As authors we are always looking to get great work done for a good price. Many of us are on tight budgets and have to make our dollars stretch. Today’s post is about Fiverr for Authors. We’re going to talk about the freelance platform Fiverr and how it works. For those of you who don’t know what Fiverr is, it is a freelance platform where you can get all kinds of things done like book marketing, cover design, formatting, etc.
I may get some flack over this post because many people have a mixed view of Fiverr. Some love it and some hate it. Yes, at times you get what you pay for and there are people on there who will do crappy work and take your money without batting an eyelash. This has only happend to me once but I was able to get my money back. I’ll get to that in a minute. Today I wanted to share my experiences with different sellers so you know who you can trust to do a good job. I will also be adding sellers that my author friends have used and have been happy with.
Fiverr for Authors
How it works:
- You set up an account and can either be a buyer or a seller. We’re focusing on being a buyer in this post.
- Search for someone you want to do XYZ.
- Contact if you have questions.
- Place an order.
- Receive order.
- Approve order or ask for revisions.
- Leave a review
One Bad Experience
I’ve been working with sellers on Fiverr off and on since 2017 and have never had a problem until this year. I hired someone to do some off page SEO for me and the work that was done was unacceptable. I repeat DO NOT BUY SEO SERVICES on Fiverr. You are much better off finding someone who has their own business to fulfill your SEO needs. Luckily, I was able to get my money refunded and have moved on from that awful experience. After that, I did some research and have heard others warn about not hiring people on Fiverr for SEO work specifically.
What to Look For In a Seller
There are a few things I recommend when you are looking to hire a Fiverr seller.
- Read their profile fully so you know how long they have been doing what their expertise is.
- Read ALL reviews. Many times the bad reviews are buried under loads and loads of praise. This is crucial, if I would have read ALL the reviews of the SEO person I hired I never would have hired this person.
- If you have any questions at all, contact the seller before you buy. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to. This will help you know if they are a good fit for your project and will help them know if your project is a good fit for their service. I ask a lot of questions before I make a final decision on a seller.
Sellers I Have Used and Have Been Happy With
tlmason-This guy has lots of positive reivews on Fiver and I can understand why. He formatted the e-book version of Shadow of Soul for me and did a fantastic job for a great price. The file uploaded to Amazon KDP perfectly.
Businessmagic-I hired this gal to format the paperback version of Shadow of Soul and she made it look absolutely beautiful. I was using Createspace at the time and when I uploaded the manuscript there were absolutely no issues.
Authoreva-This gal specializes in poetry book blurbs and I hired her to write new blurbs for Lithium Dreams and Melancholy Sunrise and Shadow of Soul. They are definitely working, I’ve sold a few copies of each since replacing my descriptions on Amazon.
Other Great Sellers
farrukh_bala-I hired this guy to fix some issues I had after uploading one of my new book covers to KDP. He fixed it with no issues. He also did some 3D Mockups of my other books and they look fantastic.
anamzaheer-I hired this gal to format the cover of the “hardback” version of Shadow of Soul. I sent her the “hardcover cover” template from IngramSpark and my already designed cover template and she formatted it for IngramSpark. Uploaded and was accepted with no issues.
Sellers My Author Friends Have Used and Have Been Happy With
psalmy-This gentlemaan is also recommended by my friend Jennifer for book formatting specifically.
I hope this post sheds some light on the Fiverr platform and helps you navigate it for your next hiring experience. I wanted to provide you with some sellers that my author friends and myself have had positive experiences with. Have you had a positive experience with a seller on Fiverr? I would love to know.