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This is an actually judged competition, not a raffle. The deadline for judging is tight but our judges are aware of this, and we have an editorial team who will do a pre-selection first should the number of submissions received exceed 100.

Yeah, sorry about that, Serena :(
The problem is that as soon as you offer cash prizes, contest rules are different in every country according to the law, and it's impossible to cater the T&Cs to everyone… I promise we'll make the effort to include Canada on the next one.

Reedsy and are co-organizing a writing competition for thriller authors. You can find more info on the homepage, but to keep this short:
  • entry is free
  • cash prizes + free edits and cover designs for the winners
  • open to anyone in the UK or US (over 18) with a thriller novel
  • you must have the ebook & print rights to said novel
  • deadline for entry is March 31st

Full disclosure: I'm a founder at Reedsy, so feel free to ask me any questions about the competition in this thread!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Reedsy: reviews + promo code for new users
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:10:35 AM »
Hey all, Ricardo from Reedsy here. First, thanks a lot for the feedback, we're constantly tweaking our product based on what authors and editors/designers/publicists tell us.

For example, we've just released our new landing page, which I believe showcases our product and offering better. I know it's hard to ask for your email address before showing you the whole marketplace, but think about it this way: we've received over 10,000 applications from professionals to be listed on our marketplace. Right now, we showcase only 350, and half of them we have sourced ourselves through personal networking. They're really, really top professionals and we cannot make this marketplace 100% open, otherwise it'd be publicly crawlable.

About the fees, TomShutt is right, we have started the referral program when we switched to this fee model on both sides of the marketplace. 20% may sound like a lot but what you may not know is that (as Alexa pointed out), we "insure" every single collaboration on our marketplace:
So, sure, you're paying a small fee (10% for the author), but in return you are 100% that you are getting the best service you can.

@Editorusrex: you actually do get $25 off using the referral program (even if you're not an author). These $25 will basically waive our fee on your side (up to $25 of course) on your next collaboration.

I'm here if you have any questions  :)

Hey! Just wanted to request access to the two Reedsy postings in the Yellow pages (editing and cover art). I'm co-founder of the company (you can verify this here:


Writers' Cafe / Re: Any tips for promoting a pre-order?
« on: August 24, 2015, 03:16:27 AM »
The goal of the pre-order is to have more sales on launch day to rank higher on Amazon and try to hit lists like the "hot and new releases". If it's your first book and you don't have a fan-base, you're probably not going to be able to sell any on pre-order to people you don't have a relationship with already. So the only thing you can do is make sure that all your friends/family pre-order it.

But more than focusing on selling those pre-orders, try to focus on building a fan-base by interacting with other authors and readers in the same genre on social networks, discussing their books first before mentioning yours, building relationships, etc. Here's a good example of a first-time author with no platform who made the Amazon bestselling list with his first book:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Twitter
« on: August 24, 2015, 03:05:45 AM »
Twitter has extremely low click-through and conversion rates. That is both because you get a lot of stuff on your feed (so you can't click on everything), and because most people with big audiences have acquired those in a non-organic way (i.e. massively following people). So, for example, if an author with 100k followers tweets about your book, it's unlikely to bring you more than 10 sales, unless that author has a highly-engaged, loyal audience that automatically singles out his/her tweets in their feed and pay more attention to those.

I see Twitter as a good way to get in touch with your readers and maintain a good relationship with them, on top of being more personal— showing them who you are in real life. You're almost never going to sell a book if you tweet about it (whatever hashtag you decide to put in the tweet…), but if your readers tweet about you, then it's likely that their friends will see it and venture on to your website. In the end, it's all word-of-mouth.

That, or "hacking" Twitter to get a lot of followers:
The question will still remain: how many books are you going to sell from those 5k followers you've acquired through "growth-hacking"? Probably none…

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone know a good romance editor?
« on: August 19, 2015, 03:46:36 PM »
Have you tried to have a look at Reedsy? I know Laurie Johnson is on there and she'd be perfect for copy-editing romance (used to work for Harlequin). You can check her portfolio here:

Writers' Cafe / Editing Categories Definition
« on: August 19, 2015, 07:40:19 AM »
Hey everyone! We were getting a lot of questions from authors lately at Reedsy about what the different categories of editing mean (developmental, content, structural, copy, line, proofreading, etc.). So we put some of our editors to work and designed this page with some clearcut definitions:

I'd love the community's feedback on them! Does it correspond to what you're used to seeing?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for cover artist recommendation
« on: August 19, 2015, 07:32:14 AM »
Have you checked out Reedsy yet? We have curated a list of top designers and illustrators, and classified them by genre. Have a look, it's free to browse and to ask any of them for information or quotes. What I'd suggest is that you reach out to a few designers asking for a quote before you make any decision — take your time to shop around!

Here's the link:

Awards, certifications and professional accreditations are the three sections which are kind of optional. Basically, we want to see a full overview, work experience and portfolio/gallery before reviewing.

