Roundup of Writing and Publishing Resources

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Here at Reedsy, we’re fortunate that we get to work with some of the finest talent in the publishing industry — and these experts have shared their experiences and knowledge with us in the form of interviews and how-to guides. In fact, we’ve published articles on so many topics that it’s hard to keep track of them all.

In this post, we want to share some of the best Reedsy articles so far, sorted in a way that mirrors the publishing journey taken by most authors.

How Do You Write Your Book?

Writing your book

Everything starts with a fantastic idea. Without that first piece of inspiration, how can you be expected to write that game-changing novel or non-fiction masterpiece? But once you have that idea, there’s a lot you can do to shape it into a great first draft, and from your first draft to a polished book. We’ve got great stuff on the blog which will help you work on your craft.

Writing genre fiction

Writing comic books and graphic novels

Comic books and graphic novels almost exist in a world separate from novels and non-fiction but many of the principles remain the same.

Writing your first draft

The last link on this list is super-relevant for non-fiction authors, for whom it’s pretty common to work with collaborators at an early stage.

Revising and rewriting


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Designing Your Book

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If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s this: everybody judges a book by its cover. A quick browse through the Kindle Store will reveal some truly terrible book covers created by self-publishing authors. With the rise of ebooks in recent years, authors’ covers have become their #1 sales tool.

Cover design

Interior design

The inside of your book should also look good, right?

  • What is Typesetting? In this guest post for the Positive Writer blog, we explore the importance of typesetting and share some wisdom from our specialist interior designers.
  • The Sweet Science of Typography An interview with internationally-renowned designer Erik Spiekermann.

Formatting your book

If you’re interested in learning more about the nitty gritty of formatting, we have some articles you’ll find interesting.

Traditional or Self-Publishing?

Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

Once you’ve got a polished manuscript in your hands, it’s time to assess your publishing options. Without complicating matters, you will have two options: you can look for a publishing deal, or you can self-publish.

Traditional publishing

If you’re serious about going down the traditional publishing route, you will need to think about submitting a query to a literary agent — or perhaps directly to publishers. But as we’ve discovered through our experts, there are now many roads that will lead you to a book deal.

Self-publishing

If you choose to take charge and self-publish a book, you’ll soon face a lot of questions. After all, you’re basically going to do the work of the publisher by yourself. But that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone — with Reedsy, you can now work with the best editors, designers, and marketers in the publishing business.

We have some great posts from successful independent authors — some who have since signed deals with big publishers, and some who have turned their back on book deals.

We’ve also spoken to literary agents about where self-publishing fits into their business.

Protecting your work

Whether you decide to self-publish or publish traditionally, you’ll need to think at some point about protecting your book as an intellectual property. Luckily, copyright doesn’t need to be complicated! We’ve got the resource you need to understand copyright below.

  • How To Copyright A Book: A Comprehensive Guide This useful guide covers everything that an author might want to know about the copyright registration process and the copyright for their own book. Questions that the guide answers: How do you copyright a book? What exactly does copyright protect? What’s the difference between copyright in the U.S. and the rest of the world? Do you need to copyright a book cover?

Marketing Your Book

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While there are plenty of rewards to self-publishing, it will also require you to wear multiple hats — including that of a marketer. It’s not easy work, but many successful independent authors have demonstrated how it’s possible to reach an audience without help from HarperCollins’s army of marketers. Here are a few of their techniques, as explained by Reedsy’s professionals.

Creating a website and building your mailing list

As our entire community will tell you, every author should have a mailing list — a database of engaged fans and potential readers.

Once you’ve setup your website, you now have a way to start collecting valuable email addresses from your prospective readers.

Preparing your book for launch day

Once you have your mailing list in place, it’s time to formulate a plan for your book launch.

Social media for authors

You don’t have to be Stephen King or J.K. Rowling to be able to engage with fans on social media. Our marketing experts can give you a quick glimpse into this largely-untapped resource.

Facebook advertising

By and large, we’ve discovered that advertising can be an expensive and ineffective way to market your book. There is one exception to this rule, however: an ad platform which will let you target very specific segments based on things like location, gender, age and interests.

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  • Angela Ackerman

    Good to see this all put together–I get a lot of very broad publishing questions that can’t be answered simply in an email or DM, so this article is a good go-to for me to pass on. 😉

    Angela

    • Glad you like it, Angela! That’s also why we decided to compile this list of resources.
      And thanks for pointing authors to our blog! 🙂