Reedsy Discovery

Discover and showcase the best new indie books

3.8/5
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Get early access to fresh indie books and help decide on the bestselling stories of tomorrow.

We are on the hunt for undiscovered stories that deserve exposure. Our reviewers curate submissions and share the best titles with you each week.

Would you recommend this product?

It allows for people to make a name for themselves reviewing books and can show you what book is best suited to your tastes. Amazing addition to the platform.

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This is so cool!! Fresh books from all the reedsy authors and more! This company is on a fast track to dominating the literary world.

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It's early days, looking forward to seeing how many authors go on to submit their books.

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Writer

With visibility being the toughest challenge for authors, Reedsy Discovery offers authors a needed service in an easy to use package.

Pros:

Reedsy is giving authors a clear space for discovery!

Cons:

It would help for the opportunity to choose more than one reviewer to balance out shared reviews.

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Reviewer of things both good and bad.
@jenn_falls This is a great point because the inconsistencies of the reviewers is alarming. There's some great reviewers but then the majority come off as badge seekers.

Already a respected brand in the book world known for its indie authors services, Reedsy builds on its success with ReedsyDiscovery, giving self-publishers a decent chance at much needed attention. As one of those indies myself, landing a solid review on ReedsyDiscovery has given my book valuable exposure to a huge new audience.

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Offers helpful encouragement along the way for low cost. You feel cared-for, not just another author in the queue with so many others.

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None at the moment. They seem to be doing it right.

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Thanks for taking my 50 dollars. :D

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UI is clear.

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Reedsy has informed that since I have already received 1 review I am not eligible for a refund.

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Awesome tool to build out my reading list!

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Great way to discover some less popular authors.

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Waiting for the platform to grow and have more authors to choose from.

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Good UI & UX

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Easy to use great recos

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As more people are on board more recos

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strong girl

great

Pros:

Great way to discover some less popular authors.

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Waiting for the platform to grow and have more authors to choose from.

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I signed up for Reedsy Discovery as soon as I saw the e-mail this morning. Sign-up and submission were straight forward and simple.

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It's great to see Reedsy expanding their services. Reviews are very important for book launches.

Cons:

Author bio is too short. The only thing which was odd is that my book won't appear for a couple of weeks.

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I would have said more nice things but the number of allowed characters is too small :)
Founder of The Decisions Academy

I am a big fan for Reedsy, I have used their service and edited and published 3 books in around a year. When they sent an email about their new service Reedsy Discovery, I submitted my latest book "Anchor System Thinking". Within days the book received an in depth review. I would love it if they add the feature to add all my published books, not just my latest. Independent authors would love this service, I also suggest to lower the price to 25$ and maybe add higher packages with more reviews and not just one. Also adding Audiobooks would be a killer service.

Pros:

Excellent reviewing service for indie authors.

Cons:

Should have a feature to add old books and not just pre-launch Price should be lower, maybe 25$

