How to Write an EBook and Make Money (A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners)
Have you ever thought that you can make money by writing? By just giving written form to your creativity and imagination, you can make a good income. Surprising, is not it? Well, no! You must be reading many kinds of magazines, books or novels and these can be your source of income too!
Gone are the days when people liked reading books and novels; everything has now become digital. And yeah, books have been digitalized too! These have been named eBooks now. And writing and selling eBooks is a good source of income. People prefer eBooks over paperback books because the formers contain a lot of animations and a lot more eye-catchy stuffs.
But when it comes to making money through eBooks, it can’t happen just like that. You have to attract readers to your books to make a sell, and there are several factors which can prove helpful in attracting audience.
Here is a step-by-step guide for beginners about how to make money by writing eBooks –
1. Find content
Yep, finding content for an eBook is the major issue. Imagine you are ready to write an eBook, and you don’t know what to write. That’s awful. You know what; anything you have in your mind can be an eBook! There are no editors who will be examining what you have written. You are the master of your own ideas.
Anything you have floating in your mind, just pen it down. You have ideas about any health related stuff, note it. Or any opinion on any social issue, note it. Even topics like dog care, cooking and all those regular stuff can become your eBook. If you’ve something you like but don’t know about it, it can be an eBook as well! Just read a few articles about those topics and make your own one.
2. Have a catchy title
Along with some content, your eBook also needs a catchy title. The first thing people are going to see is the title and the eBook cover. Leave behind cover for a minute, but the title is what is going to attract people the most. So, always have a catchy title in your mind. Make your title an interrogative one, or an emotionally appealing one or something hilarious. And believe me all these will attract readers to your eBook.
3. Make up headlines
You can’t just an eBook overnight. You have to make some proper plans and work on it. So, the first thing you should do is make outlines of your ideas. In simple words, make headings of the topics you have got in your mind and arrange them in digital note cards. So, it will be easy for you to work out on each card in a proper organized manner.
4. Prepare a writing schedule
A writing schedule is really necessary when you have plans of writing something like eBook and want it to be sold. It is because you can’t just sit down anytime and start writing. Various factors like noises, loud music and other things are going to deviate your mind. So it would be better if you make a writing schedule and implement it.
Look at the number of outlines you have and divide them by the number of days you want to complete the eBook in. You will get a number, and that will be your outlines per day. Also, try to go late to bed or rise early for writing as that will be the time when everyone will be asleep and you will have no disturbances.
5. Edit like a pro
The easiest and cheapest option is to edit the book yourself. While Scrivener, Google Docs, and Word all have decent spell checkers, you’re going to want to run it through something more robust. Use a tool like Gramarly. It’s a free program that not only checks spelling, it makes sure the word choice is correct based on context.
For example – “Their” won’t show up as a misspelled word in Google Docs, but Grammarly will say it’s wrong if your sentence is “the book is over their.” Other features in the free version include grammar checking and vocabulary enhancement. The premium version also checks punctuation, sentence structure, and even style. You can also give a copy of your ebook to friends and family for suggestions. Have them point out any glaring mistakes they catch.
6. Design an awesome cover
You must have heard, “Never judge a book by its cover”. Well, in the case of eBooks, the myth does not have any importance. eBooks are judged by their covers.
You want to make sure yours looks professional and stand out from the crowd. A quality cover makes your ebook look professional. It shows you mean business and the content inside is of a high quality. You can take help from sites like 99designs, Freelancer and Fiverr to design your own book cover.
7. Format, Price and Describe
Once the ebook is written, you’re going to need to convert it to the Kindle format before publishing. Most people read ebooks over physical books because of the price. This is where ebooks have a distinct advantage. Because there aren’t any physical materials to buy, the cost of those materials doesn’t have to be taken into consideration. The price can be whatever you want it to be. After the cover and title, the ebook description is the next thing your potential buyer is going to see/read. You need a good description to entice them to buy the ebook. Take your time! This is an important one to get right. A good description will go a long ways.
8. Getting reviews
Yes, reviews are really necessary before you publish an eBook. These reviews will let you know if your book is good to go, or if it needs any more changes. One of the best techniques to get reviews is to distribute some copies to some of your family members and friends. Good reviews mean other people have bought your ebook and found it useful. That tells the potential buyer they should too. It’s social proof your book is good!
9. Marketing and promotion
A little bit of spice is always needed before you cook something good. Similarly, your eBook is also going to need some marketing and promotion. These will help in making your eBook a sensation, so that people will be willing to buy them. People will need reasons about why they should buy your book, and by promoting your book, you are going to give them those reasons!