Note: This is the final entry in this series. See links to all entries in this ebook writing series at the end of this post. And, get the ebook, SELLING EBOOKS ONLINE: How I Published 50 Ebooks on Amazon in One Year – And You Can Too!
The universe definitely tests you to see if you really, really want what you say you want. What do I mean?
I was sailing right along right into the first week of this month – well on schedule to finish self-publishing 50 ebooks on Amazon, only to get a couple of major setbacks in the last couple of weeks. What were my setbacks?
2 Setbacks That Almost Made Me Miss My Goal
Well, I hadn’t touched a client project since July. And wouldn’t ya know it — The first week of December, my SEO writing company landed a big project – with a quick turnaround time – that I had to pitch in on.
The project took about 10 days to finish. This threw a major wrench in my writing schedule. Hence, here I sit in the early evening of December 29 – with the deadline a mere two days away — pulling together the final ebook. I was supposed to be finished with everything last week at the latest.
While getting a project isn’t exactly a setback, it threw my writing schedule out of whack – severely.
The second setback I had was a minor illness (cold / toothache). This happened yesterday, on the 28th, which cost me some precious hours because I took some medication that knocked me on my butt!
How to Tell When You’re Close to Achieving Your Goal
The lesson I take away from this is – there will always be challenges, especially when you are near the peak of whatever you’re doing. I almost count on this now, for it signals that I’m very close to achieving whatever I’ve sent out to do. Why do I believe this?
I’m Christian, so I look at it as God challenging me to see if I really want what I’ve prayed for. He wants to know if I’m really going to hang in there to get the job done. I’ve started to pay more attention to this over the last couple of years because it happens so often. Just when I think a goal is in reach and I’m going to “sail across the finish line,” an obstacle will invariably pop up.
If you pay attention, I’ll bet you’ll find the same — whether you’re religious or not. It just seems to be the way the universe works.
So just be prepared for this and keep in mind that there will always, always, alway be obstacles and the closer you get to a goal, the more challenging it will probably be.
41 Ebooks Written; 47 Uploaded; 3 to Go
Right now, I have 41 ebooks on Amazon. Last night I finished writing, formatting and uploading to this site (InkwellEditorial.com) another 6 titles. I have three more to go.
The final ebook I’m writing on right now will have two ebook pullouts, which will give me 50 published titles on Amazon.
Ebook Pullouts: An Easy Way to Increase Your Self-Publishing Income
To refresh, an ebook pullout is simply a chapter or portion of your ebook that you can sell as an individual product. For example, the most recent ebook I finished revising was The Small Biz Owner’s Completing Marketing Kit (IW-4). It has five pullouts that sell anywhere from $3.95 to $6.95 each (the full ebook sells for $24.95). They are:
Latest Ebooks Published
What Is Article Marketing? A Simple Tutorial from an Article Marketing Pro Who’s Written Over 1,000 Articles (IW-4A)
Article Marketing Checklist: Include These 8 Elements to Write the Perfect Article Every Time (IW-4B)
Marketing with Newsletters: How I Consistently Earn 4 Figures Per Month (IW-4C)
Postcards Marketing: A Simple Guide to How to Do It Right (IW-4D)
Marketing with Press Releases: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide (IW-4E)
What’s Left to Do to Reach the Goal of Getting 50 Ebooks Up on Amazon This Year
I have to format the above titles for Amazon, write product descriptions and upload them. This should take about 5 hours.
I have to finish writing, editing and proofing the final ebook; separate it into parts; create a main cover and two separate covers for the pullouts; write the descriptions, format all parts for Amazon and my site (pdf file); and upload. All of this should take 10-12 hours, which I’ll finish by end of day tomorrow, the 30th.
Saturday the 31st, I plan to finish formatting and uploading what I don’t get to tomorrow.
How Did Your Ebook Writing Goals Go This Year?
Did you set any? Will you set some for next year? Share in the comments below.
Down to the Wire!
So yeah, I’m down to the wire – but barring an out-and-out catastrophe, I will make my goal.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it, and wish you much luck with your ebook writing and self-publishing dreams. I’m going to grab a glass of wine and settle in for a couple of more hours of work.
Get This Ebook!
Update: This ebook was uploaded on 12/30 — Look for this ebook, Selling Ebooks Online: How I Published 50 Ebooks on Amazon in One Year – and You Can Too! on InkwellEditorial.com (click “Shop” from any page) on New Year’s Day — if not before! It covers:
A) My Ebook Writing Success and Failures in 2011. In the summer of 2011, I fell way behind and was in danger of not making the deadline of finishing 50 ebooks in one year. I started blogging about it to get myself back on track. All fifteen parts of that ebook writing series is detailed here. The name of the series is Writing and Selling Ebooks Online: Diary of My Quest to Publish 50 Ebooks on Amazon in One Year.
B) How to Reach Your Ebook Writing Goals: 7 Things I Learned from Publishing 50 Ebooks in One Year (Update: This section turned out to be “18 Things I Learned about About Writing and Self-Publishing Ebook). I learned a ton of things about ebook writing this year. Here, I list the top 7 that kept me motivated and on track. Some of them will surprise you!
C) How to Price Your Ebook to Sell Online: 6 Things I Learned from Publishing 50 Ebooks in One Year (Update: This section turned out to be “7 Things I Learned about Pricing). Pricing your ebook correctly is by no means the only thing you must do in order to make sales, but it’s one of the most important. Here, I dispense the six things I learned about it that have allowed me to consistently earn four figures per month selling ebooks.
D) A Year of Selling Ebooks on Amazon: The Numbers. In this section, I go through a year of numbers – yep, how many I sold on Amazon.com, how much I earned, how much I averaged per ebook, etc. Delving into the sales numbers was enlightening. I’ll outline some lessons I learned from keeping a keen eye on the numbers that will help me to sell much more this year.
Have a great New Year!
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