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Thread: [Publishing svcs] Reedsy

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    [Publishing svcs] Reedsy

    Hi Guys,

    Here's a quick message to present you Reedsy! We are building a community of top publishing professionals (editors, illustrators and soon marketers) to work with authors:

    Reedsy is committed to enabling the future of high-quality indie-publishing.

    It's free for authors to use and hundreds of authors have already created their personal profiles!

    Reedsy is very curated: so far, 200 amazing publishing professionals selected among 3,000 applications. They are coming from the best publishing houses and have about 4,000 books in their portfolios. Here are some of them:

    Some of our editors include:
    Jane Friedman:
    Rebecca Heyman:
    Kiele Raymond:
    Averill Buchanan:
    Tom Flood:
    Richard Sheehan:
    John Hudspith:
    Dominick Montalto:
    Harrison Demchick:

    And amongst our designers are:
    Emma Graves:
    Mark Karis:
    Kerri Resnick:
    Alejandro Largo:
    Nicole Caputo:
    Kate Gaughran:
    Daniel Cullen:
    Mark Ecob:

    Any thoughts or comments are more than welcome!

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    One dares hope the marketers coming soon will be savvier than the current one(s).
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    My Experiences Using to Find an Editor

    Hey folks! I just got done using Reedsy through a full cycle with an editor I found on there. I know a lot of you shop around for cover designers and editorial services, so I thought you might be interested to read a thorough review of the whole process.

    Reedsy excels at its core competencies: Making connections with a large group of qualified freelancers fast, easy, and relatively painless, providing good data about the skills and background of those freelancers, and handling payments in a way that's extremely convenient.

    Those competencies are the real value provided by Reedsy's marketplace. I'm certain the other tools they're building will be interesting and well-designed, but right now I'm perfectly happy using Word's track changes feature to take feedback from my editor, Gmail for correspondence, and Scrivener to create files. The alternatives to those tools which Reedsy is building need to be better or more convenient than what I have now to make me want to switch, and that's a high bar to meet.

    As much as I loved using their marketplace, the 22% real premium on contracted services is a little too high for me to go back and do it again under the current model. The 10% is a little easier to swallow, and better still if it's on the supplier side so it's baked in as part of the initial quote. Ideally, I'd want to pay Reedsy a flat fee for the introduction (a finder's fee of sorts) and only pay thereafter if I really like using their platform services. In any case, I think the site would be all-around more attractive to authors if the costs are kept on the editorial and design side, just like they would be for 3rd-party contractors on Amazon, Uber, or eBay, which would also make price-shopping comparisons onsite and offsite easier.

    That said, if you don't mind paying the premium and highly value how streamlined their process is, I can't think of a better place to quickly find and reach out to a plethora of easy-to-reach freelancers with high-quality credentials. You can still find very reasonable prices on Reedsy for the services you want, and they have a team of talented and passionate people working hard on providing a great experience for authors and freelancers alike. I have nothing but respect for their efforts and wish them all the success in the world.

    I'll be watching them closely in the coming months to see how their tools develop and how the pricing structure changes, because honestly I'm not looking forward to going back to the old way of finding freelancers to work with right now. I'd love to use them again, but only if the price was right.
    You can read the whole article here, along with some comments I got when I reached out to their co-founder Ricardo Fayet:

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    This got a mention in an e-mail to Janet Reid's blog recently so I decided to register and check it out... and yikes, folks, if you love your tidy inbox don't bother. Their entire marketing plan is just aggressive mailing to all registered users. You will get e-mails every single day until you unsubscribe.

    More importantly, the range of available editors is rubbish. I keep a list of reputable editors and hoped to find some of them on here. I found none of them. Not a single familiar face.

    The UI for finding an editor is also really poor: no prices visible, no clear listing of editing types available or per-word rates. The UI is too busy trying to push you towards putting a book on their showcase to bother making the editing options clear.

    Don't waste your time with this, imo. There's so many great editors out there with individual websites, clear rates and testimonials. This site provides no value and is only trying to make a commission out of its users.
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