Becoming an eBook author is a great way to make money from home. You can be as prolific as you want to be, sharing your valuable ideas and resources with the world, while spending little to no money in investment. However, it’s important to know the right way to go about it. Here are some do’s and don’ts of become an eBook author.
1. Do offer a lot of material. As an eBook writer, you are competing with published authors everywhere. This means you have to step up your game and sometimes choose quantity over quality. Most established authors rely on their name and reputation, rather than the content to compete. If you can offer more information, tips and projects in your eBook, you can easily compete.
2. Don’t spend too much time. Most authors spend years writing, in order to heavily promote and sell their work. As a small eBook seller, this may not be the case. The world of eBook publishing is a very competitive one and just because you put a lot of work in it doesn’t mean that you will get it back. Also, as a small writer, you want to experiment, so spending too much time on one book could mean losing the opportunity to publish even better books.
3. Do keep it simple. There is a surplus of difficult-to-read literature. Famous authors want to prove that you’re too dumb to read their material and others want to prove that they are just as smart as the famous authors. Don’t try to compete. As a small writer, you may be dealing with a different demographic who won’t be sipping coffee at Starbucks while reading your work. So don’t try to impress. Your writing may stand out as an easy-to-read alternative to the stuffy material that’s out there.
4. Don’t spend money. eBooks are one of the best ways to make money from home because they, often, require little investment cost. The last thing you want to do as a new writer is to spend money on image rights, material rights and presentation costs. Keep it simple and find alternatives such as taking your own pictures, creating your own images and additional material.
5. Do keep copyright in mind. Just because it’s an eBook doesn’t mean that you can use content without permission. If you’re using other people’s material, you will need to contact and communicate with the owner to get their written consent to use it. There have been cases of bloggers using and even attributing images, that have threatened to be sued for, later on. Don’t assume that just because it’s virtual, it’s free to use.