(Last Updated On: April 2, 2018)
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Write an eBook
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Write an eBook

If you are reading this post it is likely that you already know the benefits of making an eBook so I won’t go into too much detail. Some of the benefits all internet marketers and bloggers should make an eBook are listed below:

Benefits of eBooks

eBooks come with many benefits when compared to traditional printed books. Publishing costs are significantly reduced, revenue-splitting is minimal, and there are no shipping costs. Also, you can target the marketing of an ebook to a core group of readers.

Promotional efforts for ebooks are fairly inexpensive, as you can provide free promotional copies at no cost. The production process is also very streamlined, as ebooks are generally shorter in length than printed publications. Overall, creating an ebook is a great way to showcase your talents in a more simplified and economical fashion.

How to Write an eBook

The considerations that you must take into account to write a successful ebook can differ slightly from the criteria for a printed book. Here are seven basic categories to address as you write your ebook:

1. Topic

Choosing a topic that you are either very knowledgeable or passionate about is key to creating an ebook that will be informative and profitable. But you also want to take into account your target market before you even begin to write. Creating your ebook first and later identifying the target market is like trying to fit a square block into a round hole. Decide what niche you want to target, identify their needs, and base the topic of your book on those facets.

2. Length

There are no hard rules when it comes to the length of an ebook. In some instances, I have read informative and creative ebooks that were less than five pages in length. Don’t be constrained by any preset word limit. On the other hand, don’t include fluff and filler in your ebook just to get it to a certain length. Say what you have to say in a concise, organized, and comprehensive fashion.

Some people equate the number of pages in an ebook to value, but this is a false assumption. If your ebook is 100 pages long, but packed with unique and creative ideas, that’s great. But if you can provide the reader with what they want in five pages, that’s fine too.

3. Title

The ebook market is a competitive one, so your title should stand out from the rest. An uncreative title, such as “Five Ways to Save on Home Energy Costs” is unlikely to sell well because there just isn’t any “wow” factor.

I once wrote an ebook of comprehensive ways to save money in your everyday life, and I solicited suggestions from friends and family as to what to title my book. Most were generic title ideas, such as “Making Money Matter.” Ultimately, I chose to title the book, “Don’t Be a Mule: Ways to Save More, Spend Less and Generate Income in Your Everyday Life.” There is no way to measure how much profit was directly attributable to the creative title, but it’s safe to say the eye-catching title drew at least a few people in to take a closer look.

4. Unique Content

With the high level of competition in the ebook market, packing your digital work with unique content is the key to its overall success. Your knowledge of and passion for your chosen topic will allow you to provide key insights to the reader that other ebooks don’t offer. Hone in on these points and highlight them in your book.

If you are writing an instructional book, research the competition. You may find their content to be outdated, impersonal, not relevant to the average reader, or in many cases, inaccurate. Write in easy-to-understand terms, and if possible, utilize real-life, first person narratives and examples. Setting yourself apart from the rest of the pack is a huge factor in the overall success of your ebook.

Lastly, do not forget important sections of the book. Be sure to include all applicable copyright information, a table of contents, and an “about the author” section.

5. Format

You need to save your work in PDF format. If you start formatting your work in Microsoft Word, the transition to PDF can be troublesome, as links have a tendency to be lost. One option to avoid this is to produce your work using Open Office and then save it as a PDF. An added benefit is that unlike Word, Open Office can be downloaded for free online. Also, formatting your book to a standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ page will make it more convenient for printing.

6. Editing

You can offer the best ebook in the world, containing tips and ideas never before published, but if it is filled with grammatical errors, it will be doomed to failure. I highly recommend utilizing a professional editing service to ensure that your book is grammatically correct. Otherwise, even the smallest of errors can impart to the reader that the author was sloppy in his or her writing, or that the content itself may be inaccurate.

7. Cover Design

Once your ebook is complete, producing an attractive cover design is another key to its success. Many readers do judge a book by its cover, and if your ebook is graced by a less-than-professional cover, your unique content may never be seen.

There are a variety of websites that allow users to create an ebook cover for free, but I recommend using a professional designer, unless you are fully capable of doing a professional job yourself. To save money, you can opt to outsource your cover design through a website such as Elance, and Fiverr where professionals will design your cover at a cheaper rate than other paid websites. Another option is 99designs, which relies on the concept of crowdsourcing.

If that doesn’t appeal to you, consider KillerCovers. They offer custom-made ebook covers with your choice of over 19 different templates. They offer a no questions asked, money-back guarantee, and also offer web design services as well.

