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digilady

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Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 12, 2012 7:38 PM
 
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Now is the time to offer them kudos. My own way of paying back is by providing this ( http://catledevic.blogspot.com/2012/06/kindle-indie-publishing-kdp-forums-who.html ) which will become my spanking-new sig!

What I hope you guys will do:

If someone really helped you with something, post who and with what.

If you hired someone and were happy: who and what they did.

(If you toot your own horn, it will do you no good unless someone posts and says "Yes, so-and-so is really good. They.... for me."

So help me, if this turns into a flame thread, any flamers (no matter how good) won't be listed, period.

This is meant for newbies who need help and are uncertain of who to believe when they get a pile of answers. (I almost made a fatal mistake: I do NOT want anyone else doing the same!)

This is also meant as free advertising for those who sell their services: the page clearly notes that ONLY services who have been used by posters here will be listed. (It also says I'm clueless on prices LOL! Once your company/name is on the list, feel free to email me in you want such information (or anything else) in with your listing.)

I'll start us off by going over my own questions and seeing who helped most.

FINALLY a small way to help those who help so many - yay!
digilady

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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 13, 2012 11:40 AM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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OK so far, I have the following names. There is no 'General Knowledge' yet, so if your name is there and should be elsewhere and/or you'd like your real name/company name included, drop me a word: jokerette AT jokersupdates DOT com.

Looks like no one wants to risk posting - I feared that, so please use the above email address and tell me who did what for you. I'll keep YOUR name out of it, of course - as you'll see by the following list I've already received.

Check http://catledevic.blogspot.com/2012/06/kindle-indie-publishing-kdp-forums-who.html for the names/companies folks have emailed me, bless them!

I am still combing these forums for more names, and checking email often. When I get another batch of names/companies, I'll post the updated blog.

So far, working out very well! I need more marketing mavens, more publishing companies, formatters, Mobi-Pocket mavens, and have NO Calibre folks at all. HTML needed too.

Off to check email...
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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 13, 2012 2:48 PM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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[ Looks like no one wants to risk posting - I feared that, ]

Why don't you just do a search for the word "thanks"?
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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 13, 2012 4:03 PM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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Lee Burton - good editor and writer as well.

http://www.oceansedgeediting.com
digilady

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Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:09 AM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
 
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oh of COURSE. (I have a sh&t memory for names or I'd have added you already!)

When you say 'writer' - have anything published I can add that they can get a sample of or look inside? Will add that link too.

You've helped so many people - I'm going to do as someone suggested and just search on help :) That's how I began - I asked so dang many questions, I just searched on my own.

Wish they had a better search engine, truly. Theirs SUCKS!
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Posted: Jun 15, 2012 11:15 AM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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Lee won the Percy Janes First Novel prize for Best Unpublished First Novel last year (he's still shopping that one around) and also got a NLAC grant last year as well to work on the non-fiction novel he's completing now. He has two short stories he's selling himself though just for the heck of it I think and one novel that he wasn't able to sell to a publisher. I've read all three and did the ebook formatting for him recently. I thought the short stories were excellent but wasn't as thrilled with the novel. (He acts like he's not overly crazy about the novel either.) He hasn't shown me the other novel that he's shopping around to publishers or anything from the one he's working on currently. Apparently they're quite a bit better. I thought his short story [i]Ella[/i] was particularly intriguing. It's about a little girls's imaginary playmate, Isabella, who seems to take on a life of her own, yet not quite being fully self conscious yet. She doesn't seem to know exactly who she is. Very Twilight Zonish, yet written in an almost childlike manner. I think this guy has a lot of potential. He writes under his initials: L.S. Burton.

http://www.amazon.com/L.S.-Burton/e/B0061223QA

I haven't used him as an editor exactly, but he did review a short story I have for sale and wrote to me with some terrific suggestions that made it much better. (He's brutally honest, but he's also usually right.) This is the one of mine he helped me with:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LFQN1Y
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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 6:06 PM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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is this for cover format as well?
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Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:33 AM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
 
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absolutely. How could I have forgotten covers?
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Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:45 AM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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absolutely. How could I have forgotten covers?

well for covers Amazon already DOES what you are doing here, ie they allow one to have an Amazon Gallery where anyone even Twitters Twatters and FacePads can "like" you in true moronic Twitter manner incl the author.

here is my Gallery

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/customer-gallery/A1TLW4XH7WZJGL

anyone else have an Amazon Gallery? and if not, why not
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Posted: Jun 16, 2012 12:00 PM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
 
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no, they don't do what I did. I took qualified people (going by advice or services given and responses to same) and listed them.

