Interviewing Reedsy

Reedsy is one of our newest affiliates and we were lucky enough to interview their CMO and co-founder, Ricardo Fayet! Check out the interview below and their website here!

WW: How did Reedsy begin? What was your mission when you started?

RF: The fundamental mission of Reedsy hasn’t changed since it started in 2015: allowing authors to connect with the world’s best publishing professionals, and get the same level of assistance in publishing their books that they would get through a Big Five publisher.

We started with a simple Marketplace featuring 100+ editors and 50+ designers, and have since expanded to marketing, ghostwriting, author website design, and literary translation services. While still featuring less than 5% of the freelance professionals who apply to join Reedsy, our rigorously vetted Marketplace has grown to well over 2,000 vetted professionals.

WW: What does Reedsy offer and how can it help writers today?

RF: On top of the Marketplace, Reedsy offers a number of free resources to help authors at every stage of their publishing journey — from in-depth blog articles to free courses, webinars, and tools.

One tool we offer which we’re particularly proud of is the Reedsy Book Editor, which allows authors to write, edit, format, and export their books, all for free, from a visually clean and user-friendly interface. It’s now used by tens of thousands of writers every month to both write and prepare their books for publication.

We also have curated a number of directories, designed to aid writers searching for resources and contacts in the publishing industry by compiling them in one easy-to-find place. For example, we recently released a directory of literary agents to help authors whose dream is to get their book picked up by a traditional publisher — and there are more on the way!

WW: What is the best piece of advice you can give struggling writers visiting your site?

RF: Well, it very much depends on what they’re struggling with!

If it’s the actual writing, then I’d recommend them to check out our free writing courses for tips on a variety of areas of writing and craft. No matter what you’re stuck with, there’s a good chance you’ll find help there! More importantly, my number one tip for authors is always to make sure that they’re writing at least a little bit every day, so as to build a proper writing routine.