Join Jason Matthews for an in-depth discussion in this video What to know before watching this course, part of Ebook Publishing Fundamentals.
When it comes to eBooks, everything has some wiggle room for individual expression. We're going to discuss smart guidelines here, but there may be options that fit your needs even better. That's fine, especially in an industry that is constantly changing. Since this industry is constantly changing, it's difficult for anyone to stay on top of every new company, program, or website related to self publishing. What I'm saying is it's a good idea to keep your eyes and ears open for new developments. Another thing I find really interesting is that most of the tasks for creating and selling eBooks can be accomplished at any price range.
Some authors spend the proverbial arm and a leg getting things done, while other find solutions that are extremely affordable. It's even possible to do everything absolutely free of cost, as I did with an example book titled How to Make, Market, and Sell eBooks All for Free. Seriously, I haven't spent one dime on it and it sold thousands and thousands of copies. Of course, I don't recommend this approach, I mention it because it is possible for those on the tightest of budgets, who are pretty tech savvy or willing to roll up their sleeves and learn.
The point is, the more knowledge you have going in to the decisions you're about to make, the more likely you are to save time and save money. Also, it's important to know this is a marathon, not a sprint. I'm going to present you with a wealth of information. All of it has to do with online methods for accomplishing goals, so you may experience moments where it feels overwhelming. Think of it like a diet or an exercise program. Just take it day by day getting some things done at a time. If you follow the lessons, your eBooks and methods for selling them are going to come together nicely.
Finally, I recommend going through this once entirely before getting entrenched in any one area. That way you'll have a much clearer idea on the whole deal. It's not a long course, but it is packed with information. This is just a suggestion, but I believe it will help a bunch and cut down on potential headaches along the way.
Jason also reviews crucial details such as table of contents formatting and cover design, and he shows how to upload the complete ebook package to all the major retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and others. The final chapter of the course explains how to market your ebook, including setting up a website, finding fans on social media, and engaging with reviewers and bloggers.
- Understanding ebook retail and distribution
- Formatting ebooks for Amazon
- Formatting ebooks for other retailers
- Designing a table of contents
- Adding chapter text and images
- Designing a cover for an ebook
- Uploading ebooks to retailers
- Marketing your ebook