There comes a point when you have to admit that you cannot do it all.
Writing. Editing. Book Cover Design. Book Interior. Sales Copy. Marketing. Social Engagement.
The more time you spend on one task, the more you ignore the ones that are actually important. As far as I’ve figured out at this point in my writing career, there are really only two ways out of this hole…
Get Published in the Traditional Way
One of the ways in which I avoid wasting my time is by submitting stories to magazines and contests. If they accept your work, traditional publishers will create graphics for covers and do all of the formatting for you. You’ll still have to market yourself and engage socially, but it beats the hell out of learning new programs.
Not only that, but the lag time that it takes for a publisher to review your work is a good window for you to get more writing done. Even if they reject it, you’ll have more material as well as feedback on your old work. There’s really no downside, especially considering that you can always self-publish if you get too frustrated.
Fiverr – A Self-Publisher’s Business Partner
Fiverr is an online marketplace for people to offer their services for as little as $5. There are add-ons and extras that can bump up the price, but these are optional. I’m not even going to bother mentioning the types of services, because they range from resume writing to graphics to advertising. There’s even a whole subset of people who do amazing things with puppets. (I’m not kidding.)
Recently, Jeremy Marshall and I talked about continuing to work on stories in the Captain James Hook series. This required me to give our current books a facelift. We needed covers and new sales copy, so I went to Fiverr.
I got two new covers and copy for both book descriptions for a total of $42.50 (that’s including $5 tips for each job). I used Book Covers by PixelStudio & Sales Copy by Emmaki. Samples of their work can be found on the updated CaptainHookNovel.com page.
Even if you have a budget of under $100, you can get some serious work done on this site. Do yourself a favor and check it out.