How to Start a Story: 9 Tips From Our Editors

How to Start a Story - The Hobbit

The opening lines of a novel act as an invitation for the reader to keep reading — it’s like the white rabbit showing up and asking Alice to follow him. The reader has to decide whether to follow despite not knowing what will happen next, and it is the writer’s job to convince them to go down the rabbit hole. Whether you’re just getting started on a novel or revisiting Page 1 of a first draft, Reedsy Editors are here to help with tips for how to start a story, with literary examples from a few favourites.

Roundup of Writing and Publishing Resources

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Here at Reedsy, we’re fortunate that we get to work with some of the finest talent in the publishing industry — and these experts have shared their experiences and knowledge with us in the form of interviews and how-to guides. In fact, we’ve published articles on so many topics that it’s hard to keep track of them all. In this post, we want to share some of the best Reedsy articles so far, sorted in a way that mirrors the publishing journey taken by most authors. Writing your book Designing and formatting  Publishing your book Marketing your book Check out... View Article

The True Cost of Self-Publishing a Book

The True Cost of Self-Publishing

Michael Doane is the author of  “The Crossing” and book strategist at Writing Inbound. When he’s not writing novels, he’s working with other authors to promote, launch, and sell their books. In this article, he talks about the budget he set for self-publishing his debut novel, “The Crossing” and how he was able to stick to it. 

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: Which one is right for you?

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

In the current publishing landscape, one of biggest consideration an author faces is whether traditional publishing is still their best path to success. In the past, the only way to get your book into the hands of readers was by working with a publisher who could get your book into stores. With the rise of online retailers and ebooks, any author can now access millions of potential readers without the backing of a HarperCollins or a Random House. In this post, we look at the benefits and drawbacks of both traditional publishing and self-publishing. With the help of a short... View Article

CEO and Novelist: An Entrepreneur’s Experience of the Self-Publishing Industry

In 2004, Leonora Meriel founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. In 2008, after becoming CEO of the company, Leonora decided to return to her dream of being a writer, and went on to self-publish her first novel, “The Woman Behind the Waterfall”. In this guest post, she discusses how her entrepreneurial background inspired her to follow her dream, and how it prepared her to take on the publishing industry.

Writing in Third Person Omniscient vs Third Person Limited

third person omniscient vs third person limited

You may have a clear vision for what or who your book is about — but do you know how to tell your story? One of the first major decisions you’ll face as an author is determining the style of narration in your book. Is your story best served by writing in first person, third person, or — if you’re feeling adventurous — second person? In this post, we’ll be looking at the options available to authors writing in the third person: omniscient and limited. In third person omniscient narration, the narrator has a god’s eye view of the story... View Article

Why Self-Publishing Kickstarted My Children’s Lit Career

Native Finn, Tuire Siiriainen is an illustrator and the founder of Blueberry & Pie, a self-publishing company. With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, she published her first book through her company in August 2016 — a personalized children’s adventure called “Message in a Bottle”. Read on to hear how the campaign was fully funded in just two weeks.