We live in the information age where if people want something, they want it immediately, without delay. eBooks are becoming all the rage since they are easily transmitted, easily stored, and are practically free to produce. Now is the time to write your own eBook and sell it for a profit.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with WORD software
- Internet connection
Choose a topic, preferably one that you are passionate and knowledgeable about. Think about experiences in your life where you learned something, and how you can share this information with others. Think about your talents and skills, and what you can teach others. How-to eBooks are the best sellers. For example, a cake decorator may want to write an eBook about "How To Make Themed Cakes."
Make an outline. If you wrote term papers in high school or college, you can write an eBook. Decide what your major topics will be and create an outline of the topics, in chronologial order if applicable. Jot some ideas down in a journal for a few weeks before you start writing the book.
Do your research. Just like writing a term paper, you must present some facts to back up your ideas. Surf the internet for other articles or websites that support your ideas. Find resources to help your reader, such as forums, articles, and blogs relating to the topic. Save the links to these sites for later.
Write your eBook using WORD or other word processing software. You don't have to purchase expensive eBook software to write and distribute an eBook. Your eBook can be any length, but remember that people like to get their information quickly, so you don't want your book to be too long. Remember that your readers will have a sense of urgency about learning the topic of your book. If your eBook is very long, consider splitting it up into several smaller eBooks on different specific topics. Using the cake decorating example from above, the author may want to write several eBooks explaining how to create shaped cakes, ideas for children's birthday cakes, how to use fondant icing, cake recipes, etc.
Ask friends, family, and co-workers to proofread your eBook. Ask for honest input and suggestions that will improve your book. Correct any mistakes and make any changes.
Add photos to your eBook. If possible, use your own. For example, our cake decorator may want to show photos of her completed cakes, steps in the decorating process, photos of ingredients, her particpation in contests, awards she has won, etc. If you don't have your own photos, use free photo sites on the internet. Just like in magazines, photos make reading more interesting.
Convert your document to a PDF file. You can find several free services on the internet to do this. Try PDFonline. Converting the document to a PDF makes it more difficult for others to copy your work. Documents in PDF are more easily transmitted via email and downloads, and they look more professional.
Consider writing an eBook to promote your business. When you are the author of an eBook, you can add links to your website, affiliate programs, blog, or online products. You are in control. You can create an affiliate program and allow others to sell your eBook on their websites for a commission. You can give your eBook away as a free gift, knowing that readers will visit your links and may become your customer. Check my eHow article, "How to Market Your eBook Online," and visit the resource links for more information about writing your own ebook.
Another great thing about ebooks is that you can make money from advertisers. Check the resources links below for how this passive income strategy works.
Tips & Warnings
- Take your time when writing your eBook.
- Make sure you get input from others to improve your work.
- Learn more about marketing your eBook after it is written. People can't buy what they don't know exists - get out there and publicize your eBook.
- Learn how to make money from advertisers when selling your ebook.