Rent Me

I’ve been giving out free advice to authors, artists and entrepreneurs for several years. During that time I’ve been building businesses, starting websites, raising my prices, publishing books and growing my platform. Although I’m pretty good at nearly all aspects of building a creative business, I’ve recently discovered the area where I really excel.

I often tell people things like “Get started – it’s so easy! You just pick a name, buy a domain, pick a WordPress theme and start writing!”

If I’m with them, I can take out a notepad, consolidate their idea and brainstorm it into a powerful brand name and the perfect tagline. I can isolate the ideal focus (which is a blend of their core passion and the subject that others value enough to make it profitable). In minutes I can build a masterful one year business plan for quick growth, dream up innovative ways to market and promote, offer book titles or products or events that will sell well and explode your platform. I can jot down 10 powerful headlines that will drive viral traffic.

I can do all these things because I’m a creative genius, because I have a ton of experience in this area, because I’ve gone through this process hundreds of times already, and because I truly love it. It’s my favorite thing to do in the world.

It’s gotten really easy for me, which is why I’ve assumed anybody could do it.

But I’ve realized recently that very few people can.

Everybody will tell you to choose a powerful brand name, target the precise subject that makes you unique and memorable, tell your personal story in an epic way… but they couldn’t actually help you to do it, and on your own you may flounder or procrastinate for a year and still have trouble concentrating your skills or values into a profitable lifestyle business.

I’ve resisted selling anything on Creativindie for a long time, and I plan to continue to make a lot of free stuff for you.

And if you email me with questions or seeking advice, I’ll probably help you anyway for free.

But if you want my full attention, and you want a bunch of my time (which I don’t like to share, because I’m working on huge projects of my own) then you’ll have to pay for it.

Creative Independence Consult: $500

$500 will get you a CIC – a Creative Independence Consult. I’ll take a look at everything you’re doing, all the projects you’ve made, all the products you’re selling and tell you how to improve them. If I can do an easy design overhaul I will. I’ll give you a specific, multi-layered business plan for growth, with a bunch of action steps, and help you achieve them.

We can chat on Skype, for best results we will probably do a 30 minute session, followed by a week of work, a 15 minute checkin, another week of work, and a final 15 chat. On top of this 1 hour of face-time, I’ll also spend up to 4 hours brainstorming for you, researching opportunities, possibly creating guest posts to promote you (or telling you how/where you should do them), building viral content if applicable, or setting up your website or platform better.

Keep in mind you’re mostly renting me for my breathtaking creative superiority: I can solve problems and generate brands and play with words and envision a successful future for you better than anyone else in the world.

I won’t be making your a book cover (I may do a quick reboot that will significantly boost sales, but I won’t give you as much control as I allow my real clients). I won’t build you a website (I charge at least $1000 for that) although I can help you get started and set it up. But I will help you focus, clarify, and get started.

I’m putting this offer up because I know how valuable it is and how many people need it, but I’ll also be writing a few guides and ebooks soon that will walk you through the process (you’ll get a basic version if you sign up to my list).

I prefer writing everything down once so that you can do things yourself and I can keep happily working on my exciting projects, and I may decide I’d rather continue doing this for free, and only with my friends, than charge for it.

So read some of my content, books and guides before you decide anything. This would just be a last option if you’re really stuck getting started and can’t seem to focus on building a creative, income-generating business that turns your life into a thrilling adventure.

  • Hi Jerry – thanks for writing and also for your book review! Very generous of you; you’re write I haven’t figured out how to make academic mythology research books pay (I’ll do better on my next book though). I’ve been distracted with work and Creativindie, which is a new platform… much easier to grow than HB. I’m writing some novels this fall, but will go back to Taiwan and finish my thesis next year, so I hope to publish late next year. Happy you’re interested, I’m sure we can find ways to cross promote once I get back into research.

    Thanks,
    Derek

    • Jerry Russell

      Thanks Derek – glad to hear you haven’t forgotten about the project on Milton. Even if political / historical research isn’t the most popular or easiest to sell, I’m sure I could do much better than I’ve been doing: in terms of writing in a way that’s interesting, generating a lot of content with less effort & procrastination, and marketing to reach whatever audience might be interested.

      I wonder if those novels of yours are somehow written to convey ideas from HB? If so, kudos; or if not, I can completely understand the desire to sell a lot of copies, become more famous & make some cash.

      I’m actually pretty interested in the CIC, which sounds like a great deal; but will take your advice to start by reading your content, books & guides first.

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  • Rob Werden

    I like your art and might want to hire you to create my cover. Do you draw character faces?

    • No – I’m not that kind of illustrator – plus I don’t recommend illustration for most book covers. My covers site is here: http://www.bookcovers.creativindie.com

      • Rob Werden

        So for faces, it would be stock photos? What i’m looking for is I have a specific appearance of my character in my mind, which is based on someone I admire. I just don’t want to use her image directly, but I want it altered to avoid directly copying her. So maybe photo editing?

  • Hemant Gautam

    Hi Derek,

    I saw a post by you on Publishing Insider related to Chinese eBooks. We are very strong with conversion in languages with English characters and often have challenges with Chinese language conversion. We are looking to outsource Chinese conversion work to a reliable partner. Do you do it or know anybody who does it? Please suggest!

    Thanks,
    Hemant Gautam
    [email protected]

  • Danielle Engel

    Derek I would like to set up a consultation. Do you have an email I can contact you at?

  • Richard Cheng

    Dear Derek, I wrote a health book in Chinese and wanted to publish it digitally on Amazon. But Amazon doesn’t support it (nor does Apple), as you mentioned in one of your blogs. I also read that you can be hired to help out. I’d like to contract you to help me out on how to publishing Chinese medical/health books on Amazon Kindle and/or Apple platforms. Please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you very much.

    Richard Cheng, MD
    [email protected]
    Mobile: 803.609.1103

    • I don’t read Chinese well and couldn’t edit, but I have some friends I can recommend… However I don’t think there’s a solution for publishing on Amazon in Chinese (I believe you can’t choose “Chinese” as a language). I think you can still set up all the info in chinese, and format the book for ebook, and it will all work and probably be searchable, though I haven’t tested it.

      • Richard Cheng

        Derek, can you recommend some of those friends that you mentioned to me?

  • Richard Cheng

    Also, Derek, I realize that you read Chinese. I need your help on commenting on my writings to make it easier for an average Joe to read it (in a popular science format). Look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks.

  • Joyce Gatschenberger

    Derek:
    I have three websites. I also recently published a book – “Lines of Listening.” I need assistance in coordinating the three sites together and linking them to the purchase of my book. Is that something we can talk about? I also am 3/4 complete with my next book so, i need some help with some book cover design and editing ???

  • SportsTherapist

    Hi Derek,

    I’ve been conducting interviews recently with best-selling and other highly successful authors. They are becoming a hit! I’ve been to your website many times and think your information is absolutely wonderful. I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing an interview with me? Let me know. If you’re too busy, I completely understand. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  • marcygoldman

    Hi – do you know where I could go to have a book cover design replicated but with different art? (essential design is the same – it’s a series – just want to change main photo and some text) – thanks!

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