Hang around writer’s forums long enough and you’ll soon see that there are many fake service providers out there. People who claim they’ll help you polish your manuscript before the world sees it, but then disappear with your cash. And since so many people are self-publishing these days, the demand for indie service providers is on the rise, which means more sharks in the water.
The first editor I ever worked with charged me what I thought was a competitive per page fee to edit my novel and promised me that she’d be finished within a month or two. That didn’t happen. When her deadline was dead and gone, she kept handing me excuses and assuring me she’d be done soon. Soon ended up being eight months. You’d think that after that long, the document would be covered in a sea of red, but no. There were a total of fifteen notes in the entire novel. Fifteen. And this from someone with ‘over a decade of experience in the industry’.
Sadly, many other authors don’t ever get their manuscripts back, or lose more money than I did.
Well, today we’re giving you the writing service provider fix you’ve been craving. With a little help from other authors and friends, I’ve found a bunch of people who offer services to writers at competitive prices, but the best news is this – they can all be trusted. In fact, with these people backing you, your writing will be tighter than ever before.
Shants Lucas is not only my personal critique buddy, but she’s also a kick-ass beta reader. As an aspiring author herself, she knows which little writerly quirks and style rules to look out for, and knows to give her feedback in such a way that it won’t sting afterwards.
She reads every genre, aimed at any age group, and will give you thoughtful, but helpful feedback. And, since she reads SUPER FAST, you’ll have that feedback in no time.
Reach her at shantsjlucas[at]gmail[dot]com.
The importance of a good blurb is literally the difference between a reader putting the book back on the shelf, or buying it. Unfortunately, most of those of us who write have no idea how to word the blurb. Irony at its finest.
That’s where The Blurb Butterfly comes in. Look at the reviews she’s had so far and it’s easy to see why her help will take your book to the next level.
For all your blurb needs, find The Blurb Butterfly here.
Cover and Graphic Designers
My talented friend, Tallulah, offers the most gorgeous premade or custom book covers. She priced her premade covers with the indie author’s budget (or lack thereof) in mind, and the good news is that her custom covers are still affordable. I can’t wait to show the cover she designed for me!
Find out more at Covers by Tallulah.
For more incredible graphics and cover designs, you can chat with Cristy from Looma Graphic Design. She offers many services that new authors may need, including branding, stunning cover designs, and eye-catching promotional material.
Cat is one of the most thoughtful and effective editors I’ve ever met. She’s fast, reliable and affordable. Also, how many editors leave you excited and giggling like an idiot (I’m sorry, Cat, I had to) after their feedback? Cat will. Not only will your story be that much tighter with her help – she caught so many plotholes in my manuscript that nobody else even noticed – but your writing will become tighter too.
Now, here’s a lady I’ve mentioned a million times on the blog by now. When Nerine was referred to me for the first time, it was by someone who said if I want to write better than I’ve ever done in my life, I need to work with Nerine. I can assure you today, that’s the case. If you need any proof, please ask me for the first five pages of the first draft of my novel and the first five pages of the latest one. You won’t believe it’s by the same person. I wrote them both and I don’t believe it. She’s straightforward but delivers the feedback in such a funny way that even the most sensitive of writers can’t be offended.
Masha du Toit
Getting the inside of a novel to look good is super important, but so damn difficult. And if you’re going to publish both hard copies and ebooks, this becomes an even more daunting task. What the hell do we as writers know about formatting anyway? Luckily, there’s someone for that too.
Masha du Toit is not only an author in her own right (see me fangirl over her here) but she offers a formatting service that will make the interior of your novel look clean and gorgeous.
Reach her at masha[dot]dutoit[at]gmail[dot]com.
I’ll update this list from time to time, so remember to bookmark it to find it again easily when you need it.