10 Services for Authors on Fiverr

Fiverr® is an American website presenting a gigantic offer of services whose basic version costs 5 dollars. You can find anything and everything there, from a young woman who sings you “happy birthday” in a punk rock style to the one who sends you a kit containing craft ginger beer and chili peppers. Everything is possible in this grand bazaar of the bizarre where all that the planet has of broke creatives, amateur artists, and salespeople who want to supplement their ends of the month offer their ideas and talents.

How Fiverr® Works

The Fiverr® interface, translated into French, allows you to find services by category or carry out searches with very detailed suggestions. Warning: if you conduct your search using French keywords, it may not return any results.

Several recommendations usually rank the services listed by a page, but you can also sort them by ratings (“High Rating”) or by order of newness. It is also possible for you to add a filter as soon as you choose a category or a sub-category. Thus, in the illustration category, you can select the type of illustration, the style, the file format, and the ancillary services.

Within a list, each offer is represented by a thumbnail which gives you its rating by hovering over the image and allows you to save it or add it to your favourites. By clicking on it, you discover the details, including some information that can be very useful, such as the number of orders in progress and the average response time of the provider. the most important element of this page is the portfolio, which can contain videos or images. Finally, you will find at the bottom of the page the rates and services offered, called “Gigs®”. In practice, the basic rate, $5, will rarely be enough for you, since you will need various services that are not included in this small amount. Despite everything, the service will often cost you less than elsewhere, even if there are certain abuses.

Fiverr® for Authors: Ten Examples

Warning: the examples of service providers that I give are not recommendations, but research results that seem to me to correspond to the needs of the authors.

1.Make a book cover

Pascal Bléval demonstrated recently , it is difficult for a self-published book to achieve profitability, because it is burdened by numerous fixed costs. Among these costs, those relating to the cover are particularly strategic for the success of the work. The readers of this blog know my background and my choices in this area. As much as possible, I recommend using professional graphic designers, with whom it is possible to build long-term relationships. But the beginner author, who does not know if his book will appeal and who wants to obtain a cover at a lower cost, may find it beneficial to test his market with an image from Fiverr®.

What kind of result you can expect

No need to look for originality, graphic finesse or typographic games. Your cover will look like others belonging to the genre in which you are writing. If you are an author of thrillers, romances, or how-to books, you will be able to get a decent quality product. If you are on the border of several genres, if you write science fiction, fantasy, children’s literature, theater or poetry, the result will be more uncertain.

How to choose

Look for a graphic designer who has already made covers of the genre that is yours. Avoid those whose portfolio is almost empty or contains covers made by professional editors.

How to improve the end result

As soon as you have placed an order, you will be asked to provide a description of what you want, most of the time in English (thanks Google translation ). Don’t be too specific, but avoid the most important misinterpretations. For example, specify that you want a photo of a young red-haired woman or an image from World War II. Pay attention to titles and subtitles: be very specific about accents, capitals and spaces.

You can send images, for example royalty-free photos found elsewhere or examples of what you want.

For what price

From $5 for a basic ebook cover to $50 for an editable high definition ebook and hardcover book cover made with a stock image.

Some service providers

Tointoin1

PixelStudio

Janielescueta

2.Illustrate a book

If you write children’s literature, science fiction or fantasy, you will often need illustrations to make your ideas visible. These illustrations can be used to make a cover, illustrate the inside of your book, or create banners or slideshows.

The amount of illustrators selling their art on Fiverr® is impressive. Do not hesitate to use the filters to limit the choice.

What kind of result you can expect

Fiverr® illustrators tend to lean towards the American or Asian style, more rarely European, never French. If you like cartoons, manga, realistic images or naive drawings for children, you will find what you are looking for here.

How to choose

If possible, your illustrator should have done exactly the kind of artwork you want. Don’t believe promises like, “I draw anything in any style.” The portfolio must be abundant, with many positive reviews. Pay attention to color, and always check what is included in the basic Gig® and what needs to be added. For $5, you’ll most often get a pencil scan.