There will never be a "job board" where authors can post jobs for freelancers to bid on. This is a "bidding marketplace" model (like Elance or 99Designs) and though it works for some, many top designers just hate it.
Instead, we have authors browse first for the few freelancers who would be really interesting for them, and ask only those for a quote (and sample in the case of editing).

Regarding profiles showing up, we usually review newly created profiles every Monday or so. Only those we accept then end up showing in searches on the marketplace (else we'd have over 4,000 profiles showing up!! It'd just be a nightmare…).

Thanks for the kind words, James, we're getting a lot of those in these early days which is incredibly encouraging. And yes, we've finally added the possibility to thank and give feedback to the editors/designers you end up not working with.

Regarding the competition, Reedsy's main unfair advantage lies in the quality and curation of the freelancers we've brought on board (most of them are only on Reedsy, though we have no exclusivity requirement). And in the user experience (it's easy to navigate and search according to need and genre). You won't find one profile on our marketplace who isn't a talented, experienced professional. Or one who hasn't fully filled in the profile, for that matter…  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone heard of a firm called IPR License?
« on: January 28, 2015, 03:10:29 AM »
They're certainly legit. They are members of the ALLi and have been vetted by their watchdog service. I actually did an interview with their founder (and ex-agent) Tom Chalmers so I could give my readers more information about their service.

Now, they're just a rights exchange marketplace, so though you could have your rights "picked up" by an agent or publisher there, there's also a possibility that that doesn't happen. If they are 25% off at the moment, it might be worth a try.

Nice, it's always good to see optimistic quotes like this around!

Writers' Cafe / Re: When you know it's done...
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:13:11 AM »
I'm also all up for leaving them up there, it can't hurt you, really. And you never know what can happen (even if it's incredibly unlikely that they ever start selling again). It'd be a different story if you planned in republishing them sometime in the future, in which case do pull the plug on them now. Else, leave them there, worst case scenario you'll forget about them  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Keywords and Permafree question
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:08:51 AM »
I was actually about to start watching those. But my general advice on Keywords is to test them (the same way marketers constantly change their SEO keywords to test what is working).
I'd do some testing on the keywords for the first book on a regular basis (maybe you've done this already). For the following ones, it's a very interesting question. Personally, I'd do different keywords on the following books to try to drive more discoverability to your series (i.e. to your first book). Sales of books 2 and 3 come almost always from a reader who has previously read book 1, so these books' sales shouldn't be impacted by a change of keywords, while they might help drive more traffic to your first book. It's worth a try :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Unlimited v Kindle Owners' Lending Library
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:01:48 AM »
Few are responding to you Shelagh because your initial post and subsequent comments make it sound like you are spoiling for a fight.

There have been a lot of threads about KU over here lately, and most of them have ended up in a "peaceful fight", where the same conclusions have been drawn over and over again:

1- It's opt out, indeed, so there's no need to play Amazon's advocate or Amazon's foe on it, just try it out and see if it works for you. Else drop it. It will work for certain people/genre and not for others
2- It's too early to say whether the model is fair or not, nor for what kind of books it works. All we can make is assumptions and test those.
3- It's not the last "surprise" Amazon will come up with. And like with any of those, it's just a matter of constantly adapting and seeing how you can make it work to your advantage. Amazon are not going to change how it works even if there's a global uprising on Kboards… You, however, can change how you publish and market in order to take advantage from their new programs

So I think your battle has already been fought  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:44:43 AM »
I posted an incredibly refreshing interview with teen author Anna Caltabiano (self-published when she was 14, now has 120k followers on Twitter):

Writers' Cafe / Re: Libaries and Ebooks
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:43:38 AM »
I remember being in a Linkedin conversation about this, and it really really depends on the country. But if you're just happy to get new readers, send those digital ARCs! And if you're looking into getting into more libraries (Smashwords's program is not perfect in that regard), check out the SELF-e project:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: January 15, 2015, 06:34:10 AM »
I posted a great interview with Anne R. Allen yesterday on how authors can improve their blogging activities (using Google+, for example):

No.  They keep stealing the blankets.   
Oh wait different question.   Will post anyway to bump you up.

Ha, thanks for the touch of humour and the up-bumping, cinisajoy1  :)

Deb, I'll look for those articles, thanks! I'll let you know when the piece is out.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing Trends -- These genres are dead/dying?
« on: January 13, 2015, 11:44:50 AM »
I was reading this cool article the other day on Zombie fiction:

It's a nice celebration of indie literature in a publication that's not dedicated to publishing or indie. Obviously, it doesn't come from within the market, so it's interesting to see here that you guys think Zombie fiction is actually really getting "cold".

I'm preparing a post on author bundling and have several examples in mind that I will explore, but I'd welcome any thoughts on it, especially from indie authors who have tried it. If it has worked very well for you, please explain quickly what you think you have done right, and vice-versa if it was not a success. I'll obviously mention my sources in the post.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which Blurb
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:51:15 AM »
I agree with previous comments. I like what you're trying to do with #1 though, but in its current form I didn't get it at all before reading #2… I think you can polish them a bit more and get rid of the turn offs  :)

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