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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9 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'

  1. Shaine Bond Said,
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  2. Ejunkieblog Said,
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  4. Yuwanda Black Said,
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  5. E-junkie Said,
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    i am giving this testimony cos l am happy My name is mrs. Dona Smith from Houston,taxes.i never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once. when i went to Africa in December this year on a business summit. i ment a man called dr. ADAGBA.He is powerful he could help you cast a spells to bring back my love’s gone,misbehaving lover looking for some one to love you, bring back lost money and magic money spell or spell for a good job.i’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 2 years… i really loved him, but his mother was against me and he had no good paying job. so when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him..at first i was undecided,skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. and in 6 days when i returned to taxes, my boyfriend (is now my husband ) he called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married..i didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do… well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid,and my husband also got a new job and our lives became much better. in case anyone needs the spell caster for some help, email address adagbaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com Great ADAGBAi thank you very much thank you in 1000000 times.. if not you i would have been losted and wasted thank you. please make sure you contact him for any financial difficulties okay.. What a powerful man such as Dr ADAGBA.. he is so much powerful..\\ email him for any difficulties.. adagbaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com



  7. http://www.e-junkie.info/2012/11/self-publishing-secrets-from-successful.html?showComment=1424674408295#c8020226622994877177'> February 22, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me.. My name is Olivia Phimzile,i live in Florida,USA,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband .so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce.he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn't love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited.{supremetemple@hotmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address he gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who didn't call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same email supremetemple@hotmail.com,if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr PAPA for bringing back my husband ,and brought great joy to my family once again. {supremetemple@hotmail.com}, or call +27799527702 Thanks.


  8. E-junkie Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2012/11/self-publishing-secrets-from-successful.html?showComment=1424946769212#c2558190545842992438'> February 26, 2015 at 3:32 AM

    He Returned my Husband, Saved my Child and Got Me A Job. He is Dr. Ogbakija

    My name is Tamra Martinez, I am here to testify to the good work of the Best

    African Traditional Doctor As he Call His Self. 4 years ago, my husband left home, he never returned, no phone calls, no letters, no emails, and no sign of him anywhere. My daughter got sick with multiple sclerosis; things were so tough for me. I had lost hope, 2 years ago, i met a psychic on the internet, he said he would help me, i paid over $600 a hope of at least saving my daughter’s life and getting a job that i was contesting for, and still nothing happened, i lost hope completely, my daughter's situation got worse each day.

    Last month, i saw a posting concerning the good works of the most powerful traditional doctor in Africa, Africa has always been my hope in spells but i never trusted any spell caster from there after being scammedo. But i decided to try Dr. Ogbakija. I gave him a try...i paid about $170, for all three spells (Bring Lover back, Healing spell and Career spells). In a matter of weeks, my husband called me and told me he was sorry and that he wants to come back to me and that he would explain everything when he comes back home, three days later, i got a new job with a loan from a finance company, right now, my daughter's condition is getting better each day and i trust she would be well in a matter of days. I want to thank you again Dr. Ogbakija for your efforts and for bringing my life back to normal and so close to perfection. When i talk about this man i don’t want to stop because he is my hero of the century.

    Thanks Dr. Ogbakija

    Email: AlmightyObakijaoluwaherbalhome@doctor.com


  9. E-junkie Said,
    http://www.e-junkie.info/2012/11/self-publishing-secrets-from-successful.html?showComment=1425510413975#c1001130034422937145'> March 4, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Hello,i am From United Kingdom. I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called Dr Agumagu has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell, I was married to this man called Steven George we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email(traditionalspellhospital@gmail.com) then you won’t believe this, when I contacted this man on my problems he prepared this spell cast. and bring my lost husband back, and after a month I miss my monthly period and i go for a test and the result stated am pregnant. am happy today am a mother of a baby girl, thank you once again the great DR Agumagu for what you have done for me, if you are out there passing through any of this problems listed below: you can contact him via Email; traditionalspellhospital@gmail.com


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