This week, I’ll discuss other editors’ experience with Reedsy and what savvy copyeditors should consider before working for this site.
Not everyone in the EAE Backroom discussion who applied to Reedsy was accepted. One editor acknowledged that she didn’t have enough experience. Another editor met all the qualifications and could only surmise that he had too much experience; Reedsy didn’t say why he’d been rejected.
A third editor emailed, asking to remain anonymous, to say she’s been working with Reedsy and it’s been going well. Her experience doesn’t quite align with Reedsy’s preferences, but she does have a good-sized portfolio and some of those books have been Amazon bestsellers.
This editor told me that manuscript quality ranges, as you’d expect from self-publishing authors. You can choose to not bid on poor-quality work, increasing the possibility that you can make the rate you want and work on good material. Each project is different, but on average she’s earning a rate she’s happy with. On one proofreading project, she earned $36.70 an hour.
She also noted that Reedsy has been responsive to her and treated her with respect.
TigerXGlobal, who had a terrible experience with Elance, says that they’ve earned higher rates through Reedsy than the average stated in the infographic. Given that the rates are an average of bid rates, not awarded rates, that’s impressive.
“I’ve been happy with my Reedsy experience so far,” they wrote, “and this venue has proven to be reliable, with quality projects, serious authors, and a light touch by the administrators of the site.”
Should You Work for Reedsy?
Reedsy is presenting its understandably limited data in the best light. The infographic is a marketing piece, so that’s to be expected. There’s more to the story (there always is), but the numbers seem fairly accurate in a limited set of circumstances.
The fact that the limited-bidding site vets freelancers and limits competition through both the vetting and bidding processes is a plus. But as a bidding site, it still offers lower rates than what freelancers can get on their own. That’s just the nature of this type of service.
Reedsy can provide decent-paying work if you’re savvy:
- Fit the profile Reedsy wants. You can’t be too experienced or inexperienced. You have to have the genres they’re looking for. You have to want to work on books.
- Do your homework. Know what you want to earn and how to choose projects that will get you there.
- Be willing to work for the stated rates. Because while it’s possible to earn higher rates, that’s not the norm.
- Win bids. With a few successful projects under your belt, you may find you win more projects simply because you’re listed as having completed other projects.
The upside of services like Reedsy is that you don’t have to deal with a lot of business details; you can spend more time editing, which might balance the lower rate.
Apart from rates, the downside is limits on the types of projects and on project quality.
Depending on your specific business and needs, Reedsy might be a good fit for you. Or it might not. It’s a tool that only you can decide if it belongs in your toolbox.