How to create an ebook

Work at home moms and mompreneurs- you’re busy, I know (believe me, I relate to the hustle and bustle of your life).

But you have great product ideas for your business and one of those is that ebook you’ve been wanting to write forever.

Don’t worry- I have you covered.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how I’ve been able to crank out a few ebooks over the past years and I do hope this will help you.

If you prefer video, then watch this one before reading further…

Why ebooks?

Ebooks are:

  • easy to create
  • easy to sell
  • a long-term lucrative project

You honestly only have to write a book once and watch it take care of itself in future sales without doing very much at all. Because ebooks are digital you don’t have to worry about shipping and printing costs, and downloads are instant.

How To Create an Ebook

Gather an outline for your topic.

When creating an ebook I usually start with the problem I want to solve for my reader. A good idea is to make sure you’re not all over the board with ideas.  Your ebook should have a specific purpose to solve a particular problem or meet an overall goal.

Remember, it’s better to be too narrow than too vague.  You can always save additional subtopics for another ebook.

No worries if you can’t talk about it all (and you really shouldn’t). Find the main topics you want to write about and let this be your main focus for your book.

Schedule out your writing.

Divide your outline into manageable chunks and plop these chunks right onto your calendar.  

For example, if you have eight chapters in your book idea and you figure you can find time to write twice a week, maybe you can complete 1-2 chapters per week. At this rate you’ll be finished between 4-8 weeks from now.

This is how I was able to finally complete my ebook (which I later published as a hard copy on Amazon.) It took some real time management and staying on track with daily tasks to get it done.

I also needed accountability, so be sure to grab a friend to help motivate you through this process.

Don’t procrastinate.

The main message I want you to leave with after reading this blog post is to get on it right away.  Start writing your book. Just start.

Let your fingers do the talking and start typing your thoughts on the topic. Before long you’ll have one paragraph, then two, and you would have completed an entire chapter and pretty soon- your entire book!

No one says a chapter has to be exactly 10 pages.  You get to determine how long your chapters are. Make your sections the length you feel quantifies what you are trying to get across.

Don’t let the idea of having “seven more chapters to go” looming ahead of you keep you from writing the one chapter in front of you.

You can do it!

Remember your audience.

Remember who you are writing for and stick with it. If you have a passion for your readers, they’ll feel it in your writing, so write from your heart.

Your readers want to feel spoken to, loved, considered. Let them know you’re on their team and that your book will help them solve their problems.

Proofread, edit, and add graphics.

Use your favorite editor to write your ebook.  (I switch between Word, Pages, and Google Docs).

First you’ll want to add a cover page with title and a beautiful cover image (which you can have a virtual assistant do for you or head over to Fiverr). You may also want to add a title page with copyright info.

Add page numbers and your name and URL  in the footer section for each page.  

For eye-catching images for your book find royalty free stock photos at places like istockphoto.com or even free places like Pexels.com.

Publish.

I use Adobe Acrobat Professional for this one, but here’s a quick and easy way to create your PDF document in Microsoft Word.

Simply go to: File->Save as Adobe PDF.

Voila!

You can also do this in Google Docs or in Pages. With your PDF you now have a simple way to distribute your ebook without having to worry about whether your readers have Pages or Word installed on their computer.

Adobe PDF Reader is pretty universal and is free to download.

Distribute.

If your ebook is a free download, upload it to your hosting and provide the link for your subscribers. I recommend using cloud hosting like Amazon S3 Storage.

If it’s a paid product, services like Ejunkie or Gumroad make it more convenient to distribute digital products.

You can also simply use Paypal as your shopping cart preference or you can go fancier and install Woo Commerce if you are using WordPress.

Password protected membership sites are also a great way to ensure encryption on ebooks.

Lastly, if you want to reach a wider audience, you’ll need to employ some social media methods to get the word out!  Try your Facebook connections, Pinterest and Twitter.

That’s all for now!  

So are you ready to begin writing your ebook? Remember, the first step is simply to get started.

Discover your passion to share, create an outline, and go for it. You can do this!

Has this tutorial been helpful to you?  I sure hope so!  I hope you’re encouraged to move forward in publishing your ebooks!  Leave me comments- I’d love to hear from you.

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