(I posted something similar last month but had to take it down. There were so many people copying my eBook topics, covers, etc that it wasn't worth it. Here's a new post with the basics, but for a complete step-by-step tutorial, I created my eBook Publishing for Profit Course
Have you always wanted to self-publish an eBook? Do you want to create a lasting passive income stream? I've found that Amazon offers the most effective way to publish quality eBooks fast. It's so fast in fact, that I've published more than 30 eBooks in just a few months. My record publishing time from idea to eBook is less than 20 hours!
Here are the very basic steps…but again, through this link you can get my eBook Publishing for Profit Course
at a nice discount.
1. The Idea
A. If you have an idea in mind, great. To save money, start with an eBook that you can write on your own. Everyone's an expert in something.
B. You can get ideas by looking at how certain topics are selling on the Kindle Store. Click on any eBook and scroll down the detail page. Every book has a sales rank. This tells you how any book is selling in comparison to every other book. #1 is the top selling and the ranks go into the millions.
C. Decide if you will write the content for your book or if you can hire someone to write it.
2. Verifying your Idea
A. Head to adwords.google.com
or a similar keyword research tool if you're familiar. Sign in with a Google account and go to Tools > Keyword Research Tool. Type in your desired topic and relevant keywords to get an idea of the search volume on Google.
3. The Content
A. You'll either write the content yourself or hire a freelance writer. Full tutorial on where to hire, how to hire, and who to hire in the eBook course
B. If hiring a freelance writer, it's essential that you ask them to send you a sample of their work on a similar topic to what you need written. Review it carefully. This is the step where I cut most contractors.
C. Tip: Never pay writers by the hour! You want to control exactly how much the entire project will cost you upfront. With a fixed-price job, contractors are also incentivized to complete the project as fast as possible.
4. Cover Art
A. If you don't want to pay for cover art, I've found text-based covers to be effective. You can simply create a cover in Word, Pages, or Photoshop with text and export it as either a JPEG or TIFF file. Amazon only accepts these files.
B. I recently discovered a new source for eBook covers called Fiverr
. You can post any project (including eBook covers or graphics) for just $5.
C. Tips on Cover Art
- Look at the cover from the user's perspective. View the cover at a smaller size and see if you can read the words, understand what value you may be providing, etc.
- Look at competing covers…line them up and make sure yours is better! It's easy, they've already provided a template for what you have to improve upon.
- Use font colors that contrast most with your background color.
- Use as few words as possible and make them as large as possible.
6. Publishing your eBook
- I recommend publishing exclusively on Amazon for several reasons. There are several programs that Amazon offers which doubled my profit.
- Always include a table of contents in your book description.
- Make sure to export or ask your designer for either JPEG or TIFF formatted files. Amazon only accepts these files for cover art.
- Take a few minutes to understand Amazon's pricing tiers. They don't make a lot of sense.
- Your book will be approved and ready for sale in 12-48 hours!
It may be possible to figure out the entire eBook process on your own but you can certainly learn from my trial & error. These are some of the things that you'll learn in the course
✓ How do I find eBook ideas that will make money?
✓ What type of eBook should I publish? What categories?
✓ How much will it cost? How long does it take?
✓ How can I effectively price my eBook to maximize profit?
✓ How can I reduce costs? How can I have no recurring costs?
✓ Where & How do I publish my eBooks?
✓ Where do I hire writers? How do I post job and who do I hire?
✓ How can I make an effective eBook cover, even if I'm not a designer?
If the course doesn't give you everything you need to publish your first eBook, you can certainly request a full refund immediately. Good luck!You'll take the course on an amazing course platform called udemy which allows you to watch the course on your computer or iPad at any time!Visit the course here