Writing and Selling Ebooks Online: Diary of My Quest to Publish 50 Ebooks on Amazon in One Year, Part X

My ebook writing is going slow, slow, slow. I’m still working on the travel ebook. But the writing is 90% done. I hope to finish this one up today, at least the writing and editing. Then, I’ll do the proofing, create the cover and upload it tomorrow. At least that’s the plan.

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Writing and Selling Ebooks Online: What’s Entailed in the Backend Process

One of the reasons this whole process is going so slow is that there’s a lot to be done on the backend when you write and sell ebooks online. Namely:

Editing/Proofing: You can hire someone to do this, but you’ll still wind up going over it yourself (trust me, you will) and making more changes. This causes it to have to be proofed and edited again; usually by you.

Creating the Cover: Although this can be done pretty easily, as outlined in this create your own ebook covers publication, it is still another step in the process after the writing and editing has been done.

Creating a Sales/Landing Page: This can take a few hours; I can do mine in about an hour because I have a system in place, but when you first start out, it can easily take you a few hours.

Coding Sales/Landing Page: You can do a sales page in plain text, but bold, ital and other text formatting is part of what makes a sales/landing page professional, so when you upload it to your digital download service  provider (eg, e-Junkie), you should have to HTML code it. This takes time.

Formatting for Amazon: When you convert your Amazon ebook from Word to Kindle, there are going to be formatting errors that you’re going to have to fix by hand. It usually takes me about 45 minutes to correctly format and upload an ebook. Some have taken me as long as 3 hours though (when I first started out).

It all depends on how long the ebook is, and how graphic-heavy it is.

Speaking of graphics …

Formatting/Finding Graphics: Need them for your ebook? You either have to create them, or research and purchase them, or search for suitable free ones to use, etc.

Again, more time.

Uploading to Multiple Outlets: I upload my ebooks to my site, as well as e-Junkie. Then of course, there’s Amazon, as discussed just above.

Each time you upload it, it’s a process – whether it’s filling out the correct information in e-Junkie, or getting text perfect on your website, or formatting graphics that seem to just “go haywire” for no reason at all.

There goes more time, time, time.

Researching Keywords: You should do this before you even write your ebook (this is part of how you determine if your ebook will sell before you write it). You’ll not only need keywords for your product description pages, but to promote your ebook (eg, in your article marketing campaigns).


Speaking of marketing . . .

Marketing: This is an ongoing process afterward your ebook writing is done; it never stops. But, you especially need that initial push. I’ve fallen off badly on this. Luckily, I have an in-built client base, but I could easily double or triple my sales if I did more marketing.

My plan next year is to do less writing of new products and more marketing of existing ones. I’ll probably turn out a title or two per month, instead of this crazy “writing one ebook a week” thing I’m trying to do now (and yeah, I do know it’s crazy, but I started it so I’m hell bent on finishing it!).

Writing Ebook Descriptions: This can come from your sales page. But for example, when you upload it to Amazon, there are space limitations, so you’ll likely have to edit it down to get it to fit. I’ve spent as much as two hours cutting, cutting, cutting, while trying to keep the best stuff in so my sales page / description on Amazon sells properly.

Research Pricing: This is something that should be done up front too. But, you’ll likely do a little more just before you upload so you can see if anything new has been published by a competitor that would throw off your ebook pricing.

As you can see, there’s a lot to be done beyond the just the writing of ebooks as a self-published author. I need an e-publishing assistant!

I had no idea of just how much stuff I was doing when I published just a few ebooks. Now that I’ve turned myself into an “ebook publishing machine,” boy, do I realize how I underestimated just how much work it would be.

But c’est la vie, no? … Following are a few more notes before I wrap this up.

How My Ebook Sales Are Progressing

My sales are steadily progressing. I’ve sold exactly 50% more ebooks so far this month than I did last month, and it’s just past half the month. So even though I’m not making tons of money yet, this encourages me a lot because I know this is a marathon, no a sprint (good thing I’m a marathon runner, no?) 🙂

I imagine what my sales will look like 2, 3 and 5 years from now as I keep producing. This is what keeps me motivated.

Variety of Sales: So far, I’ve sold copies of 10 different titles this month. To date, I have 24 different ones on Amazon. Speaking of . . .

Upload Week: I spent all of last week uploading all of the pullouts from the How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days ebook to Amazon. There were four of them, ie:

How to Price Your Ebook to Start Getting Sales Quickly (Excerpt from “How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days, Market It & Start Getting Sales within a Week — Really!”)

How to Market Your Ebook to Start Getting Sales Quickly (Excerpt from “How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days, Market It & Start Getting Sales within a Week — Really!”)

Write Fast! Ebook Writing Tips from a Self-Published Author of 25+ Ebooks (Excerpt from “How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days, Market It & Start Getting Sales within a Week — Really!”)

How to Make Sure Your Ebook Will Sell Before You Write It (Excerpt from “How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days, Market It & Start Getting Sales within a Week — Really!”)

So that was four more products, which brings my total number of products on Amazon to 24, as mentioned above. And that’s the latest on my quest to publish 50 ebooks on Amazon this year.

Travel Ebook

The ebook I’m working on now is tentatively titled, How to Move To, Live and Work from a Caribbean Island: Everything You Need to Know to Make the Move to an Island Paradise. It’ll definitely be uploaded by Friday (as I said, I’m shooting for tomorrow).

I cover everything from how to find an apartment; to how much to expect to spend on a daily/monthly basis; to where to where to eat/drink cheaply; to how to create a mobile working lifestyle.

I even give you a plan for as much as a year out on what to start doing to prepare to make the move. Nothing is left to chance; it’s literally a bible on how to pick up, make the move and start living/working from Jamaica.

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ebook-publishing-packIf 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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