Publish Your Own eBook – And More

So, you want to publish your own eBook! Great!  Congratulations are in order.  This is a big step for you am I right?  You don’t know where to turn as this will be your first time.  I understand and I am here to help.

 

First, we need to write the ebook so you can publish your own eBook!

Of course Carole but I have no idea where to start with that.

OK Relax, I will guide you 🙂

 

Choosing A Topic

 

Just like successful online businesses, the best result is when you choose a topic that you are passionate about, that you lose track of time while you are entirely involved in it!

 

 

What’s next?

 

-Now that we have a topic, we need to narrow it down.

-Ok but I down understand all that.

-See if you are too broad there is too much competition.  You will need to narrow down your topic by answering those questions:

 

Who, What, Where, When, How

 

You can also use different free keywords tool generator to help you narrow down your topic and see the competition.

Now that we narrow down our audience we are ready to start writing!

It is not About You!

The first mistake that can send you to failure is putting yourself ahead.  When writing, you need to think about your audience.  Give your audience what they want, not what you think they need.

 

Hein? How am I supposed to know what they want?

 

Easy, by researching your niche in Google, Ask, Bing, Yahoo what your readers’ needs are and find a solution to their problems. It is about THEM!

 

Les get down to business, shall we?

 

Choosing the right writing software

 

There is different software option to chose from to write your eBook:

 

Scrivener: Paid writing platform

Libre Office: Free writing Platform

Pressbooks:  Free to use, with Pressbooks watermarks.  If you what to remove the watermark from your eBook you will need to upgrade to a paid version starting at $19.99.

 

They also have different plans.

If you have already a blog and would like to convert posts into an eBook you can easily do so with Beacon plugin

 

Writing  for Success

 

Now that you narrow down your topic and know what you will be writing about, you will need to identify the problems, the concern that people have because that will be what will target your potential clients.

 

When your prospective customers read your book description, you want them to say “Yes, that’s me! It’s like they actually know me!” They will want to get your book as you have created a connection with them!  You will use that description when you list your ebook to sell.

 

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bucket list

 

Go down the list of the problems you previously wrote and write about some of those issues with your readers in mind; show them you understand and that you are here to help. Remember you already have the connection with your book description, so you need to hold on to that.

 

Then to each problem, you need to find a solution and write about it.

 

It is the general basis of writing an eBook:  identify a problem then find a solution.  It could be a product, or you can teach a course, whatever you chose, but remember, it is not about YOU!

 

Editing and Proofreading

Before publishing your eBook, you will need to edit and proofread it before sending out your draft.  While the second set of eye can be very costly, you will have to settle with self-edit and proofread unless you want to spend the money.  Your wordprocessor spellcheck will be the place to start.  You can also purchase a Grammar checker which is way less expensive than the second pair of eyes.

Publishing Your eBook

You can self-publish your eBook with Google Play

 

 

You can publish your eBook on Amazon Kindle Publishing – KDP

 

 

Watch the below video for the step by step guide to KDP – Happy Publishing

 


CreateSpace.com owned by Amazon

Beside KDP, Amazon offers another self-publishing platform called CreateSpace. Amazon has created three different platforms within CreateSpace:  Paperback, Kindle Direct, and ACX to create Audio Book.

 

What is Paperback Publishing?

 

Wikipedia Definition: Paperback editions of books are issued when a publisher decides to release a book in a low-cost format. Cheaper, lower quality paper; glued (rather than stapled or sewn) bindings; and the lack of a hard cover may contribute to the lower cost of paperbacks.

Promoting Your eBook

Before you release your book, it is important to have it reviewed by friends, family.  If you do not have anyone that will be willing to review it for you, check out StoryCartel.com it is a platform that can help an author to get a free review.

 

Tips to help you promote your eBook:

 

-Send email to friend, followers, previous customer, blog subscribers announcing the release of your eBook

-Clicktotweet.com is another great way to promote your ebook

-Social Media, forums

-Add your eBook to book directory

-Add a link to your blog

 

You can check out this site who help a lot of Authors create success with their books:  Author Marketing Experts (AME)

People love FREE things!  So, on your introduction to selling your book write a “Call-To-Action.”  It could be something like this:

Hey, you made it!  I am very pleased that you took the time to read my eBook introduction and to show you my gratitude I want to give you a GIFT!

You can give them a copy of your eBook to download.  It is pretty easy to do with KPD Uploading Task.  Remember you will be building a list a prospect for future products also.

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ebook

 

NOW this is my call to action. lol If you have any questions or any comment or better yet if you are using any of those platforms I want to hear from you!  Please use the comment box below!

Cheers!

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34 thoughts on “Publish Your Own eBook – And More

  1. Great Content and research.
    Its all here on how to create and publish your own e-book.You dont need to jump from one website or searches just to look for more information.It’s all lock up here.
    Thanks for sharing this one.
    Keep on publishing great content!
    Cheers!

    1. Hey Albino, I am glad you like my article! It saves time to the first-time writer. Like you said everything is right here. You don’t have to jump from site to site. Time is of the essence for a writer!

  2. Hey there Carole. Your articles have great advice as usual. I am currently running a blog, and an ebook will be in the works down the road. How long do you thing is a good length for an ebook as far as pages go?

