Steps to Developing an E-book Product for the Masses

05 Oct Steps to Developing an E-book Product for the Masses

taking the proper steps to develop a popular e-bookE-Books are very popular today. Just look at all the excitement surrounding Amazon when they announce their new Kindles. It’s certainly nice to be able to store all of your books on a single device, and the new tablets look to be stunning. Since e-books are so popular, your gears should be turning, and you should be thinking, “Hey, that could be a way to make money”. You would be right. Quite a few authors are turning to e-books today, and they are making decent money on them. Of course, you cannot just throw anything into the e-book market and hope to make money.

The Idea

Do you have an idea for a book? Are you going to chase trends or be a trendsetter? You will find plenty of different thoughts in this area, but the important thing is that you have a solid idea, something that is going to be interesting and useful to your niche or to the masses. One of the truths of books is that you never really know what is going to hit and hit big. It’s doubtful that many people thought a story about sparkling vampires who played baseball in thunderstorms would be as popular as it is, but Twilight is firmly ingrained in popular culture.

You want to write something that you enjoy, and something that you think would be fun to read or something that would be useful for people. That is the key to coming up with a good book idea.

Getting Help in All the Right Places

Perhaps you have a great idea for a book, whether it is fiction or nonfiction, but you are not much of a writer. You could always hire a ghostwriter to take care of writing the book for you. It is a common practice, especially in the realm of nonfiction. Ghostwriters are certainly not the only people that you may want to consider hiring.

You should make sure that you have an editor as well as a proofreader to make sure that the book flows and that you do not have errors. They will slip in occasionally, but you need to do your best to weed them out, as they can detract from the book. If you do not want to take the time to learn how to format the book for the web, then you will certainly want to hire a formatter too. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but that is what most people do. Thus, you need to have a great cover, and that means hiring a cover designer.

You never want to put out an inferior product in the rush to get the book to market and make money. Put out a good product and market it well and the readers will come.

Have you been thinking about putting an e-book up for sale? What are your thoughts on these digital books in general and where do you think they are going?

2 Comments
  • Alison
    Posted at 23:29h, 05 October Reply

    Hi
    I have an e book on recruitment for small business, it includes templates, sample questions, checklists etc.
    I have had a cover designed, but not the interior format yet – its currently just a pdf. I’m not sure about creating it for Kindle, as it would be good if readers could download or print out the checklists in a usable format.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

  • Stacey Copas
    Posted at 04:27h, 12 October Reply

    Hi Alison,

    You can put links in the Kindle formatted eBook to download the documents from your website.

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