How To Write eBooks

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What Are EBooks?

eBooks are those electronic versions of a printed book that can be read on a computer or any handheld device like a tablet, smartphone, or an eReader. 

It consists of text, audio, images, and videos which are created in a format that changes shape according to the device you read it on without any line break. It will perfectly fill the screen no matter how you held your devices.

Types Of EBook Format.

The following are the types of formats used for ebooks:

1. Plain Text (TXT) Format:

It is the most widely accepted ebook format because the TXT gives simple reflowable text.

2. PDF Format: 

PDF or Portable Document Format is not an ebook format but most people are familiar with this format.

This format is designed for easy printing with a fixed layout document.

Most major ebook stores do not accept this format because re-flowing the text is problematic. It is not impossible though.

3. MOBI Format: 

MOBI was the first format used by Amazon when they launched Kindle, it’s now replaced by AZW but it doesn’t lose its popularity.

Mobi pockets can be read by almost any device except Sony Readers and Nooks.

4AZW and AZW3 Format: 

AZW or Amazon Word are the formats owned by Kindle and they support re-flowable and fixed layout books, handles DRM (Digital Rights Management), and interactivity.

They are supported on Kindle devices and apps only.

5EPUB Format:  

EPUB or Electronic Publication format is accepted by most devices except Kindle.

EPUB 3 format supports embedding not only images and sounds but even videos. Textbooks and children’s books are usually made using EPUB 3.

The EPUB 3 also offers global language support and can handle non-Latin scripts like Arabic and Chinese.

How Do You Earn From EBooks?

An eBook is a true form of passive income because after it was written and published, there is nothing more to be done other than sitting back and letting the money come in.

Your earnings will depend mainly on the following criteria:

  1. The values you provided in your book.
  2. The competition in the same niche.
  3. The pricing of your ebook.
  4. How your book sells.

How To Start With Your First EBook

Step One: Choosing A Topic For Your Ebook.

Choosing a topic or niche for your ebook is one of the main factors which will determine how much you can earn from ebooks.

Follow these points to choose the niche for your books.

#1. You can pick any topic of your choice. If you choose to create an ebook related to evergreen topics, you can choose from Health And Fitness, Money and Finance, Wealth, and Relationships.

These topics will never get outdated as long as the human race evolves. People will continue to search for these related topics even in the years to come also.

Related Read: What are Evergreen niches?

The catch here is – creating an eBook on these topics will never get outdated and it will help you create a passive income stream more easily rather than creating it on other topics which weren’t in demand all through the year!

#2. Do Your Keyword Research by searching on Kindle for the best-selling list of books and note down the topics and keywords that you can base your book on.

#3. Check out how the books are performing, read the reviews, and prices, and you will get a fair idea of what you will write about.

#4. You can narrow down your book on the sub-topic of the evergreen topic we talked about. 

#5. Write on topics in which you have the expertise or on topics you enjoyed (if they are on the evergreen topic we listed above) as it will make your writing easier and fun. 

#6. Even if you are not an expert, do your research thoroughly and come up with quality content based on these evergreen niches or any niche of your choice.

#7. Be specific on your title, and know for whom you are writing your book. Have a Target Audience.

NOTE: The most sold ebooks fall in the categories of fiction and literature.

Step Two: Writing Your eBook.

Now that you know what topic to write about, it’s time to put that knowledge into action. 

According to Amy Lynn, these 3 focus points help in creating a quality book:

  • Focus on solving a Problem: Any problem which can be applicable to a decent group of people. It can be on the “How to” topics.
  • Address a Fear: If you can come up with a topic that addresses a common fear and offer an answer or ways to overcome that fear, your book can sell well.
  • Satisfy a Curiosity: Everybody has the curiosity to know something that is not readily available. If you can tap into any curiosity topic, you might have a winner topic.

Follow These Simple Steps When You Write Your EBook:

1. Create An Outline For Your Book.

The first thing you must do before writing is to create an outline for your book. You can even come up with the title first.

This actually helps in writing the outline and the book as a whole. I usually come up with the title and note it down. Then I planned on the outline and how my book will end.

