For the past two years, this blog has been home to the From Our Authors series: articles penned by authors on the Reedsy Network. They’ve kindly shared their publishing experiences with their fellow writers, filling us all in on what has worked (and not worked) for them. Straight from this well of knowledge, we’ve handpicked the 18 best pieces of advice from our authors.
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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 twelve months later, Natalie has been signed by Amazon’s thriller imprint Thomas & Mercer, and her novel is undergoing a re-release. In this article, she talks the bumpy road of self-publishing, one that for her has been full of trials and tribulations. However, she’s a true example of the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” In a year, Natalie has turned publishing mishaps into lessons, and, clearly, her... View Article
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.
Rana Shubair is a writer from Palestine specializing in English language training, testing, and translation. Her first book, In Gaza I Dare to Dream, is a powerful memoir detailing everyday life within the Gaza Blockade.
Andy Emery writes fast-paced thrillers set in 19th Century London. Lucas Gedge, the protagonist of Blood Tribute, had to wait till Andy turned 50 before he could go out into the world. In this guest post, Andy reveals what finally made him take the leap and self-publish his debut novel.
Having previously published many children’s books, Malaika Rose Stanley is no stranger to publishing. Yet with Loose Connections, she attempted something completely different from her usual style of writing. Read on to know what it was like for her to self-publish her book and go on a familiar yet new adventure. Loose Connections is my first independently published book, my first book for adults and my first non-fiction book. But I have a history of writing traditionally published books for children dating back to 1996. I had to look back and check — and I’ve completely shocked myself with the realisation... View Article
Dom Cutrupi is the author of The Abyss of Lumberwitch, the first volume of his Abyss series. A storyteller by day, and a video editor by night, he chose to write a novel in English even though it was a foreign language for him. In an intimate conversation with the Reedsy team, Dom reveals what it was like for him to write and publish his first book. Hi Dom, thanks for chatting with us. To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself and the book you’ve written? Born and raised in Italy for most of my life,... View Article
Self-published books are still largely associated with genre novels, while authors tend to turn to traditional publishers for literary 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 publishing world. Indie author Jane Davis used to be bullied into changing her work just to fit into an easily marketable category. She decided to take matters into her own hands and self-publish her daring, award-winning fiction. Eimear McBride used the platform provided by her various competition wins to urge publishers to back challenging fiction. McBride had spent... View Article
Natalie Barelli harbored a dream that’s all too familiar for our readers — writing a novel. An IT professional writing a psychological thriller might have seemed like a pipe dream, but persistence led to a book which by all accounts is a real page-turner. If “writing a novel” is still on your bucket list, you’ll find some good inspiration and advice below! Edit: Just 6 months after publishing “Until I Met Her”, Natalie Barelli got signed by Amazon Publishing’s imprint Thomas & Mercer. It was a conversation about bucket lists that got me started. Over a glass of wine — or ten, let’s... View Article
Facebook advertising is a marketing technique that is rising in popularity among many independent authors. As any other technique, it takes time, testing and iteration to produce results. And as for any other technique, it works better in certain genres and for certain books than others. However, we believe there is a great untapped potential in Facebook advertising for authors and this is the reason why we interviewed internationally bestselling author Mark Dawson. You can read part 1 of the interview here, where he focuses on growing a mailing list through Facebook ads. You can also play the full video... View Article