Might be a newbie, but I'm a book nut: own aged ones, etc. I know a well-formatted book when I see one. (Might not know how to achieve that effect, though! LOL)

Amazon lets anyone and everyone list their 'wares.' To get on my particular list, one has to have proved one's worth.

Oh yeah, that guy who was making the site for Indie authors: I offer him the data on that page too. (No, doesn't need to use my name.)
digilady

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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 12:08 PM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
 
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stupid newbie question of the week: those galleries (yours in particular) did you do all of those covers yourself? If so, you have one more magnificent talent. You should join 99designs just for fun! (Win a contest of two - become well-known type thing.)

I'm in awe of talent like that - me and stick figures get along really well. Several of those covers were divine, seriously.
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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:37 PM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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Actually:

Peter Mayle is one of OUR clients, and, Brian, are you saying that Peter Mayle commissioned you to make that cover? And Stephen King? Those are commissioned covers, is that right?

On [b]OUR [/b]webpages, every client displayed is OUR client, not someone else's. I have NO desire to get drawn into yet [i]another [/i]pissing contest with Brian Hogan, AKA Divorce Doctor--[u]but we are doing Mr. Mayle's new book as I type this[/u].

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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 3:04 PM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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saved my ass AGAIN. (I checked out the King book: real cover is totally different. I figured he did one for kicks - BUT on reading your post, a newbie may well not know that. Crikey sometimes I need a bloody keeper!)

BTW didn't have you listed under 'covers' - didn't have a cover listing, period. Now I can - and double the fun, pretty up the page with an actual cover!

Could you provide a link to your preferred cover?
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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 3:25 PM   in response to: divorcedoctor in response to: divorcedoctor
 
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I'm having trouble telling if you've even had a hand in some of these covers or if you're simply making fourth rate knock-offs and uploading them as customer images? Obviously some of them are so atrocious that I can't help be feel you did them yourself.

Do you seriously attempt to charge people money for those ill-designed amateur "covers" that you've slapped onto a cheesy "3D" cover box? I certainly hope you haven't managed to sucker anyone in for money on such rubbish, because [i]nothing[/i] says "low quality" or "amateur" louder than a cheesy cover like that.

There are reasons that many readers have gotten a bad taste in their mouths for "self-published" books. This kind of amateur hour production is the main reason, whether in editing, formatting, cover, or the marketing blurb.

If you're going to put yourself forward as some sort of expert in a field your [i]primary[/i] job is to ensure that people (whether clients or not) avoid such mistakes. That you would attempt to profit by taking advantage of those who don't know any better is disgusting.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

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Re: Payback time! Has someone helped you greatly or performed a service?
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 4:54 PM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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stupid newbie question of the week: those galleries
(yours in particular) did you do all of those covers
yourself? If so, you have one more magnificent
talent. You should join 99designs just for fun! (Win
a contest of two - become well-known type thing.)

I'm in awe of talent like that - me and stick figures
get along really well. Several of those covers were
divine, seriously.


thank you but all I am doing is using my talents with image processing in PSP to give people a basic cover for $39.95 - I am no artist.

but my point was Amazon already allow you to do a Gallery AND people can "vote" on it, then they can go to the book entry and see how the formatting looks in Look Inside or free sample, and read any comments made on the book, so it is a feature well designed and well linked.

but as Hitch points out not all covers are original BECAUSE Amazon invites you to feature covers for OTHER peoples books, hence

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B003BKZW2M/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_0?ie=UTF8&index=0&isremote=0

for this one I was experimenting with Firestarter I bought at local market by making it into a 3-d image complete with dog-ears and defects for a well used book.

Amazon says:

Image sharing rules of etiquette

Have fun sharing images and let your imagination run wild. Please also treat the Amazon community with respect: behave as if you were a guest at a friend's dinner party. Don't write inappropriate comments or show inappropriate pictures.

so if Mr King complains I simply take the CI down
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