ASP 35: A Turnkey Self-Publishing Solution with Reedsy

Quote of the Day:

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.

– Red Adair

Barrie and Ron took the day off today, so Steve is interviewing Ricardo Fayet from Reedsy.com. Ricardo talks about how to use Reedsy to get help with editing, cover design and marketing your books. He also talks about their brand-new, free book formatting service.

Tell us a bit about what Reedsy does.

Reedsy is a marketplace that connects authors and publishers with the best publishing professionals, including editors, designers, proofreaders, illustrators, publicists, marketers and soon ghostwriters and translators.

How do you handpick the people chosen to offer their services on Reedsy?

Our team asks every applicant to fill out a public profile page. This includes their work experience, specialties, and portfolio. We prefer applicants who have experience working with traditional publishers, though we also have some with less experience, or who are working freelance.

We also take the time to look for the applicants’ names in the books or works they mentioned (if they’re mentioned in the acknowledgements).

How does your service replace the services provided by traditional publishing companies?

Most traditional publishers actually outsource the developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading of their books, so they aren’t much different than us. And Reedsy is actually working with both traditional and self-publishers.

What types of services are offered on Reedsy?

We offer editing, design, proofreading, publicity, and marketing. Publicity and marketing are newly introduced services, so there may not be a lot of providers yet available.

Our publicists offer press coverage and blog tours, while our marketers promote your book on various effective platforms.

How does the process work for finding help?

Reedsy is different from marketplaces such as Upwork in terms of quality, and there is NO bidding involved. You research on who you want to work with, and filter by genre, language, and service. You check the profiles of professionals, then select five editors (professionals) and provide them with a brief. They have 48 hours to respond to you. Ultimately, the author narrows the list down and decides whom to work with.

Here are a couple of blog posts that talk about the Reedsy process:

4 Tips To Find Your Dream Editor on Reedsy

Authors and editors: Collaborate for discoverability

Does it cost anything to join Reedsy? Are there any ongoing costs?

Joining is free, but Reedsy does charge authors 10% of what they are quoted. They also take 10% off of what the professional quotes. We also offer a Reedsy guarantee: We will provide a refund when the author is not happy with the results.

The author and professional also have the option to process payments via installments or milestones.

Tell us about your book writing tool that helps authors and writers export a typeset book.

Book Editor Tool

Reedsy hired two developers to make book formatting and typesetting easier for authors. The Reedsy book editor is a writing tool similar to Scrivener, but it can convert your book into different formats and make it print-version ready. Best of all, it is free to use for Reedsy members.

We are currently working to improve the book editor to make it easier to use for writing and preparing manuscripts.

Does Reedsy have any future plans?

Our plan is to focus on traditional publishers, provide them with specific accounts, and make it easier for them to organize their teams of editors, designers, etc. This will be focused on project management.

We also plan to promote our translation services more. We are working with an agency who can do both translation and proofreading of the translated material. They can also translate blurbs and other copy.

For those interested in contacting Ricardo or learning more about Reedsy, you can do so at ricardo@reedsy.com.

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