And again, it just bugs the hell out of me seeing it in print so often! So, the new name is the title of this post.
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My Ebook Writing Progress This Week
In a previous post, I told you how I formulated a schedule for writing ebooks that would help me to reach my goal by year’s end. That plan is to write and upload one title a week to Amazon until the end of the year.
How Long It Takes to Write an Ebook
Well this depends on a lot of factors, of course (eg, subject matter, research involved, your writing personality, etc.). I have a system down pat, so it takes me anywhere between 15 and 25 hours usually. I wrote one ebook (the backpage one) in about 8 hours. It started off as an article, but got so long that I just spent that whole day writing and managed to finish it.
This has been a harrowing week. I had a couple of client projects due, which cut into my writing time on my projects. But, I’m still on track to publish another ebook by Sunday.
While I didn’t start on Monday like I wanted, I am about 75% done with this latest title. I’ll finish it this weekend and upload it on Sunday. By Wednesday, I knew it was going to be a long weekend.
One thing I did last week though was to look through my list of titles and select an easy one to put together. Some ebooks take much longer to write than others.
I still get physically ill when I think about the one on niche minisites I had 90% finished which is on my old laptop that died.
The data couldn’t be recovered, so I have to write that one again. I’d started that one last summer and had almost finished it last month when my laptop caught that virus and went kaput.
I’m back burnering that title cuz I just can’t bear to think about doing all that research again.
What’s This Latest Ebook About?
It’s a book of SEO writing examples. Quite a few people have asked me for this since I wrote the ebook on how to start an SEO article writing career. Although I give an actual sample in that ebook, some want more.
I read recently that 60% of us are visual learners, so this makes sense. Hence, this ebook includes 10 examples of SEO articles, as well as some explanatory info on the foundational concepts of this type of writing.
If you know SEO, you don’t need this ebook. But if you’re new to the field and/or are still a little fuzzy about what an actual SEO article looks like, where keywords should go, what keyword density is, etc., this ebook will help.
How to Price EBooks to Sell on Amazon: I’m Playing Around with My Pricing
I’m finding pricing to be a bit tricky on Amazon. I’ve figured out a formula that seems to work well for my site, but I think I should be selling more on Amazon, so I’m playing around with pricing to see what happens.
Every successful ebook self-publisher I read says to do this. A pricing strategy that seems to work is to go low to build a base, then pump out more titles and make your money on volume.
So this ebook will be $2.99.
The How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days ebook seems to be doing well at the $19.95 price point on Amazon (it’s one of my most popular titles there), but I’m intrigued by this $2.99 pricing strategy, so am gonna give it a go.
I’ll keep you updated on how it goes, of course.
To Make Money Selling Ebooks Online, Ya Gotta Produce
FYI, my latest ebook on Amazon finally went live (it can take 2-3 days for them to review and approve it). This makes 9 to date (gettin’ there!). So I’m adding, adding, adding to my virtual shelf.
Week after next (travelling next week), I’m going to start uploading my existing titles; If I did this, I’d have close to 30 ebooks on Amazon already.
How’s your ebook writing coming along? Did you make any progress this week? Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t, and share in the comments section below your ups, downs and in-between struggles. Lord knows this journal is helping to keep my feet to the fire. What’s keeping you motivated?
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If you are courageous, hard-working and self-motivated, you really can make a lot of money selling ebooks online (I’m proof of this) – if you don’t forget that last ingredient – perseverance.
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