Monday, September 02, 2013

Hire Me! (No, Seriously...)

As most of you know, I've been doing graphics around the blogosphere for years—mostly for giveaways and favors. But the time has come for me to take things to the next level...

With your encouragement, I’ve decided to open my graphic design business! This plan has been two years in the making, and I’m thrilled to see it finally come to fruition. I mean, who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story? The poor, out-of-work marketer is transformed into a still-poor-yet-less-sad entrepreneur! ;)

So, without further ado, I present to you Forward Authority | Design Services:


Please feel free to look around the website, because I've tucked away all sorts of fun and helpful things. For example, I know what a pain it is to contact each and every designer you research for a quote—so, I nixed that. Forward Authority has a loose price list to help you budget, and it's broken down by hours. That way, regardless of your budget, you know there's a way to make your project happen.

I've worked with Big 5 authors, small presses, self-published/indie authors, and book bloggers. There's no project too big or small. Seriously. If all you want is for me to touch up your author photo, I'm down with that. ;)


Did I mention that I'm having a giveaway to celebrate the grand opening? The winner will receive a:

$100 Credit!

To help you start planning your epic win, here are some things you could do with $100:
  • You could get an e-book cover (4 hours) for $100.
  • You could get a digital art piece depicting one of your book characters (3+ hours) for $100.
  • A basic brand logo (2 hours), a matching FB cover photo (1 hour), a blog button (30 minutes), and a 3D render (5 minutes) of your book for $100.
Good luck! ♥

a Rafflecopter giveaway

89 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Carrie! You are really talented. Hope you get lots of clients.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

The prices are reasonable. All the best with your business. I'll bookmark your page, just in case...

Donna K. Weaver said...

This is awesome. As a new free agent, this is timely to boot.

JeffO said...

Best of luck to you, Carrie--I'm sure you'll be quite successful!

Clare said...

Carrie, I'm so excited for you and your new design service! I've loved your designs since I first discovered Strength, and your awesome website!

Best of luck to you, and know once I've got a book ready, I'm heading your way! ♥

ilima said...

Such a great idea and perfect for you. Good luck!

Botanist said...

Best of luck, Carrie! I'm looking into the business side of self-publishing and there's a lot involved on top of simply doing what you love to do. It's a daunting prospect. Congrats on making the leap.

Melissa said...

Woot! You finally did it!!! :D
I'm so excited for you. You're gonna do great. ;)

Juliana Haygert said...

Awesome, Carrie, good luck!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats Carrie and best of luck in this new venture. Also thanks for the giveaway.

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Alex! I appreciate that. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you very much, Peaches! :)

Carrie Butler said...

It's a sign! ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Jeff! I'll need it. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you for the kind words, Clare! *hugs* I can't wait!

Nancy Thompson said...

$75 or not, you're working on my next cover!

jamieayres.com said...

Congrats, Carrie!!! You're already awesome . . . I'm sure this will be a hit, and I'll help spread the word :-)

Livia Peterson said...

Congratulations, Carrie! Your graphic design is awesome!

Crystal Collier said...

Carrie, I'm so excited! I wish I'd have known sooner as my blog is booked for months, but I'm going to do a feature on your services, eventually. Call me on it if I don't. ;)

Southpaw said...

Great idea. Good luck!

Angela Brown said...

I wish you the best, of course, and I'm also bookmarking your website for my needs :-)

Very happy for you!

Donna Nolan said...

Congratulations! Such an exciting time for you and a great opportunity for authors.

Kelly Polark said...

Congrats on your new venture, Carrie! I think this is a great time to start this kind of business!

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on your new business! Maybe I'll be able to use some of the services in the near future.

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Ilima! :)

Jessica Salyer said...

Congrats and good luck!

Carrie Butler said...

About time, eh? ;) Thank you, Melissa!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Botanist! There certainly is, but I think it's worth it. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, J! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Sheena-kay! I'm happy to share a little love with my fellow writers and bloggers. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Woohoo! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Aww... thanks, Jamie! I appreciate it. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Livia! :D

Carrie Butler said...

