Patricia Nunn ClowdusTotally Agee ! Which is why I am in a dilemma. Anyone, and it seems like everyone, is creating website saying they are professionals. I have no clue how to tell the professionals from the wannabes apart, because you can post anything on the Internet and put up fake information.
Jimmy Wardi have 2nd thoughts each day because there is no limit to the people who cannot write a book yet have some book for sale.
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Jimmy Wardmore the merrier for you offering services in this group.
7 hours ago
Jennifer-Crystal JohnsonI agree to a certain extent, but with a caveat: if an author (like me) has thoroughly studied graphic design (like having an AS in Web Design & Interactive Media), been editing for themselves and others for well over 17 years, started writing freelance professionally at age 13, AND is essentially a "Jack of all trades" DIY type, then there's nothing wrong with at least LEARNING to do it all yourself. I do simply because I can't justify spending $400 on a book cover design when I have a degree and took classes on color theory, art history, shapes, balance, etc.
I know this little passive aggressive post was directed at me because I'm launching my first course, but have you ever considered, instead of attacking, that maybe collaborative efforts (kinda like this group) are what make any instructional endeavor work well?
I know some people will understand it and others won't. Self-publishing is a business, and in order for an author to know what to look for, know how to create their own graphics/covers (even if they do end up hiring someone to do it), know what intellectual property laws and labels to be aware of, know what major design rules to be aware of, and know how to create a variety of different content themselves (videos, podcasts, memes, quote graphics, SlideShare decks, informative blog articles, etc.), not only will they know some of the ins and outs of the entire process from start to finish, but also they can then offer these services to other authors once they get some practice and are comfortable with the idea.
My apologies if trying to help people and make a decent living at the same time bothers you so much. If you're not into it, then you're not into it; that's great. But for those of us who are trying to build something literally out of nothing and with minimal money to invest, it's imperative that we make our knowledge and skills work for us.
If that's something that makes sense to you, we might just be on the same page. If not, that's fine, too. I hope you have a good one =).
Kayla ReeseI use the grammarly add on for Microsoft office
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Susan K. StewartRemember these types of checkers only get the most basic errors. They will not catch muddled meanings, wrong use of word, head-hopping (fiction), and other edits. Even if you use these service, you still need a human editor.