One week ago, I received an email from a ‘community manager’ at Reedsy.com, which stated:
I’m the Community Manager at Reedsy. Emmanuel, our CEO, came across your profile on Linkedin and asked me to reach out. He thought your experience would be a great fit in our community. We connect authors and publishers with the industry’s best editors, designers and marketers to create high-quality, beautiful books.
Our system is completely transparent: you send a quote (setting your own rates) and we take 10% on the amount. There’s no fee to be on the marketplace.
Every month, we accept a small number of new profiles to join. Would you be interested in joining Reedsy as a publishing professional?
If so, you just need to create your freelancer profile here.
Would love to hear back from you!
Jessica at Reedsy
My first thought? What the hell is Reedsy?
Curiosity made me research their site (est. 2016), and overall, it seems like a good place for authors to collaborate and hire an editor/designer/marketer, if a writer is looking for one. Since Emmanuel, the CEO of the company (yes, it checked out), mentioned I’d be a ‘great fit’, I wanted to make certain she was asking me to join Reedsy as a publishing professional and not as someone looking for an editor.
So I emailed back,
(sci-fi fantasy author)
I sent her the link to my profile.
“Okay, so you invite me to set up a profile and now, after more than three hours of my time setting up the account and (…) joining Stripe (something I wouldn’t have done anyway since I use Paypal), I’m being told my profile won’t be activated? According to your initial contact letter, you said, “Would you be interested in joining Reedsy as a publishing professional? If so, you just need to create your freelancer profile here.”
Here’s the thing. Her first email is a direct invitation. Not an interview. Not, “Please submit to see if you’re a fit ….” She clearly states that I ‘just need to create a profile” to join their publishing professionals. Why send a ‘selection process’ AFTER I’ve gone to the trouble of creating a freelancer profile? Does that make any sense? Why waste my time? Where’s the transparency in that? Basically, this is like a business telling you to buy your uniform beforehand and then not giving you the job.
What irks me the most is my loss of time.
Some advice. Managers of a writing/editing website should be able to produce a quality introductory letter with clarity and if it’s for the editor they’re soliciting to drop his/her name into a pool for possible selection, state it up front. Not doing so isn’t transparency. It’s misleading and shady.
Also, make certain to use proper punctuation, too. Periods, Oxford commas, and such. Avoid comma splices.
I don’t need Reedsy’s validation, nor do I seek it. With the amount of writing I do on a daily basis, I’m selective in taking any editing job because doing so means I must set aside my WIPs.
I’m curious what experiences others have had with Reedsy as an editor or marketer. If you’ve used their editing services, please share with us. We’d like to know.