Your E-book could be a top seller if you follow these tips!


First, you need to decide what format you want your Ebook in. The two most popular formats are HTML and PDF. So far, PDF has been the choice of most Ebook authors, but HTML is gaining ground.

If you know your topic you can kick out a 50-page Ebook in no time. But should you write it yourself? It depends. How much time and money do you have?

There are advantages to having your Ebook ghostwritten.
You can be doing something else while the product is being produced
You can play the role of editor and director while other people do the work
Or you can take a vacation

If you do decide to hire a ghostwriter to handle your Ebook project for you, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind:
1. Give the writer a thorough outline – You have to operate on the assumption that the writer will include only what you put into the outline. I recommend that you, as the expert, write the outline for your Ebook project. Make sure everything you want included in your Ebook is in the outline. Do it this way:

Start with chapters. Those are your broad topics.
Next, add sub-chapters or section headings. Make sure your outline is written so that each point is a heading and all the writer has to do is keep those headings and write each section according to you guidelines.
Include graphic notes. What graphics do you want and where do you want them? Be specific.

Chapter summaries. Do you want them? Be sure you state how you want them handled – bullet points, paragraphs, sidebars, etc. All of it has to be in writing and outlined if you want it in the book.

Don’t experiment – Stick to the tried and true methods, especially on your first Ebook. I made the mistake of switching from MS Word to Open Office, an open source word processor. It was a great program and made PDF conversion very easy (easier than MS Word); however, formatting graphics proved to be a nightmare and I ended up spending twice as long as I needed to on the project.

For PDF e-books, use MS Word and CutePDF – This is the best way. Do all of your writing in MS Word and convert to PDF using CutePDFs professional edition. It costs less than $50 and is more than adequate for the job. You have to format all of your links in CutePDF rather than MS Word but if you do it in Word first then you’ll see the blue underlines where the hyperlinks are supposed to go and you can use that as your guide once you open up CutePDF.

Be clear with your ghostwriter about whom will do the conversion – You can do it yourself or let the writer do it, but be sure you have an understanding before you start the project. Some writers charge extra for this service and some don’t offer it at all. Make sure you know what you’re getting.

Don’t pay too much – The Internet has brought down the fees for writing services. Ebooks, especially, do not have to cost an arm and a leg to produce. However, if you want excellent writing, you’ll have to pay for it. Just don’t overpay and make sure you get samples of your writer’s work before you hire him.

Finally, don’t bite off more than you can chew – Be realistic about your expectations. Does your topic need a 500-page Ebook?

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