Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Have You Ever Written an eBook?

Does anyone know anything about writing an eBook? I know that lots of you read them, I read them often, but have anyone of you ever actually written  and published one for distribution? And more importantly have you ever written a “How To” book, not a novel?

You are probably wondering why I am asking this, well I am considering writing an eBook. As of late I have spent a lot of my time teaching classes about couponing - you know teaching people about how to take advantage of all the coupons and deals that are out there. I have created a collection of handouts that I use in my classes so I have a lot of the information written out already. It would certainly have to be molded into a different format, but the core concepts already exist. What I am wondering is if anyone knows how to go about writing an eBook? Do you have a suggestion on what program to use, or how to market it? 

Couponing has become a way of life for me and I have a marked level of success when it comes to turning my meager budget into a stockpile for my family of six. I especially love to use arts and crafts coupons and deals. I have trained both my husband and my three sons to no longer ask "Can we get this?" and instead ask "Do you have a coupon for this?” It has changed our lives for the better. We are more quickly climbing out of the debt our "misspent" youth years incurred for us. 

I have had the great opportunity to share my couponing methods with many local families, but I think I am ready to branch out of my local town into a more national venue. I know that my family and friends that don’t live near me are interested in learning my methods, so I think it’s safe to think that others would be interested as well. I have considered creating a webinar, but I really think an eBook is the place to start, so that it could be used in conjunction with the webinar.

So have any of you ever published an eBook? If you have, how did you distribute it? How did you decide how much it would cost, what format it would be? Any information I can get would be greatly appreciated. 

3 comments:

  1. Hey, When I wrote my novel Silver Knight, I planned on publishing it as an ebook first (now it's in print too). Basically you can use Word or OpenOffice (which is free). Open office can convert to a PDF. Then Amazon has a software called Mobi that let's you convert your file to Kindle format. For Nook, you just upload it to Barnes and Noble and it converts. Once you've converted, you then have to check it and if the pages don't layout the way you want, then you fix your original file and re-convert, etc. They have instructions to follow.

    Then the tough part starts, pricing. A lot of the books price at $.99 because the idea is most people will fork that out whether they think they'll like the book or not. I have Silver Knight at $1.99 just because with the economy I don't want to charge any more than that but I think it's worth more than $.99. Also, I can discount it that way sometimes.

    Then the marketing begins! BTW you wouldn't want to host a giveaway for Silver Knight would you? :)
    Really it's all about getting the word out there because if people don't know about it, how can they decide to buy it?

    Feel free to email me at caron@caronrider.com if you need any help! Good luck!

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  2. I just pub'd my first ebook. It was an empowering, extraordinary experience. I would love for you to read/possibly review it. Perhaps you would like to give a copy to one of your readers? Just let me know. This is the book: http://www.amazon.com/Imperfect-ebook/dp/B007MF8OR2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332437744&sr=8-1

    Cheers!

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