The Most Important To Do
Have a dynamite cover.
That will do more to market your book than any high priced PR firm or vanity press. Disregard that old saying. You know the one about judging a book’s cover, because books are judged, overlooked, scorned, and pitied just because the covers are, well, not explosive, or engaging, or informative, or provocative, or interesting…
It’s a great spot to find freelancers who take pride in their work and who are affordable for the sell-publishing author. They understand. They are basically living the same life as we—trying to make their creative dream come true and have money for food. They understand the drive, the passion, the commitment, and the need to eat…and on occasion, sleep.
Elance makes it simple with build in protections for the freelancers and the customers. Three steps:
- Post your job. (It’s free.)
- Proposals will come in. You review the proposals and can visit with the freelancer via emails. The freelancer will provide samples of his/her work and pricing information.
- You hire your freelancer and set up milestones to be accomplished as the project progresses. You pay your freelancer as each milestone is met.
Before Kip and I started our relationship—and understand it’s a relationship—I asked Kip if he would read my novellas before he did the illustrations. He politely said no, he didn’t have time. I tormented myself over how in-the-heck this was going to work. Kip pretty much said: Trust me. I did, and the results have amazed me. In sketchy emails, I send Kip clips from my brain, my notes, my writings—I describe what I want, and he creates masterpieces.
Kip reads my mind.
Covers for my Novellas I and II
by Kip Ayers
From The Creep Mesquite Anthology
Find an illustrator who can read your mind.
When Kip put a face and body to my main character, Wyso, I cried. All the months I had spent creating her and there she was—alive and beautiful—just like I’d seen her a million times in my mind, my dreams and daydreams, in words, on a word doc., and then she lived. Kip breathed life into her.
I’m not sure I was ever able to express to Kip the feeling I experienced the first time I saw her. It’s like waking from a dream and seeing the people—the strangers, or lovers, or friends, or monsters—you dreamed of before you. A little disturbing, but at the same time exhilarating as you chase your dreams.
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