Home Business: Writing Ebooks
By: Kirk Bannerman
Today, more than every before authors are presented with
publishing opportunities that have never existed before. This is not to
understate the hard work that authors have to go through to get
recognition, write great books, and make a full time living from their
passion of expression. However, it is to say that today, due to advances in
communications technology, authors can now get their books distributed much
easier than they could a decade ago. One very popular way that authors are
distributing their work is digitally through ebooks. Digital books are
gaining so much popularity that even some of the most popular authors in
the world have used it to distribute their books. Stephen King for example
published "Riding the Bullet" exclusively in ebook format. When this ebook
began distribution over Barns and Nobel and Amazon.com there was so much
demand for the download that the servers of these two book giants slowed
down almost to a halt. People that wanted to download the ebook were put in
a large queue with the hundreds of thousands of other who downloaded the
ebook as well.
It's not only big name authors that are finding success in ebooks. We at
Ebook Architect have been helping authors create, market and sell their
ebooks online for years now with great success. Many of these people are
first time authors and are often amazed with the success of their ebook
sales. Below are some of their ebook writing tips.
Don't underestimate the power of the Ebook
Ebooks are still looked upon as unpopular by many authors who have not yet
taken the time to learn about the success within this industry. For
example, while the traditional publishing industry growing at the sluggish
rate of 5% a year the digital publishing industry is growing at rates
between 30% -50%. This means that the opportunities within the publishing
industry are growing at a fraction of the rate that opportunities within
the digital publishing industry are growing.
To set up an ebook you don't need to be a tech wizard
Setting up your ebook from the idea conceptualization stage to the selling
stage can't be completed overnight but it is definitely something that can
be done by anyone regardless of your technological background. If you can
use a word processor then you can create and sell an ebook online. While it
is recommended you set up your own website, it is not necessary. There are
outlets such as amazon.com, EBay and Lulu.com to name only a few sites that
allow you to post your ebook on their servers.
Setting up an Ebook site is virtually costless and you keep 100% of the profits
With traditional publishers you'll be lucky to see 10% of the profits from
your book. With ebooks however, you keep 100% of the profits minus the fees
required to set up the site which are minimal. Here is the fee breakdown
for ebooks vs traditional books
Ebook vs Book cost
Ebook = Free to create an unlimited number of copies
Book = Approximately $1500 for 200 copies of a 200 page soft cover book
Rights and profit
Ebook = You keep 100% of the profits and rights to your ebooks
Book = You get 10-40% royalty (usually about $2-$5/ book)
With the above examples it is easy to see that for first time authors
ebooks make a lot of sense. The risk associated with publishing an ebook is
much lower than it is with distributing a soft or hard cover book.
Likewise, as an ebook author you'll keep virtually all of your own profits.
If nothing else, it is something worth consideration. Ebooks may not
replace traditional paperback books, but they certainly are gaining
popularity at a rate that should make all authors stop to think about how
they could use ebooks to their advantage.
Written By John R.