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How I Earned $45K Self-Publishing 10 E-Books: Top Takeaways

How I earned $45K self-publishing 10 e-books! Makealivingwriting.com

It feels like yesterday that I was self-publishing my very first e-book, Make a Living Writing: The 21st Century Guide. That one did so well that it’s no longer available (cough).

But I lived and learned, and created better e-books. As I prepped to release my latest, Small Blog, Big Income: Advanced Ninja Tricks for Profitable Blogging, I realized I now have TEN e-books available for sale, counting my free e-book for subscribers.

I’ve learned a ton along the way, so I thought I’d save others some time and unpack it all.

I’ve made over $30,000 selling e-books over the past 6 years, without a lot of effort (I added it up when I was writing this e-book, because I was curious!). So it can add up to a substantial chunk of change, over time.

What helps me earn well from each e-book I release these days? Here are my hard-won tips for self-publishing success:

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6 Ways to Find the Right Editor for Your Book

Find the Right Book Editor. Makealivingwriting.com

But once you’ve got your book written, there’s at least one more step in the process…editing. And it’s something a lot of writers dread. Sound familiar?

So what do you do when you’ve written a book and want to make sure you’ve done your best work? You could try and self-edit, or pass off your prose to a family member or friend for free feedback. But either way fails to give you the kind of objective view you need to make the biggest impact. Both editing options are frequently plagued by bouts of frustration and procrastination, and conjure up horror stories about the editing process.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Find an editor who is competent and affordable, and you’ll sound smarter, reduce roadblocks that could prevent you from publishing, and give your readers greater value.

Want to know how to find the right editor? Here are six ways to find the right editor for your book:

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Got a Book Idea? These 4 Steps Reveal if it Will Sell

Got a Book Idea? These 4 Steps Reveal if it Will Sell. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you have a book idea, but aren’t sure whether or not it would succeed in today’s market?

Undecided whether or not that book would be worth all your time and money?

You’re not alone. Many authors ask this very question. With Amazon becoming more crowded, some believe that you have to be famous or have a following before succeeding in self-publishing.

But this isn’t true.

No longer do you have to blindly guess at whether or not a book will do well on Amazon. It turns out, there are vital numbers, analytics, and even some tools that will help any author figure these things out before they decide to write a book.

I like to call this process “Book Idea Validation.”

Book idea validation, a/k/a book market research, doesn’t guarantee sales and success – I’m not talking about a silver bullet. However, it does give you a better understanding of the book market before you dive in.

So, if you’d like to know a little more about your potential book market, and find ways to give your book a better chance to succeed, then read on.

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Launching an E-Book? A Peek at My $10K Earning Plan

Earn Big from Your E-Book. Makealivingwriting.com

I found out an interesting fact this past weekend: Amazon is ringing up close to $6 million in e-book sales every DAY.

It’s no wonder nearly every freelance writer I meet is either thinking about writing and launching an e-book, or has already published one.

My question to all of you e-book writers is: Why? What’s your goal?

Getting clarity on that is key to making your e-book journey a success.

Writers publish e-books for many reasons. For many of us, e-books are what marketers call a ‘tripwire’ product. It exists not to earn money so much as to start readers opening their wallets.

Then, you sell them the more lucrative and profitable thing later on. This is the kingdom of the 99-cent e-book.

Other authors are giving away their e-book free, in hopes of gaining ‘bestseller list’ credentials, and using that authority to get more speaking engagements or coaching students. Still others publish simply to say they’ve done it.

Then, there’s the big dream of many writers:

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How Much Should You Charge For Your E-Book? 7 Questions to Help You Decide

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One of the most-asked questions I got from writers who took my recent self-publishing survey was, “How much should I charge for my e-book?”

There’s no simple answer to this one. Many factors go into this decision.

I’ve learned how much to charge for my e-books, through trial and error. But every author’s situation is different. How much should you charge for your e-book?

My short answer: All e-book pricing is an experiment.

When you pick a price, always keep in mind that you could revisit that price, halve that price, or maybe double that price, depending on the reception your price gets.

Or you might decide to make your e-book free.

The best price for your e-book depends on a number of factors. Here are some important questions to ask yourself in deciding on your e-book price:

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The Key E-Book Marketing Step That Most Self-Publishers Miss

E-book marketing can be super-simple. You write a quick e-book in a Word document, upload it to Amazon, and presto! You’ve got a Kindle e-book for sale. The Kindle-only route is probably the most common one taken by new e-book

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