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.
Indexing: In non-fiction publishing, the job of an indexer is to compile an index — a section typically at the end of a book which alphabetically lists the names, subjects, and topics covered in the book, as well as references to the pages on which these mentions occur.

If you're not sure which types of editing your manuscript needs, take a look at our blog posts on the Types of Editing and Copy Editing vs. Proofreading.

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 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.
Email Marketing: An email marketing specialist will help you build reader mailing lists and leverage your existing fanbase to sell more copies every time you release a new title.
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.

Publicity

Blog Tour: A blog tour is very much like a traditional book tour, where the author would go from town to town to sign their books and meet new readers; except this time, you go from blog to blog. If you work with a publicist for a blog tour, they will “pitch” your book to a series of blogs that fit your story.
Press Coverage: By “press coverage”, we mean coverage in the different forms of traditional media: newspapers, magazines, online newspapers and magazines, radio and television. Pitching to the traditional media outlets requires both a network (i.e. relationships with people from within those media) and PR experience. Because of this, publicists can often be specialized in certain genres and outlets.

Ghostwriting

Book Ghostwriting: Ghostwriters are the unsung heroes behind thousands of bestselling books. If you have an important story to tell, but don’t possess the writing skills (or the time) to put it down on paper, you can hire a ghostwriter to write that book for you.
Book Proposal: Book proposals are information packs used by authors to pitch their non-fiction books to publishers and agents. Reedsy’s ghostwriters have years of experience writing for major publishers and literary agencies, and they know better than anyone what editors and agents are looking for.

Website Design

An author website is the hub for all your book marketing activity. 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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Translation

A literary translator is a translator who specializes in book translation, i.e. the translation of literary works, both fiction and non-fiction. Generally, they’re commissioned by independent authors looking to have their book translated to reach new markets. When working directly with independent authors, translators will generally strive to deliver a “ready-to-publish” translation. To achieve that, they’ll often partner with a colleague on a given project: one will complete the translation, and the other one will edit and proof it.
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