Do you need money to hire Beta Readers? Copy Editors? Cover Artists?
What about a bit of pocket change to promote your book?
Well, most of us do. We indie authors are up against it. One lament I hear every single time I visit a forum or a Facebook group is: “I can’t afford _______.” Just fill in the blank. Some of us lie to ourselves because we don’t want to afford those services. And gosh, it sounds just fine to plead poverty. Gives the image of the struggling author living in a cold-water garret suffering for his craft. Some consider publishing a book an adventure. “Hey, if I make a little money on the side, great. If not, I’m in the groove. I’m a published author.” Chatting that up on a first date, or with the carpool mommies, or at cocktail parties has more cachet than saying, “I work at Walmart.”
BUT! If you are serious about your books and want the best for them, you have to find the money somewhere, somehow, to hire a beta reader, a cover artist or fund that Bookbub slot. I’m gonna tell you some easy ways to get that money up. It’s nothing more than reallocating the resources you have in your pocket right now, curbing a few expenditures and perhaps a wee bit of sacrificing. Once you get that ball rolling and sell a few books and have a royalty check rolling in every month, you won’t have to continue budget tightening.
TIP ONE: Did you know that if you are a household of one or two, you are spending not less than $400 a year on paper towels? Add a puffer-munchkin or two and that rises to not less than $600 a year. On paper towels. Here’s what I did. I pulled my oldest towels out of my linen box and cut those suckers up into six or eight. I haven’t bought a roll of paper towel in three years.
TIP TWO: Turn off your hot water heater at the junction box at night, or during the day, if no one is home. I save $20 to $22 a month on my power bill doing so. $240 a year.
Just those two tips and you will have in hand enough $$$ for a beta reader or proof reader, a fantastic professional cover and enough to pay for a Bookbub promo slot for a FREE campaign. It is a fact, we spend the most money in our kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. And yes, I use cents off coupons. Once or twice a year, I plot an extreme coupon shopping trip. I order my coupons from Coupon Dede. I recycle aluminum cans, too. Bought a can crusher at Ace Hardware and hung it on the back kitchen wall. I take cans to the recycling center twice a year. It is not much money, but it buys a tank or two of gas. I’m in the habit of doing those things, so I continue even as a royalty check rolls in every month. I use it to have memes designed or website banners and pay maintenance on my websites and blogs because I am not tech savvy.
If you are adult enough and focused enough to write a book and publish it, you have enough sense to look at your spending habits and how to budget. How dedicated you are to doing the best you can for your book will influence how serious you are or not about authorship.
I’m Jackie Weger. Thank you for stopping by. Comments welcome. If you have a savings tip, please share it.
@Jackie Weger 2016