Swopsies

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I’m going to try out a new idea, and hopefully some of you scribblers will be willing to come on board. The Absolute Indie is not only for self-publishing newbies, but also for Indies who have limited or zero budgets. Proofreading, cover design, formatting for Kindle or CreateSpace or any of the other bits that go into the publishing of a book can be expensive, and although all of these things are covered in the book, not everyone is keen to try. This is where swopsies can come into play. I’ve made a dedicated page for this here, and if any of you would like to participate or have any suggestions for the format that will be fabulous.
I suggest that you say what services you would be interested in swopping, and what services you would swop them for. I reckon you can never have too many proofreaders, so I’ll go first and offer proofing for proofing, or cover design for proofing. If you want to join the swopsy brigade then send me the link to your Contact Me page with your desired exchanges and I’ll put your name up on the page. Maybe also a link to your Amazon page so that potential swoppers can see what genres you write or your cover designs and the way you’ve formatted your books for if that’s what you’re offering by way of exchange.
I’m not suggesting that anyone forego professional proofreading by the way, so don’t yell, but I think that getting our work proofed by fellow scribblers rather than non-writing friends or only ourselves when the budget is tight is a much better idea. And if a few of us get on board with this we could make our publishing trips a lot easier, and I reckon it could be fun too. The page is up and there’s a widget in the sidebar too. All input and suggestions most gratefully accepted.

 

Swopsies

67 thoughts on “Swopsies

    Serins said:
    September 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Very excellent idea.🙂 if I ever get that far I’ll keep this in mind.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you Serins. 🙂 You’re well on your way, so join in anytime.

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    Stephen Liddell said:
    September 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I think this is a really great idea Jo, I will be in touch. Publishing is so fraught with opportunities for new writers in particular to lose money and in all the excitement it is easy to forget the end goal is usually to make money! One has to make an awful lot of sales to cover the many hundreds it costs for an editor for example.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Excellent Stephen – I’ll add you to the list whenever you’re ready. You’re so right too – some scribblers spend thousands to get their book out the gates, only to sell a handful, and you’re right about the sales too. Who better to help each other than each other. 🙂

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    mbarkersimpson said:
    September 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Hi, Jo. I’m happy to be added to the list and could offer a proofreading swap. My link to contact me is: http://www.mbarkersimpson.co.uk/contact-me/😀

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    Marje @ Kyrosmagica said:
    September 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Nice idea Jo.:)

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you Marje – I think it’s going to succeed too with the interest so far and hopefully to come. 🙂

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    mbarkersimpson said:
    September 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Reblogged this on A place to write, read, discuss and explore the literary world. and commented:
    Head on over to Jo’s place to learn all about her new initiative ‘Swopsies!’

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    coldhandboyack said:
    September 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    This is a great idea. I’ll have to put some thought into it. It’s hard to hold myself out as good at something, but I may have something to offer. I’ve certainly walked this path a time or two.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you Craig – you have loads that you’re great at and you have writer’s eyeballs too. It will be great if you hop aboard too. 🙂

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    Annika Perry said:
    September 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Nifty idea Jo and I’ll definitely consider putting my name down. I haven’t proofread others work apart from local friends so always a bit hesitant at the beginning. What lengths work were you thinking? Articles, short stories, novels? Best of luck with the venture.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Annika! I was thinking that anything goes – short or long. We can just contact those who are on the list and then discuss particular swops with each other. We’re all going to come at this not offering our services as professional proofreaders, but rather as writers, which I reckon is right up there on the pro list anyway because we’re doing it all the time with our own work. You’re more than welcome to join in whenever you like.🙂

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    ailsaabrahamwp said:
    September 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Fab idea. I’ll be in touch. Never does any harm to have a new pair of eyes on the MS. I’m also useless at cover design so always willing to swap.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Yay Ailsa! I’ll add you as you as you say. 🙂

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    September 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Jo Robinson with an excellent strategy to reduce the costs associated with indie publishing such as editing, proofreading, formatting, design etc. Swap your skill for a skill that another author has.

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    ailsaabrahamwp said:
    September 22, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Just submitted my skills and reblogging this on my site – thanks, Jo!

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    D. Wallace Peach said:
    September 22, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Great idea, Jo. I’m in. I need to think about what I can offer and what I’m looking for and then I’ll be back to follow the instructions. I think an Amazon link would be helpful or a statement about what genre the person writes in. I want to support other indie authors more and this is a great opportunity.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Cool Diana! Proofreading anything you write will have the added bonus of a superb story. When you’re ready, I’ll add you. The Amazon link would definitely be helpful and maybe the genre as well. Some people don’t read some genres at all – you’re right. Glad you’re in!

