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Blog > Reedsy News – Posted on June 17, 2014

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 this vast ocean we call “the self-publishing industry”. You don’t have to study the waters for long to see that most companies are taking the “self” out of self-publishing—they are optimizing services for speed and profit, rather than focusing on developing authors and their books.

At Reedsy, we focus on authors. The whole idea behind self-publishing is to bring power and freedom back to authors, so it only makes sense to make authors our focus. But the more I spoke to authors—traditionally published, self-published, not-yet-published—the more I realized that authors don’t churn out books in a vacuum. They have help. Sometimes, lots of it.

The authors I interviewed couldn’t stop talking about their fabulous editors, creative cover designers, layout artists—one writer even told me about his “book shepherd”. Taking all of this into consideration, combined with countless hours of research about what authors need, where they struggle, and what they have to do in order to be successful, led to Reedsy. And Reedsy led to this blog.

Here, I’ll focus on topics like how to write, self-publish, and market books. What services to get, where, and how much to pay. In short, I’m here to offer impartial advice if you’re new to self-publishing.

So what is Reedsy? Well, it’s a publishing marketplace with a carefully curated pool of freelancers. We’re not just another freelancer free-for-all focused on high-volume projects and outsourced bids; in fact, we’re the complete opposite of that. Reedsy is populated by professionals focused on authors and their books, ready to take you from shore to shore—from the germ of an idea to a published book.

There is no big secret in self-publishing, no method that will turn a lousy manuscript into a best-seller—or even a great manuscript into a best-seller. It’s all about tips, little things to know, lots of common sense and, more importantly, having the right people to help you. The crew you’ll need varies from author to author, genre to genre. But that’s the power of Reedsy: we’ve found the best people out there, and they’re all waiting to hear from you.

I’d just like to say thanks for stopping by the Reedsy blog. I’m here to help you navigate the vast waters of self-publishing aboard the SS Reedsy. I guess the only question now is, where do you want to go?

Ricardo

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