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Reasons For My Rates

Many times, upon mentioning the services I offer and their respective rates, there’s a pretty good chance it’s followed up with someone proclaiming that I should charge more, asking why I charge so low, or something along those lines. So, I’ve decided to write this so people can refer here for the answers.

First things first: I’m not a professional. So no, I’m not going to charge industry rates.

However, I have been actively writing for about four-ish years, and currently have four books under my belt (three published). Each book undergoes rigorous editing, sometimes up to five or six read-throughs, before it goes off to my beta readers. After that, I edit it some more before I send it off for publication. So, I’ve become pretty adept at catching errors. I also have become very familiar with the writing, publishing, and eBook formatting process.

Secondly, I currently have a lot of free time, so I don’t really have the mindset of “time is money”. If I was really busy, sure, that would affect what I charge.

Third, I like supporting noobs (to those quick to give the side-eye, that’s said endearingly). I know the struggles it takes to get a foot in the door. One way I can support noobs is to offer an extra set of eyes for affordable prices. For many just starting out, shelling out $1,000+ for a single service just isn’t feasible.

So, with those three things in mind, I’m perfectly fine with the rates I’ve chosen.

“But CJ,” you say. “Low prices are associated with poor quality.”

I know the difference between there, their, and they’re. Bah, what more do you want, heathen?!

Really though, I’m fine with any perceived notion that my eyeballs aren’t good at catching errors simply because of the rate associated with them. I’m not forcing anyone to use my services.

The bottom line? If you want basic writing help but don’t want to pay an arm and leg for it, I’m a good option.

My Fiverr profile can be found HERE.

Over a Thousand Days of Frustration

This post has nothing to do with my books. I’m writing this because, quite frankly, I’m irritated. Have you ever been sick with the common cold? Of course you have. The stuffy, runny nose is quite possibly the worst part. At least it only lasts for about a week on average. Now imagine dealing with that for THREE YEARS. Yeah, that’s what I have dealt with.

I have no idea why it started. All I remember

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Emergent eBook Updates

Hey guys! I found a few errors in Emergent that I’ve now fixed as of posting this. It appears to be automatically pushing the new version to the devices of people who have a copy. I’m not really sure why, because I’ve always heard I had to request that to happen, but I’m quite happy whether it’s a glitch in the matrix or not because I’ve ALSO heard that’s it near impossible to have a request to push updated versions to devices approved.

So, if you already have a copy and noticed any of the errors I did, check it out in 24 hours or so and it should have updated. If not, let me know!

Update: If you ordered or bought a copy before January 19, 2020 and your copy still hasn’t updated with the version with the fixed errors, please contact me through social media or with the form on the Contact page and let me know and I will try my best to get the updated version pushed to your device.

Update to the Previous Post

As an update to the previous post about making a new edition of Dragons’ Myth to have a controllable ISBN and therefore also make some changes, I did some searching and asking around about a certain question I had.

So, it seems like not only will I not be able to get the new edition of the eBook pushed to the device of those who have already bought it, but that I should make an entirely new listing for it as well because previous buyers won’t be able to re-buy the new edition if it’s the same listing. Not sure why, but apparently that’s just the way it is.

Not a big deal either way, but just wanted to let people know.

Ciao for now.

Searching for a fantasy book cover designer

Hey guys, so I’ve decided that I want to get a professional book cover designer for the future. This is so I will not only have covers that look much better, but also so then I can just focus on writing, which means I can publish more books more often. Also, as I move move away from the Dragons’ Myth series, there are fewer and fewer covers that I will be able to do myself anyway. Some covers will also be best done by someone who can draw (an illustrator), and I can’t draw nearly well enough. So, if you design book covers or know someone who does, read on for the details:

This will be long-term if everything goes well, as I have many books planned for the future. I write YA and NA fantasy novels, and I’m looking for someone who can design good covers that have depth, vibrancy, and beautiful art. Examples of covers I like:

– The Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck
– Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake
– The Divergent series by Veronica Roth

It doesn’t matter if you’re a freelancer or a company, but experience in designing fantasy covers is a must. Please email me with your details, and include your prices, samples/your portfolio, and/or a link to your website.

I will update this post when I find a designer.

Bookmarks Have Arrived

As the title says, the bookmarks that I’d ordered have arrived! They look amazing! They’re much better quality than I was expecting, which makes me very happy. I figured they’d basically just be a piece of paper with ink and gloss, but they actually have a thickness and sturdiness to them which is great.

The bookmarks will be sold for $2 each, and at the moment will only be available through delivery (if you’re close enough) or pick up because I still need to figure out how to set up a little store here. That being said, this first batch is already spoken for! I’ll be ordering more this weekend, and they should be here in 1 – 2 weeks. I’ll be making a new page for merch in that time, so keep an eye out there to see when they will be back in stock.

Ciao for now!