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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!

We Can Judge The Intelligence of a Society By the Number of Libraries – Okay, Let’s Go Turbo!

Well, the United States of America should certainly thank Benjamin Franklin and Carnegie for all the libraries in our great nation. The gift of knowledge is an incredible gift to humanity and to our society and civilization. Sometimes I worry that in our fast paced world people are not reading and learning anymore. They simply soak up information from the media and call that fact, think they are smart and they know something, when all the while the media is filled with nonsensical propaganda, a good bit of it quite political.

This is a reality that we are all aware of, but that hasn’t changed the issue of fewer people visiting our libraries these days. Yes, there is more information online, and you look up anything you want from your home computer or mobile tech device. That’s nice, and it’s also nice to have discovery channels on TV, Ted videos, and Google Scholar. Still, it’s not time to put the library books into a museum just yet. We still need people to read and write, and books are quite valuable. We need more books in our society, not fewer.

One of the coolest programs that I’ve ever seen is the “Little Free Libraries” program, to find out more check out; TransitionLA (dot) org. The program wants users to “take a book and leave a book” and then puts hundreds or thousands of book Kiosks throughout the city, at bus stops, parks, and public places. Most look like Bird Houses with shelves around them.

Imagine if your city had little miniature bookshelves protected from the environment all over the city. Imagine them literally everywhere. It would keep the books alive, keep them in circulation, and recycle this information over and over again. I can’t think of a greater thing for humanity. In many regards this is just like distributive energy, it would be distributive libraries. It also gets the books where they need to be, in the hands of people, having people read actual books rather than wasting time.

The more books we have around, the more people will realize how important it is to read, therefore they will learn to read, in English. Just that simple reminder everywhere will remind people to pick up a book, and start reading. That would be a good thing for humanity and a great thing for our own society here at home. Further, we could put anti-bacteria compounds amongst the bookshelves, along with anti-mold type substances. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. I also hope you will look into this project, and perhaps initiate the program in your own city or town.

Virtual Book Markers Needed for Digital Library and E-Book Initiatives

Have you ever read a book online and felt compelled to keep on reading even though you did not have the time because you did not want to lose your place? This is actually a serious problem for people who like to read books online. Not everyone likes to read books online because it kind of strains the eyes and yet it sure saves time from going down to the bookstore and buying the book (if it is even in inventory or in print) and you can peruse a book before you buy just like you can when you look at the shelves at the bookstore.

Once you get to the digital library you start perusing a book and decide you want to read a chapter or two, but then in an invariably something comes up in your life and you have to stop what you’re doing and stop reading. Unfortunately once you lose your place it is hard to find it again and you still have to find the web site where you are reading the book in the first place. If you are doing a research project you may wish to come back to the book and that is why we need virtual book markers.

A virtual bookmarker would be something that digital libraries and e-book initiatives would have for those who read online. The E-book reader would hit a tab at the top of the page and it would create a virtual bookmark to hold a place. It might also activate the bookmark on their browser so they can get back to the exact same page. By doing as it would help people who read in the virtual world and make things user-friendly, as it would be similar to how they do things in the real world.

Virtual book markers are needed for Digital libraries and e-book initiative projects. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple, to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.