Oh, no. My friend can do that for me.
And by that, I mean the editing, cover design, indexing, or proofreading. And maybe your amigo moonlights as a professional editor, designer, indexer, or proofreader. The operative word here is professional. Does s/he do it for a living? If not, then it’s probably best to hire a pro.
It’s a common myth that anyone can design a cover or edit a book. How hard can it be? Professionals are so, er, expensive. I common refrain from wannabe authors is “I think that I can save some money here.”
Bite the Bullet
Are you willing to chance missing your deadline?
There’s no shortage of wizard-like tools out there to create a book cover from a stock photo. And people who speak English good may be able to catch a few grammatical errors–like that one. Speaking from personal experience, though, letting a friend do the job of a professional is a surefire way to spend more time and money on a book, not less.
Ask yourself questions like:
- Does your friend understand printer requirements and specifications on pixel quality?
- Is there something your friend is missing that you’ll only catch after you’re holding the physical book?
- Are you willing to chance missing your deadline?
- Will your friend be able to meet your deadlines when his/her day job intrudes?
Realize that you’re rolling the dice by not using professionals on your book.