How I Wrote An e-Book And Started Earning Monthly
By: Copyrightę Noelani Rodriguez
I have the perfect job.
I don't work at all, at least according to my friends. When I do work, I
work at home. I get paid every day. And I get paid more than just about
anyone I know.
I write and sell e-books on the Internet. I'm writing this little article
to inspire people that are looking for the same things I was looking for
just a couple of years ago: financial independence, a work-at-home option,
some prestige, and oh yeah, that little thing we need called a creative
When I go to parties and tell people that I write and sell e-books they
almost always say "what's that"? But that's OK, that's just part of being
an "e-book publisher".
My story started out in 1996, when I was a Microsoft Certified Trainer and
Network Engineer, flying around the world in a "monkey suit". I dreamed of
a way that I could sell some study guides to some of the guys I was
training and other people on the Internet, and so I wrote six documents in
Microsoft Word that I began to sell at $24.95 each. I started a web site,
and eventually I had a 140 links to it and a nice search engine ranking (a
luxury today). I sold my study guides on my web site, even producing an
income of up to $1,500 a month. I didn't know it but I was selling e-books.
At that time I didn't have the freewheeling "semi retired" lifestyle that I
have now because e-books at that time took a little bit more work: I had to
get a merchant credit card account. Trusting engineers would send me their
credit card info in the e-mail and I would process each order by hand every
night. If people wrote checks, I processed those too. I handled customer
service and "order fulfillment" for my orders: I would e-mail each engineer
their study guide and sometimes make printed out copies of them, selling
the printouts and processing those orders too.
I dreamed of a day when I would be able to sell e-books automatically on my
site, charging the credit cards and e-mailing the books all in one seamless
process. At the time there were some electronic services that would do this
for $1500 a month or more. I deemed this too expensive but eventually my
vision came true: Paypal was born.
Paypal was a dream--I was able to sign up with no money down and Paypal
would accept and process all credit cards and checks automatically. A
couple of years later Google Adwords was born, and I was able to market
online to all the users of the Google search engine, a huge audience with a
good income. Now, my significant other with two jobs laments to friends:
"she gets up at 10am, logs on, makes a bank deposit, then gets back into
bed at 10:45". More than a few people in my life have noticed that I seem
to be doing well and have loads of time for leisure activity. I am and I
do. And it's all because of that phenomenal invention called the e-book.
I've written 10 e-books and I am coming up with more titles all the time.
My one piece of wisdom to impart: coming up with a winning ebook is kind of
like playing "Berry Gordy"--you learn to recognize the "hits". When you get
an idea and it gives you gooseflesh, that's the one. Copyright it, write it
and market it online. If you want any advice on how to do that, I wrote an
in 30 Minutes" that talks about the steps to getting your e-book sold.
Noelani Rodriguez is the author of "Paycheck in 30 Minutes". She is a 4 time Book Author with Macmillan and IDG and has been an E-Commerce Consultant for Xerox and Frito Lay. She has hung up her "monkey suit" for good and is now an E-Book Publisher, Consultant, Musician and Loaf.