Archive for August, 2013


Anyone who self publishes knows that hiring an editor can be costly.  I’ve seen people offering editing services for as low as $.02 per word or $1000 for a 300 page novel. Some charge per hour and they change $20 an hour and do an average of about 10 pages an hour. Some editors charge per page and I’ve seen those range in cost from $2 to $5 per page. Then there are the freelancer options where you can go on a site like FreeLancer (or a similar site) and hire someone from another country and get a 300 page novel done for around $150 or go the Fiverr route and with them a good editor will cost you about $5 per chapter.

I’m sure by now you’ve figured out that hiring an editor can be expensive. But as everyone will tell you, it doesn’t matter what it costs, in the end if you want to publish your book it’s something you have to do. Everybody needs an editor for their book, period.

So what can you do to get your book edited for free? Back in the day people used to barter. You do for me, I’ll do for you.  With a site like Fiverr you can pretty much do just that.  Let me explain how it works.

When you do a job for someone at Fiverr they pay $5 for it. You get paid $4 of that $5.

So what I did was offer my services as a beta reader. I would read up to 10,000 words of a person’s book and tell them my thoughts. I charge $5 for said services. I ended up doing about 20 of these jobs and had $100 credit in my Fiverr account.

A good editor at Fiverr cost you about $5 per chapter. My book had 15 chapters. If I was to buy the services it would cost me $75. But since I already had the $100 credit in my account, I got my editing services for free.

So basically again how this works is, you offer your services (of any kind) on Fiverr and then use the money you earn to get your book edited for free. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

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I was on Google+ today and seen a story about a circle master and one about a lady who calls herself the circle queen. Then there are the guys who are all part of team follow back or follow trains on Twitter. These people all promise you a ton of “real” friends and followers for your social media accounts. And you know what? They actually work. You really do get a ton of them. But they are all 100% worthless to you.

All that does for you is boost your ego and lets you say “Hey I have 15,537 followers on twitter”. Umm okay. Good for you. But they aren’t fans of your work. They aren’t interested in buying your book. So what is the point?

Tell the truth … do you know what this says? “곰인형 눈 달고 옷감에 홀치기 하고 마늘까고 방법은 많음

Because when you join those team follow back people on twitter you are going to get a bunch of people tweeting out stuff like that. You won’t have a clue what they are tweeting and they probably won’t have a clue about what you are tweeting either. So really again I ask, what is the point? Other than the bragging rights. Because being able to brag about how many twitter followers you have makes you cool apparently.

I don’t know about you but I would rather have 200 real fans follow me than 10,000 fake ones who will do nothing for my career. Why in the world would anyone waste their time posting messages on twitter, Google+ and Facebook to people who don’t have THE slightest interest in your work? That’s just silly. All they wanted is the follower count.

So next time you are on your Google+ account and see someone telling you tricks to get more followers in your circles, ask yourself, WHY? What you want are people who are like you and it books and writing. Not a bunch of people who just want bragging rights about having X number of friends on the internet that don’t give two shits about what you have to say or what your next book would be about.

Take your time. Do it the right way.

To get more twitter followers (REAL FOLLOWERS) do this ……

Tweet every day at least once a day but sometimes as many as two or three times a day. The more the better. Tweet about real things that interest you, not just promotional messages. Tweet about books you are reading, TV shows you are watching and things you bought while shopping. Be a real person with real interests.

Follow others like you. The more people into books that you follow, the more others will be recommended by Twitter to follow you. Try adding 20 or 30 other authors and then find out book review blogs to follow on twitter.

Google+ is easier. Just search for author or book review blog and then add those people to your circles. Typically they will add you back. Again like with Twitter, post personal things. Talk about your writing but also talk about other things. Be a real person, not just a social media spammer.

How to be a successful author

So you want to be a successful author? That’s great. But the only way you can really do this is to … WRITE! I know that sounds to simple, but it’s true. The more work you have out there, the more likely you are to be noticed and gain new fans.

Write a series of short stories and offer them for free. How many stories do you need? Well there is no set number but there is no reason not to release several stories this year. When you finish each story and they are with the editor getting your final spelling / grammar checks you can be on your social networking sites promoting the story that will be released soon.

Being a successful author is about building your brand. To build your brand than you need to get out there and be seen.

In every book do you provide a way for your fans to find you? Do you include links to your Facebook page, your Twitter and Google+ account? Do you tweet often and post updates on your Facebook and Google+ account at least 2 or 3 times a week?  If you build up a big following, every time you release a new book, you can send out an update and get instant sales!