That would be fantastic, Crystal! Thank you so much. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Southpaw! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Angela! I'm happy to hear that. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Donna! :D

Carrie Butler said...

I really hope so. :D Thanks, Kelly!

Carrie Butler said...

That would be great! :) Thanks, Carrie-Anne!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Jessica! :)

Elise Fallson said...

This has to be so exciting for you. Congratulations and all the best! Hope you get a ton of work and make big $$$! (:

Julie Luek said...

What a great idea to use your talent, gifts and passions. I think you will really succeed; there seems to be such a need in this area for someone talented and up front with costs. All success to you!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I will most definitely keep this in mind, Carrie. I don't have anything at the moment, but hey--that could change. I think this is awesome and I'm sending it out to everyone I know. Best of luck.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

This is very exciting! Congratulations! I'll keep this in mind in the future. :)

Reese Monroe said...

Ohhh. Count me in. I love your design work!!!

Reese Monroe said...

If I won...I'm thinking some marketing material (bookmarks and other fun swag!)

Natasha Hanova said...

Want!!!! I'm thinking a new cover, one with a silhouette. :-)

authoress16 said...

congrats! If I won, I would definitely use that credit for a cover! (Except... some swag might be nice too... ah I don't know! Grr!!)

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats on your new business!! May it be a huge success!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm super excited about this!!!! :D

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congratulations, Carrie!! I'll be in need of a new cover in a few months. Much success to your new business!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Where's the newsletter sign up? I can't find it.

Lisa said...

Wow, wish I'd found you about three months ago! But, I'm following and I've bookmarked, just in case. BTW, what is a 3D render?

Rachel McClellan said...

Congratulations! Love new business ventures. You're very talented so I'm sure it will go well!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats! A digital art piece of a character sounds awesome! I'd probably get that.

Carrie Butler said...

It's at the very bottom of the Contact page. :)

http://www.forwardauthority.com/contactorder.html

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Lisa! :) A 3D render is what a book cover would look like as a paperback.

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats. Wishing you every success.

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Elise! These days, I'd be happy with even a little $$. LOL

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you very much, Julie! I appreciate that. <3

Kelley Lynn said...

You'll be on FFF this Friday :) So excited for you!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Joylene! :D You rock!

Angela Ackerman said...

That's wonderful!! You will be awesome! I wish I'd known sooner--we needed a logo designed. Next time!

E.J. Wesley said...

Do you do laundry, too? If so, you're hired! :P

Seriously, you're so going to rock this thing. As the kids say, you've got mad skills! Wait, do the kids still say that? I'm so old...

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Rachel! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Reese! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Sounds like a great idea! ;)

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats! How exciting. With your talents this is bound to be a big hit. I wouldn't mind a blog makeover if I won - I'm rubbish at design! ;)

David List said...

Very cool. I am bookmarking your site. I may be in need of cover art sooner than later. Here's hoping your site gets tons of hits!

Carrie Butler said...

Choices, choices... :D

Thanks, Authoress16!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Lynda! I appreciate that. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Stina! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Cathrina! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you very much, Rachel! I appreciate the kind words. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Nicole! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, JL! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Squeee! Thanks, Kelley. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Aww, yeah. Next time! :)

Thanks, Angela!

Carrie Butler said...

Hah!

And I don't know what the kids say. I must be old, too. T__T

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Nick! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, David! I hope to work with you in the future. :)

Milo James Fowler said...

Very cool! I like fiddling around with my own covers and stuff (I refuse to spend anything on my republished works), but yours look very professional.

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Milo! I appreciate the compliment. :)

Brinda said...

Hi Carrie . It looks great. I I win, I might want a future book cover !

Carrie Butler said...

Good luck, Brinda! And thank you. :D

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Carrie...

Congrats and Welcome to our world.... Sheri Larson just announced her new cover business too...

We are all in good company. Such talent everywhere!

ALL THE BEST!!!! There's enough work for all of us...

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, my friend! I appreciate that. :)

Facade of Shadows said...

I'm excited to see your work! If I won I'd get some swag done by you :)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Facade! :D