Creating an outline for your book will help you focus on what is more important and will give you more insights on what you should include in your book to have a greater impact on your readers.

It will be easier to write if you set up your table of contents which you can change later on according to the flow of your writing.

Also Read: How To Create A Book Outline.

2. Schedule A Specific Time.

Discipline is important if you seriously want to create a book that’s worth reading. You must set up a specific time for you to write every day even if it’s only for 15 minutes or so. 

Some people prefer to write early in the morning while some people prefer to write during late-night hours. The choice is yours. 

3. Continue To Write.

Once you start writing, continue to write your ideas down. Don’t bother to reread it again and again in order to check for any grammatical errors before you finish it because you will end up wasting your time correcting your writings. 

Try to capture your flow until you come to a point that you have finished writing whatever is in your mind for now!

4. Pretend You Are The Target.

Write a book that you yourself will love to read by pretending you are the target. This will help you to see things from the perspective of your readers and it will improve your connection with your reader. 

You will also come up with wonderful ideas when you start to see things from others’ perspectives.

If you are a writer, you must have come across what we called ‘writer’s block’. Do not panic. Do not pressurize your mind to come up with new ideas. Give yourself some time to refresh your mind. 

5. Give A Strong Voice.

If you are writing a story, try to bring more action and verbalism to your writing by using strong verbs and describing the situations more.

For example: Instead of ‘the flower vase fall on the floor’ you can use words like ‘the flower vase crashed on the floor with a loud noise’ … or instead of ‘ it made me scared’ you can describe ‘how your heart was pounding on your chest or your palms begin to sweat’… I hope you got my point here!

Your writing style must captivate your readers to be able to imagine and see the situations in their minds!

Also Read: How To Become A Good Writer.

If you have some ideas but weren’t enough to come up with a complete book, you use an effective tool Sqribble which can help you create an ebook within a few minutes even if you have never written an ebook before in your life! It has 15 niche topics you can choose from.

It has numerous positive reviews from users around the world.

And if you are a fiction writer, you can use an AI Story Generator tool called Jasper. Jasper is the best AI Story Generator tool you will find in the market right now.

All you have to do is input a few lines into it and the AI writer tool will generate an interesting story that you would not have thought of before! Try Jasper for free now!

It is important to schedule a time period for which you expect to finish your book. This way, you will be able to produce more books without procrastination.

6. Re-Read Your Finished Work At Least Thrice.

It is easy to miss out on minor errors when you read it for the first time.

Proofreading your own book is not easy as your mind sometimes automatically gives you the impression that everything is fine as you know what will come next.

It is always advisable to use software like Grammarly to help you spot the errors and also help with the punctuations and sentence constructions. It will take a ton of loads away!

Strive for excellence but not for perfection because you will never find it perfect anyway. 

Once you are done, take a printout if possible.

Re-read it again and make sure what you want to convey is clear. You can ask for the help of a friend or family members and ask for their honest input. Do not be hesitant to make any changes in your writing.

After all the corrections including checking the hyperlinks to make sure they work as well, you can save them in PDF format. 

Step Three: Creating eBook Cover Design.

Just imagine how odd it would be if an ebook starts with the contents and no cover… you would look for the cover of the book anyway, right?

So, the cover of the ebook is the first thing anyone will look for. The book cover is your point of attraction, therefore, it should look professional and attractive.

If you have an idea of how to create a book cover, you can make your own book cover. You can also check out some tutorials on YouTube on how you can create an attractive book cover by using free platforms like Canva or 99designs.

If you want to go the professional way, you can ask someone to create the book cover for you at Fiverr.

Tip: If you want a png (transparent) form in Canva this is what you can do.

Register for a pro version trial by entering your credit card details. Nothing will be billed until the trial period of 30 days end. So, you’ve got nothing to lose!

You can cancel it anytime afterward if you think you won’t need it anymore! Please do not make this a habit. This will help you for a while till you finally subscribe to the premium version.

What To Include In The Front And Back Of Your eBook.

The following are the things you can include in the front and back of your ebook.

