Hi my name is Cornell. I have spent a month on research and writing my first ebook. This part has been an experience in itself. It is a informational quit a bad habit type book. All I have got so far is the book itself in OpenOffice. I've been looking around and it's almost overwhelming at what to do next. No...it's not been compiled...and...No...I have no experience in marketing whatsoever. I guess the only thing I do have at this point is what I think as Straight Up Information with a shoestring budget...Any suggestions would be more than welcome....
I think the first thing you should do is to convert your file into an ebook format. The most popular way to create ebook format is PDF. Try adobe acrobat but it's very expensive. If you're on a tight budget, try primopdf.com. Free software to create PDF files.
And since you have plans in selling your ebook, the next thing you should do is to make your ebook available from your website. Note that even if you wish to sell your Ebook, you should still have a sample of your eBook available freely to whet the appetites of your prospective customers. *If you don't have a website you may try to publicize your ebook through this:
a)JV partnership( get traffic by asking web master or site owner to join promoting by offering them an amount of commission)
b) Search engine optimization
c) Article marketing
d) Social networking
g) Free Classifieds
All of these are free, you just need to find out the right thing to do it.
If all you have for your content is rough information, the next step is to create an outline.
Here's a suggestion off the top of my head: Make a list of everything you want to tell your reader about the "bad habit" - why is it a bad habit; what are the effects of this habit; etc; why quitting is a good thing; how to quit. Try and get 20 - 40 things about the subject. These are then your possible chapters.
Under each of those headings, write the relevant facts that you have compiled in 3 or 4 words. Try and list about 10.
Once completed, then review and move things about as they may fit better under a different heading.
Then put them into a logical order - hey, you're writing your book!
An easy way to create a PDF is write your book in a word processing program that lets you convert to PDF easily. I'd recommend OpenOffice.org - you can convert to PDF automatically by pressing a toolbar button. If using MS Word you'll need a separate PDF converter. Check out pdf995.com.
I'll add one more marketing suggestion to ebookprofit's list: Forums!
Compiling or publishing (same thing) your ebook is pretty easy since you already have it written out in OpenOffice.
All you have to do is go to File, Export As PDF, and save it to your hard drive as a PDF file. The software will convert it to PDF for you.
As far as marketing you can do the norm like articles, web 2.0, and blogging but I recommend setting it up to sell on a one page mini sales site, link it to ClickBank.com or PAyPal for credit card processing, and then get JV partners to promote it for a cut of the profits.
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