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I am having trouble getting any response on here as a graphic designer

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Chad B Member Since: Sep 12, 2019
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Thanks! Yeah I just put up a few different projects that I completed to show a bit of variety. 

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Joan S Member Since: Mar 18, 2019
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Also, Chad, as an editor, it has been my experience that there are many people looking for book cover designers. I think that is probably a good niche to be in rather than general design since Upwork appears to have slews of people in the general category. I suggest putting more book covers in your portfolio and having cover design as the main part of your profile with other design in a secondary section. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Chad B Member Since: Sep 12, 2019
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Joan, you have been such a great help in the last hour! I have already made some changes. I had my book deisgns up and failed to put that in their title. Simple oversite but it may have a big imapact. I also tweeked my bio. Definetely working on getting more projects done and putting them in my portfolio. I have a bunch of proposals out hoping that I get something! 

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Joan S Member Since: Mar 18, 2019
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So, also, Chad, this is what I think your first sentence of your profile should be: "I will make your book cover come to life through the art of graphic design and imagination." That is basically your sentence but it was too buried and not the first thing someone would read.

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
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Joan S wrote:

So, also, Chad, this is what I think your first sentence of your profile should be: "I will make your book cover come to life through the art of graphic design and imagination." That is basically your sentence but it was too buried and not the first thing someone would read.


I agree with Joan...but I am going to judge a book by it's cover and by the book covers you have already done and say I am not sure that statement is Chad enough.  It is very safe way to say it but I am not sure it is your voice and it is not directly engaging, if it where me I might say something like:

A book cover should make everyone who looks at it feel the moment your characters are going through...

 

Except say it your way, not my way.

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
16 of 18

Chad B wrote:

Thanks! Yeah I just put up a few different projects that I completed to show a bit of variety. 


I think another thing to consider is your rate, I think it is probably too low and at the very least you should consider this from the client search criteria:

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If a client is looking at that that range, you are on the high-ish end of people willing to work for as little as $10.00.  At the very least you should go to $30.00 (I am not sure if that includes you in both ranges or you have to go above $30.00).  

 

I know the fear is...if I raise my rates I won't get hired...but I am not sure that fear is valid at all.  In your case it might actually be a hinderance having a lower rate.  But it doesn't matter because at the moment what do you have to lose?

 

To me the profile description is about selling what you do, not yourself...clients are not buying you.  You need to write a convincing piece of marketing copy that sells what a client coming to your profile needs.  It needs to be convincing and tight.  Yours is succinct but it is very much about YOU and not about what YOU can do for a client.

 

Write something unique about book cover designs that you know that will really make a client think.  Try to make those first two lines of your description (which is what shows up when clients are searching) speak to what your client's need in a strong and meaningful way.  Don't include anything that someone might used to prejudice against  you, for example you have 5 years experience, is that a lot, too many, average?  How does it help you if the client thinks the want someone with 6 or 3?   What if they don't care at all and now you made them care and they are thinking...is 5 years a lot of experience?

 

In a similar way all your proposals you need to put a lot of thought into what those first two lines say as well.  That's your hook and if you don't say something good chances are the client will never read the rest of it.  I can tell you for a fact they will at least 90% of proposals sent to them will say.

 

Hello, my name is blah blah and I have blah years of experience doing blah and I really hope you will consider me for the project...

 

If you want to be engaged you have to be engaging.  Give them a reason why they should read the rest of your proposal and a reason why they should look at your profile and a reason why they should hire you over dozens of people they could easily be fooled into thinking are just like you.

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Chad B Member Since: Sep 12, 2019
17 of 18

Mark,

Thank you for the detailed response! I am loving all of the feedback in this community and quite honestly am very surprised with! So great to see everyone supporting each other. I am making changes as suggestions come in. Everything is very much apprectiated! 

 

 

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Remi O Member Since: Jun 6, 2016
18 of 18

All the best, Chad!

Hang in there, hopefully, you'll get something soon.

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