There are many different types of publishing services available on Reedsy. We want to ensure that these categories and their descriptions make sense to you, so please let us know if there is anything you would like modified or added.

Editing

Editorial Assessment: This is a valuable first overview of your manuscript by a professional editor. Your editor will read through the entire manuscript and provide thoughtful, in-depth feedback concerning elements such as plot, characterization, structure, consistency, and style. The assessment will identify your book’s strengths and weaknesses, and help you devise a revision strategy that dramatically improves the execution of your idea.
Developmental Editing: This process lets you know when major changes need to be made: cuts, additions, total restructuring, and other hard truths. Your editor should counsel you on your target audience and inform you of the industry expectations for your genre.
Copy Editing: Copy editors are mechanics for language: they edit your manuscript’s text or “copy.” They’ll make sure your book isn’t riddled with bad grammar, spelling mistakes, or glaring inconsistencies.
Proofreading: It’s the ultimate and final polish on your final files before they go to the printer or digital press. Ensuring that a manuscript is free from tiny spelling and punctuation errors is critical. Proofreading requires a keen eye for detail and a systematic method for spotting subtle errors and typographical mistakes.
Query Letter Review: A query letter is a vital document for writers seeking traditional publishers or literary agents. It’s a short letter that includes critical details about your book — genre, word count, title, synopsis — as well as demonstrates your awareness of the market. It must, above all, entice its recipient to read your manuscript.

Design

Book Cover Design: A book cover can be either a single image (for ebooks) or a PDF file (for physical books). Professionals designers know the requirements of the main ebook stores (Kindle Store, Kobo, Apple Books, etc.) and print-on-demand services (Blurb, Createspace, Lulu, BookBaby, Ingram, etc.) so they can guide you through the entire process.
Book Interior Design or Typesetting: This is the art of composing text and graphics for print or digital display. The more varied the book in terms of content (charts, illustrations, photos, recipes, poems, etc.), the more important the work of the book interior designer.
Typography: Remember that beautiful drop cap at the beginning of your favorite book? Well, chances are that a typographer worked on it. Typography refers to the art of designing and arranging type.
Illustration: Working with the right illustrator is critical when visuals are an essential part of the book. We’re thinking, in particular, children’s picture books, illustrated stories,Comic books and graphic novels. Getting a custom illustration for your book cover, as opposed to a stock image, is another way to stand out from the crowd when your book goes to market.
Production Management: For complex print book projects, an author or a publisher may decide to work with a production manager to co-ordinate all the moving parts. Production managers play a central part and have a very good understanding of how the key players work; imagine managing editors, proofreaders, typesetters, illustrators, photographers and designers!

Marketing

High-Level Marketing Strategy: Work with a professional marketer to define your pre-and post-launch marketing efforts. The objective is to help you stand out from the crowd by determining which marketing channels work best for your project.
Advertising: Acquiring readers through advertising, such as Facebook ads, can yield incredible results. A marketer will work with you to find new audiences, optimize conversion rates and teach you how to progressively manage those campaigns yourself.
Blurb & Metadata Optimization: Having clean metadata and a compelling blurb on your books’ pages on all retailers is not only crucial to getting readers to buy your book, it’s also one of the main drivers of discoverability. No matter how good the book is, no one will be able to find it without good metadata.

Website Design

In order to present your website to the world, you need to purchase web hosting and a domain name. (Web hosting is space on a server that hosts your content; a domain name is the URL that points to your server, allowing anyone to access your website.)
Reedsy recommends keeping control of your website’s hosting and not relying on a third party to keep your website available. This means that you’ll be able to update your subscription and renew your domain by yourself.
In addition, these are a few things a professional web developer can help you with:
Content management system setup;
Branding and design;
Search engine optimization;
Newsletter signup and lead magnets; and
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