Guest Author - Bluedolphin Crow
Publishing your own ebook that you can sell online is now easier than ever. If you've never done it before it can sound daunting and more than a bit terrifying. But here are ten simple steps for turning your idea into an ebook.
Step Number One: Research your topic thoroughly before you begin. You want to choose a topic that:
* You are knowledgeable about
* A topic that others are interested in reading about and that they will pay to read
* A Topic that isn't already flooded with information - The exception to this rule is when you can put your own unique spin on a topic and differentiate it from all the other similar products out there.
Step Number Two: Brainstorm your chapter headings. Take a look at books on Amazon using the: Take a Look Inside feature. Use these ideas to spark your own, but do not copy anything.
Step Number Three: Set up folders on your computer for the different chapter headings. To make things even easier, keep all these chapter folders inside one large folder with the title of the book on it.
Step Number Four: Now write a few articles for each chapter heading or sub headings and save them in the appropriate chapter folders.
Step Number Five: Highlight resource areas in your text as you type. When you are editing the book later on you can add your links here.
Step Number Six: Once completed, leave your book aside for a few days. Read the book out loud and check for mistakes. Its amazing how many mistakes you'll pick up when you read out loud.
Step Number Seven: Get someone else to read it. Ask them to point out the places where it's hard to read, or difficult to understand what you are saying, as well as any obvious mistakes.Edit these hard-to-read places. This may have to do with words, or it may have to do with layout. Use enough white SPACE between text. Large blocks of text are difficult to read.
Step Number Eight: Spell check your book. Spelling errors are unacceptable.
Step Number Nine: (optional) Insert graphics to make the book more entertaining and appealing. This isn't strictly necessary, but it adds a nice touch.
Step Ten: Compile your text documents into a PDF ebook. This is the most popular format and can be read on all computers.