eBook Publishing

by WorkFromHome on June 6, 2011

There is an old cliché that states “knowledge is power.” While this still remains true today, it would be more properly worded if it stated “information is power.”

Information is one of the largest commodities on the Internet. People access the web to seek knowledge on every imaginable subject. Providing that knowledge will generate income, it is that simple.

Many freelance writers are using their skills to branch off into eBook writing and marketing. It is a very simple way to generate streams of revenue from the comfort of your home.

What Is An eBook?

An eBook or electronic book is a book, of any size that is created in a format that can be accessed and downloaded to any type of computer device. Most eBooks are written in .pdf format, for easiest access. Subject matter is not restricted, nor are there any editorial guidelines to follow to create the book. It is simply information, compiled neatly and formatted in book style.

Why Not Publish On White Paper?

Any aspiring writer will be able to show you their file that is filled with rejection letters from various publishing houses for work they have submitted. Even if you are lucky enough to have your work accepted, there will be a considerable time before the book is available to the market. When writing for a publisher, you must remain inside their guidelines for subject matter and content. You must wait for your book to enter the stores, and hope the publisher promotes it well; you must share the profits with the publishing house.

When you self publish a book for sale in stores there is plenty of expense involved before any profit is made. You will need to pay a printer to make the books. You will need to distribute the books to as many stores as possible, and then and only then, will you begin to see income. This method also restricts the people that have access to your book, unless you travel the world placing it in shops.

An eBook is completely different. You create a computer file on any subject matter that you desire. It can be a how-to guide, fictional or non-fictional work, or even an opinion piece. Create the book, edit it for spelling errors and grammatical mistakes and create a .pdf. That is the hardest part. The next step is promoting your book.

How Do You Promote An eBook?

The first thing that you want to do is create a web page about your book. At the bottom of this page you will have a “purchase now” button that will enable visitors to pay for the book and instantly download it to their device. These pages are very simple, so even if you need help setting it up from a professional, the cost will be very small.

The next thing that you do is start promoting the site and the book. Submit classified ads, run promotions, write articles, do whatever it takes to get people to land on that page and download the book. Don’t forget the social media sites. The best thing that could happen is to have your link go viral on one of these sites.

Sit Back And Watch

Just like any other business venture on the Internet, there will never be a time that you can stop promoting your site. Everyday a new way will arrive for you to broadcast your link, and every day you should take advantage of this opportunity. It will not take long to see a constant stream of income coming in from your eBook.

A final way to generate more income from writing an eBook is to continue writing these types of books. The more books you have out there, the more credibility you will attain. Authors with 10 or more eBooks on the Internet become authoritative, and people will seek out your books specifically. Having several books out also increases your revenue, making it a win-win situation.

Quick Tips About eBook Writing

  • In the last 5 years, eBooks have out sold paper and audio books on the market
  • There are eBook writing programs available that are very inexpensive if you cannot create a .pdf file.
  • eBooks that are written as instruction manuals sell the quickest, followed by theory/opinion books
  • You must make sure that everything in your book is completely original. Any work taken from other sources must be properly sited.
  • You own your eBook and have all rights associated
  • Cross-promotions help move product and/or the eBook. Do you offer a product that is in direct relation to your eBook? Promote the product in your eBook and promote the eBook on your product site.
  • Consider offering your eBook for free when a purchase is made on your merchandise site valued over a certain amount. Customers love freebies.
  • Update your eBook periodically and promote the upgrade, many previous readers will purchase again to find out the additional information.

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