With very little start up revenue, I decided to take a stab at getting Ryker out there myself. I discovered Fiverr.com and figured that it was the answer to my broke ass prayers. It was NOT. Now, I know that a lot of people have gotten some incredible services from Fiverr and that's great. I'm just not one of them!
First, the book cover. I am not well versed in computer graphics ... at all. My first crack at designing a cover myself was a nightmare. I hired a seller on Fiverr and for an agreed upon $32.50 CAD, I got myself a new cover. Cool right? Wrong!
The cover was ... ok. It didn't fit my vision. The bid boasted unlimited revisions. I asked for 3. Each one was not well recieved. The seller was rude, impatient and took her sweet time. I'd already paid her so I ended up with this cover for Ryker.
So, lesson learned right? Wrong. Next it was time to format. I can't format to save my life and along with learning everything else, learning to format made my head hurt. Back to Fiverr I go. Another top seller that comes highly recommended. I paid $110 CAD and ended up with very poorly formatted files that weren't even the right formats for the programs I was uploading to. With the deadline to submit looming, I just about had a friggin' stroke.
I then had to find a new formatter, who took those files and doctored them up for me so I could at least use them. This only cost me another $20 and I paid it happily just to get myself out of this mess I'd made by trying to cut costs.