A Monday Gift (& Mah Goals – wc 03/03)

An issue of Writing Magazine back in 2013 has proven one of the most valuable reads of the year. I might have mentioned this before, but I want to spend more time talking to you, today about Fiverr.

Fiverr is a freelancing market place. It operates quite simply; join up and browse the jobs available across a range of broad categories. Within each category the freelancers list specific jobs or gigs they’re willing to do. And, as you may have guessed from the site name, all of these gigs cost a fiver or $5.

Of course you can add on extras and these will bump up the price, but the core service or job is $5.

Think about that for a second.

Anything you need, created for you, for the price of a coffee.
cup of coffee

Magic, right? And, it’s even better for me, since the exchange rate at the moment means that a gig is costing me about £3.09. That’s nothing. That’s two coffees.

And these freelancers are incredibly talented. Don’t believe me? Look at some of the things freelancers from Fiverr have designed for me recently. My signature is one of them; check out the bottom of this post. That custom signature with it’s funky angles and clear lines was designed for me by a fabulous designer who has now moved on, otherwise I would fish out his details.

This logo:
logo for Little Vamp Press publisher
Designed by obus88 who did it for $15 in the space of 24 hours. And he gave me a bunch of different colour combinations to play about with.

For other talented designers, just take a look at Raven’s book covers. All designed by Angie at pro_ebookcovers. None of them more than $15 (though of course any photography involved had its own cost, separate to cover design).

I’m telling you this because I know that Raven and I aren’t the only ones struggling to do all the things we want to do. There are hundreds, if not thousands of authors, just like us, who want to do this self publishing thing as professionally as possible. But we just don’t have the funds to pay top of the range designers and graphic artists. Until we start raking in the £££s from our words, we have to do the best we can.

Fiverr is a gem and it’s my Monday gift to you. If you haven’t checked it out, please, please do. You can sign up with Facebook or Twitter or from your email address and it costs you nothing. You can talk to every designer before you commit and the refund policy is pretty good too. And you can get almost anything you want from this place.
cute cartoon hedgehogYou want a… I don’t know… cute and fuzzy hedgehog to spell out the name of your book with the bodies of furry green caterpillars? There’s probably someone who can do that.
Want a cheerful rendition of ‘happy birthday’ sung in the style of Marilyn Munroe? I know for a fact there are several people who do that as a gig.

Seriously, take a look. You’re unlikely to be disappointed. And, even if you can’t find something you want, you’ll have a laugh looking at the crazy things people try to sell.

Right,that’s that.
Today is Monday. Goal day.
It’s also the first Monday of the month, so it’s time to look back at what I did in February.

Last Month’s Goals

Complete ‘deep edits’ on SORB and transfer back to digital. Have ready to send to betas by February 28
Yes and no. Deep edits are done, but they revealed a structural issue that had to be fixed. I’ve transferred the file back to digital, but with the total scrapping of nine chapters, I need to go through again to make sure I’ve not left any plot holes. Pity, I was doing very well, but I know that removing those chapters is better for the novel. That is worth far more than speed any day. If I’m finally going to publish this thing, I’m going to do it right, damn it!

Obtain secure commitment of at least four betas
I’ve got *tots up* four. Yes! Didn’t even realise I had that many. And in light of some other conversations I’ve had recently, I may well have another two to add to that list. The more the better, I say. Having different eyes and opinions and thoughts on this novel can only help me. Yes, if too many people say too many different things it could be an issue, but the story needs to be read by several eyes before I let it go. So… I’d better just suck it up.

Read one indie novel, review it and post it to the blog
Eyup. In fact I think I’m running ahead at the moment. I’ve managed to do a lot of reading over the last few days and that’s good. Through reading these books I’ve learned a lot plotting, structure and pace. Better than that, I’ve learned a hell of a lot about what not to do. All valuable experience.

Last Week

Wonderful. Despite ‘taking it easy’ I finished transferring SORB back into its digital form and, as I’ve already mentioned, made the incredibly important decision to axe those chapters. Just that, if I did nothing else all week, would have been worth it. In short, I’m very pleased and eager to start working forwards.

March 2014 Goals

  1. Finish the last round of edits on SORB
  2. Send file to betas by the end of the month
  3. Flesh out the outline of Walking The Razor’s Edge (WTRE) in preparation for writing the first draft
  4. Read and review one indie book in the fantasy genre

That should be more than enough to get on with for the month which will also have conferences and open days to attend. More about those in later posts. ^_^

After my lovely week ‘off’ I’m ready to get back to a real schedule. Obviously, with the past fortnight in mind, I shan’t be going nuts, but there are some things I want to be are done by this time next week.

This week

  1. Continue reading my review book (The Unsuspecting Mage) – at least three chapters
  2. Write two letters to writing magazines
  3. Read (and make notes on) at least chapters of SORB, post reverse edits
  4. Finalise details to go in press kit for solo website


Apologies, this has been a much longer post than I was anticipating. But I hope you’ve enjoyed it and that my sharing Fiverr with you is useful.
Have a wonderful, productive, enjoyable week and I’ll catch you next time.
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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4 Responses to A Monday Gift (& Mah Goals – wc 03/03)

  1. Thanks for the tip about Fiverr. I’ll check it out!

    Hope you have a great week! 🙂


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