Hiring Freelancers for Your Self-Publishing Project
Part of the Self-Publishing For Dummies Cheat Sheet
You may not have the time or knowledge to cover all aspects of self-publishing a book, so interviewing and hiring a freelancer is a great option for ensuring that each step of the self-publishing process is handled correctly. Some freelancers you may need to hire include a ghostwriter, an editor, a graphic designer for layout and/or cover design, a proofreader, salespeople, a public relations/advertising specialist, and a Web site designer. Ask the following questions when interviewing the freelancers to ensure they have experience working on book projects similar to yours:
What previous experience do you have?
Have you worked on similar book projects in the past?
What are your fees? How do you want to be paid (by the hour or at a pre-defined set rate)?
Can you complete the necessary work in a timely manner (based on the author’s publication schedule)?
Can you provide samples of your previous work or list projects you’ve worked on in the past and provide references?
Here are some additional tips for hiring qualified freelancers:
Make sure that the freelancer understands your book’s target audience and knows how to reach them appropriately.
Review education, training, and past work experience.
Review the freelancer’s portfolio of work.
Negotiate the price or fees in advance. Payment can be based on a flat fee or by the hour. Get a written estimate from the freelancer about the time commitment necessary.
Ensure that the freelancer has time in his schedule to work on your project that matches your time frame.
Determine if you can work with the people you hire. Freelancers shouldn’t compromise your creative vision, so from a creative and personality standpoint, try to pick people you can mesh with.