Writing and selling E- books is popular way used by writers to earn passive income beside their day to day work. In fact some writers have made writing e-books to be there full time jobs. It is a very rewarding business if done right.
Does this mean that every e-book writer is successful?
The answer is no. Some writers earn six figure income while others earn little or nothing at all. It all depends on what you write about, where you sell your e-books and how you sell your e-books.
In this post, let us look at how you can start writing and selling e-books online for profit. Just as mentioned above, to succeed, it matters what you write about.
What to Write About.
Choosing what to write about is key to your success in this business. As a writer, you can literally write about anything both fiction or non fiction. this does not however mean that you can write on anything and be successful. Write on a topic you understand best and that you are passionate about. It will make you enjoy what you do.
Find the best selling topics in your specific area of interest. For example if your area of interest is cooking, cooking in itself is too broad go specific and write about cooking specific food e.g preparing a pizza. Just before you settle on that, find out how many people are interested with that topic and map out who are your potential customers. Here are some of the most popular and best selling Topics
- Business & Investing
- Comics & Graphic Novels
- Education & Textbooks
- KDP Kids
- Literature & Fiction
- Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Teens & Young Adult
You can use amazon books section to know more popular and best selling topics which you can research on and write about.
Where to sell your E-Books
E-books are sold online, they are easy to distribute because they are sold as digital downloads. This means, you can sell unlimited number of e-books and yet never run out of stock. The following places allow self published e-books and you can sell your e-books on those platforms.
- Amazon Kindle Section
- Google Play Store
- Apple’s ibook store
- On your own website
Of course you decide your own branding and pricing. While it may be tempting to overprice your e-book to make quick cash, successful e-book sellers price there e-books at a price less than US$1 this enable most people to buy your e-book and rate it. This rating if positive will have a great positive influence on how your e-book will sell over time. Usually e-books with more 5-star ratings tend to get better customer perception than those with less ratings.
How to market your e-book
Once you have published your e-book and posted it to an online store, it is not yet time to smile yet, you need to promote your e-book. There are more than 2 million e-books all competing for the same customer, make your e-book stand out from the competition by promoting it . Advertise it everywhere where your target audience may be.
Depending on what your e-book is about, you can consider sponsoring it within the store you are selling it on for example, if you are selling your e-book on amazon kindle section which is by no doubt the largest online market globally, you can sponsor it within amazon and it will have a bigger reach to your potential client.
Advertising can be expensive, you use your hard earned money to get an advertising spot where your potential customers will get to know about your e-book and likely get interested and buy your product. It can be an uphill for first timers since they are not already known by most people unlike in the case of already esterblished writers and brands. With some little patience and advertising efforts, you will be able to start earning from your work when sales start streaming in.
Our members can apply for a credit of up-to US$ 50,000 to be used for advertising their new e-book(s). This definately is a big boost to our members who require funding to run advertising campaigns which otherwise could be limiting factor to their online growth.
All that you require is to have your e-book ready for sale. Do some advertising to get an insight of how your e-book performs in the market then apply for funding.