How to Create a Strong Cover for Your E-book

You have written an e-book. That’s terrific! Now you need to concentrate on creating a strong cover for your e-book. This step is where so many authors fall down. They are of the mentality that they have written a really good book and the content will sell it. Sadly, that’s simply not the case. Your e-book cover is often the determining factor on whether a purchase is made or the book is passed over.How to Create a Strong E-book Cover

How do you go about creating a strong cover for your e-book?

Good question. Well, thankfully, there are many free e-book creation tools you can use to create your cover. Many of these offer really good background images. Check out sites like Shutterstock or Getty images. There are all kinds of royalty free images that you can use. In fact, there are thousands of them. Be sure to take the time to check them out.

There are also other resources where you pay a small fee and the image(s) are yours to use. At first, you might be hesitant to pay for these images, which is understandable. But consider this…you want to sell your e-book and you want to make money by selling it. We’ve already established the importance of having a strong cover, so why wouldn’t you invest a little money in your project to guarantee your book’s success?

A Cost-Free Option for Using a Digital Image

You have one other option that’s free to use. Chances are you have a smartphone and that smartphone likely has a camera. Why not take your own photos? They’ll be yours, and you can claim copyright to them. You won’t have any issues with copyright and you can take the ‘exact’ picture you need. Just add it to your book cover template, and you’ll be ready to go. This option is easy and it’s certainly a cost-effective solution.

Put a lot of thought into your cover. What message do you want it to portray in conjunction with the book’s title? How will you use your image to attract and engage viewers so they will take the next step and actually buy your book? What kind of image would serve your message best? Would it be a simple but effective image or a more complex image?

Your e-book is as strong as your cover is. So, take the time to create a strong cover. You put all that effort into writing your e-book, don’t stop now! Make it an e-book your readers will want to buy!


Five Top Tips for Publishing Your E-book

You’ve written an e-book and now it is time to publish. Let’s look at five top tips for publishing your e-book to ensure you have great success.Five Top Tips for Publishing Your E-book

#1 Market Research

The easiest way to research your market is to look up similar e-books and figure out which are actually selling. Look at the cover of the e-book, the title, description, and table of contents of the e-books that are selling and then see how your e-book fits in. You should consider whatever information you can get your hands on without actually buying the e-book. There is a reason their book is selling. If you can determine what it is, you can ensure your book has similar qualities.

#2 A Good Cover is Important

Too often the cover of an e-book is not given the attention it should. This is likely the most important factor linked to e-book sales. Of course, the bulk of your efforts should lie with your content, because ultimately, that’s what is going to impress your readers after they buy your book. While customers are shopping for subject matter that appeals to them, your sharp cover will grab their attention. Having an aesthetically pleasing cover will certainly put you ahead of the competition of those authors who chose not to create a compelling cover.

#3 Short-Term Goal Setting

Every project requires that you should set short- and long-term goals that are manageable. Set short-term goals that can help keep you on track with your e-book writing. This especially important if you do a lot of other writing. Your e-book does not have to be long; 100 pages is often more than adequate. Some books need only half of that. The key is to cover your subject matter well, and by setting short-term goals, you can stay focused and on target.

#4 Schedule Time to Write

This is partially tied to your goal-setting strategies. It’s important to make time to sit down and begin to write. Set time aside to hammer out at least a few paragraphs a day and then keep pushing it until you have something created.

#5 Research the Price

How much you charge for the e-book you write will depend on a number of things—the subject matter, how long the book is, how popular you are as a writer, and how you rate compared to similar e-books and authors. The majority of e-books sells for under $10, so take the time to determine how your e-book fits into the equation.

There you have it. Five top tips for publishing your e-book. Make sure you use them!


Three Good Reasons Why You Should Write an E-book

Have you been thinking about writing an e-book, but then a little voice inside your head says, “Why bother?”  Stop listening to that voice and write that e-book. In fact, here are three good reasons why you should write an e-book.Three Reasons to Write an Ebook

#1 An E-book is an Excellent Incentive to Bring New Subscribers Onboard

If your email list has stopped growing or is growing so slow you think it’s stopped, you can add new subscribers every week with the right marketing tactic. The problem is today many visitors are hesitant to give out their email address, even when they like what your site has to offer. That means you might have to give them a little incentive. An eBook that is packed with valuable content is the perfect incentive. If you provide your visitors with the option of getting valuable information for free that your visitors would be happy to pay for, you will see significant improvements in your subscribers.

#2 Write a Premium e-Book and Make Money From Your Blog

Blogging can pay but it’s not always fast. It’s pretty common for a blogger to wait a year to get a check from AdSense that’s little more than a couple hundred dollars and that’s after posting a new blog every day. The reason this happens is that you actually need a huge blog to make any decent money from advertising.

The solution can be to write an e-Book and sell it from your blog. You can see your revenues increase significantly. So, if you are tired of earning small amounts of AdSense money from ads, it’s time to consider this as another option that’s a lot more fun.

#3 Be an Expert in Your Field by Writing an Authoritative e-Book

If you want to make a name for yourself in your area of expertise, an e-book is an excellent way to gain authority and show the world you have expertise in your field. Publish on Amazon, and you can be published with some of the most reputable names in your field. Often, new authors get more rewards than some of the biggest names in the industry.

There you have it—three good reasons why you should write an e-book. If your goal is to make money online, writing an e-book is a good place to start. It can open many doors for you and many revenue opportunities.