Make Passive Income Selling eBooks
Writing, formatting and publishing an eBook sounds like a daunting task but it’s 2019 which means it’s easier than ever to do.
You can have an eBook written and ready to sell in less than a week which is pretty awesome because eBooks are one of the easiest ways to make passive income online.
You write the eBook once, continue to market it and make money on it for years to come.
Alright, so that sounds maybe a little too good to be true but I’m going to show you how to pick the right topic, how to write it and how to begin selling your eBook.
If you’re looking for more ways to make passive income check out this post with nine different ways to make money online.
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How to Pick the Right Topic for your eBook
This part is imperative to how well your eBook sells and the overall success of your eBook.
Because you can write this amazing piece of work but if no one wants it or needs it, then you may just sell a few copies here and there but that’s about it.
That’s not what you want, so don’t skip this step.
Okay so how do you go about picking the right topic then?
There are a few different ways you can go about solidifying a topic so let’s break it down.
Solve a Problem
Before we even dive into the ways of picking a topic you need to remember the point of your eBook.
The entire point of your eBook is to solve a problem.
If you’re not doing that it probably won’t sell very well unless you’re a celebrity or Oprah.
So before you even start thinking about how cute your dog is and start writing a memoir on your pup, think about a problem you personally had in the past.
Chances are the people you’ll be marketing to also have the same problem that they want solved.
You also want to make sure you’re writing your eBook with intention.
This means you have a purpose behind it, a purpose larger than just making some extra money, like helping people with something.
Ask your Audience
The easiest and most convenient way to figure out what your audience wants and needs is to simply ask them.
You can create a poll on Instagram between two topics, you can go to Facebook and create an even longer poll, or you can downright ask what they want.
If you don’t have a large audience right now, no worries, you can also ask other Facebook groups (make sure to abide by their rules though) that you’re in and you can also take a look at the most common questions people are asking in those groups.
You don’t have to have a large audience to get answers, just be open to what your audience has to say.
Remember, you’re writing this for them.
What are People Coming to You for?
I’m going to assume you have some sort of online presence such as a blog, social media, youtube, whatever before you begin writing your eBook.
If not, start there first.
Next, you want to take a look at what people are coming to you for right now?
Do you have a fitness blog?
Do people come to you for advice on personal health? Personal finance?
Maybe you just have a large social media presence and people keep asking you how to do that, write a book on that.
The point here is to take a look at what type of content you’re already putting out and what people are coming to you for.
If you have a blog, dive into your Google Analytics and figure out which posts are the most popular. If you’re active on social media, take a look at comments you get the most.
Really dig into the content you’re offering.
This content is what you’re going to use to begin writing your eBook.
How to Write your eBook
This is the scariest part of the whole eBook process because well, you have to actually sit and write and it can seem daunting as all heck.
But like I said, it’s 2019 and this has become a million times easier.
No editor or publisher required.
If you want to learn how to actually write an eBook and make thousands of dollars from it, learn from someone who has done it not once, but multiple times. Ana of The She Approach has written and self-published not 1, but 3 eBooks and has captured her entire process (everything from designing and launching a brand new eBook) in her new course – eBook Bestsellers Bootcamp.
Set an Intention
Alright, so this might be a little woo woo but here at She’s Living her Best Life, we are a little woo.
Remember how I said you want to set an intention for your eBook, one that’s deeper than just making money from it.
Yeah, do that now.
Setting an intention for your eBook before you write it will help you get extremely clear on why you’re writing it and will actually help you once you do begin writing.
Grab all your Best Materials & Outline
I know you’re chomping at the bit to just start writing and get it over with but if you really want to write a great eBook, which you do, you’re going to need to first begin with an outline of what you’re going to write about.
The easiest way to do this is to gather your best materials.
Such as those blog posts that are your most popular, any emails you’ve sent to your list about your eBook topic, social media posts, etc.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel or start from scratch.
Use the materials you have already written but elaborate on them, make them better and more in-depth for your book.
Then you want to begin creating an outline of the chapters you want to write.
