More Ways to Cut Down on Self Publishing Costs

By Lori Culwell

Maybe you don’t know, but the most popular post on this site is “How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book?”   Because I am an SEO nerd at heart, this data tells me that you would probably like some more information about this subject, and I would like to help you with that.   In fact, I sincerely hope that the costs of self-publishing (or the technical requirements) are not holding you back if your dream is to write a book.  I would hate to think that you have a book, and that book is finished, and all that is holding you back is that you just don’t know how to format it properly for Kindle upload.

With that in mind, I have a resource that I use that you might not know about, and it’s helped to take the costs out of some of my self-publishing ventures.   It is FIVERR,and in case you’re not familiar with it, Fiverr is an online marketplace where people do things for $5.

Yes, I said $5.   Now, before you go all “Nothing good can happen for $5,” I will tell you that over the years,  I have gotten book covers designed over there, I have hired a proofreader there, and I have found some great marketing types to share my book during free promo periods.  And really, for $5, you’re not risking that much.  It’s worth a try, right?

The reasons I recommend Fiverr are as follows:

n  Minimal Risk.  All the gigs on Fiverr cost $5.   No negotiation, no BS, just $5.   If you love the service, use it over and over again.  If you hate it, you only lost $5.

n  You control the money, and you have the upper hand.   You buy “gigs” on Fiverr, and the vendor only gets paid when the gig is finished.    The vendor never has your account information, so you don’t have to worry about foreign strangers having your credit card info.

n  You are able to research the vendors based on feedback, so you really know what you’re getting into before you hit the “Buy” button.   Fiverr is very community-based, so bad vendors get weeded out quickly.

You can actually get a ton of good services for your business on Fiverr (like logos and one-off design projects), and as you’ll see, there are also gigs ranging from animation to voiceover to psychic readings and everything in between.  You might find that you love Fiverr (like I do!) and use it for many different things.
Here’s how to get a Fiverr account, if you don’t already have one:

  1. Go over to Fiverr.  It looks like this:



2.   Click the “Join” button in the upper right hand corner.

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3.   Pick a pen name for your Fiverr account that is separate from your own name, like “CatLady24.”  
Important:  DO NOT use your Facebook or Google + account to start your Fiverr account.   How you use Fiverr is your business, and you don’t want your Fiverr gigs blasted into your news feed so your friends all know you paid $5 for your book cover.   Not their business!
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4.  Once you’ve confirmed your account, go into the Fiverr marketplace and search for “book cover” or “proofreader” or “Kindle,” or whatever thing you’re hung up on in the self-publishing process.  SUPER IMPORTANT:   Click the “High Rating” button so that you are looking at the providers with the highest ratings.   The default screen is “Recommended,” which vendors are able to pay for.   Vendors can’t pay for good ratings, so clicking “High Ranking” will get you only the originally highest-rated vendors.  As I mentioned, Fiverr is a very active community with tons of ratings, so you will be able to spot a bad vendor and avoid them.
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5.  Here are two things to look for in a vendor:

  1. I like to only buy gigs from vendors with more than 100 ratings.  This gives the vendor time to do some “trial and error” on the gig and get some feedback.
  2. Make sure the total number of reviews for the gig has at least a 90% overall rating.

Once you’ve found a vendor that looks like they can do what you need, go ahead and buy your first gig!    If you would like my short list of Fiverr providers that I like right now, please feel free to message me!

Also, I’m sure this goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway:   NEVER give any password/ account information to anyone you meet on Fiverr!!