What You Really Need to Know Before You Create Your First EBook

Are you wanting to create an EBook, but don’t quite know where to start? Publishing EBooks can be a great business, but there are some things which you really need to know before you publish your first book. Here are the essential things that you should realize about publishing an EBook.

Not Everything Will Sell

Do your market research. Do people actually want to buy the book that you are going to write? If you are writing nonfiction books are people looking for information about your chosen subject? If it is fiction is it in a genre which sells? You should write a book that you are interested in, but you should also be confident that others are going to be interested in it too.

Learn How to Format Your EBook

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This doesn’t need to be that complicated, but a lot of people still get it wrong. Before you start writing make sure that you understand what you need to know about formatting. There is plenty of information out there about how to do this for different platforms so make sure you get it right. Doing in that way is a lot easier than correcting it when you realize your formatting is messed up after you hit the publish button.

Appearance is Everything

You need a good cover!

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Photo by Mark Cantrell

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Photo by Ronald Lewis

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Photo by Ronald Lewis

We know that it seems wrong that a book is judged on its cover, but rather than being in denial about this, it really is better to just accept it! You need an EBook cover which is at least good, and if possible, great. If you are a writer with no skills in design you should hand this task over to the experts. Do not try and create your own EBook cover. It usually just isn’t worth it. Stick to what you know and stay away from the graphics. Get an expert to help.

Although a custom made cover would be great, they can break the budget. There are many services which offer a predesigned cover. There are some really good ones available.

A good title will grab attention. A bad one will make readers move on. Your title is just as important as how the book cover looks. Make sure that you spend some time thinking of a great title.

Marketing Is Essential

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An EBook does not sell itself. You have to know how to promote your EBook so that people actually know it is available to buy. There are many ways to market your EBook and you are going to have to be prepared to devote time to learning how to do this.

There are many different ways to promote your book. Having your own website is very important, particularly if you are writing fiction. Readers want to know about the person behind the books.

Social media skills are also required to promote your EBook. Social media platforms present many different opportunities to let people know that your book exists. There are so many ways that you can use social media. Run some Facebook Ads, promote a giveaway, create a Pinterest Board for your heroine, make a video for YouTube. There are so many possibilities.