Yup, this is a book, so there’s going to be chapters.
Each chapter is going to be a key point you are trying to get across to your audience.
For inspiration, take a look at any of your favorite books, the topic doesn’t matter, and look at the formatting of the book and the flow.
That’s what you’re trying to do with your format, make the information flow together into a step-by-step story.
To create your outline you can kick it old school and use Word or kick it past the 2000s and write it down on paper.
Your outline is just a rough draft.
Write your Heart Out
Now we’re onto the fun part!
You may be thinking you need a fancy publisher and all this but Nah, you can actually use a free program called Canva to format and write your book.
Canva.com has a ton of free templates to choose from and it’s all drag and drop so you don’t have to tech-savvy to use it.
You can even create a cover for your eBook using Canva with their premade template. *if you’re using an image on the front cover, make sure it is royalty free-do NOT use an image from Google*
Don’t get too caught up in the colors and everything with your eBook, the most important parts are going to be the reader’s usability and the actual information in the book.
Use a font that’s easy to read, avoid any fancy scripts, use a font that’s large enough, break up your paragraphs appropriately.
Again, you can use other books you’ve read as inspiration.
Write your book in a way that flows, that makes sense and is easy to read.
Start with step one, then step two, then step three and so on.
You will have to add a table of contents, an introduction, and a conclusion and/or summary of the topics you covered.
To avoid having a half-written eBook months later, make sure to make yourself a deadline for when you want the book to be done and stick to it.
Edit Your Heart Out
Whether or not you’re already editing your content, you NEED to edit your eBook.
Of course, you can hire someone to edit it for you, you can edit it yourself or you can have others look at it.
To edit it yourself you can use a free website called, Grammarly.
It’s not perfect, but it is very easy to use and will catch most, if not all of the spelling and grammatical errors.
You can also ask your friends and family to read through your book and double check for errors. This option, used with Grammarly are the two best options in my opinion.
Pick a Platform to Sell your eBook
Now that your eBook is written and you’re happy with the way it looks the next step is to actually get it out there and choose which platform you’re going to use to sell it so you can get paid.
The two easiest options are Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and Send Owl.
Of course, there are other options such as selling it on your own website but it’s not as straight forward as the other two options and it’s a bit more complicated, so for the sake of simplicity, I’m sticking with Send Owl and Amazon.
With Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing you can easily follow the instructions for uploading your eBook, you have a very large market place for your book to be seen but you don’t have full control over the price of your eBook.
You can also use Send Owl to sell your eBook.
Send Owl is one of the easiest platforms to use to sell your books, they handle all payment methods and don’t take a transaction fee.
They also offer the option to add affiliates to help you sell your eBook as well as options for discounts.
No matter which platform you choose make sure to include a sales page so people know why they should purchase your eBook, what makes it different and how you can help them.
Market, Market, Market
Once your eBook is all up and ready to go for human consumption, you’ve got to market it to let people know it’s even available.
If you build it…they will NOT come.
Tell them that its there.
There so many ways to market your products that aren’t terrifying.
Here are the most common and easiest ways.
Use social media posts to let people know about your new eBook.
Tell them about it via Instagram stories, use Facebook groups (when appropriate), hold giveaways on social media, ask your audience to share your stories, share your posts across social media.
Get creative and get the word out and be excited about what you have to share.
Oh good old Pinterest.
I love Pinterest for like everything. There are so many different ways to make money with Pinterest and selling your eBooks is one of them.
Set up a profile, create pins and get your eBook out there.
The really amazing part about Pinterest is how long pins stay out there. Pins can stay on Pinterest for months and even years which means you can continually make sales month after month with Pinterest.
Include Links In Relevant Posts
If you are a blogger, chances are you write blog posts that pertain to the book you wrote, include links in all relevant posts to your eBook.
Tell people about it.
You can also create graphics for your eBook to put on your blog to display and advertise your eBook.
The point is to get your eBook out there for the world to see or no one is going to buy it.
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A Deeper Dive
Writing an eBook is a great way to create passive income and start up a small side hustle but as you can see of course it takes work.