1. At the beginning:

  • Title of the book.
  • Copyright Information: Include copyright information to protect your work from being misused.
  • Table of Contents: Link your table of contents to the actual sections in your book.

2. At the end:

  • About the Author: A little about yourself at the end or cover of your book will give a natural opportunity to insert a call of action like inviting your readers to sign up for your email list or visit your website.
  • Acknowledgments, End Notes, Bibliography: If you want to particularly give credit to anyone for quotes or references, you can include them.
  • Printables: If you provide printables, include them at the end of your eBook. Make it downloadable after they sign up for your email list.

How To Set The Price For Your EBook.

1. Research The Prices of books in your niche.

Search and compare the quality, page count, and content of your book to other similar books, and note the price down.

2. Ask yourself how much you are willing to pay for your own book.

Think like you are the reader of our book. Will they buy at the price you set? What about you, will you buy it at this price?

If you are willing to buy at the current price you have set, so will others too!

3. Don’t price your ebook too low or too high.

If you price it too low, readers may assume that it is of low quality.

Price it in a way that gives the impression that it’s worth the money the buyer gave.

Price it high enough that it will cover your expenses and give you a profit.

Consider all the costs and deductions and set your price in the range that you are even and profitable enough, if it’s not that high.

4. Set your price with an “On Sale” in mind.

If you want to have a sale, make it significant like instead of a 20% off, you can put 50% off which will grab more attention and might give you more sales.

Besides, it will help in promoting your book also.

So,  price it accordingly so that you are not at loss.

And keep your sales to a minimum time so that the value of your book won’t be lost.

So, the next question on your mind would be where can you sell your eBook with the minimum fees, we are coming into that.

Where To Sell Your EBook.

You can use platforms like Gumroad and Amazon but you have to give them some percentage of commission for each sale – which is 20% – 30% of each sale!

If you have a website, you can use it to sell your eBook. That way, you will keep every cent you earned from your ebook sales.

Related: How To Create A Blog Website.

Final Say On Creating Your First EBook.

Writing a quality eBook and publishing it takes quite a lot of time and energy. But, once you are done with everything, there isn’t more work to do. Hence, It is truly passive.

In fact, the hardest part is getting started.

The best software I knew of right now to help you with your eBook is Sqribble. This software has 15 niches from which you can choose your book topic and comes with 50 templates. 

Another option is to teach yourself How To Write And Publish Your eBook In 7 Days.

Honestly, getting started is the most difficult thing even in writing books. An idea will pop into your mind now and then but if you didn’t push yourself to start, you will keep on procrastinating.

But, I can assure you that, once you do your research and collect the much-needed pieces of information, and start writing, you will gain momentum gradually. 

It is definitely worth writing a book. 

So, do you think you fit into this?

If so, then do not waste time. Just start.

Don’t wait for the right and perfect timing, because it will never come!

You will never find the perfect timing! The perfect time is NOW!

NOTE: Not only writing ebooks, but you can also start with coaching, courses, and tutorials on any categories that you have good knowledge about.

You can create your own product and use platforms like Teachable and Udemy to reach your audience.

For Example: How to play guitar in 14 days, How to build 6-pack abs, How to cook like a pro, How to do stock trading, How to do cloud mining, How to trade with Bitcoin… the list is endless!

Another option is to recreate IDPLR books and sell them as yours. This is not illegal. Many people are generating a good amount of money by doing this. This IDPLR website will give you access to more than 6350+ ebooks which you can actually sell online on different platforms including Amazon.

They come with all the materials you would need like premade sales page, covers, etc. One thing you must remember is to read the permission note that comes along with each book and follow. Most books will allow you to add your name as an author, and put your affiliate or website links in the book.

Register at IDPLR for FREE and get 2 Gold Products Free Now!

If you feel you need to learn ways to make a passive income stream before it is too late, you can check out Perpetual Income Course here.

FAQs On Creating eBook

What is an ebook and how does it work?

An ebook is a book that can be read on any electronic device.

An ebook is auto-formated according to the device used. It can consist of electronic text, audio, video, or hyperlinks.

What is the difference between a book and an ebook?

A book is in a printed material form which contains texts, graphics like graphs, images, etc. which are printed or typed on a paper of any size.

