We were recently soliciting a new contractor to handle overflow work with epub and mobi formatting and conversion for BookLocker.com. The candidates were, by and large, very professional, providing their resumes, references, samples of their work, and specific quotes for different levels of difficulty on certain ebooks.
But, there was one individual in particular (“Snippy Susan”) who could very well have been in the running if not for one very important thing.
Snippy Susan flat refused to provide us with samples of work she’d done. We can’t very well gauge the quality of a product without receiving it, and looking it over for flaws. Her excuse was that her clients wouldn’t want their product (an ebook) being sent to a stranger.
The other freelancers we spoke to had previously obtained permission from former clients to use their projects as samples for prospective employers. And, I can’t imagine any kind author or publisher refusing such a request.
Snippy Susan hadn’t thought that out. Worse, her email to us was extremely rude. Despite the fact that she knew who we were, that we’ve published more than 9,000 books, and that our reputation is excellent, she accused us of requesting the books for nefarious purposes.
It’s highly possible that Snippy Susan has never done any epub or mobi formatting or conversions, and that she thought accusing us of intending to “steal” those books might somehow make us back-track, and offer her the job to prove we had honorable intentions.
However, her actions had the opposite effect. Her virtual “interview” ended right then and there.
When you’re working freelance with clients, never hesitate to ask if you can share a project in the future with prospective clients as a sample of your work. Almost every one of your clients will say yes.
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About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
Angela lives on a 52' Irwin Center Cockpit Ketch (sailboat) with her family and pets. Keep up with her family's adventurous liveaboard lifestyle at GotNoTanLines.com
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.
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