Understanding Publishing

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

How to Turn Your Blog Into a Book in 2021

Mar 02, 2017 – Understanding Publishing

Publishing a book is a fantastic way to display your expertise, offer something new to your readers, and maybe even turn a profit. Let’s take a look at how you can accomplish that in this post on how to turn your blog into a book. Read more →

5 Reasons Why Selling to Libraries Needs to be a Top Priority

Feb 22, 2017 – Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

Publishing industry expert Amy Collins reveals why self-publishing authors should try to get libraries to stock their books. Read more →

The 21 Best News Roundups for Self-Publishing Authors

Feb 08, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

We're helping to streamline your learning — and cut back on your hours of aimless browsing — with this list of our favorite writing and self-publishing roundups. Read more →

What do Women Writers Want from an Editor?

Jan 24, 2017 – Understanding Publishing

Laurie Garrison, Ph.D. is the director of Women Writers School, a blog and course provider that works mainly with female authors. She has recently self-published a manifesto for her business, Women Writers in the Twenty-First Century. Previously, she was a university lecturer, an internationally ... Read more →

Ask an Editor: How are textbooks made and why are they so damn expensive?

Nov 30, 2016 – Understanding Publishing

Karrin Marie Varucene is a Reedsy editor with seven years of editorial experience, including development editing, copy editing, and proofreading. She gained her editorial start in educational publishing and has since groomed her skills with creative nonfiction manuscripts and digital content mark... Read more →

"How I made Simon & Schuster give me my own publishing company:" An Interview with Tucker Max

Oct 13, 2016 – Understanding Publishing

Tucker Max is a trailblazer in the world of publishing. Find out how the author of 'I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell' sold millions of copies and held a Big Five publisher to ransom in the process. Read more →

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