Tag Archive: digital publishing

What do Women Writers Want from an Editor?

Laurie Garrison, Ph.D. is the director of Women Writers School, a blog and course provider that works mainly with female authors. She has recently self-published a manifesto for her business, Women Writers in the Twenty-First Century. Previously, she was a university lecturer, an internationally renown critic of Victorian literature and the author of the book, Science, Sexuality and Sensation Novels: Pleasures of the Senses. The online world is bursting with free advice for writers. Everywhere I look I see articles geared toward helping the writer shape her emails, pitches, proposals, synopses and, above all, her manuscripts into something an agent, editor or... View Article

Stuck on your first draft? Call a developmental editor… or a ghostwriter

Do you need a ghostwriter or developmental editing?

So, you’ve got an original idea for a book. Maybe it’s the memoir you’ve meant to write for years, or a stunning business book designed to shake up the status quo in Silicon Valley. Once you have this idea, how do you turn it into an actual manuscript? Writing a book is no simple task, which is why published authors often work with an editor to develop their ideas before they even type ‘Chapter One’ on the top of a blank page. But for you — the independent author who doesn’t have a book deal, let alone a dedicated editor at... View Article

Anatomy of a Book: Front Matter, Body and Back Matter

Anatomy of a Book: Front Matter and Back Matter

As you put the finishing touches on your book and prepare it for publication, you’ll quickly come across the need for front matter and back matter. These terms may seem confusing at first, but they’re simply the first and last sections of your book; the bits that make it an official book, and not just chapters printed on bound paper. In this post, we’ll summarize what sections should be including in your front, body and back matter, and how you can create them all using the Reedsy Book Editor.

Digital Marketing: Author Websites 101

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In this Reedsy Live session, book marketer Michael Doane takes viewers through the basics of creating a successful author website — one that can effective capture visitors and convert email addresses into an all-important mailing list. Adhering to the old writer's maxim of "show, don't tell," Michael critiques pre-submitted examples to demonstrate the good and the bad of author websites.

Agent-Assisted Publishing: Interviewing Robert Caskie from IPSO Books

Agent-assisted Publishing IPSO books

We started Reedsy around a year ago, thinking mostly about independent authors and hoping to give them, through our marketplace, access to a range of talent that has so far been exclusive to traditional publishing companies. Along the way, however, many different players have come to know about Reedsy, and agencies are one of them — and a very exciting one at that. While the role of the agent is often questioned in an increasingly disintermediated industry, we personally believe agents remain a key link in the publishing chain. Because agencies are closest to the author, and have their best interests... View Article

What authors actually think of Amazon’s Pay-Per-Page Model

Amazon 'Pay-Per-Page' Model

This past month’s buzz about Amazon’s announcement of a Pay-Per-Page model for Kindle Unlimited authors has received a myriad of responses. Much of it has consisted of information being blown completely out of proportion on various media pages. Vocal journalists have expressed their fear of Amazon promoting length over quality, or of Amazon total dominance of the publishing industry. It all made us think: “what do authors actually think about it?” So we went ahead and asked a few “indie” and hybrid authors — the ones affected most by the changes. Amazon’s “Pay-per-page” responds to author feedback It turns out that... View Article