Another option is 99designs, which relies on the concept of crowdsourcing. With this concept, you host your own “design contest,” where a pool of professionals will attempt to win your project, and in seven days or less, you will receive your book design. Packages start from $195, and the site also offers a money-back guarantee.

To Buy This eBook for N1,950 (Payment Options Available)

You can make Online Payment and the ebook will be sent to you automatically. Click here to make Online Payment

Alternatively you can a transfer or Bank Deposit to:

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Account No: 0099127317

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are making Bank Deposit.

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS MUST BE WRITTEN AS THE DEPOSITORS NAME ON THE BANK TELLER!

Once you have made payment, send the details of your payment such as depositor’s email address, slip number, date of payment, and amount paid to 0817-633-8060

You may also make payments online using your MasterCard/Verve debit cards (INTERSWITCH) or you may perform an online transfer to our Diamond bank account listed above.

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Marketing and Selling Your ebook

1. Identify Your Target Market

2. Price to Sell

3. Create an Eye-Catching Landing Page

4. Broaden Your Online Marketing Strategy

Marketing your ebook should include all of the following techniques:

  • How to Use Social Media
  • How to Start Your Own Blog to sell your eBook
  • Write Articles on your Blog
  • Market via Word-of-Mouth
    Contact friends, family, and colleagues, and offer them a free copy of your ebook. Ask them to write testimonials which you can use in your sales letter or landing page. Also, if possible, get a popular blogger or multiple bloggers to write reviews of your ebook and post them on their websites. By using this tactic, you can reach out to potential buyers through people they already trust.
  • Optimize for Search Engines
    You want to modify your ebook website so that it ranks as high as possible on search engine results. Getting on the first page is key, and getting higher up on the first page is even more important. For example, a top ranking on Google will get you roughly 8.5 times more page visits than if you are ranked fifth.

Include free content around the theme of your ebook on your website, and try to rank for keywords that will attract the right readership.  Utilizing unique and accurate page titles, and including relevant keywords in your content, will help you along the way.

Get Your Book Reviewed
Contact blogs that cover topics relevant to your ebook, and submit to them to be reviewed. This is another great way to market your ebook to your target audience.

5. Identify the Best Places to Sell Your eBook

You can sell your ebook directly from your website, but there are a wide variety of websites where you can do the same thing, and you’re likely to enjoy better traffic results.

Here are several websites to consider for selling your ebook:

  • Amazon. This is one of the most popular websites for ebooks, and with Kindle Direct Publishing, you can self-publish your ebook on the Amazon Kindle Store. The process is simple and free. You will be eligible for 70% of the royalties from your sales. Your ebook will be available for purchase on all Kindle devices and Kindle apps.
  • Free-eBooks. Here you can submit your ebook for only $4.97. The site is dedicated to free ebooks, but you can ask for donations from your readers, and the funds are deposited directly into your Paypal account.
  • PayLoadz. PayLoadz lets you sell your ebook, but also provides other useful tips on subject matter, marketing, pricing, and more. Their basic account costs $14.95 per month, and the first month is free. There is a transaction fee for each purchase that ranges from $0.05 up to 4.9% of the selling price.
  • And More

6. Set Goals

As with any business venture, setting goals to track your progress is imperative to the overall success of your ebook. After its launch, set certain benchmarks for the first 30, 60, and 90 days. If the goals are surpassed, congratulations! You then know that your strategy is effective.

If you fall short of your projections, you will want to review your marketing initiatives. Other avenues may need to be considered, or you might need to tweak other aspects of your selling strategy.

To Buy This eBook for N1,950 (Payment Options Available)

You can make Online Payment and the ebook will be sent to you automatically. Click here to make Online Payment

Alternatively you can a transfer or Bank Deposit to:

Bank: Diamond Bank
Account Name: Kwaifa Web Solution
Account No: 0099127317

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are making Bank Deposit.

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS MUST BE WRITTEN AS THE DEPOSITORS NAME ON THE BANK TELLER!

Once you have made payment, send the details of your payment such as depositor’s email address, slip number, date of payment, and amount paid to 0817-633-8060

Final Word

Whether you are writing an ebook just to make money, or you are creating one to promote a more comprehensive service or product to your readers, there are many things to take into consideration to ensure that your final product is professional and saleable to your target audience. However, by creating an attractive product and following a thorough marketing plan, you can be sure that your ebook will be profitable to you and valuable to your readers.