I’ve been writing and selling ebooks online since 2004. To date, I’ve published over 50. I absolutely love this way of making money because it allows me to not only diversify my incomes streams (I’m also a freelance writer and dabble in internet marketing), but indulge my love of travel without worrying about my income taking a hit.

But, I digress.

How I Started Writing and Selling Ebooks Online

When I first waded into the self-publishing waters, I had no idea what I was doing – and my sales reflected it. For years they sucked!

But I didn’t quit -- primarily because self-publishing was never something I had as a career goal. I published my first ebook because I ran an editorial staffing agency at the time in New York City. I hired a lot of editorial professionals – and many of them had questions about how to land more gigs (basically how to freelance). So, I put together a simple word file that contained the answers to all of the questions I’d been asked over the years. That was my first “ebook” back in 2004.

Fast forward to 2008/2009. I’d written several more ebooks and was starting to see a steady increase in sales. That’s when I delved into self-publishing in earnest and made it one of my primary income streams. Following are three mistakes I’d been making over the years that I immediately set to work correcting – because it was costing me a lot of money.

3 Things I Did that Increased My Self-Publishing Income

I. Professional Ebook Covers: For years, I sold ebooks with no covers. Then, I got “fancy” and used Inkwell Editorial’s logo (my freelance writing website) as the cover for all of my ebooks. Finally, in 2010, I started creating professional covers for all of my ebooks.

I noticed a jump in sales. And it makes sense. Self-publishing has increased to the point where it definitely does cost you sales if you don’t have not only a cover – but a professional-looking cover. It separates you from the “novices.” Even though this is what most self-publishers are, it doesn’t mean that you have to present like that.

II. Signed Up with a Digital Download Service Provider: If you sell ebooks online, buyers expect to get their purchase(s) immediately. When I first started selling ebooks online, buyers had to wait 24 hours (sometimes more) for me to manually email them the ebook after they made their purchase.

I sold ebooks online this way for years.

Then, I ran across e-Junkie. I went from barely making weekly sales to making almost daily sales. This was without a doubt one of the best things I did to increase my self-publishing income.

III. Create Lines of Ebooks: What I mean by this is, write several ebooks on similar subjects – IF it’s something your audience is clamoring for.

For example, I wrote my first ebook on SEO writing (How to Make $250+/Day Writing Simple, 500-Word Articles) in 2008. I’ve since written three others on this topic – on various niches within it that subscribers to my newsletters and blogs have told me they want to know about (directly and indirectly).

How to Write an Ebook That’s a “Hot Seller”

So listen to your audience. They’ll clue you in on potential hot sellers. How?

Do certain posts on your blog/website receive a lot of comments/questions? Do certain links on social media get shared a lot? Are you asked the same questions about a particular topic over and over again (in various formats)?

These are all clues that your audience is clamoring for certain info – info you may be able to pull together in a best-selling ebook.

Author Bio: 
Yuwanda has written and self-published over 50 ebooks. If you found the info here insightful,  get more in the complete self-publishing package -- which will help you not only write an ebook in a few days, but learn how to market it and start getting sales within a week – really! Also, feel free to contact her with your ebook writing and self-publishing questions. 

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6 Responses to 'Self-Publishing Secrets from a Successful Ebook Author: 3 Mistakes I Made When I First Started Out that Cost Me a Ton of Money'

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