How to Write Your First eBook (with Examples) User Reviewed Three Parts:eBook HelpWriting Your eBookPublishing Your eBookCommunity Q&A Whether you have useful advice to sell, or just want your voice to be heard, putting your words in an eBook (electronic book) and selling virtual copies of it online is an effective, low-cost way to self-publish. Read the steps in this guide to complete and successfully publish your first eBook. Ad Steps Part 1 Writing Your eBook <img alt="Image titled Write Your First eBook Step 1" src=" width="728" height="485" class="whcdn">1Come up with an idea. eBooks are no different from any other type of book except in their medium of publication, so the most important first step to writing one is to decide on, and develop, an idea for one. Part 2 Publishing Your eBook Tips Make backups of all your work. Article Info Categories: Web Writing and eBooks In other languages:
Should You Self-Publish? I've been getting a lot of emails from people wondering if they should self-publish, specifically on the Amazon Kindle. My answer is always the same: It depends. Here is my advice, based on what I would do.IF YOU WROTE A NOVEL I believe your first order of business is getting a well-respected literary agent. Visit writing conferences and conventions and pitch to agents in personRead books similar to yours, and find out who reps the authorPick up a copy of the Writer's MarketVisit www.aar-online.orgBefriend an agented author and beg for an introductionAfter getting an agent, she'll want to submit the book to editors at large New York publishing houses. Exception: You Can't Get an Agent Getting a good agent isn't easy, which is why you should spend as much time as possible honing your craft, improving your writing, learning about narrative structure and the elements of a compelling story. Should you self-publish if you can't find an agent? Exception: Your Agent Can't Sell the Book
How to Talk to Your Patrons About Penguin & Other Publishers Not Loaning eBooks to Libraries [edited 2/11/2012] I feel I need to clarify that Penguin did not stop doing business with libraries, they stopped doing business with OverDrive, read more here. And how to get them to talk to the Publishers. I’ve had this post in my drafts for a long time. I originally planned to include it in my November post Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries, but cut it at the last minute. Possible scripts for your conversation with your patrons when they ask why the library does not have an ebook from a publisher who has chosen not to lend to libraries: I completely understand your frustration, unfortunately [insert publisher] has chosen not to allow public libraries to loan their ebooks. I know, I wish we had [insert title] too! Possible scripts for patrons talking to publishers. Hi my name is [insert name] I am a patron of [insert library name]. There are just suggestions, consider them a starting place. Similar Posts:
14 Successful Ebook Authors Reveal How To Write Ebooks That Sell I’m excited to share with you the ideas and wisdom of 14 successful ebook authors. So excited in fact that I made an infographic to go along with it. Yes, the adivce you’ll find here is THAT good! I suggest you take notes. When I started this ebook project, I was just going to write all the lessons on my own, but I realized that there are a ton of people who have successfully wrote and sold ebooks. These peoeple have gone through the research part of ebook creation. We have a lot to learn from them and, fortunately for us, they were kind enough to offer their advice. …and these people have gotten great results. 14 Invaluable Tips For Writing Ebooks That Sell 1. “Take the time to survey your core audience to ensure your book meets their needs. Prior to writing my eBook, I used my email list to survey my subscribers. 2. “Ask your audience what type of ebook they would like before writing one word of your ebook. Another thing is, make your ebook look fantastic. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. “Don’t wait. 8.
Top 8 Cover Design Tips for Self-Publishers We’ve all seen them. The train wrecks. The art class projects. Somewhere between the quirky “cover design generators” on author-service company websites, and the All-American view that everyone should get a ribbon because, after all, they participated, the cover design is suffering at the hands of self-publishers. And no, I’m not saying that self-published books aren’t getting better—there are a lot of great-looking indie books out there. Book cover design, at its height, is an amazing commercial art. But anyone who can write and publish a book ought to be able to avoid at least the worst mistakes in cover design. Establish a principal focus for the cover—Nothing is more important. Resources If you’ve designed an eBook cover you’re proud of, consider entering it in our monthly eBook Cover Design Awards. Takeaway: Taking a little care with a book cover you’re designing yourself can produce big results. Be Sociable, Share! Article by Joel Friedlander
Why Your Library May Not Have the E-Book You Want While most small presses sell all their books freely and happily to libraries, the “Big Five” publishers continue to be terrified by the idea of letting public libraries have their e-books, and to punish libraries for even trying to get their e-books to customers. The corporations’ confused and panic-driven search for an “acceptable business model” for the library e-book has led to some truly grotesque solutions: Perhaps we should be glad that this experiment is being carried out only in parts of New York City. People in New York City are tough. And here are some truly remarkable figures:
6 Steps to Writing and Selling Your E-book E-books are a good way to earn extra money. The great thing is, as a designer or developer, you’ll also have your existing expertise and knowledge to look to in order to come up with a viable e-book topic, and many of the skills you already possess will make the e-book production process easier. You have to know (or learn) quite a lot about online marketing in order to successfully pull it off, though. In this short guide, I will outline a fundamental strategy for writing and selling an e-book, breaking it down in only 6 steps. But first, for inspiration, let’s look at a few examples of web designers and web developers who have produced income from e-books. Can You Generate Income by Writing E-books? You might already know that some web designers and web developers are making thousands of dollars online with their e-books. Examples: You can read more e-book success stories here: Web Designers Making Thousands of Dollars in Passive Income. Step 1: Pick a Problem to Solve Make an Outline Why?
The Do’s and Don’ts of Cover Design: Publishing Lesson #1 | Bob Mayer's Blog A good cover can make or break a book, especially for on-line buying. In a bookstore, most books are racked spine out, so author name sometimes means more. Readers can pick up your book, thumb through, get a feel for story and writing and then decide. You have a couple of options. This is not an easy decision, especially when you factor in other costs that go into making an eBook available to the reader. Even with the proper tools we made a few cover mistakes along the way. Publishing Mistake #1: Always Judge a Book by its Cover. This cover sucks. First. Second. Third. If you were in traditional publishing it would be too bad, suck it up, go promote it’s the only cover you’re going to get. So what is best? Publishing Correction #1. The content of the book has not changed. First. Second. Third. While editing this post, I realized this cover still has one minor flaw. Publishing Lesson #1. There is a time when it’s best to leave well enough alone. Write It Forward! Like this: Like Loading...
The eBook User’s Bill of Rights The eBook User’s Bill of Rights is a statement of the basic freedoms that should be granted to all eBook users. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights Every eBook user should have the following rights: the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitationsthe right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user choosesthe right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyrightthe right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks I believe in the free market of information and ideas. I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can flourish when their works are readily available on the widest range of media. Digital Rights Management (DRM), like a tariff, acts as a mechanism to inhibit this free exchange of ideas, literature, and information. I am a reader.