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Your book's creative work doesn't end with your manuscript. Going through your self-publishing timetable, you will arrive at the point where you will have to reach out and collaborate with other creative individuals to move your book to completion.

By the time the ink dries on your manuscript, you will need to apply a different kind of ink on to your book's cover with the help of a knowledgeable book illustrator. This is in addition to getting your book edited and converted to the proper publication format and deciding on the mode of distribution and channels where your book is to be promoted and sold.

This may sound overwhelming, but you don't have to think about investing a fortune to do this. Freelancers are ready to help you along a number of steps to publication. But the task of finding a freelancer to work with you can become as harrowing as it was to write your manuscript. So here are several pointers that should make the search a bit easier.

Word-of-Mouth Suggestion Often missed, conversing about the needs of your masterpiece with associates you trust can sometimes turn up invaluable outcomes. Budget issues may be a major constraint on your project, or looking for individuals to do spec work without getting paid immediately. If this is the case, consulting friends and their network affiliations is a good option to consider. Be careful not to be domineering or disrupt the cordial relationship you already have with an acquaintance by being challenging to work with. Instead, be sincere about your requirements up front, you might find a very willing partner who's more than happy to be a part of your team. A clearly defined set of goals, together with enthusiasm for your project, will probably attract illustrators, book designers, PR pros, and editors, and you never know whose best friend's uncle just happens to be a retired illustrator.

Design School Students Regardless if you're way beyond your college years, universities are fine places to find people enthusiastic about laboring on projects while gaining experience. Most town or small city hosts a school within its vicinity. Determine if your local school has a department that focuses on what you're looking for and then contact them to see if you can get your job posted in their campus bulletin board. At the same time, it might also be an excellent idea to go to the career-planning department. Besides providing another place to post employment positions, the staff at the career center can also give you advice on offering college credit in exchange for work. An attractive enticement for college students is the chance to secure a portfolio of work that showcases their skill. Offer them published for their work, a copy of the book, and even a reference.

Crowd Sourcing Finding for a freelancer online brings you in touch with a greater pool to choose from. There exists, however, a real possibility to locate a teammate located in a completely different part of the world. If you're comfortable with only having the capability to collaborate with each other through Skype, numerous sites exist to help you to find a perfect cohort. You just list your needs and expect for the interested bids to arrive. O-Desk and eLance, for instance, enable you to describe what you're looking for, and how much you are willing. These sites are free. As the replies come in you may inspect the candidates' work, interact with them about the job, and aim to get a handle on their personalities before you enter into an agreement. You might be situated in California, and they could be in the Philippines, but it could be a perfect match.

Jared Silverstone has worked in the self-publishing industry and now advises authors on matters about writing, editing and marketing books on their own through self-publishing companies such as AuthorHouse. He contributes to various sites including the AuthorHouse Writers Advice Center. He also maintains the blog Indie Book Adventures.

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