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.

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 →


Pro Tips: Turning your Blog into a Book

Mar 02, 2017 – Understanding Publishing

What's the difference between writing a blog and a book? Two veteran ghostwriters explain why more bloggers should become authors — and how they can do it best. 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 →


Stuck on your first draft? Call a developmental editor... or a ghostwriter

Sep 15, 2016 – Understanding Publishing

So, you’ve got an original idea for a book. Maybe it’s the memoir you’ve meant to write for years, or a stunning business book designed to shake up the status quo in Silicon Valley. Once you have this idea, how do you turn it into an actual manuscript? Writing a book is no simple task, which is ... Read more →


Why I Self-Publish My Literary Fiction

Jul 07, 2016 – Understanding Publishing

Self-published books are still largely associated with genre novels, while authors tend to turn to traditional publishers for literary fiction or upmarket fiction. We were curious to hear from someone who has been challenging labels and going against industry wisdom to carve her own niche in the ... Read more →


Self-Publishing Tips from one of the UK's Bestselling Authors

Jun 07, 2016 – Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

For those of you who are still skeptical about the extent of self-publishing's promise, Adam Croft is all the inspiration you need. With 150,000 copies sold in the first quarter of 2016 and a book deal with Amazon, things are only looking up for this new indie giant. In this post, he shares his t... Read more →


“I'm a huge fan of self-publishing” — An interview with literary agent David Fugate

May 18, 2016 – Understanding Publishing

You know we like to bring you some of publishing's most forward-thinking voices here on the Reedsy blog. This interview is one we've been meaning to do for a while, so you won't be disappointed… David Fugate is the founder of LaunchBooks Literary Agency. He had worked as a literary agent for 20 y... Read more →


"My old publisher made mistakes I wouldn't tolerate" – The story of Greg White's The Pink Marine

Mar 15, 2016 – From our Authors, Understanding Publishing

Digital formats have opened countless new ways to publication for authors, and if you aren't afraid of taking advantage of those, you can pretty much turn any situation in your favour. Greg White, author of The Pink Marine, came to Reedsy a month ago and told us he had left his publisher shortly ... Read more →


How to Self-Publish a Graphic Novel

Jan 25, 2016 – Perfecting your Craft, From our Authors, Understanding Publishing

Self-publishing a graphic novel can be new territory even for veterans in the business. This is because graphic novels are as much a work of art as a written piece. We got in touch with Ben Galley to tell us about his experiences in this field. Read more →


Getting Your Book Coverage in the National Press

Jan 21, 2016 – Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

This is a guest post by Douglas Wight, freelance journalist, author, publisher and book serialization specialist. He explains how authors can get book coverage in the national press… and get paid for it! Book Coverage: Making A Splash How many “likes”, how many “followers”, how’s your “discoverab... Read more →


Agent-Assisted Publishing: Interviewing Robert Caskie from IPSO Books

Oct 20, 2015 – Understanding Publishing

We started Reedsy around a year ago, thinking mostly about independent authors and hoping to give them, through our marketplace, access to a range of talent that has so far been exclusive to traditional publishing companies. Read more →


Learning from a world-class designer and typographer, Erik Spiekermann

Jun 11, 2015 – Understanding Publishing, Book Design

Today, our CEO Emmanuel has the amazing opportunity to interview Erik Spiekermann. Erik is a world-famous art historian, typographer, designer and author who says he is “suffering from typomania: a sickness that is incurable but not lethal.” Erik is the designer behind many global brands and pub... Read more →


Is It Worth Partnering With A Book Marketer?

Apr 13, 2015 – Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

Since starting Reedsy, I’ve heard time and again that “what authors need most help with is marketing.” But that’s akin to saying startups like us primarily need help with fundraising; to me, it’s a startup founder’s job to raise funds when the company needs them, just as it’s a writer’s task to s... Read more →


5 Digital Publishing Questions for Seth Godin

Feb 25, 2015 – Understanding Publishing

Today we interview Seth Godin, American author, entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker. The amazing thing about Seth is that he uses all these skills for his publishing efforts. And some of his ideas for (digital) publishing are so great that we were bound to interview him. Let’s talk about th... Read more →


A Refreshing Teen Author Success Story — Interviewing Anna Caltabiano

Jan 16, 2015 – Understanding Publishing

While the good folks of the “publishing industry” are discussing trends, numbers, and predictions over at the DBW conference, we thought we would give the readers of the Reedsy blog a sneak peek of what the future could actually hold. Today, we interview Anna Caltabiano, a rising teen author who... Read more →


Authorpreneurs and VC Publishers

Aug 05, 2014 – Understanding Publishing

The Wannabes I was listening to Joanna Penn talk at an Apple event in Covent Garden a few days ago, and I was surprised that the sentence she repeated the most was: “Writing is hard! It’s extremely hard. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.” I immediately drew a parallel to starting a co... Read more →


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