A Few of My Favorite Contractors

This week at the SFF Seven we’re talking about Contractor Best Practices. And already CharissaJames, and KAK have posted great articles about communication and clear expectations. I whole-heartedly ditto everything they said.

So, instead of reiterating, I thought I’d share my own favorite contractors. It’s a great opportunity to give them a shout-out. One of the best parts of being an author who self-publishes is that you become the source of work for other people. I love that I, by creating words, am a font which then flows money out to the people who do work for me. They are vital parts of my business and I’d hate to be without them.

These days, after years of honing my practices, they’re a pretty lean team.

My Assistant

First and foremost, my amazing assistant is the fabulous Carien Ubink, aka book blogger Sullivan McPig. Whenever someone asks what my assistant does for me, I reel off the list and then – for about half an hour afterward – I’m adding “Oh, and she also does this!” We’ve been working together for years now. (She could tell you how many, which is one of the things she does for me.) She’s the best.

My Cover Artist

While I occasionally use other cover artists, my go-to and favorite is Ravven. She’s done the majority of my covers and I hope will do many, many more. She has an uncanny ability to take my inadequate descriptions and hand me back a gorgeous cover that exceeds my imagination. She’s timely, helpful, goes the extra mile. No one else comes close to her in talent, skill, and clean business practices.

My Proofreader

Crystal Watanabe at Pikko’s House handles all of my editorial. She’s super fast, thorough, and a delight to work with. She also operates a business that offers the gamut of editorial services. I highly recommend checking out Pikko’s House.

My Formatter

Yes, I farm out my formatting – largely because my formatter, Paul at BB eBooks, is so fantastic. He accommodates my sometimes screechingly tight turnaround times, always doing a stellar job, and with a great attitude. There’s nobody I trust more to get the job done right.

4 Replies to “A Few of My Favorite Contractors”

  1. First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question that
    I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out
    how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.

    I have had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas
    out. I do enjoy writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure
    out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Appreciate it!

    1. I can make a point to discuss this on the podcast if you like, but I have two immediate answers. 1) This is one reason I advocate for writing every day at the same time every day (or as close as you can get it). Building that habit cues your creative subconscious that NOW is the time to write. 2) It takes everyone, me included, time to ramp up into the words. I write in three, one-hour sessions, with breaks between, and the first hour almost always has the lowest wordcount. Just let that 10-15 minutes be what it is and look on it as necessary prep time. 🙂

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