Do you dreamed of becoming an self publishing author one day? or do you have good writing skills but never really thought you could publish your book? Or at worst have you tried to publish your book but got rejected by all the publishers who demand a lot form you? Then read this article.
Self Publishing Advantages
After self publishing several eBooks myself I thought I should write an article about how to become one of the self published authors in the shortest possible time. In this article we will look at what decisions you need to make and how to create a good book and what you need to consider when transforming your book into a digital product where thousands of people can easily read in a matter of minutes. Now I will not go in to details about how to write a book as I assume you have developed your writing skills through blogging and article writing. If you haven’t yet started, I highly advice you to start your blog and get good at content creation and your writing skills.
If you were on the internet for sometime now you should have definitely seen that some people have taken their content or the hard copy books which they published earlier and transformed those words onto a eBook. When I was first trying to explain this to couple of my family member and some friends, they were curious as to why they should they do so, as well as how.
The best news is that creating an eBook is a lot easier than creating your hard copy of the book. However, the hardest part in publishing an eBook is writing a good readable one and you should already have this step accomplished, if you were read this blog for sometime now. Again my advice is start a blog, write about your passionate field and build your expertise and eventually you will get good at writing.
What is an eBook?
“The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as “an electronic version of a printed book,” but e-books can and do exist without any printed equivalent. Commercially produced and sold e-books are usually intended to be read on dedicated e-book readers. However, almost any sophisticated electronic device that features a controllable viewing screen, including computers, many mobile phones, and nearly all smartphones, can also be used to read e-books.”
There are a number of small handheld machines that are used to read eBooks in first days when it was starting but now almost every smart phone and mobile devices such as iPads, tablets help the reader to read those eBooks. eBook reading machines can be costly; therefore, many readers choose to simply just read eBooks from their computer or print them. The most avid readers of eBooks are those who are internet and computer savvy and whoever has a Smartphone.
All of my recent eBooks which I published, I have made them easily readable on any of the Smartphones or diverse as long as they have the free Kindle reading app on their phones.
Transforming your book into an eBook an easy process and you can even get it done from a affordable place like ADLAV UK. In fact, many first time authors I know are surprised just how easy it is to create an eBook. Although you do have a number of different formatting options, many choose the popular PDF format, as most computers already have free reader programs installed. This means that your buyers will be able to read your eBook right away.
This is another eBook we deigned and published for one of our London-based clients a week back “The Ultimate Guide to Finding A Job” which ranks on top on Amazon for most of the related keywords. Click the Image to see inside the book.
If you go with the self publishing it requires the book manuscripts to be in digital format. What you will want to do is use a program, like Adobe Create a PDF Online. Simply follow the directions and your book will automatically be transformed into a PDF file. As for creating an eBook, this is really the only step that you need to take.
This is easy as it is to create an eBook, however selling the eBook can be more difficult. Unless you know how to rank high on the selling platform you use.
There are a number of different options you cans use to sell your self publishing eBooks. One of the options is to sell your eBook on a third-party website. These are websites where a large collection of eBooks are listed for sale and written by different authors.
I normally use Amazon as my first choice as the platform has billions of users online waiting to buy books every day. The only downside to this approach is the fact that most third-party websites take a small percentage of each sale or they charge a monthly fee, but it’s worth it when you look at the exposure you get by listing on those type of websites.
Amazon has two streams of paying you a royalty fee, you choose the 35% option or 70% option depressing on the exposure you get. Also if it’s your first time experience in self publishing I advice you join the Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing which allows you to self-publish your books and make them available on Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Mac, and PC.
Read more about Self Publishing:
- Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing
- Self-Publishing Success with KDP
When selling an eBook, you also have the option of creating your own website and it’s one of the ways you ca show authority for your readers and even give them an opportunity to buy your packaged knowledge.
To sell on your website first you will want create a webpage that offers detailed information about your eBook, such as its title, the basis of your storyline, or what readers will learn if your eBook is a how-to book.
See the example for one of y books I have created here.
This is the most cost-effective approach; however, it is important to remember that internet users will not just be able to find your website, you also need to market it and generate a considerable about of traffic first. You have to start all this before even your publish your eBook.
To sell eBooks and other digital products I use PayPal to accept payments, many eBook authors also use PayPal, ClickBack Merchant services etc. If you do choose to create your own website, you can also purchase your own shopping cart software or start with PayPal Payment Standard. This should allow you to not only accept payments from PayPal members, but major credit card holders as well.
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Finally I would say, transforming your writing into an eBook and selling it online is a nice alternative to print publishing and self-publishing. And you do not have to go through all the hassle and trouble makers. So if you are unable to get your eBook published by a well-known publisher, this is the best approach you will want to take.
If you need any advice and help in publishing your eBook and rank it high on Amazon while being visible for your target audience, get in touch with Valda Mikalauskaite at ADLAV or contact us via this blog.