I started writing my first e-book about two years ago. I aimed at writing something simple that most people would be able to read and understand. So I chose to write about a cough-candy recipe. I just wanted to have an ebook published. At that time I was going through a hard flu and all I needed was a remedy. So I ended up to my aunt’s house. I asked her to share her cough candy recipe with me and she agreed.
Writing an ebook is not at all hard. All you have to do is start writing. You will need a computer/laptop, your imagination and lots of coffee. But the most difficult part, in my opinion, is to first visualize the whole creation of your book and then begin the writing process. This is a step many new writers neglect. Another milestone is when you write the first few lines/paragraphs of your book. It is that part which will introduce the user to the book’s experience. First impression always counts.
The same applies for your ebook cover as well. I am lucky enough to be able to create my own graphics. The truth is that I have the right tools, which will do the job for me. Software like Photoshop and image sources like Wikimedia Commons are a must for a semi-experienced graphic designer like me. I put a lot of emphasis in the creation of my ebook cover.
The best tool for an author is his/her sources. Professional writer’s use them all the time. They gather information from various sources and then they write a book based on the gathered info. I had the best source I could get. My aunt. She has been making cough candies for over 20 years now. Back then, I knew I could count on her.
I took the recipe, I tried it a few times at home and then I started writing my mini ebook. I wrote an introduction, I enclosed three revisions of the recipe and I finished with a bonus chapter full of resources and finally a “Wrapping Up” chapter. I added a “Table of Contents” and I went to Wikimedia Commons for some images. This website has countless images for any purpose. By visiting Wikimedia Commons, I also got the idea to license my ebook under a Creative Commons License.
So I created a pdf version of my ebook and published it on my website. But I wanted to make my ebook available in various different platforms (e.g. Amazon Kindle). So I created a .mobi version (for Kindle devices) and an .epub version (for iPad, iPod, Android mobile devices and other portable devices). Luckily, I saw my cough candy ebook published on Amazon Kindle a couple of days after submission (Publication date: July 2013).