How to avoid common mistakes and time wasters when you work with a graphic designer
If you are like most new authors, you’re probably making some common mistakes that are slowing down your projects. When you work with a graphic designer, as a client, you can prevent slow downs and misunderstanding by avoiding the following scenarios:
1) “Betty” asked me to make some corrections to a hot project. But the information she said she sent was nowhere to be found. The reason? It was embedded in her email thread. I didn’t see it. Betty insisted it was in the message she sent and suggested “scrolling down.” The corrections were still not visible.
Solution: You can make your edits easy to find by copying and pasting them at the top of your message. Better yet, mark up the PDF I sent you. Whether you have Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Pro, it’s easy to use the program’s editing tools.
2) “Tom” sent me poetry files that were not clearly marked: The file names did not match the outline he provided. Some were duplicates; some were not on the outline; some files were missing; and other files had different poem titles. These files were difficult to unscramble.
Solution: Organize your files; make sure the file names are the same as the poem, article, or chapter title; and double check every file name. This will speed up the process and save you the cost of having me do this for you.
3) “Sylvia” sends requests and questions via email but is not prompt in replying to messages and/or phone calls. She loses messages and can’t find attachments. I can work more efficiently if you do as well.
Solution: If you lose a file, check your Inbox and Sent folder; if that doesn’t work, do a search inside your email. Then, follow-up as soon as possible to be sure I received it.
4) “Bob” decided to have a hard-bound book printed with a print-on-demand (POD) company. He did not have everything ready before starting the process and changed his mind about the price several times. This necessitated several changes to the files, and the online setup which slowed down the process.
Solution: Please make a list of “to-do” items, including deciding on the price of your book, buying your ISBN; choosing between case laminate or clothbound, with a dust jacket. If you’re not sure, ask me. I will be happy to explain the difference.
By implementing these solutions, you will save time and money, avoid extra emails and phone calls, and play a positive role in producing your project. Let’s talk about your project and suggestions for streamlining the process.