It doesn’t matter if you are a blogger or a business owner, writing e-books and selling them is always a great idea. We’re all good at something, but only the smart ones monetize their knowledge. The great part is that you don’t need a book publisher or even too much money to create one.
All you need is knowledge on a subject, a laptop, and access to the internet. For the rest of the steps, we’ll give you all the information you’ll ever need to write, design, AND publish your first e-book. So let’s get started!
The best program I know for creating e-books is Canva.com. They have a free option and a membership plan that starts at US$9.95/user/month billed yearly or US$12.95 user/month, billed monthly.
You can start with a free membership, create the e-book and pay for the images/elements separately or buy a membership when you want to download the book (if you used pictures/elements for pro members). You can, however, stick to the free elements and create an e-book without any cost. They offer a free trial as well, so you can download your e-book with premium elements without having to pay.
To create your first e-book, go to canva.com and register for a free account. Once you’re in, write the keyword “e-book” in the search bar and click on “Ebook Cover”. It will create and open a new project for you. If you feel like creating an entire e-book design is just too much for you, you can buy an e-book template specifically made for Canva. You can find them on creativemarket.com, or etsy.com. They are quite cheap, and you can redesign them as you want.
Create the e-book step by step plan
Now it’s time to pick your e-book’s subject. For example, if your niche is health, your e-book could be about how to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The first thing you must do is decide your e-book’s content, chapter by chapter with subsections for each. Take a pen and some paper and write down everything that comes to mind that might make it into the book. Every idea you want to cover, every information you want to talk about, every study you wish to refer to. Personal stories and lessons you’ve learned.
This simple but highly effective exercise will get things going for you, and you won’t feel stuck when deciding on what chapters you should include in the book.
Once you made your list, pick a few good keywords for each part and try to come up with a few chapters. They can be simple, such as “Chapter 1: Giving up old habits” with the subsections: “What stops you from changing your lifestyle”, “The consequences of bad habits”, “The step by step plan for your lifestyle change”, “How to stick to your new lifestyle”.
As you can see, you can come up with a lot of subchapters that can fill your e-book and teach the buyer everything they need to know. Give as much information as possible and strive to be as helpful as you can be. The goal would be to give the reader all the information they need to implement the changes and achieve what your book teaches them.
Next, you must create a schedule for your writing process. Depending on your time, you could give yourself one or two hours each day to write. If you have more free time on your hands, take a few days to write your e-book and finish it instead of taking a few weeks. This all depends on your schedule and obligations; there’s no right or wrong to it as long as you keep on writing and don’t give up.
Keep in mind that at first, you’re writing the draft and not the final product. Get in front of the computer and put down everything that comes out of your mind exactly as it does. You’ll lose a lot of time if you are trying to write it perfectly from the beginning. I advise you to use Grammarly, a free and paid digital writing tool that corrects your mistakes.
Start writing! Now it’s time to do the work, start writing your e-book. Don’t feel overwhelmed if you skip a day or two. We are humans, and sometimes we can’t be as productive as we’d want. Go at your own pace and get as messy as you want. Creating is a process that’s messy anyway, don’t expect everything to run smoothly.
If you feel stuck at times, do some research on the topic. We can’t know everything, and the world is forever changing. Maybe some new techniques work better and should be mentioned in your e-book. Read articles, watch videos, and documentaries. Anything that might help your e-book to be even more useful than it already is.
Another tip I have for you is to try to stay as natural as possible with your tone. You’re not writing a paper for your high school or university teacher, so don’t treat your e-book as such. Talk as you would to a friend, trying to explain them a process. Your readers will appreciate it. You need to add emotion, make your e-book come alive. It will be an easier read, and it will attract more people to your business.
Once your draft is done, it’s time to start editing it. Go through each chapter multiple times and try to read it without being attached to it. Look for mistakes, and make sure every sentence makes perfect sense.
This is the time to add or subtract information. Maybe you got into too many useless details, or on the contrary, didn’t give enough information. Every time you make a change, read the chapter from the beginning to see if it all fits together. I always do this, even if it adds a little more time to the editing process. It makes me feel more confident in my work, and I can be sure that the content is written exactly as I want it.
Give your e-book to a friend that doesn’t know too much about the subject of your e-book. You’ll get the insight of a first reader that learns new things from it. Plus, they won’t be as attached to it as you are, and could offer more advice on what’s right and what doesn’t work and should be changed.
Once your e-book is done, it’s time to design it. You can do this in Canva for free, as I mentioned earlier. You have the option of designing it from scratch, or you can buy an e-book template and add your pictures and text. After you create a new project from the search bar (write e-book cover in it and click on it), you can use all their elements to create your design.
My advice is to pay for the membership; it offers you many more options when it comes to fonts, images, and elements that can beautify your e-book. When your e-book is done, you can cancel it. If you think it will take you more than a month to design it, start with a free account, create the e-book exactly as you’d want it to look, and pay for the subscription when you are closer to the end. You can still add all the premium elements even with a free account; you just won’t be able to download it without paying.
Once your e-book is good to go, upload it to Gumroad.com. This will take away all the issues that come with the payment gateways on your website. You’ll just upload it and Gumroad will do everything else. The payout is every Friday, as long as you have $10 in your accounts. This is a great thing because you don’t have to wait too much before getting your hard earned money.
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