Authorpreneurs and VC Publishers

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 company. Everyone knows it’s hard, but keeps forgetting it. Why? Because, technically, anyone can do it. You sit down and write. You fill out a form and incorporate your company. No special skills required. What does that mean? Well, you end up with thousands of... View Article

#FreelancerFriday #4 – Belinda Jones, Editor

YA fiction

“You have to keep thinking, keep interrogating the text: ‘Is this keeping the flow well? Is it convincing me?” If something sounds a bit hollow or a bit flat, you’ve got to flag it up.“ With a 15-year career – so far – behind her, Belinda Jones has worked on everything from commercial and literary fiction, to historical non-fiction and celebrity memoir. We talked about her start as an editor, the recent YA resurgence, and the need to be sensitive when dealing with author comments. – REEDSY How did you find yourself starting out as an editor? BELINDA JONES Looking... View Article

Uncommon Author – An Interview with Eliot Peper

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

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“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. – REEDSY What was it like starting as an editor in academic publishing? MAGGIE LYONS I got to... View Article

#FreelancerFriday #2 – Roberta Hall, Cover Designer

Robert Hall

“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

Cold War 2

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... View Article

Authors vs. authors?

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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... View Article

Self-Publishing 101: Part 3

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

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 publishing... View Article

Self-Publishing 101: Part 2 – Cover Design

Empty Book Covers.

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