One way to get more done as an author is to outsource tasks that are not your strengths or that take up your valuable time. We have gathered a list of recommended outsourcers for authors for you below in different categories. However, we still recommend that you ask for references and research the quality of their work.
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Christian Editor Connection
Are you looking for a high-quality Christian editor, proofreader, ghostwriter, or writing mentor? The personalized search process from Christian Editor Connection can help you find the right one for you. Their extensive screening process ensures that you will deal only with Christian professionals who are currently working in the field of freelance editing. Best of all, this referral service is free!
Find out more here: http://christianeditor.com/
Deb Hall is a freelance editor at The Write Insight, offering a variety of services (developmental and substantive editing, manuscript assessment, copyediting, proofreading, book proposal and query letter review, etc.) for the following types of documents: both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts; master’s theses and doctoral dissertations; newsletters, pamphlets, and manuals; essays, articles, and blog posts. Hourly rates vary from $25-35 per hour. Contact Deb at [email protected] for more information on services or to request a quote.
For more info on Deb and her background and services, go to www.TheWriteInsight.com.
Debra began working as a freelance writer in 2006, and prior to that was a copywriter for Focus on the Family. She is passionate about helping other writers grow, learn, and reach their goals of publication. Contact her below for more information and for her fees.
Adele has been editing and proofreading for errors in mechanics, grammar, spelling, style, and content forever. Her fees for an initial manuscript is $1.20 per double spaced page. References will be furnished at your request.
- English teacher (28 years)
- Professional editor (9 years)
- Feature writer for newspaper (18 years)
- Columnist for newspaper (15 years)
- Master’s degree courses in journalism (editing and proofreading included)
- Edited papers for high school and college students
- Edited dissertations for doctoral candidates (APA)
- Edited theses for master’s candidates (APA)
- Edited personal letters, journals, diaries, histories, and memoirs
- Edited query letters, business proposals, and abstracts
- Edited biographies and autobiographies
- Edited novels, short stories, and children’s stories
- Edited scripts for television, movies, and the stage
- Edited speeches for pastors, principals, professors, and politicians
Contact Adele for More Information:
Gwen has been a freelance editor since 2008. Her specialty has been business-building and self-help books, but she loves editing fiction as well. She also excels at helping with marketing copy, white papers, web pages, blogs, manuals, and other business-related documents. She will work with you collaboratively, with your voice and message her top priority.
Her rates are per word, and for example a 35,000-word manuscript would cost between $525 and $700 depending on whether you need proofreading or a more comprehensive edit.
Contact Gwen for More Information:
First Editing provides editors at reasonable rates to edit your book. One of their editors edited my book, “Prolific Publisher” and I was pleased with their work.
The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide is a helpful resource for finding companies to help you self-publish your book . There is a section that includes editors. I recommend getting the Kindle version as you’ll get the updates as they come out.
Editorial Freelancer Association: You can submit a job request and be contacted by editors who are interested in working on your project.
Recommendations for Book Formatting
The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide is a helpful resource for finding companies to help you self-publish your book . There is a section that includes people you can hire for eBook conversion. I recommend getting the Kindle version as you’ll get the updates as they come out.
Book Design Templates: I also recommend Book Design Templates for professionally designed templates for your books in Word or Indesign.
Discount Print and eBook Formatting
The Word-2-kindle team is an excellent options for authors looking for good pricing and fast turnaround. They offer the following services:
Ebook Formatting ($49 and up) – The W2K team will format your manuscript for the Kindle and other stores for a flat fee of $49 for most novels. Quick turnarounds as low as two business days.
Print formatting for Createspace ($199 and up) – Usually done in one week. Includes cover, spine and back design
Book Cover Design ($99) – Custom cover designed according to your directions.
BookBaby is a leading eBook publisher for independent authors. The company makes it easy to sell your eBook in 170 countries through many of the world’s biggest retailers, including Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and more. BookBaby offers several publishing options, including eBook distribution and promotion, printed books, and print on demand services, all while providing 100% of your royalties.
The company also gives each of their authors access to BookPromo™, a suite of promotional book services, and BookShop, a webpage with an ecommerce option for authors to sell direct to readers. Need eBook formatting, cover design, short run book printing, or web hosting services? No problem. BookBaby makes publishing your book easy. BookBaby is part of the AVL Digital family of businesses, which also includes Disc Makers, CD Baby, and HostBaby.
The Michael Thomas Group
Complete DONE for You Services
The Michael Thomas Group is an excellent option for Christian authors. They offer a unique hybrid approach to publishing with coaching.
Recommended Book Cover Designers
The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide is a helpful resource for finding companies to help you self-publish your book . There is a section that includes people you can hire for book cover design. I recommend getting the Kindle version as you’ll get the updates as they come out.
If you want to hire a book cover designer, but don’t know who to trust – consider crowdsourcing sites like 99 Designs and Crowdspring. Simply name your price, post your project and then watch as graphic designers bid on your job. The best part? Love your book cover design or get your money back!
Post your book cover design project for free here.
Another option for book cover design is to use a site like Fiverr. You can often get a quality cover done for $5-20. However, do your research and only use providers with high ratings. You also need to give them VERY clear expectations of what you want them to do.
One recommendation is to use a professional book cover template and then hire someone on Fiverr to edit it and make it unique. Check out Cover Mania…60 ready made cover templates all easy to edit with or without Photoshop. We have even used them for some of our books and have had professional designers ask us who created them for us! See all 60 templates you get here.
DIY covers is another option. They provide Microsoft Word templates for book covers
Morgan James Publishing: The Entrepreneurial Publisher
Morgan James Publishing provides entrepreneurs with the vital information, inspiration and guidance they need to be successful. A division of Morgan James, LLC, Morgan James Publishing, The Entrepreneurial Publisher TM, is recognized by Publishers Weekly as one of the nation’s top publishers and is reported as being the future of publishing.
Shelley has personally met the owner of Morgan James Publishing, David Hancock, and has been impressed with him and his team and several of our colleagues have published books with them successfully. We highly recommend them if you are looking for a publisher but want to maintain more control of your book and get higher royalties.
What they offer:
- Higher Author Royalties
- Book planning based on helping you maximize your brand and vision
- National distribution of your book
- A dedicated sales team to get your book placed
- Better discount on copies authors purchase (print cost plus a percentage)
- Enrollment in the Morgan James Speakers Group
- Small advances available
- Entrepreneurial Vision Mastermind with David Hancock, CEO of Morgan James, Publisher Rick Frishman, Publishing Director Jim Howard and Marketing Director Bethany Marshall to help you plan the books strategy, including 40 hours of virtual assistant time to help you get started.
- Access to top thought leaders in public relations, membership web site development, and internet marketing
- Long term thought leadership and strategy on a continual basis, you will have regular access to marketing strategists.
Visit MorganJamesPublishing.com to learn more.
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