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
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Grammar checkers have come a long way in the past few decades. We tried out Grammarly for a month and in that time, we've picked up a few important lessons that every authors needs to learn. Check them out.
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.
Paul Lucas is a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit where he has been representing authors since 2011. He recently spoke to Reedsy about the breakout stars of the self-publishing world and what indie authors can do to stand out from the crowd.
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
Since starting Reedsy, I’ve heard time and again that “what authors need most help with is marketing.” But that’s akin to saying startups like us primarily need help with fundraising; to me, it’s a startup founder’s job to raise funds when the company needs them, just as it’s a writer’s task to sell his or her book. Sure, help would be appreciated, but going as far as outsourcing? The best startups don’t do that. Of course, I can see the case for bringing on a marketing specialist, particularly when an author is not technically savvy or familiar with social networks... View Article
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
Our co-founder Ricardo was invited as a guest contributor on GigaOm to share his thoughts on publishing startups. Why have major publishers failed to carry the digital disruption started by Amazon? What can startups do to step in successfully? All answers are below! It’s been more than seven years since the introduction of the first Kindle. Ebooks market share seems to be stabilizing at around one-third of total books sold in the U.S. according to the latest reports. But ebooks are just the beginning–the detonator, in a way, of a decade-long disruption of the traditional publishing landscape. Publishers and agents... View Article
Today, our co-founder Ricardo Fayet is invited to guest post on Jane Friedman’s fabulous blog. He shared his thoughts on why most “book marketing strategies” are overused and where authors can find inspiration to explore new acquisition channels. Hint: it’s all about subversive thinking! “I must have read over 100 posts on book marketing, and to be honest they all more or less highlight the same things “you need to do” in order to sell books: build your author platform (website, blog, social networks, etc.), have an email list, run discounts and promotions (via Bookbub, for example), contact bloggers/reviewers, optimize... View Article
We were invited again by the lovely folks at Bookmachine to guest post on the future of the ISBN. Ricardo Fayet describes the intricacies and business model of the current system, how the French and the Canadian do it (yes, they always need to be different, don’t they?) and how we can imagine a better system for the future. The latest AuthorEarnings reports from indie author Hugh Howey and his collaborator “data guy” unleashed a new debate in the publishing industry, this time focused on ISBNs for eBooks. “30% of the ebooks being purchased in the U.S. do not use... View Article