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Writer/Lawyer?publisher
Reviewers should be sufficiently fluent in English to understand figures of speech, play on words, hyperbole, metaphors, etc., when reviewing fiction books that use those mechanisms. My reviewer wrote, “Since I'm a non-native English speaker, I had to look up several words to understand what they meant.” The book is only middle-grade level. The reviewer didn't even understand the title because she was apparently reading it literally. I can go on. Now, mistakes happen. So, I simply asked the review be removed. I did not ask for a refund. The staff at Reedsy refused and have not been pleasant. As alternatives, I recommend BookSprout, Library of Things, and Midwest Book Review if you want thoughtful reviews and a pleasant experience. Don't pay Reedsy $50 to get insulted--that's my motto.
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@len_murphy Hi Len! We're sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the reviewer who reviewed your book on Reedsy Discovery. We have a stringent approval process and take great care to select reviewers who will be a good fit for the platform. As pointed out by our team, and as stated by our terms that you agreed to when submitting to Discovery, we are unable to remove reviews from the Discovery site since they are the intellectual property of our reviewers. Many thanks for your understanding.
an author
I hope you like the review you get, because if not--TOUGH! You have to live with your review, even if you are unhappy and it does nothing to help you out as a struggling author! They will NOT remove a review and it doesn't matter how unhappy you are! They care more about their amateur reviewers than their PAYING authors! They cleave to their beloved policies even if it means angering their customers! They will NOT help you out if you have a problem. Once you get a review, it's there forever! Even if you delete your book(s) and account, your review will stay on their site. Why? Who knows! I guess they care more about themselves and making their site look a little less empty than taking care of their customers. This is a BIG risk, people! Save your $50!
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@jccarver Hi J. C.! I’m sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with the review you received on Reedsy Discovery. As pointed out by our team and co-founder, and as stated by our terms, we are unable to remove reviews from the Discovery site since they are the intellectual property of our reviewers. Similarly to platforms like Amazon and Goodreads, you cannot ask for a review to be removed once it has been published, and we cannot guarantee that readers and reviewers will respond positively to your book. Many thanks for your understanding.
Reviewer of things both good and bad.
$50 for a half baked review. Vet your reviewers better if you intend to appear as though you do editorials. Right now, most of the reviews are on par with random readers on Goodreads. People want to improve their writing, not flush $50 away.
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Author of high concept SciFi Thrillers.
I have never attacked an editorial review of my work until now. Reedsy's lack of reviewer vetting is to blame. Since Reedsy refuses to act in the best interest of their clients, they leave me with no other option but to post this response. Let me level set with a bit of history. My most recent reviewer did not like my first book either. As an editorial review, her review of the first novel seemed harsh. So much so that I viewed it as a consumer review, not a professional editorial review. Other reviews for the novel were solid, and it was a top-10 seller in Time Travel Sci-Fi on Amazon. When I posted my next novel to Reedsy Discovery, the same reviewer *immediately* picked it up. This seemed odd considering the prior encounter. How many times do you want to read a book from an author you rated average? So, I questioned the "support" group, which is just a lady named Felicia. She said it wasn't uncommon for a reviewer to pick up another book from an author they liked. I highlighted they did not like my first book, having given it three stars, and rightfully wondered why the interest in picking up my second? I told her I would prefer another reviewer. No response or mitigation. A month later, the two-star review emerged about six weeks before the new novel launch date. I expressed my displeasure at the predictable outcome and requested removal of the review. Of course, Reedsy declined from their mighty perch and refused to admit any errors—unacceptable and why I will not be using the service again. However, the reasons we have arrived here are laughable when considering the reviewer's qualifications and the background development leading to this novel. First, this reviewer is not qualified to write editorial reviews. She is a heavy equipment operator from Canada and an artist on the side who has never published a novel. This is from her old website bio: "Who am I? Well, my name is ____, and I spend my days working towards my Heavy Equipment Technician ticket." She also teaches leather sewing and does some illustrations for clients and wants to start a robotics company? I appreciate anyone exploring multiple roles and their creative side, but this flies in the face of reason. They claim to vet reviewers… this is a joke. Second, this novel has a long history and wasn't a first draft slapped together in a month. It started as a screenplay that I workshopped extensively with multiple producers in Atlanta and Los Angeles. I converted it to a novel with the help of a developmental editor. My father—a retired career USMC avionics chief—reviewed the operations components. He speaks plainly and reads military espionage regularly. He would have never advised me to publish if "observational oversights" existed. It seems this artist with 14 Twitter followers really found gaps the old Marine missed. It is an insult to me and my family's extensive history of military service. As a closing statement, my NetGalley reviews for this novel are at four stars. I know it will rate about four stars across the board. It is commercial fiction meant to be a fast, fun, eye-popping read. I don't pretend I'm the best writer in the world. However, the reviewer has sadly gone the consumer review route and not fulfilled her duties as an editorial reviewer. She doesn't like my writing style and took issue with perceived gaps and decided on a rating. That's fine for a consumer, but Reedsy needs to quality check their editorial reviewers instead of just taking my money. This was an offensive experience from start to finish and I hope no other author gets subjected to it. Fortunately, I think that is the case, since this reviewer states on her website she won't be writing book reviews any longer. Regrettably, I got to experience two of them.