Writing is e-book is my favorite way to make money. Why? The money just keeps rollin’ in. In all seriousness – it really is a great way to have some passive income. I say passive income because although I worked at it at first, I don’t have to work at it anymore. E-books are great like that. It’s like building a house… design it, lay it all out, build it & then you get to enjoy it.
Here are my 5 tips for writing an e-book:
1- GO FOR IT! This video will give you just what you need to get going with your ebook:
2- Start drafting it!
The hardest thing about writing a book, for me, is getting started. Once I get going, I’m good for the long-haul. Just open Microsoft Word (or whatever you use for writing) and start to write.
3- Don’t set your chapters in stone just yet (don’t even number them yet!).
I normally lay out my chapters in a notebook – how I want them to look, but I don’t set them in stone. I don’t even organize them chapters until the end of the book. I don’t number them because chances are that your chapter #2 will later become chapter #6 and chapter #6 will later become chapter #2.
4- Make your cover STAND OUT!
I promise you, if you make a fantastic, out of this world book, but have a ‘blah’ cover, you will not make as much money on your book as you hope. Ask 20 people for help if you need to. Ask in your favorite FB group (or even ask in our closed share group!) I design my covers like I design my blog posts – simple, yet effective. Bright, but not obnoxious!
You can see with my Potty Train in a Weekend book that it clearly tells you what the book is about by the cover. No questions: Potty train- check. Weekend time frame-check. Mom of four did it- check.
5- I really try not to use fancy phrases or wording with the tagline.
I want to be very simple and clear. This is what people like to read. I am not going to ‘spice it up’ because I don’t want to risk losing any readers. Does this make sense? So some people might say “Toilet training successfully within reach” or whatever, but I just “dumb it down” so to say: “Mom of four shares the secret to having your child potty trained in one weekend”. It is clear as day what you will get out of this book.If you aren’t clear on your cover, you won’t get many clicks to your page.
6-Sell it in E-Junkie or even through a plugin on your site.
This is very easy and it lets you keep your money. With e-junkie, you pay $5 a month, but you keep 100% of the profits. Then head over to createspace and turn your ebook into a physical book (be forewarned- they do keep about 50% of your earnings).
Check out our OWN e-book right here: