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