How do I send a request to professionals?

Learn about the process of finding and working with the right professional on Reedsy.

It’s simple to request quotes on Reedsy. Just follow these steps:

Have a look at our list of services here to get an idea of what you might need).
Head to the Marketplace and pick the service you need (editing, design, publicity, etc.).
Use the Choose a service filter, the genres dropdown menu, and search bar to narrow down a list of relevant professionals.
Browse through the profiles and select up to five professionals to contact. Click “Continue” to start creating your project brief.
Add as much information as you can to your brief to ensure you get an accurate quote from the professionals. Don’t forget to attach a sample of your manuscript!

If you can’t complete your request, your browser will typically save a draft of your request for about a week. You might also want to consider saving a copy on your device, just in case.

Marketplace

Can I save a list of professionals without sending a request?

Yes, you just need to create a shortlist. To do this, click “Your Shortlists” under the search bar and give your new list a title (“My thriller editors,” for example).

As you browse the Marketplace, you can click the star icon next to a professional’s bio to add them to any list you’ve created. You will be able to find all of your lists under “Your Shortlists.”

Your Shortlists

Can I edit my request once I’ve sent it?

Yes, you can edit your brief from your "Requests" tab in the sidebar. Click “View your brief” on the request you want to edit, then “Edit Request” at the top. Once all of the changes are made, just hit “Save Changes and Submit” at the bottom.

How can I discuss my request with the professionals?

Once the professional has responded to your request, a red envelope will appear within that request. Click on that envelope or click on “View Quote” and then head to the bottom of the page to access your messages. Alternatively, you can access all of your conversations from the envelope icon at the top right corner of your Reedsy dashboard.

Professionals on Reedsy usually respond to clients within two business days. However, depending on their workload, you might find that some reply within a few hours, while others may need a few days. The clearer your request is, the faster you can expect to hear back.

Want to know more about what it’s like to work with a professional editor? In this video, Reedsy’s very own YouTuber, Shaelin, breaks down the process of hiring and collaborating with a literary editor on Reedsy.
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