Greetings My Lovelies!
Boy oh boy what a week. I have survived my first week at school back with my students. I have to say that it went pretty well. But that makes me afraid for this week. Positive thoughts though.
Any who, let me tell you about this nifty little sight that I came across thanks to one of my favorite Youtubers, Safiya Nygaard. She does a lot of weird posts and I love her. Well one thing that she tried was Fiverr and that got me wondering if it could be used for writers. I have not been paid to talk about this site. This is just for fun/my opinion.
Now if you’re not familiar with Fiverr its a website where freelancers can post their resume. Think of it like the personals in a newspaper. Most of the jobs cost….that’s right 5 bucks, but there are more expensive ones too. Those tend to belong to the professionals. There’s a wide range of freelancers to choose from. All you have to do is enter what you’re searching for and then have at it. So far I’ve used Fiverr for editing and book cover designs.
The editors I’ve used are super friendly and they won’t break the bank. Now I can hear a few of you already. “But if they’re cheap, they’re bad.” Maybe but any editor worth their salt should be willing to talk to you about the changes they made. If they don’t then you have a bad editor, no matter the cost. Editors are there to help you and to help make sure that your book is the best that it can be. I’ve seen big publisher books with mistakes. No one’s perfect, but if you’re just starting out, you gotta do the best that you can with the funds that you have and a cheap editor is better than no editor at all. Now some editors aren’t familiar with novel writing and rule bending that comes with that. But once you explain your thought process they will either agree with you or help explain it better. I’ll use them again for future novels. It cost me about $300 for a custom job. All in all it never hurts to ask.
I used to make all my book covers to help cut costs. It’s not a bad option but what I wanted exceeded my skill level, time to learn, and patience to apply. So for 30 bucks I got a new cover for a previous book (you know to test the waters). Let’s say that I will be using this person again. The thing that many cover designers do is have you pick the images that you like and then they blend it into your cover. Some have unlimited revisions while others only allow for three. So please make sure that you look at everything before you hand over cash.
But overall, for the services that I’ve used, I can say that I’m satisfied with what I got. The next service I want to check out would be book interiors. I’ll be sure to let y’all know when and if I do.
Have you used Fiverr before? For what?
Where did you find your editor/book cover designer?
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