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Indie on a Budget

So…you’ve written a book. Now what?

Well, if you’re choosing to self-publish, you should know there are a lot of quality resources out there that won’t break the bank! Here is a list of the services I utilized when putting together my book. I can personally vouch for the quality of each. I’ll also be including recommendations from the community at large, which I will be appending to the end of this post.


This is the big one, and usually the highest cost. Editing is essential, but I’ve seen so many indies say they cannot afford it. I understand the plight, which is why I am so glad that a friend of mine introduced me to Kay Springsteen. She is a thoughtful, thorough, professional editor with several years of experience with small presses–and she charges a flat rate.

You can find Kay’s website here:

Cover art:

Another big one! They say you never get a second chance at a first impression, and I’m here to tell you, people do judge books by their covers! Fortunately, there are a number of talented cover artists who work with indie authors to bring your vision to life without breaking the bank!

I used GetCovers. They are a Ukrainian company that does print, audio and ebook covers, as well as independent movie posters, author logos, and promo packages–and their lowest package starts at just $10.00! That’s right, ten dollars for a high quality ebook cover. I don’t think you will find a better deal anywhere!

You can check out the GetCovers portfolio here:

Also affiliated with GetCovers are MiblArt. They do custom work, so their prices run a little higher than GC, but they are still infinitely more affordable than other options I have seen. Well worth a look. Here’s their portfolio:


Formatting is tricky if you don’t know what you are doing. I have a bit of experience from formatting my prior book series, but I wanted Soulmate, Stage Right to stand out, so I enlisted the help of C.B. Everett–and boy, am I glad I did! She offers both paperback and ebook formatting, and is, hands down, the most affordable book formatter that I have come across, and her work is exceptional. Just look at how pretty my book is! She also offers editing services on her website, which you can check out here:

Coming soon: Your Recommendations!