A couple years ago, I decided to give outsourcing the writing process of Kindle Publishing books a shot. After all, I was doing good with my writing on my own, so how difficult could it be to hire a freelance writer?
However, hiring a freelancer is harder than you think and if you aren’t careful a danger to your self-publishing business.
Today, I’m going share how outsourcing the writing of Kindle Publishing books became near fatal to my self-publishing business and what you need to do first and foremost to cover your tail.
Gather around and listen up, because you don’t want to miss this.
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Before I share my story, I’d love to hear yours first. Have you outsourced writing for your books? If so, how was the experience? Hit me up in the comments below and leave any questions you may have.
Outsourcing the Writing Process
About 2 years ago, I decided to try outsourcing for some of my Kindle publishing business through Upwork. If you’d like an irreverent look at the process, then make sure you check out my short tutorial on the process here.
After vetting out numerous applicants, I found 1 person who fit my needs. This freelance writer had experience publishing books and had a great portfolio. Within 3 months, we’d worked together to produce a full series of books that I saw an instant return on investment.
In fact, that series still makes money, so I have no complaints. It was part of the process that I became way too comfortable in and made an egregious mistake.
Plagiarism Checker Saves the Day
About 3 steps into the 5-part project, I became lazy and started skipping one vital step.
You might be thinking:
- Did I stop editing the work?
- Did I allow my outsourced writer access to my account?
- Or, did I allow my hired freelancer free reign on the entire project?
It was one simple step that requires very little work…
Check for plagiarism.
What is Plagiarism?
As you may know, plagiarism is essentially passing off someone else’s writing as your own. Meaning, stealing someone’s creative content that can often have a copyright. Plagiarism has dire consequences if detected by Amazon or other online book retailers and even worse repercussions if the original content creator discovers it.
I completed the 5-part project and started another 5-part series with the freelance writer. Without a second look, I approved the first book, released the funds for my freelance writer to be paid and gave the green light for part 2.
The Plagiarism Checker I Used
Part of my pre-editor process includes a round of simple corrections through Grammarly. I make small adjustments in grammar, sentence structure, and word choice. Then, I thought about how it would be a good idea to check plagiarism on Grammarly. It was nothing more than a passing thought.
Now, it should be noted that the plagiarism checker on Grammarly is super sensitive and will detect commonly used phrases and sometimes sheer coincidental phrases.
This time though, Grammarly detected an entire sentence and a half of word for word plagiarism. The nice part is Grammarly provided the exact source and a hyperlink to the original text. Thinking nothing of it, I clicked the link and was horrified to discover Grammarly was dead on correct.
In a panic, I went back and checked the first five-part project to discover no issues. Immediately, I contacted my freelance writer to discover that she was guilty of the infraction. She never confirmed nor denied the accusations, but was kind enough to refund my money.
The Aftermath of Plagiarism
I severed the business relationship and left a one-hundred percent honest review of my experience with the freelance writer. To say I was disappointed was an understatement and the experience swayed me away from working with outsourcing the writing process of Kindle publishing books.
This story is a cautionary tale I hope you use to grow and protect your business.
Never take any part of the publishing process for granted and always double check your outsourced writer’s work for plagiarism.
If you want to learn about how to check plagiarism on Grammarly, then check out my full Grammarly review in this video link.
That’s all the time I have for today, and remember if you liked this post, then click one of the share features on this page! Now, get out there and use a plagiarism checker, you savvy self-publisher you.
Till later, this has been Self Publishing with Dale and I’ll talk to you guys soon.