We list Recommended Services and Service Providers for services specifically focused on the self-published author such as freelance editors, book cover artists, formatting experts, etc. that authors like you love and recommend, then other SavvyAuthors members give real-world reviews of these recommended services and providers based on our their own experiences.
Every service on the IndieCafé Recommends list is just that – recommended. Keep in mind the service will also be reviewed by others. We understand that good people have bad days and sometimes the fit between service provider and customer is not perfect. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and finding a good fit is key to working well together. That’s OK, and we do not expect that all reviews will be positive, but we do expect all reviews to be real, honest, and respectful.
IndieCafé recommendations are only accepted from SavvyAuthors members who are not affiliated with the service.
The IndieCafé Recommends contains a listing of Recommended services and providers that at least one SavvyAuthor or IndieCafé Member felt was worth sharing. This means that they personally believe this service or provider was worth a public recommendation. That’s kind of cool, right?
But one recommendation does not really tell the full tale, so we’ve asked other SavvyAuthors members who have also had experiences with this service or provider to add a review and rating. Anyone who has a Basic (aka free) membership can provide a review and rating. We’re keeping a VERY CLOSE eye on this to weed out spammy reviews. We’re also requiring that all ratings are accompanied by a review comment of at least 200 characters, that’s about 33 words–and we reserve the right to increase this number at any time!
All reviews that are spammy will be removed.
And yes, like beauty, spam may be in the eye of the beholder, so we’ll always contact the reviewer first to ensure that the experience was valid.
We’re also reaching out to the providers who have been Recommended and reviewed to make sure they can respond to all reviews, and we’ll help them do so. We want great editors, cover artists, marketing whiz kids, and publicity gurus to get the credit and clients they need to survive so we all can!
The point is that it’s a pretty scary place out there for indie authors and we’d like to make a small safe space where you can take a deep breath and know you are among friends.
In order to have a community where everyone can feel safe, at ease, and comfortable, the following Code of Conduct applies:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”… In other words, please be courteous, respectful, and kind, there is no room for rude, disrespectful, and nasty comments. We are authors and industry professionals walking the same path with the same goal. We have zero tolerance for bullying.
STOP: Think about what you are writing and what you have typed before hitting the Enter Key.
Be respectful of your fellow members and authors! We are all in this together.
Do post specific Recommendations and reviews about services you have actually used and would tell your friends about. IndieCafé Recommends is about recommending people and services you think are great!.
* Posts that do not meet these criterions will be removed at Administrators discretion.
*Remember each person may have a different experience. So, you may not have clicked with the provider, but another client may love their work.
This editor sucks and I would avoid their services. They were a waste of my money.
My experience with this editor wasn’t as positive as I had hoped. He/she didn’t return emails for two weeks and didn’t meet the deadline that we had decided on.