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
Tag Archive: indie publishing
Since the birth of Reedsy, we’ve had the chance to work with thousands of authors, helping them get their books out there in the most professional possible form — and to sell them. For many authors, selling a book is even harder than writing it. But whether you’re self- or traditionally published, learning to market and sell your work is a key factor in author success. In this post, our co-founder Ricardo Fayet shares the 8 most common marketing mistakes he’s observed in the past few years. To make sure you aren’t tripped up by these common traps, read on…... View Article
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.
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.
For those of you who are still skeptical about the extent of self-publishing’s promise, Adam Croft is all the inspiration you need. With 150,000 in the first quarter of 2016 and a book deal with Amazon, things are only looking up for this indie giant. Here he shares his top tips for self-publishing. When you’re first starting out as an author, it can be incredibly daunting. I remember the feeling well. Back when I started self-publishing in 2011, there really wasn’t much information out there on how to market your books and be successful at it. I had to find my own way, and... View Article
Digital formats have opened countless new ways to publication for authors, and if you aren’t afraid of taking advantage of those, you can pretty much turn any situation in your favour. Greg White, author of The Pink Marine, came to Reedsy a month ago and told us he had left his publisher shortly after his first book’s publication. Immediately, we thought “that’s an interesting story for our blog!” So here’s Greg sharing his experience with us, and his advice for newer authors.
Today, our lovely editor and Reedsy advisor Rebecca Heyman shares her thoughts on building great author-editor relationships. In this article, Becca offers some brilliant no-nonsense advice on how to build your editorial skills, the requirements to establish yourself professionally, and how to go about creating the best job in the world! To a lot of people, my career sounds like a dream: I work from home, earn a great salary, and spend all day, every day talking and thinking about books. You know what? They’re right. If you’re in the book biz—either as an agent, author or an editor just... View Article
It’s no secret that we at Reedsy like to explore the power of communities and what they bring to authors and publishing professionals (maybe because we’re building one ourselves!). I firmly believe that authors grow stronger when they unite and work together, a prospect that–like indie publishing itself–only gets easier with new and better technologies. While the notion that “like attracts like” brings independent authors together with other indies, and hybrid authors in commune with other hybrid authors, the next wave of online community-building is a frontier awaiting those eager to experiment and explore new opportunities. Outside the Box: Women... View Article
“When I raise the issue with a lot of authors, you sort of see the three lemons come up for them – “Why aren’t I doing that? Why didn’t I think of doing this?” – and for others they look moderately terrified!” Traditional publishers have tried to embrace the new media tech menagerie plenty of times over the last decade, at least. And yet every effort has faded away with time, lost like tears in the rain. Whether it’s book trailers or staid, conservatively hashtagged tweets from a corporate account, it feels a little like watching a toddler trying to... View Article
For the second instalment of our series featuring literary-minded start-ups, this week we spoke to Ben Galley, co-founder of Libiro. Libiro is an amazing ebook store that is exclusive to indie authors and small presses. We talked to Ben about where the idea for Libiro came from, how being an indie author helped inject the spirit of being indie into Libiro’s ebook store, and what the future of indie publishing might look like. Enjoy! Why did you start Libiro? What’s the founder’s story behind it? It was an idea that came about 2-3 years ago. As an author, I felt like... View Article