10 Vital Tips To Successfully Publish Your First Book

selfpublishingNote: These tips apply for both printed version and PDF (eBook) version.

Recently I helped one of my friends to successfully publish his first book. He was running after different publishers for months but it always kept him waiting.

He had around 200 pages of a fiction story which anyhow didn’t fit any of the publishers requirement. With a face of dissatisfaction, he requested me for a solution to spread his book. Even I was very new to it. So, I researched on this topic and knew the secret of self-publishing.

Self-publishing is what that worked for him to sell around hundreds of digital books.

Now here below, I’m going share the steps that helped us to successfully reach our destination.

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1. Well Written Manuscript

Before spreading it to the audience, you make sure that the script doesn’t suck. So, do a number of proofreading to make it finer. Share the draft with some of your close friends and ask them to find out the errors like spelling, grammar and extra-story fluffing. If you need inspiration you can check out Seth Godin’s free eBooks.

Make your story quite crispy with interesting twists and compel them to stay interested till the end.

2. Find a Platform

As you’re new to self-publishing, you need to find a platform. I recommend Amazon KDP (see other resources) which has a large base of book readers. Basically KDP made publishing much simpler .i.e. upload your document with a good title & keyword and get listed to their marketplace.

3. Best Book Cover

You need to have a great cover design to attract readers. Hire a designer or you yourself work on Photoshop. You can also try some professional tools to design your eBook. I generally prefer the books cover with a black background with an awesome illustration in it. This makes the book more appealing.

4. Awareness & Building Audience

It’s very much essential to build audience. You can create a Facebook official page of your book where you can interact with your audience & let them aware of your upcoming book.

5. Tease Them

Tease your audience with few illustrations related to your book story & make them interested in it. Tease them a lot, so that they wait for the book release date.

6. Peaks

Do share small parts of your story to create curiosity among them for knowing further extension of it.

Eg, Extract two interesting lines or dialog from your story which depicts an interesting part of it but don’t give them the clue to predict the whole.

7. Giveaway before the Release

Your only motive is to reach your first book to as many people as you can. So, why not to do some kind of trick .i.e. conduct a contest for your audience where 10 limited people will receive free copy of your book but in exchange request them for an unbiased review.

8. Limited period Free

Two days after the release, let your book go free on download for a limited period of 24-hours so that your audience rush to download it faster. This will help you to get a good number of readers, who’ll not only read your book but will judge its quality. Who knows, they may like it & may even make it popular in no time.

9. The Price

As the limited time ends, raise the price of your book. This will make your reader understand that your book is much worth reading and the reason it gone high price.

10. More Amazon Reviews

Try to gain more reviews on your Amazon page to gain more credibility to it. You can even spend few bucks on the book review to make it work for the long run.

These above are some of the important things about Self-Publishing. If you’ve an extra point to add, then put it in the below comment.

5 Reasons Why E-books Are Better Than Printed Books

I have a confession. I love books. I love, love, love them to bits. Books have this wonderful way of magically transporting me away from reality to the world in which the story is based. Plus, needless to say, books always educate and they make me a whole lot more learned.

Books have always been in print, whether they’re in a handy paperback form or a more respectable hardback edition. Recently however, readers have been introduced to a different way of reading and that is the through an e-book. An e-book is essentially a normal book published in digital form and it may have a combination of text and images which are readable on computers or electronic devices.

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Since the entry of e-books into the market, there have been many discussions comparing it to traditional printed books. Looking at the sales figures which were released by the Associated American Press (AAP), e-books sales have more than doubled since the same time last year. Let’s take a look at some of the possible reasons for this.

1. Portability

Let’s assume that on a family trip, you were going to travel on an express bus to get to your destination. Luggage space would be a constraint. And your little girl, who loves to read, insisted on bringing 5 of her favorite Enid Blyton books. Needless to say, she had to make do with a lot fewer books than her intended number. With printed books, having to lug around more than a few titles at a time is cumbersome and space consuming. This is not the case with e-books though. All you need is your e-book reader which can just be your regular handheld and a storage card. You can easily store up to a dozen books at any time with a teeny tiny amount of space required. Therefore, it is very clear that hands down, e-books win the point over printed books for portability.

