When I finally finished the last draft of my manuscript, I came to a crossroads. What next? Do I query right away? Do I hire an editor? Many of you writers out there have probably had the same questions. And really, no one can give you a straight answer. It all depends on your budget and what you are planning to do with your novel.
For me, I decided that if I didn’t find a publisher or agent, I would self-publish my book. So an editor was a must, at least for me. Some have a super-editing power. I’m great at editing but a professional eye never hurts. That’s why I figured, why not?
But how in the world would I find an editor? Just hitting search on google, you’ll come up with hundreds upon hundreds of “qualified” editors. I say “qualified” because sadly there are a lot of scammers that just run your precious baby through spell check. *insert face of horror here*
Needless to say, the entire search process was overwhelming.
That’s when I stumbled upon Reedsy …
So what is Reedsy?
This is straight from their website:
“Crafting beautiful books is at the heart of everything that Reedsy does. We’re changing the way books are published by giving authors and publishers access to talented professionals, powerful tools, and free educational content.
Reedsy was founded in the summer of 2014 by Emmanuel Nataf, Ricardo Fayet, Vincent Durand and Matt Cobb. Since then, we’re proud to have built a network of world-class publishing professionals and helped produce over 3,000 books.”
To sum it up, Reedsy is a site where authors can hire vetted professionals to help with editing, design, publicity, website, ghostwriting, and marketing. Now THAT’S a list.
Finding what you’re looking for is easy peasy. You’d do a search, pick five professionals that you think would be an excellent choice for your novel, each professional has a profile with their previous works and experience, then you request a quote. You can also request a sample of their work! I sent my first few pages of my manuscript to compare their editing and decide who complimented my writing style/vision.
I ended up finding Erin Young, an agent/editor with Dystel, Goderich, and Bourreststal, to content edit my novel. She opened my eyes to ways I could improve my character arcs and would building opportunities. After I revise her suggested changes, I hired Katherine Stephen to proofread. She was excellent! My manuscript came out so pretty!
So a few things I loved about Reedsy. I could find every service I may need in one place. Their customer service team rocks! They answer questions quickly and thoroughly, even for silly nerds like me who ask a billion. 🙂
The biggest bonus for this site is every professional is vetted. So you know you’re not going to get scammed, and if you do, you have Reedsy to back you up. Win, Win!
Overall, I’m extremely pleased with my experience from Reedsy. I could find the help I needed within my budget. If you’re considering investing in “life beyond the draft,” check out www.reedsy.com. It’s a great tool to add to an author’s box of goodies.