    1. Hey, Thanks, Dan! There is not any good length of words nor pages. It all depends on what you are writing, just keep it interesting for your readers to keep reading and not want to put your book down. 🙂

  3. Wow, what a detailed explanation on how to publish your own book! I have been thinking about it for a long time but wasn’t really sure where to start. I will follow your guideline when I decide to actually do it! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Kyoko and thanks for your comment! Yes, I heard this from a lot of people. They wanted to write an ebook, but they didn’t know where to start, so that is why I decided to write this article to help people. I tried to put everything in one place with regards to writing, publishing and promoting an ebook, so they don’t have to spend time looking around.

  4. Great post! I have been focusing on my website for quite some time now and I really want to create my own eBooks as I feel they would be a perfect fit for my niche. Having said that it all seemed “too hard” until I read your post. I will follow your steps and make it happen!!

  5. Hi!
    This was another wonderful read! Because of your article, I now know exactly how to write an eBook! I am also so excited to learn that Amazon provides a self-publishing platform. Is there anything Amazon can’t do? Thanks, Carole!

    1. Hi Meg! Thanks for your comment! Amazon is really spreading their wings for sure. I am wondering what they have in store next? I am glad you like my article and thanks for stopping by!

  6. This is a very informative post! I have been thinking about doing something like this forever, and this might just have been the motivation and direction I was looking for. Thanks for the great info!

  7. Hello Carole I have always wanted to write ebooks and the amount of information that you have here is really amazing. I will be using what you are sharing as a guide to help write my first ebook. Thanks again for sharing.

  8. Hi CarOle, another great article! I always learn so much from you, this is right on time for me also, I would love to write and publish an ebook, you have made it so simple here. Can’t wait to follow your directions and get it done, riley

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for your comment! I like createspace.com by Amazon because you can also create a Kindle edition. Come back and let us know when you finish your ebook. I always enjoy hearing about everyone masterpiece 🙂

  9. Hi Carole,

    I’m finalizing an ebook that I’m working on and this article couldn’t have come to me at a better time. I made a note of the websites you recommended (ebook directory, Clicktotweet.com, etc.). I was surprised to find out that there’s writing software for an ebook. I wrote my ebook in MS Word format, so I may have to transfer it to another software when I try to publish it on Amazon’s KDP.

    Thanks again for sharing this information.

    1. Hello Again :-)! I am soooo glad that my article can help you….yes indeed there are softwares out there to write ebooks. Come back and share your progress!

  10. I’ve always wanted to write a book. In fact, you are referring to ebooks, but I’ve wanted to write my own books on various topics ever since it took a few scribes to make copies for an author to distribute. 

    It is easier these days than ever before I suppose as you have laid out. But I wonder how the marketing aspect works out for most writers in this age, even if their book is great, because of not knowing how to adequately market their awesome creation. That would be an issue. Do you have any advice on how to do that?

    Darrin

    1. Hi Darrin!  Yes, you can sell your ebook on Amazon.  I personally never did that but it is on my bucket list.  I know people that did it and were very successful.  You can also sign up for free online classes.  That is how I started my online businesses!  I hope this will help you.  Let me know if you need help!

  11. Heloo Dear, a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful and educational article on how to publish your own ebook. This is exactly what my friend needs, its been one of  his desires to publish an eBook, I believe this article will go a long way in assisting him.i will forward this to him  as soon as possible am pretty sure he’ll appreciate it. Thanks for sharing.it helped.

  12. Hey nice article you have there. Thanks for giving appropriate guidelines towards writing a successful ebook. I really find this article useful. The importance of writing an ebook is of high essence in the twenty first century, as it allows for easy accessibility and can be retrieve and print out at will, it is more efficient when it comes to proper storage.

    1. Hi there, yes indeed eBooks are getting very popular now.  It is so easy to retrieve.  Easy access versus regular books, especially if you have to carry books around.  With technology now, it is very easy to publish them too.

  13. One most important thing to consider greatly when planning to write an e-book is to make sure it has a catching (but not deceitful) title. Great titles will improve the overall performance of the product by simply attracting more readers which is equivalent to more cash in return (i.e if the e-book is monetized).

    I was taking a copyrighting course and I was thought severally that my users care about only what they want and that I should only put them first and not myself. This is true in every case. Our readers should always come first. This is a really helpful guide on writing an e-book that will end up being successful.

    1. Hi Techie, you are absolutely right, I think it is the most important, the title has to be eye-catching.  Just by your title you want to catch the curiosity of the reader, they come first!

  14. Wow! This is an awesome article that you have got here. The informations that you bring to my notice are greatly priced. I say so because I am in the middle of publishing my book and you just gave me an head start. I am glad I stumbled at this article on your website. I will shareto some of my friends that will also benefit from this information.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi there, I am glad I was able to help you with publishing your own eBook.  Thanks for sharing with your friends!

  15. Hello there thanks for the review it was really helpful I must say. Publishing an e-book is not as complicated or difficult as we think although it can be sometimes frustrating especially when we do not use the right softwares. Before thinking of writing an article you must first of all know what you want to write about by selecting a niche that suites you. When all these are put in place then writing an e-book becomes more easier.

    1. Hi Philebur, yes you are right and you must get a niche title that will catch the attention of your reader.

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