How to Write an E-Book and Sell an E-Book in 6 Easy Steps

This is a good day for me to write an e-book or e-zine– it’s freezing cold outside and raining here in Silicon Valley.  It’s 60 degrees! I can hear you mid-Westerners and Easterners laughing right now. “This gal doesn’t know what cold really is!” you are saying. That’s okay with me–60 degrees is cold enough.

Any day is a good day to write an e-book. It is easier than you think. Find a quiet corner and I’ll show you the e-book elements and steps you need to write an e-book.

6 Easy Steps to Write and Sell an e-Book.

1.  The idea. The Vision.  We need a good idea for our readers and prospective clients. You notice, I didn’t say a good idea that I like-instead my idea must be something of value to my reader. It must be something that will motivate them to click on the link to buy and download my e-book.

2. Organize Your Thoughts.  We must come up with at least 10 topics to include in our e-book. Or if you just want to write a short e-book of less than 10 pages then come up with a shorter number of titles.  Start writing your topic ideas then organize them in the most logical manner.  For example, if you are writing about ’10 Easy Tips To Keep Your Car Running Smoothly At All times,” your e-book will include 10 tips (10 topics).

3. Start Writing Freely. Begin writing your e-book based on your outline you created in #2. Since you are the expert in this field it should be easy to write down your ideas. Don’t worry about format, structure or grammar.  Just get your thoughts down in writing. Write freely.

4. Finalize Your e-Book. Now it’s time to put some structure in your e-book. Look in your e-book library and find the best organized e-book that you like. Follow the format of that e-book. Then ask yourself, “What is the easiest way to organize this so that my readers will understand it and follow it?” Always write from your reader’s point of view. Make it easy for your reader to find information and understand your concepts and thoughts.

5. Create Final Product.  Now you decide how to produce your product to make it easy for your reader to purchase it.  The most inexpensive and easiest way is to produce a PDF file.  All computers now usually come with the PDF format available to use from Adobe. On my computer I press the ‘PRINT’ button and I can choose PDF from a choice of printing options. It then will produce a PDF file for me that go to my Desktop.

I like PDF files because they look professional. Can someone copy your PDF file? Yes, if they have the Adobe software. However, unless you are creating a “Harry Potter” bestseller book, it is a good way to get started producing e-books. Most of the e-books you order are produced this way. There are other software products that state they make your eBook harder to copy, but they are cumbersome to read because they usually separate every chapter and you can’t print them out easily. They are not available for a Mac computer. I still like to read long articles on the printed page instead of online.

6. Sell your e-Book. 

Website. If you have a website set up then you will want to sell the e-book on your website. If you don’t know how to do this, hire a savvy Internet student to help you set it up on your site. You need a way to collect your money. I would start out with a PayPal account because it covers International countries that might want to buy your e-book. Later when you are financially successful you can add a commercial credit card service, but PayPal let’s everyone use their credit cards now so it is easy to get started.

Digital Products Retailer. If you do not have a website then start with a digital product retailer such as Clickbank, Payloadz, and others. You store your e-book on their site and they take a small profit for every e-book that’s sold on their site.  Get the word out. What you have to do is send out e-mail messages to your list announcing your e-book and the great benefits your reader will get by buying it.  You can also ask your friends if they would send a message to their list of friends and colleagues announcing your e-book. 

This is a great rainy day or any day project: Write and sell an e-book in 6 easy steps. Now is the time to start writing and who knows by the time the rain stops you may be finished!

Best Books – Find Classic Books For Education Or Personal Enjoyment

Our family are book lovers who have learned together for over 10 years. The foundation of our education curriculum is the reading of good books coupled with thorough mathematics. We focus on reading good, classic, “living books” rather than a textbook or workbook approach. Over the years, we’ve found many recommendation lists. All suggest many quality books for each age level, all focusing on various historical periods or other broad themes.

A wonderful problem exists for teachers – there’s too much good material to teach! As we were confronted with a dozen or more solid reading-based plans, each recommending hundreds of books, choosing what few books to read each year became a fun, but difficult, problem. We would see what books the various lists had in common for a given reading level, what we could find affordably online, and what we could find at the library. We’d narrow down further based on the type of work – classic literature vs. biographies vs. general narratives, etc. and then the historical period the book covered – ancient vs. middle ages vs. modern, etc. In this way, we planned very personalized, interesting reading. This is a difficult yet rewarding process. It works but there are other helpful methods.

Rather than forming your own personalized plan, another idea is to just pick one of the many published plans and ignore the others. Some of the plans we recommend are from Sonlight, Veritas Press, and Robinson Curriculum. Another solution is to use one of several book guides that help categorize books. These include Honey for a Child’s Heart, The Book Tree, All Through The Ages, and Invitation to the Classics. These are flexible and helpful but still require a lot of page turning, indexing, and offer no direct online access to book vendors or libraries that can help quickly determine what is available at a reasonable cost.

The best solution is an online book list that can be easily searched and sorted by different criteria of reading level, historical era, type, price, etc. There are many online lists, though most are static lists you cannot easily search or sort. Many bloggers maintain lists of favorite books. Several sites provide more powerful search and sort capabilities. One popular example is Library Thing, tagging books for various categories. Another powerful site is Every Good Book providing searching and sorting of classic books, based on the book’s time period, type, reading level, popularity, and even cost.

Lost Faith in Libraries As the Government Gets Its Priorities All Wrong

Around 200 public libraries were closed in the UK last year, thanks to budget cuts within local government spending. Unfortunately, this trend is set to continue, and possibly get worse, over the next year or two. Experts have concluded that the possibility of up to 320 libraries being forced to close this year is very real indeed.

As finances continue to pose difficulties for the nation’s governing body, public services such as libraries will continue to suffer. Magnificent advances in technology, over the past 10 years or so, have made this a much easier decision to make for those responsible. Children and adults alike have gradually shied away from an interest in reading books, and turned to tablets and e-readers, without even having to mention the exponential rise in the popularity of downloading movies and TV series’.

The library genocide will likely have the worst effect on Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester, and the London borough of Islington in 2013. However, the issue has been a prominent issue among communities all across the country for some time now.

Manchester’s council have plan to bridge an £80m funding gap, closing six libraries in the process. Newcastle’s prospective closures are delegated to 10 of its 18 libraries, whereas Sheffield’s 27 libraries could be cut down to 13, a loss of more than 50%. The most concern is over the area of Islington; where all 10 of the borough’s libraries could be facing the devastating order to close down.

Phil Bradley, president of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, explained – “I don’t think that 2013 is going to be any better than 2012 was to be honest. In fact if anything it’s going to be much worse. The postal lottery of library provision will continue to get worse, with some councils still doing their best to provide a good quality service according to their legal requirements, while other councils will continue to attempt to impose shortsighted cuts on their communities.”

On a positive note, it appears that there is still a large number of passionate library advocates out there. Last year North London’s Kensal Rise library was defended by its local residents protested plans to close it down. Residents of Sheffield and Newcastle have also stood up to try to save their respective public libraries, launching large-scale demonstrations and online campaigns against the planned closures.

It is extremely disappointing that the government feels that libraries are no longer a priority for education and entertainment. Hopefully, the spirit and dedication of those still interested in books will prove to be effective in saving at least some public libraries throughout the UK. However, one does sense that the people out there, are fighting a losing battle.