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Frequently Asked Questions

General

BookGarage is an ecosystem where self-publishing authors, freelancing publishing professionals and discerning readers can find each other and support each other in order to create better books and publications.

A book project is a book in progress. It’s a book or a draft (or writing effort) in search of a service in order to be completed. This goes from editing, to covers, to help with blurb and synopsis, to translation and video trailers, or to file conversion and distribution to major online retailers, and much more.

The members in BookGarage are self-publishers, freelancers and readers. In other words, people who care about books and publications, about writing and reading, and about creating the best possible reading experience in a supportive online ecosystem.

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Membership is free. BookGarage will offer a wide variety of services for self-publishers, and in different price classes.

BookGarage adopts the industry standard security measures to keep your personal data safe and will never use your information for anything not related to BookGarage operations.

BookGarage is also a social network where the common interest is books, literature, and publications. Members can use the same tools normally expected in social networks to socialize, create discussion groups, and interact.

To start a book project in BookGarage, you must hold the rights for the work. If you have signed a contract with a publishing house or if you represent an author, make sure that you hold the rights to work with that book if intended for publication.

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds from a number of people over the internet towards a common service, project or product. In BookGarage anyone can support book projects through crowdfunding.

BookGarage is the ecosystem where self-publishing authors, freelancing publishing professionals and discerning readers support each other. Everything we do is built on these three pillars, including readers in the process. Other “editing service providers” only broker publishing services. We strongly believe that a well-functioning ecosystem needs all three pillars.

Authors

A book project is a book in progress. It’s a book or a draft (or writing effort) in search of a service in order to be completed. This goes from editing, to covers, to help with blurb and synopsis, to translation and video trailers, or to file conversion and distribution to major online retailers, and much more.

Nothing. Starting a book project costs nothing; but the freelancers will charge for jobs assigned to them. The freelancers set their own rates, and hence there may be a wide range of prices to fit your budget. An author can also try to crowdfund the costs of a project.

You will find the best and most dedicated freelancers in BookGarage. Our heuristics ensure that freelancers in BookGarage consistently produce services that satisfy the writers’ needs. You will be able to rate freelancers yourself.

Selecting freelancers based on a set of personal criteria is at the base of the automatic notification process in BookGarage. The best freelancers who comply with your requests—plus manually added ones—will be notified of your existing project and needs, they will be able to explore your project definition in detail, and contact you to propose their services.

The whole ecosystem—you included—benefits from honest evaluation of performed jobs. BookGarage will then apply different rating techniques, and as a whole this will help authors find the freelancer they need, it will encourage freelancers to do their very best, and it will contribute to better books for the readers to enjoy.

Existing books can be the object of a book project: a book in need of further editing, a new cover design, a translation, etc. The rights holder will be able to make previously published books available in BookGarage, and start new book projects.

Readers are an important component of BookGarage, as they are the VIPs for any writer. Writers will be able to submit their titles for promotions, and, if accepted they’ll prominently featured in our newsletter, highlighted in our readers’ community, participate in our marketing partners programs.

There are multiple ways in BookGarage for you to make your work(s) more visible. An author might be looking for beta readers, reviewers, publishing services—notified to freelancers—and/or made visible to readers for possible fan-support programs such as crowdfunding. Free copies in exchange of honest, thoughtful reviews, sales periods, and more. Other marketing channels and opportunities are also available based on quality and readers support.

Without wasting a second. Each time readers propose themselves as beta readers in one or more genres, authors will be notified. Also, beta readers are notified when authors are in search of them.

The rights holder of the original version of the book, typically the author or publisher, maintains the copyright of the book after it has been serviced in BookGarage, including the associated material such as the cover.

Freelancers

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Using BookGarage’s advanced search filter you can find book projects that match your skills and desires, and then bid for a job. Even better, you can subscribe to BookGarage’s notifications, and let interesting jobs come directly to you.

A book project is a book in progress. It’s a book or a draft (or writing effort) in search of a service in order to be completed. This goes from editing, to covers, to help with blurb and synopsis, to translation and video trailers, or to file conversion and distribution to major online retailers, and much more.

Your membership is free! It’s also free to search for jobs and set your fees on job requests. We add our service's fee to your Freelancer’s quote, so the Author always sees the all-in price with our charges included. On final settlement, you will receive exactly the fee you have agreed on with the Author.

Advanced search filtering is available in BookGarage. You can fine-tune your search criteria to only find what really matters to you.

Depending on how much information you have made public in your profile, and depending on your BookGarage rating, writers have a multitude of ways to find you and propose you a book project to work on. At the same time, BookGarage can promote you if your performance in previous projects in BookGarage is outstanding.

The whole ecosystem—you included—will benefit from honest evaluation of the various book projects. BookGarage will apply different rating techniques and, as a whole, this will help authors find the freelancer they need, and it will help you as a freelancer to find book projects you can enjoy and authors you will enjoy working with.

Readers

Advanced search filtering is available in BookGarage. You can also set notification preferences to be the first in line when an interesting book project hits the BookGarage shelves.

Authors can decide to make a whole book or an excerpt available for readers to enjoy, especially when seeking for comments and reviews.

There are no added costs. BookGarage is not a bookstore, hence you cannot buy books directly from BookGarage. However, you can find great and high quality self-published books in BookGarage and the links to bookstores which sell them.

Yes. You can create your private lists of books, or make them public and ask other readers to contribute and share their best titles and authors with you.

We cherish thoughtful and honest reviews in BookGarage,. We are readers, too, and are tired of comments void of any relevance to the book, sockpuppets, reviews that share no impression about the work and reveal nothing about what triggered the reader in a positive or negative way. Needless to say, public reviews in BookGarage will be moderated before being visible on the site and shareable to other social networks and/or e-retailers websites. Private reviews, visible only through your profile and your contacts, will not be moderated.

You can start a discussion with other readers, you can review it for your own record and share it with your contacts, or you can review it publicly in BookGarage for all to see. In the last case, the review will be moderated and vetted for editorial standards before being visible to the whole BookGarage community.

  • You will be able to offer your beta reading skills and services to writers based on your selection, genre, experience, and more.
  • Authors can notify readers when they are searching for beta readers. You will be notified if the genre is within your selection criteria.

No. If you are a professional editor, you can sign up as a freelancer in BookGarage and start looking for paid jobs. Beta readers, by definition, are invited to read unpublished drafts for free, give constructive feedback and contribute to a better end product. With a little bit of luck, the author might choose to mention you in the book credits.

No. The world has no boundaries, and literary jewels are written in all languages of the world. Moreover, members of BookGarage speak many languages.

You can start a book project proposal. You can provide financial support for the book project to turn into reality.

A book project is a book in progress. It’s a book or a draft (or writing effort) in search of a service in order to be completed. This goes from editing, to covers, to help with blurb and synopsis, to translation and video trailers, or to file conversion and distribution to major online retailers, and much more.

Readers can support book projects in many ways in BookGarage. For example, you can volunteer to become a beta reader and therefore have an impact on the final book before publishing. Or, you can financially support the book project through crowdfunding, and earn your share of the book royalties.

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds from a number of people over the internet towards a common service, project or product. In BookGarage anyone can support book projects through crowdfunding.

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