I proofread and edit, primarily book manuscripts. Recently my sales tanked, and I discovered that Fiverr turned my gig into the packages format – and while trying to deal with that, I discovered that it’s no longer possible to enter a word count higher than 50,000. If I try, it lowers itself to 50k. Most books are longer than this.
Alarmed, I checked the gigs of some other editors. They, too, can no longer accept word counts above 50k. I guess this is a new universal limitation? Or something?
I can only think of two approaches, and they both stink.
1.) Tell everyone to message me their word count for a custom offer. New clients don’t like to do that, in my experience. I suspect most people would simply wander off rather than message a stranger just for an estimate.
2.) Have the second and third tier be like “enter your word count minus 50,000” and “enter your word count minus 100,000.” This requires people to do math, which is hard and scary, and (again) I think most potential buyers would wander off elsewhere.
Am I missing something? Is there still a way to accept book-length manuscripts?