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Make Real Money Writing and Selling eBooks

Updated on March 3, 2018
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Galaxy has been a freelance writer for five years. She is always looking for ways to save money, invest and increase her finances.

We've all Seen the Flashy ads:How to Make Huge Amounts of Money Writing and Selling ebooks!

Have you ever asked yourself the question, can I make money writing and selling ebooks on the internet, or is it just a great big con? The simple answer is - yes. To both questions. Of course, many ebooks selling on the net at the moment are just a big con and a very good way to part a fool from his money Just make sure that you are not one of those fools.

But also yes, you can make money from ebooks too, if you know the basic steps to follow you really can make money. And you can do it without having to try to take the money from a fools pocket.

You can make money and leave yourself, and your customer, feeling good about the transaction. It is a win, win situation. Speaking for myself, I wouldn't be all that happy knowing that I was conning someone out of their money, it just isn't the right thing for me. I wouldn't want it to happen to me.

Don’t be tempted to just throw something together, you might sell a few and make some money before word gets around but you won’t get any repeat business from your book and you might end up with a bad reputation. On a basic level, you need to write an ebook that people will be willing to pay to read. Make the best product that you can, be prepared to put some time and effort into it and you will get results.

Don't set out to con people, make your book something you would be happy to pay for. A con will make you some money in the short term, but it won't last. A good reputation is hard to come by but a bad one is a lot easier to obtain.

Your ebook doesn’t have to be a war and peace length novel, in fact, many of the ebooks that sell best are far shorter, something in the order of 40 - 50 pages. If your ebook is informative, problem-solving and easy to understand you will make money from it. I have seen some best selling ebooks that are under ten pages, but they are the exception and you have to be very lucky to find just the right topic and the right customer base to make money from such short books.

Find a Target Market.

Find a good target market, this means finding a subject to write about that has high interest from potential buyers but low competition from other e-book sellers. Not as easy as it sounds, I know, but with a little research, it is still possible to find a niche market. If you already have a blog or a series of hubs, or online articles you probably have enough material for an ebook now. With a little tweaking, a few rewrites and the addition of some new material including some good quality pictures taken by you then you could be good to go. Once you’ve written your e-book you need to find buyers and a way to get the product to them.

Here are the steps that I consider will help you produce and sell your ebook.

5 Steps to Follow for Success.

Step 1. Chose your topic. This has to be something that you can write about in a knowledgeable and informative way. How to ebooks sell well. Anything from How to rebuild a combustion engine from scratch to How to decorate eggs. If you know how to do something and can pass that information on then there will be people willing to pay for that information. How many people depend on the topic.

Step 2. Research your chosen topic and prepare your ebook. You will need to write your ebook in Word format or a similar word processing software. Add interest to your ebook by illustrating it with relevant pictures. Use your own pictures or copyright free images from the internet. Always keep in mind that your ebook needs to be easy to read and interesting to look at as well as informative. You want to have a satisfied customer who will come back and buy your next book and the one after that. Spell check, read and re-read your e-book. It’s a good idea to have a friend or two proofread your ebook before you try to sell it too.

Step 3. When you are completely happy with your ebook convert it into a PDF file. You don’t need to pay for this as there are several good free converters available online for you to download, you can, of course, buy a converter if you prefer.

Sell Your ebook.

Step 4. Sell your ebook. Work out a fair price for your ebook, don’t make it too expensive but on the other hand don’t sell it too cheap either. People do seem to equate price with quality. You will need a way to get your ebook to your customers such as an automatic digital content delivery service. You will also need a pay pal account and possibly a website or blog. You can, of course, sell your ebook through Amazon in which case the delivery and payment are taken care of for you. Create space is ideal for the beginner as it includes easy to follow instructions for setting up your e bookstore.

Step 5. Have realistic expectations. You are not going to make a fortune overnight from an ebook. It takes time and effort. To make any serious amounts of money you will need more than one book, the more books the better. You will need to get out there and sell yourself and your product, which means honing your marketing skills. I will cover marketing in the next hub in this series.

Whatever you do remember to provide a quality product, don't set out to con people and put the time and effort into selling your ebook and you will make some money.

My Novel in Paperback.

Coming Home
Coming Home

This is my first novel, I have enjoyed some success selling it online as a download. It is also available in paperback but the downloads still sell much better.

 

Fiction Books.

It has been said that there is a book inside everyone if you feel that is true for you, then why not have a go at writing a fiction book. Do get your manuscript proofread and critiqued - not just by a family member or friend either, they might not want to upset you by being too critical. It does cost money but it is money well spent if you end up with a finished product that is capable of making money.

This is especially important if you intend to write more than one novel, no one is going to come back for more if they didn't enjoy the first book.

I have had some success with this myself, my first novel Coming Homeis available on Amazon Kindle and is selling well at the moment. If I can do it anyone can.

© 2011 Galaxy Harvey

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    Yoleen Lucas 4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

    I was wondering - do you think making a couple grand in a year is realistic? What if it's a sex manual?

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    Galaxy Harvey 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Glad to have been of help, graceomalley.

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    graceomalley 5 years ago

    Thank you so much! I didn't know that about Amazon. Actually that is kind of a relief. I was worried about charging too little and making potential customers think the ebooks weren't worth it - or charging too much and losing business that way.

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    Galaxy Harvey 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    graceomalley, if you are going to sell through Amazon, (Createspace), you will find that when you have finished uploading your eBook you will be directed to a page that pretty much sets the price for you. You will have a section for dollars, pounds and euros. The conversion rates are also worked out for you. On this page you will also be able to see just how much you will earn from your books. The good thing about this method of producing your books is that you can get free help and advice at every stage of publishing.

    I wish you the best of luck with your guides, they sound like a great idea.

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    graceomalley 5 years ago

    I am wondering about pricing an ebook. Do you price by number of pages, by subject, ect.? I know there is a sweet spot of not too expensive but not too inexpensive - but is there some formula for hitting that?

    The books I want to sell will be gudes for homeschooling parents for teaching novels, one ebook per novel. There will be discussion guides, information about the novel and author, symbolism and other literary devices in the novel, and classroom tested assignments to use. The book will provide lesson plans, not just information, and will allow a homeschooling parent to teach the book in the way a professional English teacher would. So I do have a niche.

    Any advice for how to price? I plan to sell through Amazon.

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    Galaxy Harvey 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank you for commenting NP.QUEEN. I am glad that you found this hub useful.

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    NP.QUEEN 6 years ago from Dubai

    Now i understood about ebook publication.Nice information.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Rajnil 7 years ago from Ahmedabad, India

    hello Galaxy 59, Really nice and useful information provided. I have heard of ebooks but never knew so much in detail. Thanks for this amazing hub.

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