While an ebook is the electronic version of the printed book which can be read from any electronic device and can contain images, texts, audio, videos, and hyperlinks.

Is an ebook just a PDF?

An ebook is not just a PDF.

A PDF (Portable Document Format) allows storing texts as well as media formats to be stored and allows documents to be displayed in an electronic form independent of the hardware, operation, or software used to view it.

An ebook’s main purpose is to be able to read on an eReader and have different internal structures that can be manipulated at will.

How do you create an ebook?

You can create or write an ebook the way you write any book or article by-

1. Choosing a topic.

2. Open a notepad or word document on your computer or smartphone.

3. Create an outline chapter for each topic you want to include.

4. Break down each chapter in detail.

5. Add some designs to the writing in the form of images, hyperlinks, and audio, as you like.

6. After you are done with your writing, convert the document into PDF format with the desired book size – 5″ x 7″ or 5.5″ x 8.5″ or 6″ x 9″ or 8.5″ x 8.5″ … you can choose any size you want.

7. Save your work as a PDF.

8. Design an attractive cover for your book. If you are uploading to Amazon, you can make use of the book cover design option within the platform. Or you can use software like Canva or Bookbolt to design the cover.

9. Keep in mind the book cover will be in a different size. The best tool you can use is Bookow. You just need to enter the number of pages, the color of the pages you want your book to be, and the length and height of your PDF. It will then send you the exact size required for your book cover.

10. Use Canva to create professional stunning covers.

11. Download the cover in JPEG format or PDF format.

12. Upload them to whatever platform you want.

How much does it cost to create an ebook?

You can create it by yourself for free or pay someone to create it for you. The cost varies from $200 to even $3,000. Or you can use a powerful software called Sqribble which will cost $67 for lifetime use. Sqribble will create an ebook for you within a few minutes.

How long should ebooks be?

There are no fixed criteria for how long an ebook should be – it actually depends on what you write about!

Typically, an ebook contains around 2,000 – 3,000 words. The minimum pages of book the Amazon Kindle Publishing accept is 24 pages.

What is the best software to write an ebook?

For the document, Microsoft word is the common platform used.

If you have writer’s block or do not want to spend more time writing, you can use software like Sqribble or AI Story Generator software, which will give you AI (artificial intelligence) generated fresh stories in a few minutes. 

An AI Story Generator works best for Fiction writers. It can also be used for blog content creation, copywriting, etc.

What type of ebooks sells the most?

The best-selling ebooks are in the categories of fiction, motivational books and literature.

Can I make an ebook for free?

Yes, you can make an ebook for free. You can make use of the Microsoft word document to create your ebook, design the cover with any free tool like Canva and upload them in KDP.

Another popular way is to download a readymade ebook from IDPLR. It has more than 6350+ ebooks you can use as your own! You will be able to download 2 gold products of your choice. Register for Free at IDPLR.

You are allowed to make some changes in your details, put in your links (affiliate links, links to your site, etc), and sell the ebooks for a profit. In fact, many people are using this method to generate side income from selling books.

How do I write an ebook without writing?

It might sound absurd, but you can write an ebook without actually writing it.

1. The first way is to write an ebook without you writing it, you can pay someone to write an ebook for you. Which can cost you quite a lot of money.

2. The second way is to use a software called Sqribble. It will automatically write the whole book for you within a few minutes on your chosen niche. It has 15 Niche Categories you can choose from!

3. The third way is, to use an AI Story Generator. There are many AI writers you can choose from. You just have to input your title or heading and choose what type of content you want. It will generate the story with a new twist that you otherwise would never have thought of before! One of the best AI Writer tools is Jasper (previously called Jarvis).

Where are the most ebooks sold?

Most ebooks are sold in:

  1. Amazon Kindle.
  2. Kobo.
  3. Google ebooks.
  4. Apple iBookstore.

How do I write a novel?

You can write a novel by creating an outline first.

Once you are done with the outlines, start writing it yourself or use an AI Story Generator like Jasper (which is the best AI Story Writer Tool of 2022) to create a stunning and interesting novel.

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