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!
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.
Lee won the Percy Janes First Novel prize for Best Unpublished First Novel last year (he's still shopping that one around) and also got a NLAC grant last year as well to work on the non-fiction novel he's completing now.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.
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:
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.
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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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!
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.
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
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
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.