Reedsy launched two years ago and the company runs a marketplace where independent authors can connect with talented freelance editors, designers and publicists. In order to assist indie authors they have launched Reedsy Learning, which is a new learning platform that will enable millions of writers to learn about book publishing, in short 5-minute lessons each day.
Reedsy Learning is a series of free online courses that help new and aspiring authors understand the digital landscape. Instead of just producing videos or a whitepaper they have serialized their courses and are delivered to in bite sized chunks to your email address over a ten day period.
The courses they launched with are primarily aimed at newbies. They have self-publishing 101, Book Marketing 101 and Facebook Ads for Authors. They have one advanced course, which is hopefully indicative to future offerings. It is called All you Need to Know About Amazon Algorithms and should be relevant to anyone that self-publishes via KDP.
Reedsy plans to release up to a dozen additional classes in the coming months. At the end of every class, there will be an online quiz that helps authors test and retain the knowledge they’ve gained throughout the ten days of the course.
I asked Reedsy CEO Emmanuel Nataf on what prompted him to launch this new project and what his long-term goals are “There’s two reasons: 1) to provide guidance: essentially Reedsy becomes more powerful when we can help authors through the entire process of publishing a book (you need to know that you need an editor to start looking for one) and 2) to create better quality books: Reedsy Learning enables authors to learn from industry experts (see available courses).
Long term, we want both products, our marketplace and Reedsy Learning, to progressively integrate more and more so we can better educate our users. We see cases where authors come to us but aren’t sure about which service they need. With Learning, they will be able to enroll in a course and come back later when it makes sense for their book.”
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.