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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:03:10 AM »
I just posted an amazing interview with a professional freelance cover designer. I particularly like this passage:

"Other people who write in your genre all have similar looking covers. So if I’m going to look for a book in that genre online, I’m probably immediately going to pick up the one that has a cover that doesn’t look like all the others.
That said, it’s hard to convince people to do something different. Even publishers will say to me: “this book has sold quite a bit and it looks like this, can you do something similar?”. But the problem is that the public is smarter than that and after a while it is going to get bored.
I think there’s only a small window of time in which you can emulate an idea and still be successful. The rest of the time you’ve got to try something different. It is a risk, and although people have to take risks, they usually don’t want to be the first one."

Writers' Cafe / Re: KBoards Author's Books You're Enjoying
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:38:10 AM »
I've just finished Ben Galley's "Bloodrush" and it is seriously awesome for all Western or Fantasy fans. He's reviving the Weird West genre that actually works veeeery well when you get the blending right (and he does):

Also, I'm in the middle of Hugh Howey's awesome Silo trilogy. But every sci-fi fan has read that already I guess...

Added image links.  Thanks!  --Betsy 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Designer leaving you hanging. What to do?
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:34:45 AM »
I certainly don't see naming and shaming as a good solution here, if you want to keep the friendship, or if that would make you feel bad… That said, as you've paid and have been waiting 18 months, you are entitled as a client to all the harassing her as you want until the job is done. You are also more than entitled to getting a refund, or at least a discount.

I have over 80 designers on Reedsy and I don't believe one of them would ever do something like this, as it's purely and simply unprofessional. In this case, try to separate the "friendship" from the business side and be as tough as possible on the latter one. Clearly, your designer has had no problem doing the same…

Writers' Cafe / Re: 2015 Predictions
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:22:24 AM »
Here's one prediction no one made but that is coming true: Mark Zuckerberg will find out that reading books is the most amazing thing ever.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 2015 Predictions
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:02:00 AM »
Amazon will release a sort of ACX for literary translators (trust me on that one).

Writers' Cafe / Re: I need a press release
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:54:42 AM »
Or look at examples of press releases from big corporations. After reading 2 or 3 you quickly get the hang of it…

Writers' Cafe / Re: Underserved markets
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:52:39 AM »
By definition an underserved market is one in which the demand far outstrips the supply. You can guarantee that if there was an easy way to work out what was an underserved market that it would be overserved within 24 hours.

That's the truth of it. So the only way to find out is to have a go at it. Here's a good post by author Ben Galley on what he thinks is an underserved market (Western Fantasy, or "Weird West"):

I guess that's how you find an underserved market: you have an intuition, you want to write in that niche, and you go for it. I'm not sure there's a lot of those left, but, hey, there's no way to know until many try and fail or some succeed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Benefits of Being Traditionally Published
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:45:46 AM »
I've seen a lot of references to the fact that publishers are more likely to offer deals to authors with a strong platform.  The built-in marketing opportunities increase their likelihood of earning out... but if you've done all that work, do you still need a publisher?

I'm not being snarky, just curious.

I think that really depends on the publisher's intention? Some will ask that question to know if there is easy money to be made there, some others (like Julie pointed out), might genuinely be asking it to know what value they can add in terms of marketing to what you already have. In any case, you absolutely need to know the answer to the latter question before making a decision. If you have a strong platform and the publisher is just looking at benefiting from that then you can know it pretty easily by asking questions like: "what will you do for me".

To go back to the original question, I think the one and only true "pro" nowadays is print distribution. This is something you don't have access to even if you're a very well performing indie author, whereas you automatically have it if you're a low-to-mid-list mainstream one. That's why you see famous indies agreeing on print deals, that's the one thing they're missing that publishers can offer them better than anyone else (except Ingram?…)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Result of the war between Amazon and Hachette
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:33:20 AM »
I think it's still to early to do an exhaustive study to see who has "won". There are many more things to take into account in the negotiation on top of price (that was the #1 issue, yes, but not the only thing at stake). I think we'll not know what those were before a couple of years.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU will kill us all
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:11:34 AM »
There is a glut of content in all forms and media I believe. The good thing about the book industry is that Amazon has strived so far to create an egalitarian system with algorithms that help cream rise to the top. And where readers decide what is cream and what isn't.

I don't believe KU changes much to the bigger equation of global content offering and demand. It's just a new way for consumers to get to this content, and therefore has to be taken into account by indie authors and not perceived as something threatening, nor as an opportunity. It's just another channel to sell your book. It is yet unclear whether it is going to be a successful channel for Amazon in terms of readers (how many will actually subscribe instead of just buying books the old-fashioned way). So it's early to draw any conclusions…

However, it's not too early to start testing, because if KU is indeed "the future" for readers, you better be in it from the start as an author to know how it works and how to make profit from it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Serial: boxset or novel?
« on: January 02, 2015, 10:41:12 AM »
I think an omnibus is definitely what you should be aiming at.

Sarah, thanks for the feedback!

I really like your question, because it highlights what we're all about: flexibility. We are building, as you rightly say, a way to work with editors and designers on the platform. Right now, that's possible: quoting, sampling, messaging, file-sharing, file versioning. All that is in place, and quite intuitive to use. Just in case you're tired of sending Word manuscripts back-and-forth forth by email…
We also have incorporated a payment system (Stripe) that works with credit card (not everyone has a Paypal account yet), does multi-currency, and generates invoices and receipts (with the right VAT). It also allows multi-payment, upfront percentage, etc. And automatically transfers us 10% of the transaction :)

For all this, I think you should use Reedsy to contract with the editor, work with them and pay them. And I want to convince everyone that it's the case. However, I don't want to force anyone. So, yes, we allow/encourage freelancers to display their social media buttons, website, and even email on their Reedsy profile. I have no idea how many freelance editors and designers have found clients this way without us knowing. I guess a lot, but that's ok. Hell, it's great, even!

