- By Yuwanda Black
- Published 01/10/2012
Thanks to megasites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, many wannabe writers are turning to self-publishing to realize their dreams. They don’t have to wait for large publishing houses to dole out contracts to them. Not only can they self-publish their books very easily, they get to keep most of the profits as well. And the kicker is, they don’t have to sell nearly as many copies to make a good living. When one freelance writer was asked how and why she managed to publish 50 ebooks on Amazon in just 12 months, she responded: “I’ve been writing and selling ebooks online since 2004. Once Amazon made it so much easier to self-publish, I quickly realized the revenue potential and jumped on the bandwagon. I published my first ebook on the site in December 2010, and got my first sale a few days later. After experiencing this success, I was hooked because I knew that it just a matter of writing and publishing more ebooks to learn more money. So, I set a goal to do just that and in 2011, I published 50 ebooks in one year. My earnings are increasing and within 24 months, I fully expect to be earning in the mid-four to low five figures per month.” If you want to write and sell ebooks online, it’s easier than ever to do so. Following are the exact steps to take. How to Self-Publish Your Ebook on Amazon: 5 Simple Steps
1. Write: Many wannabe writers never even get past this step. So, set a timefra
me within which you will commit to simply getting your book done. 2. Create a high-quality, professional ebook cover: Covers sell and too many self-published authors overlook this all-important step. Don’t! FYI, it’s very easy to create amazing, professional-quality covers using ebook cover creation software. There are many affordable options available. Simply conduct an online search for some good ones. 3. Convert file using Mobi software: This is just a software that converts your file from MS Word, for example, into the type of file it needs to be in order to upload it to Amazon. FYI, this software (Mobi) is free. 4. Write a detailed description page: This is the page that tells potential buyers what your ebook is all about. It is a critical selling tool – one too many self-published authors don’t take full advantage of. On Amzaon, you get approximately 4,000 characters for this page; use as many of them as you can. Don’t skimp here. 5. Upload to Amazon: Once your file is converted, all you do is upload it via Amazon’s interface. This is one step – extremely easy! That’s it. It only takes about a day (if you’re in the U.S.) for Amazon to make your ebook live on the site so customers can buy it. Selling Ebooks Online: The “Secret” to Making Money
The above five steps are easy because once they’re done, they’re done. “Promoting your ebook – the not-so-secret “secret” to making good money selling ebooks — is where the real work comes in, for it’s a never-ending process. But, it’s what leads to sales.