I am tired of getting screwed over by 'web designers'. I wrote an ebook about my real estate investing and am trying to sell it over the internet. I went to elance first and spent two months corresponding with some guy in India who ended up making me a Wordpress blog that I could barely use. Then I went to a guy on Craigslist in the local area who redesigned it so I could use it a little, promised me 9 months of free technical support, and then disappeared off the face of the earth before I got any support. So the site still sucks. So far I paid these clowns $375 total. I am starting to realize you get what you pay for. I'm sure it is important to make your website look professional, and I want to work with someone who can do that.
So I am wondering if there is actually a TRUSTWORTHY web designer out there who can help me create a blog/website to sell my ebook that is not wildly expensive? I am willing to pay more than $375 but I would like to see good references, some examples of other ebook websites they have done, and some proof that they might know about things like SEO and how to get your ebook to sell on the web.
Am I asking too much? Do any of you know anyone who would fit the bill? I really like to write and plan on publishing more ebooks, so I could give this designer longer-term work, but I just really don't want to get screwed again. Can anyone help? Thanks so much.