Regarding the possibility to send a message to the editors who don't get the job because you have chosen another one, we are currently coding it… The "quoting" functionality has been live for a bit over a month, so we obviously have to do some tweaks and add some features, and I welcome your feedback on that.

Thanks Chele for answering some questions here, and thanks, Mark, for the kind words :)

Let me take over (my hawk-eyes had been paused for the evening) to clear the remaining questions. The way Reedsy makes money is by taking a 10% cut on what freelancers get paid. This is our only source of income, so it's 100% free for authors.
Right now, we're just a marketplace (with a lot of collaborative tools for authors and editors in there). We don't upload or aggregate e-retailers or convert manuscripts. So, obviously, we don't take royalties, rights, fees, or anything like that. We'll have these features in the future (a matter of months), and I think everyone will like our business model for them once they're out there, but it's too early to disclose.

Hi thread,

Just a quick announcement to let you know that, as of today, and in less than 2 months, over 50 authors have found an editor or a designer through Reedsy. We're very proud of this as we have spent a lot of time and energy building and curating this amazing marketplace with over 120 editors and 80 designers. It's always great to see efforts pay off!

This month I was also personally invited on Joanna Penn's blog to discuss our plans for the future, you can have a look here:

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to Gain Traction on Non-Amazon Platforms?
« on: December 29, 2014, 11:33:33 AM »
I think the good old "be cheeky" advice can apply here also. Get in touch with Kobo or B&N representatives (easy to find them at conferences or authors' events), talk to them, and have a "nice story" ready on how you self-published, or how your books are special, etc.
They all have blogs where they regularly feature indie authors. If you develop a personal relationship with these people, it then becomes possible to call in some favours for your next book launch or so :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need an Editor?
« on: December 29, 2014, 11:30:32 AM »
Hi Laura,
Great to see all these good recommendations from authors on this thread, it's the best indicator of an editor's experience. Come have a look at Reedsy if you have an opening in January, I think you'll like the concept we've created. Here's The Bookseller's article about it for more info:

Have you also checked out her previous one on what big traditional publishers learned in 2014? It's really interesting as well as she takes this from the publishers' perspective and ends up highlighting exactly what they're doing wrong: more draconian contracts (because eBooks are now seen as long-term assets):

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: December 29, 2014, 11:23:44 AM »
I recently posted a great interview with an amazing indie author collective: Triskele Books. Truly inspiring for any authors who're thinking about getting together to work more efficiently, share tasks, etc.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Putting my book on Wattpad and Goodreads
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:52:41 AM »
Wattpad is definitely a great way to reach new readers. I think it's best to put one chapter at a time, that way you can see if/where readers stop reading at some point. Moreover, don't limit yourself to Wattpad! I have a friend who is currently putting his whole first book (part of a series) on Medium, one chapter a week! And that's actually how I've finally picked up his book and started reading it. I've done an interview with him here:

Of course, Medium only works if you already have a "platform" there, but it's way less competitive than Wattpad when it comes to books!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's a great Christmas gift for a writer?
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:47:27 AM »
Have a look at those:
I especially love the write-in-the-dark pen  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for indie books to give my family for Christmas
« on: December 08, 2014, 07:31:09 AM »
For fantasy, I can personally recommend (as a fantasy reader) Ben Galley's Emaneska series (trilogy, first book free if I'm not mistaken). Check out his author page: -- the second book is especially nice.

For Science Fiction, I've just finished Hugh Howey's Wool, which is absolutely amazing (on top of Hugh being the biggest advocate of "indie" out there) but I guess that's not very "new" ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who has experience with Libiro?
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:48:30 AM »
I'm really an enthusiast of startups trying to genuinely add value in the (self-)publishing industry and I'm more than keen on promoting them/spreading the word about them. So I decided to start using Kboards and existing threads about Libiro to do so, I hope that's ok (that's what the "old threads" are for, right?).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who has experience with Libiro?
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:22:31 AM »
Here's the interview I did a few days ago with Ben Galley, in case you're curious about Libiro's founder story and what their vision is for triumphing in a space dominated by the "big players".

I say, we should all give them a go, they're genuinely working hard on bringing value to the indie community, and they're not faring that bad at all!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Libiro - A new website to sell indie work?
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:18:50 AM »
Libiro has evolved a lot since this thread was opened but I as I did an interview recently with their co-founder Ben Galley, I thought I would post it here:

In case you want to know all about why they are doing this, how it happened, who the founders are. Oh, and, more importantly, their plans for the future! I say, all indies should give them a shot.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 99designs for fiction?
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:16:26 AM »
I'm pretty sure Joanna Penn has a promotional discount or an affiliate program with them, yes, but she wouldn't endorse them unless they provided a great service. I think the idea of setting a budget and having freelancers run in a contest is definitely attractive.

The problem I personally have with 99designs is that I struggle to believe they have the best designers out there. If you were an excellent designer, you wouldn't go through the trouble of running in contests - you'd know that you could find clients more easily. Most good designers don't find it that hard to get clients… Or at least that's what most of our designers on Reedsy have told me.

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