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    theowllady said:
    September 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    So this is almost like having beta readers if we chose editing or proof reading? (which I would we interested in) Can the books be earlier published works or do they have to be new? @v@❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      We can add beta reading too Viv – good catch – I forgot to add that one. We wouldn’t have to swop for the same – we can say what we have to swop and what we’re looking for, and maybe use the comments section on the page by following comments there, and anytime anyone posts a new request we would get notified. Definitely earlier published works – I’m hoping to give all my already published ones a new going over this way, so if you’re interested in that I’ll be happy to swop with you. ❤ X

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    theowllady said:
    September 22, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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    Eric Klingenberg said:
    September 22, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    What a great idea

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    lovessiamese said:
    September 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles.

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    Wendy Janes said:
    September 22, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    What an excellent idea.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Wendy! You’re a professional and you liking this is a fabulous gold star. XX

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    gillswriting said:
    September 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Ohhhh so tempted to ask for beta readers on swapsie but then I have to someone else “hold my baby” ! Great idea as always and one day I may be ready to join in!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      It will be brilliant whenever you’re ready to join Gill! We’ll be gentle with your baby too. 🙂

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    September 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    A great idea from Jo 👍

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    olganm said:
    September 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    It’s a great idea, Jo. In Spanish I’ve swapped translations for proofreading but due to the time involved in translating that usually would mean proofreading several works. I’d be happy to exchange proofreading with other (I tend to catch things out anyway) but not being a native English speaker I’m not sure if people would be interested.
    At the moment I’m revamping things, but happy to leave my contact page for future reference.
    https://olganm.wordpress.com/contact-me/

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Excellent Olga! I’ll add you now. Translation would definitely be worth quite a few other things to be worth the swop. I’d certainly be very happy to swop English proofing with you anytime – your writing is fabulous. XX

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    Jack Eason said:
    September 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Take advantage🙂

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    September 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

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    Margot Kinberg said:
    September 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Really interesting!!!!

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    russtowne said:
    September 23, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I love the idea, Jo!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you Russ! We have some nice interest already, so join on up if you like. 🙂

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    Patrick Jones said:
    September 23, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Great idea, Jo! Right now I have a ton of irons in the fire with a couple more books coming up, but would be interested a little later for sure. I will check back when I have more time and list my swopsie info!! Thanks for your great idea!

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    Elle Knowles said:
    September 23, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Reblogged this on Finding Myself Through Writing.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Patrick! It will be great to have you join whenever you’re ready to jump in. I’ll keep on reminding everyone on the blog now and then and keep the link circulating. XX

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    Elle Knowles said:
    September 23, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Wonderful idea Jo! Reblogged, but missed the opportunity to introduce! This new format on WordPress – especially the mobile app – baffles me sometimes! ~Elle

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you Elle! I hope you join too. WordPress changes are always eye wobblers for me – anything can happen around here. 😀

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        Elle Knowles said:
        September 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

        Lucky to find time to even write at this time in my life Jo. I think the older I get the less productive I am. Trying to turn that around! ~Elle

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    jenanita01 said:
    September 23, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Brilliant idea, Jo, and I’d love to help. Just as soon as I figure out the contact page thing I’ll come back…

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Anita & Jaye! What you do is create a new page, and then use Contact Me in the title line. Third from the lift at the top of the page there’s a button that says Add Contact Me Page. Just choose the layout you like there and click to publish the page. It will always be at the top of your blog, and any time someone fills it in, WordPress will email you. Great to have you aboard!🙂

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    jenanita01 said:
    September 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Reblogged this on Anita & Jaye Dawes.

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    stuartaken said:
    September 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

    An excellent idea, Jo. I’d like to offer service as a beta reader on a reciprocal basis. You’ll find me at http://stuartaken.net/ and http://author.to/stuartaken

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      September 24, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Great Stuart – thanks! I’ll add your links. I sent an email to you before this comments popped up. 🙂

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    D.G.Kaye said:
    September 27, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Fabulous idea Jo! I won’t be joining this list just yet, but I shall when I have something to give back. As of now, I’m swamped and I hire out.🙂

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    jjspina said:
    September 28, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    This is a great idea, Jo. I would love to have you proof the new novel I am currently working on when it is completed. I would be happy to proof any of yours too. I do copyediting for other authors already. I will let you know when it is done. It may not be for a few months though. Blessings & hugs, my friend! xo

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    October 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    An excellent idea, Jo.

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    kathyrollinson said:
    October 19, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Reblogged this on kathyrollinson.

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    Alexander M Zoltai said:
    February 20, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:
    Today’s re-blog offers a radically unique but highly practical service to Indie writers🙂

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