I’ve self-published four books. And with each release, came a different set of mistakes and lessons, experimentation and workarounds. Every week, I’ll share a few of those instances, in the hopes that what I share will help you with your self-publishing project.
Today’s lesson about Fiverr, the world’s largest marketplace for digital services: its like Craigslist without the weirdos and creepy parking lot meetups. In this write, I will offer the following:
- 4 reasons why you should use Fiverr
- How to pick the right Fiverr designer or editor
- What services to avoid on Fiverr
#1 Quality Services at a Great Price
Calling Fiverr services “cheap” would be a disservice to all the folks on there that actually produce quality work for customers such as myself. Yes, there are some people on Fiverr who’s work can be somewhat unimpressive, but if you take the time to read reviews, browse through sample work, and know exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll walk away really happy.
#2 Book Cover Designs
Besides great content, your cover is one of the most important things when it comes to book publishing. Its what going to lure reading, in some cases even before they read the title. So always make sure you cover 1) does your writing justice 2) looks great when compared to other books in the same genre because that’s who you’re competing against for attention.
I have a background in graphic design. I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but as an architecture major in college, I became very familiar with Adobe Creative Suite. And so, armed with this graphic design experience, I designed the covers of my first two books. And although I was proud of them then, I now look back at them with pity.
And so, with the third book, I decided to outsource. I got one of my friends to be a model for the cover, got a professional photographer, and then found a designer on Fiverr produce the cover. All I did was give them the model photos, give them the book details, and the color scheme I wanted and they took it from there.
I was so impressed with their work that I asked them to redesign my previous two book covers as well. And that designer would go on to design my fourth book cover. And do you know how much it cost me? Just $57.55 for both the paperback and eBook cover. How its about $100, but still worth it.
User Name of the Designer I used: okomota
Picking Your Gig: You can find any designer, just make sure to checkout the reviewers. I don’t order any gigs from anyone with less that 500 reviews and 4 out of 5 stars. You can create your own bar.
Tip: What I learned with designers is that the more freedom your give them to interpret your cover, the better it will look because majority of the time, they are more creative than you are. Give them an outline and expectations, but don’t put them in a box.
The book cover should be the last part of your book writing process. Start too early and you might have to revisit your book cover design because page count changed, back cover description changed, etc.
#3 Book Editing, Proofreading
With my first book, I asked a good friend of mine to edit my book. The reason why I did this was because she was doing her master’s degree in English, She did a phenomenal job too and I made sure to pay her. With the second book I made the mistake of thinking I could do it on my own, and of course, I did a terrible job: never edit and proofread your own work.
When I published my third book, I decided to explore a more exhaustive editing process. The first phase would be self-editing, the second would be splitting my book into 3-5 sections and allowing trusted friends to edit, and then the third, once the edits and changes from phase 1 & 2 were done, get an proofreader from Fiverr. And it worked. As disclaimer, even with such an exhaustive, you will never be able to catch everything, but whatever is left is not so glaring that it ruins the reader’s experience.
Username of the Proofreader I used: revlac
Picking Your Gig: You can find any proofreader just make sure to checkout the reviewers. I don’t order any gigs from anyone with less that 500 reviews and 4 out of 5 stars. You can create your own bar.
Tip: Some proofreaders will offer other services such as press release writing, book descriptions and more, take full advantage of that.
#4 Press Releases, Back Matter, and Marketing Blurbs
One thing I struggled with was creating some of my marketing materials, press releases and back cover matter. But again, Fiverr is one of those places you can find almost anything you’re looking for. After doing a little bit of browsing, I found a few people on there who did an amazing job coming up with everything I would need with regards to press releases, marketing blurbs and so on I could email out to bloggers, papers, and media outlets.
Although some authors swear by it, don’t purchase any Fiverr accounts that promise to promote your project to a vast social media network. Here are reasons why:
- There is no way for you to track how successful their campaigns to market your book.
- Most of their followers are bots and so their reach is not as vast as they claim
- Depending on your genre, although they may have a vast “reader” list, those readers may not be the right audience for your work.
Fiverr has been a great resource for me, and although I still try to find new ways to innovate and evolve my self-publishing adventure, Fiverr has been one of those resources I’m certain I will never move away from anytime soon.
Sincerely, Kwapi Vengesayi
Kwapi Vengesayi is an Amazon bestselling author. To discover and explore his work, you can find his books on Amazon: Click Here or on the Book images below.