Ebooks: A Golden Opportunity

Searching for a job can be hard, but the quest for a line of work that is truly fulfilling is an even greater challenge. However, if you are well-read, paid attention in English class, have tremendous life experience, many strong and well-informed opinions and a vivid imagination; or if you are confident and competent at writing poetry, there is money to be made in writing ebooks.

Although creating an ebook is as simple as using a word processing program and hammering out a substantial and comprehensive manifesto, procuring an eye-catching illustration and converting the whole lot to a PDF file and promoting it on the cloud, utmost concern for quality should be an utmost concern. It is well-advised to share drafts with your peers, as a second set of eyes will enable you to form an awareness of your intended audience. If you are worried that somebody might steal your cherished intellectual property, email all drafts to yourself. This will provide solid proof of your ownership.

It is also a good idea to make sure that your ebook is the right length. Naturally, that all depends on how much you really have to say, but a good comprehensive book should amount to about 40,000 to 60,000 words at the very least. If you are publishing a book of poetry, about fifty pieces is a good amount, give or take.

Once you have completed a satisfactory draft of your ebook, assemble it with a cover image and convert it to PDF, a format that can be read with any computer operating system. These days, most current versions of word processing programs will enable you to export DOC and RTF files to PDF. As soon as you are done with the part of the process that takes the most time, you are ready for the next big challenge, which is to publish and distribute your work. Amazon, Barnes & Noble are well established in the ebook market, being that each business offers its own portable ebook reader. Both also offer a self-publishing platform, and Google has also recently begun to offer such a service. Signing up for a publisher’s account with these vendors is free, and as soon as your work is approved, you can begin to sell your ebook. All three vendors have a global reach, which gives you the opportunity to sell your ebook worldwide. They all also offer affiliate marketing programs, which enable other people to promote your book for you and earn a commission for each sale generated.

There are numerous other means of promotion. You can join a special interest group on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or MySpace. Authonomy, a website run by HaperCollins, will allow you to post at least 10,000 words from your ebook and give you the opportunity to network and compare notes with other authors. Another good idea is to solicit reviews from people who blog about books. In any case, the fewer stones you leave unturned, the more money you will make overall.

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