Uncommon Author – An Interview with Eliot Peper

“For someone who loves a book, would make their day? What would make them happy or make them think of it again or think that it’s cool? And I’m always struggling with that.” Update! We interview Eliot again for the release of the sequel to Uncommon Stock – come check it out! Eliot Peper is the nicest man in the world. At least, that’s how we felt coming away from our interview. His first novel, ‘Uncommon Stock,’ a startup thriller, is both an indie success story and the debut book from Colorado’s FG Press. Eliot’s background is in venture capital... View Article

#FreelancerFriday #3 – Maggie Lyons, Editor

“You want to make a piece of writing absolutely shine, but you have to be very careful not to squash the writers’ voice. If you destroy the writer’s voice you shouldn’t be editing.” Maggie Lyons is an editor and author of children’s fiction of Welsh extraction based in Virginia. With a background editing for Harvard University Press and Palgrave Macmillan, she spoke to us about her diplomatic approach to editing, and her experience being on the other side of the editor’s pen. – REEDSYWhat was it like starting as an editor in academic publishing? MAGGIE LYONSI got to edit an... View Article

#FreelancerFriday #2 – Roberta Hall, Cover Designer

“Each book has its own specific story, its own specific mission and language that it uses. What’s on the cover is there to draw people in but it’s also there to back up the brand itself.” Roberta Hall is our first #FreelancerFriday designer interview. Roberta is a pretty jaw-dropping designer, as you can see from her portfolio, and dedicated to her work. Here she talks through the way she researches in preparation for a project, revealing a serious, studied respect for her art as helping express the message of the book it represents. Her commitment is impressive, and she’ll likely... View Article

#FreelancerFriday #1 – Rebecca Faith, Editor

“In my experience successful authors are open to revision. It’s not easy to hear the eighty or ninety thousand words you’ve just poured your soul into are not up to par. But if you can leave a little bit of your ego behind and dive into the art, and find someone you trust to be there with you, I don’t think good authorship is beyond many people. It’s a form that invites participation for those who are willing to do the work.” Rebecca Faith is one of the members of the board of Reedsy, and also an outstanding editor. A... View Article

Without a Paddle: Amazon and Hachette and Us

Hi. At Reedsy we live, sleep, and all but photosynthesise self-publishing news and discussion. Even if you were living under a rock, a massive rock, like a boulder, you wouldn’t have been able to avoid the suddenly very loudly proclaimed views of authors both traditionally published and self-published over the whole Amazon-Hachette blood war that’s been happening for over a month now.So we had to say something. In fact, we said two things. Below you can find Dave’s take, and you can find Ricardo’s perspective over here. – Well, that was a hell of a week. The Amazon/Hachette cold war... View Article

Authors vs. authors?

Hi. At Reedsy we live, sleep, and all but photosynthesise self-publishing news and discussion. Even if you were living under a rock, a massive rock, like a boulder, you wouldn’t have been able to avoid the suddenly very loudly proclaimed views of authors both traditionally published and self-published over the whole Amazon-Hachette blood war that’s been happening for over a month by now.So we had to say something. In fact, we said two things. Below you can find Ricardo’s take, and you can find Dave’s perspective over here. – Petition vs. petition One thought came to my mind when I... View Article

Self-Publishing 101: Part 3

OK. We’ve been through all the services a self-publishing author should seek help for: editing, cover design and marketing. We’ve explained how Reedsy makes those first two services easy (publicists will be added to the marketplace a few months after release). But your book is still not out there yet. So let’s publish it! At Reedsy, we are able to make this last step, which takes you from “I have a final draft on my computer” to “You can buy my work on the Kindle Store”.   Production The great thing with ebooks, is that the traditionally hardest part of... View Article

Self-Publishing 101: Part 2 – Cover Design

In Part 1 of our “Self-Publishing 101” series, I convinced you to hire several editors (best-selling author Bella Andre actually has 5 line editors…). So what’s next? Cover design. Cover design Unfortunately for me, I can’t use Bella Andre as an example here, since she creates her own cover designs. But as Hugh Howey (another best-selling self-published author) likes to say, “Unless you are Bella, hire someone to do your cover.” And I don’t believe you are Bella (if you are, please join Reedsy ☺). If your cover stands out from the crowd in a super-saturated marketplace like Amazon, the... View Article

Self-Publishing 101: Part 1 – Editing

I’ve done it for you: I’ve trudged through countless books and blogs focused on “how to self-publish” and more specifically, “when and how to get the professional help you need to self-publish a high-quality piece of work without getting swindled” and have boiled it all down into three short articles. You’re welcome. Let’s start with what authors need most, according to Orna Ross from the Alliance of Independent Authors: editing. Editing New authors are often tempted to skip professional editing. Instead, they send their draft to a friend, an automated service or a family member. But writers doing their own... View Article

Welcome to Reedsy

Hi! Welcome to Reedsy. At the London Book Fair this past April, I heard a bit of wisdom worth passing along: The bigger the ship, the more difficult it is to change its course. It’s easy to see the truth of that when you consider that of the 600,000 to 1 million books published last year in the US, more than half were self-published. And the authors of those books actually earned more than those whose books were released by big-ship traditional publishers. As you might have guessed, I’m a big fan of little ships. Especially those setting sail in... View Article