Over six years ago, I began my own graphic design business and it bloomed gradually. It began like most small business before the pandemic. People would come in and support the local businesses. The more they liked them, the more they shop then the pandemic hit and small businesses suffered while big corporation remained in operation. My design business was like that. Authors found me in book cover groups, my Facebook page or my website and business picked up...until I started working as a substitute teacher. Slowly it trickled down to one or two clients every few months while the more expensive graphic designer continued to thrive and Amazon introduced the biggest competition and threat to those who offer low cost covers to authors.
Folks, renting photoshop is expensive when no one is hiring me. I have bills to pay and other expenses (especially as an author). I can't live on nothing and with no classes in the summer, I had to save my last two paychecks to make it to the next school session.
I love designing covers and I will continue to make premades (Maybe with fewer people or with their backs facing the cameras) and I will still try to sell them or show authors what I can do in hopes they will come back or new clients comes to me, but after August 1, I am no longer going to use photoshop.
I am not the only designer whose clients stops coming to them. Just like anyone else, we all have bills to pay and we can't pay them if authors rather find cheaper ways or hire the more expensive ones.
One thing for sure even if I get no more clients, God is my source, not authors.
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