How to improve the result

Here too, you will not avoid going through the Google translation box. Be specific about what you want: style, description of characters and background, clothing, color, shadows…

For what price

From $5 to $100

Some service providers

Scarlet Harlequin, aka Morgan Banks, my illustrator

Kairi, my other illustrator ( The Candy Bag )

3.Digitally format an ebook

What kind of result you can expect

The services vary, from the simple conversion of a word document into an epub or Mobi file to the proper professional formatting of ebook files.

How to choose

The service provider must have the necessary skills to edit your file and correct errors. It must guarantee formatting without hidden errors, margins coming off the page, etc. Also, check customer reviews and recommendations.

How to improve the result

Provide a basic HTML file. Specify your choice of contents (added at the end, deleted, etc.). Demand an epub without errors, having passed all the tests.

For what price

From $5 for a simple conversion to around $70 for a file corrected, groomed, and sent to Amazon.

Some service providers

Kindle_Format

Receive

4.Layout the paper version

What kind of result you can expect

A book is laid out using a standard template, preferably in layout software like InDesign. The result is a pdf file that you can send to a printer on demand.

How to choose

Choose service providers who work on professional software like InDesign. Avoid those that also offer poster or cover design. Knowledge of Createspace formats is a plus.

How to improve the result

Provide a good quality Word file, with consistent use of paragraph styles and a beginning layout that matches your paper book (false title, legal information page, dedication).

For what price

Count $25 to $45

Some service providers

Aalishaa , which declines its offer in several versions.

5.Correction and proofreading in English

What kind of result you can expect

A short text in English free of errors and correctly written, intended to communicate with Anglo-Saxons without making a fool of themselves.

How to choose

Choose a native English speaker living in the UK or US, preferably with literary degrees.

How to improve the end result

Provide a text that you have written in English or translated automatically, plus an explanation indicating what you want to express.

For what price

$5 for 1,000 words

Some service providers

Mrproofreading

Replace

6.Get an original website or WordPress theme

What kind of result you can expect

A fixed website, which will be difficult to change without resorting to a specialist, or an original WordPress theme, but never updated.

How to choose

Choose a professional whose portfolio contains visible examples

How to improve the end result
For what price

From $5 to $100.

Some service providers

1511

Websparkles

7.Create a trailer and add a French voice to it

What kind of result you can expect

A nice trailer with action movie music, but similar to many others. You will also find some French voices that you have already heard in commercials.

How to choose

Prioritize simplicity. Feel free to provide images, free music, short videos, textures. Don’t expect to limit yourself to $5.

How to improve the end result

By providing images, videos, textures, fonts, music, mockup of your 3D book.

For what price

From $5 for a standardized product to $200 for a more luxurious product.

Some service providers

Funkygfx

rachelbostwick

8.Obtain marketing benefits

What kind of result you can expect

The marketing section is divided into:

· Web Analytics

· Article & PR Submission

· Blog Mentions

· Domain Research

· Fan Pages

· Keywords Research

· SEO

· Bookmarking & Links

· Social Marketing

· GetTraffic

· Video Marketing

· Reviews

I will not go into the details of these services, but know that most of the services are limited to the US Web.

9.Have a logo or signature made

What kind of result you can expect

A standard logo for an editorial label or series. A calligraphic signature.

How to choose

A matter of taste. Avoid logos that are too commercial (like: pizzeria or laundry).

How to improve the end result

Choose a designer who has done the kind of logos you’re looking for. Be very specific about style and symbols. Provide examples, drawings. Explain in detail what the logo will be used for.

For what price

From $5 to $45 approximately.

Some service providers

gigblast

Ei8htz

Looking

10.Whiteboard Drawing

What kind of result you can expect

One of those videos showcasing ideas or a product on a whiteboard. Not real drawings, but clip art presented as such.

How to choose

Avoid videos with overly commercial connotations.

How to improve the end result

Provide royalty free images, fonts, logos, music.

For what price

From $5 for a basic video to $45 for a more complete service.

A few providers (only one, in fact)

Market_video

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