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How To Write And Publish An Ebook

Updated on June 16, 2012

Front Cover Picture For EBooks

Getting Your EBook Published

What Is An EBook And Why Write One?

An eBook is a book that is written to be read on either the internet or on an eBook reader. The advantages of eBooks are that they are downloadable and therefore very portable, and that often they retail at much less than a traditional book.

They are becoming very popular and the proliferation of eBook readers on the market place suggests that going forward this trend is going to continue.

The advantages of writing an eBook over a physical book are plentiful. You do not have to find someone to publish it for you. There are many companies that can help you with that side of the business, and it is possible to get your work published for free online.

Also, you do not have to carry stock- once it is published, you can find websites that will carry it for you and once it is posted, as long as it is still relevant, you can continue to sell it until you take it down.

Due to the nature of how they are read, eBooks tend to be shorter than a physical book, and thus they are easier to write.

You can also easily promote your brand and services using links to your website or blog, or material throughout the eBook. You can also discuss other people’s products and have a few affiliate links dotted through the text. The key here is to make them relevant to what you are talking about and useful to the reader.

Another advantage to eBook writing is that of cost- you can write it, turn it into an eBook, and publish it, all for free, which is very different to trying to get a book published with a publisher, and then promoted.

Who Are You Aiming Your Ebook At?

Who are you writing for and what you are trying to achieve? Are you trying to educate, amuse, entertain, or instruct your reader? Do you want them to learn, or do you want to inspire them, or are you trying to help them to lose themselves in fiction? Are they male, female, poor, rich, stressed, ill, bored, sad, happy, or busy? Who are you writing for, and what is the purpose of your book?

Think about what your typical reader would want from an eBook and think about how you can improve the reader’s life. Most people subconsciously think “What’s in it for me?” when they are shopping, and so it is important to think about how your product can benefit them or fulfill some need that they may or may not know that they have. Tell them in the description how your product will enhance their life.

Often, it is good to give examples of how you or someone you are writing about, overcame obstacles, or transformed their life, or got better from an illness, or came back from bankruptcy etc. Examples often give others hope and inspire them to change their lives for the better.

If it is very much a “How To” eBook, try to break it up with illustrations or examples so that the read is more palatable. People are more likely to absorb the information if they are relaxed, and simple text can be very difficult on the brain, especially if it is highly technical. Again, think of your typical reader, and try to match your writing to their needs.

Writing my first eBook

My first eBook is entitled 'How To Heal Chakra Imbalances', and I decided to write this because of some research that I had done to help myself. I thought about my target market, and aimed it at people like myself who were on a journey of self-discovery and healing. Therefore, the book is informative and intended to be educational.

I went online and found some wonderful drawings of the different chakras, so I had some artwork for the different chapters. I gave a donation for this to contribute to the artist for his efforts. Illustrations tend to make the eBook easier to read and a more pleasant experience.

I then split the book into 7 chapters, one for each chakra, and went about the writing of the book in a word document. I had two good friends check it for spelling and content mistakes (and to let me know if it was interesting or useful etc) and then I turned it into a PDF. I found a free converter at which I downloaded and it is extremely easy to use.

Once it was in a PDF format, I read somewhere that a 3D picture of the book can help you to sell more so I went to look for one that I could use. I have to say here that I am not very good at all things technical, so I hope that I am demonstrating that publishing an eBook can be done by almost anyone.

I found a company that made it look very easy, so I parted with my £47.18, (about $70.00) and started to play with the product. I was very pleased with the result, which you can see at the top of this article, and this was the only money that I have spent on my eBook so far. The company is called Boxshot, and their product is downloadable and I found it really easy to follow the instructions.

Once I had the finished product, I searched for somewhere to host it for me. There are many options, but after quite a lot of research, I choose because they do not have a limit on the bandwidth that you use, and when you start it is $5.00 per month which goes up in stages once you sell more than 10 items. You can sell eBooks, MP3 tracks and albums, software, icons, fonts, artwork, phone cards, event tickets, CDs, posters, books, t-shirts and almost everything else you want to sell.

They handle all the transaction details for you and provide you with Buy Now buttons or Shopping Carts. They are very flexible, and when I had an issue that I could not fathom, their help desk answered my query very promptly and in a way that I could understand. They also have facilities to promote your products once you have joined!

Once I had uploaded my eBook, I sent a message out to my Facebook community and did the same on Twitter. I will also try Kindle, Tradebit, EbookMall, Smashwords, Clickbank, and try to post it on all the other websites that I am listed on and that are relevant to my field.

Although my first eBook took me a while to finish, I now have a system in place to be able to duplicate what I have done, and the next one should appear more quickly.

Anyone can write an eBook and I hope to have shown how easy and reasonable it is to get it published and hosted. Remember to make your eBook interesting and relevant, and just get going! I wish you well in your endeavours!

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    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      7 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thanks That Grrl- good name by the way! Not sure anyone has clicked on it yet, so don't expect to make a fortune! Good luck with you writing!

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      7 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thank you wordsmith2418! Good luck with your publications!

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      Laura Brown 

      7 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Can't beat a post with personal experience. The added PayPal link was smart too. I hadn't thought that far yet.

    • wordsmith2418 profile image

      Jessica Sage 

      8 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, Pennsylvania

      I was looking for an honest "review" of and you provided one. I am looking to publish crochet patterns using the pdf format. I checked out another site but it seemed complicated and expensive. I think I'll go with ejunkie. Thanks for the information!

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      8 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thank you - most kind! Number two on way.....

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      Daniel Peebles 

      8 years ago

      Good article. I wish you much success with your book!

    • AngelaKaelin profile image


      9 years ago from New York

      Great job! Very good information

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      Paul Guzman 

      9 years ago from Las Cruces, NM

      Very good stuff...This will help me tremendously. I also like your writing style.


    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      9 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thank you animekid! Glad it helped! Love and blessings.

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      9 years ago from Greenville, NC

      Hi and thanks for the informative hub. I did a bare bones E Book for my blog but in the future I will return here for more references and guided help.

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      9 years ago from Bristol, England

      Glad you liked them! 9 hubs in 2 weeks! Well done you!!!

      Happy to follow you back.

      Love and blessings,

      Caroline xxx

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      Jackie Paulson 

      9 years ago from USA IL

      How To Put A PayPal Button On Your Website Or Blog

      How I Learned What I Know About Affiliate Marketing

      These two links are great! I also love the details on how to write an ebook and publish and I am keeping this one for future use. Thanks so much.

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      This is a very useful have done much of the hard work and cut through the "unknown" for many of us. One day I just may give it a try! Thanks. WB

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      9 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thanks kinh039! Glad it was helpful. Let me know if you publish anything! Love and blessings. Caroline

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      Kim Harris 

      9 years ago

      Bookmarking this one. Thanks for the info SG.

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      9 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thank you Saundra. I am almost ready to post it on your site now! Love and blessings, Caroline xxx

    • RevLady profile image


      9 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Great suggestions and help for novices. Thanks for sharing.

      Forever His,

    • Spiritual Growth profile imageAUTHOR

      Caroline Nettle 

      9 years ago from Bristol, England

      Thank you! Happy to help! xxx

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      9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great tips.


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