Hello again; Well, I hate to be one of those people who only seems to have one subject. You know those people who every time you meet them or read one of their posts they have nothing else to talk about. In this case I am working towards my first ever ebook and there are a lot of decisions yet to be made. I want to thank you all for helping me out so much. I have made a few decisions, and I still need more help.
Chosen a price
First, I have settled on a price I have decided to go with $14.95. That seems to be the consensus of what would be the highest someone should charge for a first ebook. I have heard from several people who say that I can raise the price later if I feel like I have earned enough recognition to do so. I have also been told that I could start the book out at free and have it go up to my price after the first week. I think I want to start with my price from the beginning, so as soon as all the editing is done; that is what I will be doing.
Next, I need to decide on inducements for my subscribers and those people who are part of my online community whether they are subscribers or not. I have decided that I will offer it for free to subscribers. And I also plan to offer it for free to members of my online support groups such as Bloggers Helping Bloggers on Linked in, Blog to Build Your Business on Google Plus, The Texas Laparoscopy Consultants Group on Face Book, and Harleena’s amazing community at Aha Now. I believe most will happily post a review of the ebook to amazon after reading it.
Online group yes or no?
I have also noticed that a lot of coaches have online communities on face book or their own websites. I was wondering what you think about me starting a private face book group as part of the launch? If I did that, is it something that I can mention as also having value? If it is something I want to include, could you please send me resources for the best site to create a community on as well as information about best practices?
More cover images
Now, to the more difficult decision the cover image. As I’m sure you can imagine this is more complicated because i am blind and cannot easily judge suggestions given to me for the cover. I thought me and Chelsea did a good job coming up with something. However, I did want to listen to your suggestions. Below, you will find some more options to choose from. I know people say not to give your readers too many options to choose from, but I couldn’t leave someone out after they gave so freely of their time and talents to make suggestions. I hope you will share your honest thoughts with me on them.
These first four images were created by Lorraine Reguly. She took Chelsea’s image and edited it. She did tell me about the different options, but I have decided not to try to repeat her descriptions to keep from influencing your opinions or decisions.
These next three were submitted by Angela McCall. She is a free lance writer and graphic designer. Again I’m not going to confuse things by adding her description.
And this last one is from Wanda Anthony. Like Chelsea, Wanda is a visually impaired photographer and videographer. I appreciated her submitting her own take on the cover.
I realize that helping me choose a cover would be much easier for you if you knew more about what the book will be about, but I’m not about to give it all away. I want there to be a reason for people to download the book whether they are buying it or getting it for free. I want to be one of amazon’s best sellers so I can get their help promoting the book. Just know that it is written in my usual honest and open style. I share some of my experiences some of which you may have heard before if you have known me for long. And I do my best to connect with the reader and build a relationship that will lead to their success.
Hopefully, next week will have a post that doesn’t focus on the process of publishing the ebook. Like I said I am still nervous about this whole process. I want it to go well, and while my friends are telling me not to get my hopes up; I hope it is financially successful as well as personally fulfilling and professionally satisfying.
When I started out to write the ebook, I had no idea what all would be involved. I only thought as far as writing the book. I didn’t anticipate needing an editor, but I can now see the wisdom of having hired one. While my writing sounds good to me on my computer, and many of my friends have complemented me on my writing style; I have to remember that amazon and online publishing in general is very competitive. I also have realized that the world is very visual, so to compete my work has to be visually appealing as well as providing information, inspiration, and motivation.
I also didn’t look far enough ahead to think about things like formatting the ebook for submission to amazon or the additional technical requirements of submitting to Create Space. I also hadn’t really thought about pricing, incentives, distribution, reviews, and more I still haven’t thought about. 🙂 But this is a good thing and my point. You shouldn’t let yourself get bogged down by or overwhelmed by all the details. If you just get started, you can take care of all the details as you move forward. You can learn the skills you need, or you can ask people to help you. And if you have a strong online community, you will get offers of help.
Sharing is caring
Here is where I ask you to help me share the post. And yes I would love it if you emailed this to your friends and family or posted it to your social media networks. But I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of a lot of great people. So, if you really want to show your appreciation, then please visit the websites mentioned above. Check out their posts, and share them online. I would be very grateful to you for this.
Well, that’s it for today. I appreciate your taking the time to read the post. I hope you will consider dropping me a line via the contact form. I love hearing from you and very little is off limits. If you have read much of my work, then you know if anything I am too open and honest. Also, I want to get to know you. I want to become your friend and help you with your problems. And I’d love to be part of your victories as well. Thanks again and take care out there, Max