If you’ve been thinking about writing an ebook but not sure how to do it, this blog post is for you!
For as long as I’ve been blogging, I’ve always thought about writing an ebook to go along with the blog. But, like most of you was completely overwhelmed at how to go about writing a book, having it published and then selling it. So for years I put it off…but then I had the opportunity to ghost write a book for YardSales.net, The “Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Yard Sale“. I was so surprised at how easy it is to write a book and start making sales on Amazon…that I wanted to kick myself for waiting so long. Honestly, the hardest part of the entire process was writing the book!
Why you should write an ebook:
Monetization: As I’ve mentioned before, the key to blog monetization is to diversify your revenue streams. One of the ways that many pro-bloggers make money is by creating info products such as ebooks or courses. An ebook is a (surprisingly easy) way to bring in more money with your blog.
Thought Leadership: If one of your goals is to become a thought leader or known expert in your niche, then writing an ebook is a great way to validate your knowledge.
Traffic to your blog: The nice thing about writing an ebook and selling it on Amazon is that now people who have no idea who you are will find you while shopping on Amazon. And if you’ve written a great book and linked back to your site from the book, you should start to see a steady flow of new readers to your blog from your Amazon listing.
How to write an ebook in 5 Easy Steps:
- Write your ebook using Google Docs, Word or Pages (MAC).
- Convert the word doc into an ePub
- Set up your KDP Kindle Account on Amazon
- Upload your book
- Set your price & go live on Amazon
1. Write the ebook
Admittedly, this was the hardest part of the entire process. Sitting down to write a book can be daunting. I followed a few steps that actually made the process a whole lot easier. Start with the outline, then do a brain dump of everything in your head. Once you’ve done the brain dump, start arranging the content according to your outline and build your book from there.
2. Convert the book to ePub file
I read a million tutorials on how to convert a Pages (MAC) file into an ePub file and no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get it to look right. So I threw in the towel, headed over to Fiverr and paid someone a whopping $5.00 to covert it for me. It was the best $5.00 I’ve ever spent 🙂 Here’s the gal that I used, she was awesome!
3. Set up your Kindle Direct Publishing account
Head over here and sign up with your contact information to create an account on the Kindle Direct Publishing platform. This is the account, you will use to upload your ebook to the Kindle platform.
4. Upload your book to the Kindle Platform
Once you’ve filled out your contact information, author bio, and payment information you are ready to upload your book. Upload the ePub version of your book and select which category your book will appear in. Fill out the description and select keywords to describe your book.
5. Price your book & Make it live on Amazon
The last thing you need to do is price your book and make it live in the Amazon Kindle store. Once you submit the book it can take up to 48 hours to be approved and live in the store. Once it is live Amazon will send you an email with the link to the book, and you are free to promote the heck out of your book!
If you’ve written an ebook, I would love you to leave a link in the comments or feel free to share tips that worked for you!