There are dozens of Hollywood movies about writers waiting on pins and needles as they send multiple drafts to a publisher in the hopes of getting their book to print. Other flicks have writers being kidnapped by Kathy Bates and their ankles being smashed. I can’t help you with the latter but in this day and age of online data, there’s no longer such a crutch on getting your works to a publisher. If you’ve got a great idea and are a well-crafted writer, there are free tools available online to get your message out to millions of readers without paying a percentage to outside entities. Self-Publishing an Ebook is in reach of any person who cares to give it a go. The following tips will help give you an idea of how to write and publish an e-book on your own.
Even though there are dozens of details to producing a quality ebook on your own, there are 3 main principles to the process – writing, formatting, and marketing. Each step is important because one without the other will hinder your success.
Step 1 – Writing Your eBook
You’ll want to choose a topic to write about that people are thirsting for knowledge for. It doesn’t even have to be an interesting subject, so long as the need for information is out there. You might get more views on an ebook titled “The Feasibiltiy of Retaining Molecular Neutrons For Personal Gain” than you would on “Will Justin and Britney Ever Get Back Together” depending on if somebody wants the info. You should also be very familiar with your topic or have access to a plethora of research. People who read your ebook will want a new angle on a subject and they want to be engaged in your writing. If you can, share personal stories about the topic or come up with clever anecdotes that set your work apart from the possibly hundreds others out there.
Step 2 – Formatting The eBook
An ebook can range anywhere from 30 pages to a few hundred so you’ll want to make it easy on the eyes, especially for those reading it on a Kindle or other similar device. Make sure to use bold headlines and break up the blocks of text with relevant pictures. Since you’ll possibly be making a profit on the eBook, you’ll have to make sure to get the rights to use these images or take the pictures yourself. You’ll also want to create a cover that will serve as the face of your eBook. Much like everybody instantly recognizes me on Facebook by my Britney Spears avatar, a creative eBook cover will pique interest compared to a boring text only preview. Whether you have to commission an artist, use your amateur Photoshop skills, or take a picture yourself don’t underestimate the importance of a spectacular eBook cover.
When you’ve got your eBook written, chosen an adequate cover, and have proofread the material 14 times over, it’s finally time to print your ebook. Most book readers at least have the ability to recognize PDF files and that should be the universal format you use to print your eBook at first. If you’re working in the free program OpenOffice, there is a menu item to ‘Export To PDF’ otherwise you can download such programs as PDF995 to easily create a PDF file.
Step 3 – Market Your eBook
If somebody has paid you to write them an eBook, you simply need to email it over to them and wait for your payment. If the eBook is a passion project of your own, now’s the time to market your baby. If you don’t already have one, now’s the time to create a blog for marketing your production. You should familiarize yourself with search engine optimization techniques in order to draw people to your site. Another step of marketing is to make contact with blogs or websites in a similar field and ask to guest post a few columns in exchange for a promotion to your blog. Many sites are always looking for new content and they usually take the opportunity to build an industry contact.
How you choose to make money with your eBook is entirely up to you. Some writers offer the download for a cheap price through Paypal while others give it away in exchange for email subscriptions they can utilize later to draw traffic to their blog. Other ways to make some dough off your labor is to put affiliate links within the actual eBook or make the download on a 3rd party site. Here is a comparison of JvZoo, Paypal, and Clickbank.
The best thing to remember is that people can and do make plenty of money by writing eBooks. Your first one might have some formatting issues and you’ll find out over time the best ways to market your particular subjects but you can bet that even though Justin and Britney may never get back together, you will have success writing and publishing your own eBook.