read more →

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