BiblioCrunch has launched a new market for indie authors, helping authors and publishers to post their needs so that professionals can offer their serves at a set budget. Described as a kind of Craigslist for indie authors, the new service will reportedly vet all service providers rather than being a free-for-all.
BiblioCrunch started out as more of a digital publishing platform but seems to be pushing into the publishing service market. Indie authors often struggle to find people who can do a professional job for a reasonable cost, so a market such as this does seem to meet a genuine need. The site offers service providers in a range of areas including conversion, proofing, layout and editing.
At the moment, the service offers around 500 vetted professionals along with a payment system so that authors can easily pay those professionals. Service providers can be rated and reviewed, and there are tools to aid the publication of ebooks for a variety of retailers including the obvious platforms such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.