2. Interactivity

How often has it been that we lose a page we are reading because we don’t have a bookmark or had to finger through a book page by page to find a particular paragraph of interest. E-books are in digital format and therefore, many functions such as search, bookmark, digital notes and even zoom can be performed on the e-book. Readers will save a lot of time and find it much more efficient when doing research. In addition to that, some e-books even contain audio, video and animations to convey their content more effectively. These features are definitely a solid plus point for e-books.

3. Readability

You can’t sleep, so you want to read in bed with the lights on but your partner complains she can’t sleep because it’s too bright. Does this sound familiar? With printed books, you always need a light source to read without putting a strain on your eyes but that cannot always be readily available. With e-books, this isn’t an issue because many e-book readers have features which allow you to read when lighting is not sufficient, and it does not impose on others. You can even make the font of the text bigger if you find yourself struggling to read the original text.

4. Durability

As much as I love my printed books, I find them very fragile. A drop of water on a page is enough to wrinkle the book, the pages start to yellow after a while, and the most frustrating of all has to be when the binding comes apart. None of these apply to e-books since they are just simply stored on our storage devices, readily available as long as our e-book readers are functioning.

5. Cost-Effectiveness

E-books can be easily downloaded from the Internet. You can save on the cost of petrol to drive to your nearest bookstore or on shipping cost required for your online bookstore to ship your book out to you. Yet another reason why readers may choose an e-book over a traditional printed book!

Indeed the advantages of e-books are very obvious and driven on by readers who are eager to try out new technology, sales of e-books will continue to rise. However, in my opinion, printed books will still be around in the market for a long time. Old habits die hard, and I believe, for many more others out there, having a physical book to hold and pages to leaf through with their fingers, is just as important as these features e-books have to offer.

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How To Write An eBook To Sell For Profit

Earlier we saw the Resources To Sell Your Ebooks. Now we are going to see the techniques to write an eBook that sells. Writing an eBook is not as easy as it sounds. Many people lose motivation fast, since financial gains are not immediate. Other people may suffer the dreaded writer’s block. Use positive affirmations and don’t give up.

Take a break if you get frustrated and peruse other books or articles for inspiration. And keep reminding yourself that once you have written the book and finalized it, all of your hard work will pay off. If you are considering venturing into this arena of business, read on.

I’ll walk you through the process of preparing an e-book for publication:eBook and Profit

  1. Research : Research your chosen topic, even if you are a pro. You may come across new and innovative ideas that had not occurred to you. The more nuggets of wisdom you can give the reader, the better your book is going to be received. This may also impact sales of future books you may write.
  2. General Outline : Draft a general outline for your eBook, making note of the topics you want to cover. Think about what you would need to complete the idea or task from start to finish. Think about what common questions the consumer may ask regarding this particular topic. This all should be covered in your eBook.
  3. Proofread Twice : Proofread your eBook to ensure it has all of the best information possible.
  4. Good Visual Appeal : Add royalty-free graphics or screen shots to your book to give visual appeal to the reader.
  5. Get Opinions : Ask a trusted friend or colleague to read over it and offer constructive criticism. You want this book to be worth your asking price. If one person loves your eBook, they are bound to talk about it or even recommend it to others.
  6. Marketing : Determine where you are going to market this eBook. If no one knows it exists, it is not going to sell. Amazon and other book dealers sell eBooks for writers. Consider starting an affiliate program (i.e. ClickBank) and have other skilled internet marketers market the book for you. Market it on your own web site, or consider investing in a web site on the subject with considerable page rank and traffic to market this book.
  7. Use Your Email : Add a link to your email signatures to your book.
  8. Post on forums with a link to your site or book.
  9. Creative Thinking : Think outside of the boxwhen it comes to advertising your book.
  10. Try Locally : You can also consider marketing the book in your local community or in newspapers, or hand out fliers to local businesses.

 

Have you ever written an eBook? So did you made some profit with it? or atleast traffic? Please share it with us.