In this no BS how to guide I’ll show you from A-Z all you need to know to create an ebook. Then we will cover selling the ebook using gumroad.com. It’s the fastest way I know of to get up and running without any knowledge of HTML, CSS, or setting up a website.
- Have a gmail account.
- Pick a something you can blab on and on about for hours.
- Open up Google docs.
- Start typing. Keep typing until you run out of things to say.
- Eventually you will hit a ceiling of words.
- Next step is to save your Google document as a PDF.
- Finished. Your first ebook.
Now the details.
Sitting down to write out what you know is the hard part. If you need help writing all day long, then I wrote another guide which covers brain enhancing nootropics like Niacin and other techniques.
The next detail will be adding a logo or pictures to your PDF document.
Google docs allows you to do this easily. If you need to grab some free images. Head over to pexels.com.
The next step is to add some fancy fonts to your image. Go over to canva.com and they have a ton of free NICE looking fonts that are ready to go. Or you can play around in Google Docs and just make the font red like I did in the picture above.
If you’ve made it this far then you should have a decent looking PDF ebook.
If you want to sell this ebook quickly, go over to gumroad.com and sign up for an account.
With Gumroad you can put up a link to your ebook on your twitter, website or anywhere, and it will instantly take people to a no hassle page where they can buy.
You can even paste this link in the comment section of your blog or YouTube channel.
- This is the short and sweet version of making a PDF ebook and it doesn’t have to be hard.
Making the ebook can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be. The hard part is building an audience and creating something of value. That will require having a message and creating value.
“I don’t know what to write about, my ebook is short.”
- Don’t use fluff or filler. Ebooks are already full of both. Think how you would say something in as few words as possible. One trick to help you shorten your writing is to start using Twitter.
Many times I’ve gone over the 140 character limit in Twitter. It forces you to condense you words into something either more punchy or short.
Level up your writing skills
Read Chuck Palahniuk’s 36’s writing craft essays. This is the pdf ebook you want to read if you want to be a hard hitting writer. You can find a free copy of it out there on the web.
The next books, I recommend are to read books by copywriters. Avoid grammar books, and let the copywriters teach you how to write. These guy are paid to make people read from top to bottom. If they weren’t good with words they would have skinny pockets. There’s a reason they’re paid big money for there talents.
Some notable names, David Oglisvy, Gary Becivenga, Euguene Swartz, and Ben Settle.
Why study these guys ?
These guys know how to hook you from the first words. My favorite quote is, “The goal is to get the person to read from the first line–Then to the 2nd line, and then all the way to the end of the copy.”
Timeless wisdom. Hook from the beginning, and keep the interest going.
Is to learn to use AIDA: Attention Interest, Decision, Action.
Start off your writing with an eye catchy title or first sentence. Then hook by using interest, then tell the person about the decisions, and finally, ask the person to take action.
- If you are selling a product this is a great way to write the copy. If you’re stuck on writing a blog post, then you can also modify it to fit this formula.
So to sum up what we have covered:
- Get a quick and ebook put together in Google docs.
- Get a quick way to sell on Gumroad.
- Polish with pictures, and pretty writing.
- A-Z guide easy.
Mindset for writing an Ebook:
All writers, musicians, and people have moments in their life where they’re embarrassed at their work. Embrace it. Otherwise you will always be stuck in “take no action” mode.
This was the one trick I used to write a ton more words. I just told myself, “I’m going to write 1000 posts and cringe at the aftermath if that’s what it takes.” From that mantra, I’ve already started writing my first book, and have an idea for 2 more.
Getting yourself to the point where you consistently take action and start outputting words is all about the though process in your head.
- They say, “people don’t rise to the occasion, they fall back on their training.” If you’re training is giving up, then make the choice to say, “I’m going to keep going. I’m going to do it better than anyone that ever lived.”
With that mindset, even if you accomplish 20% of that goal, it’s still a win.
Sell with Gumroad + Social Media
Selling an ebook is easy with Gumroad because it requires no knowledge of HTML or CSS. But you got to have an audience first. You have to have your own voice.
YouTube: You can put a link to your Gumroad product page in the description of your YouTube video. And it requires no website.
Twitter: when you use Gumroad, you can easily send out a tweet that will send people to a buy-in page. It contains no hassle way for people to pay you. No building a landing page, no CSS or HTML required. Just a twitter account with your link.
Instagram: just put a link to your post. And the same thing will happen. The only trick will be building up these platforms.
If you want to go the extra mile. You will build a short trailer using iMovie or some other application. This tip is mostly for novelists but I’m sure you could make one for non-fiction.
Build your audience using the “How To” tutorial
One of the best pieces of advice I got on how to build an audience is to do the holy grail of traffic, which is the art of the how to article.
You have to master the how-to article because a lot of bloggers are in the how-to business even thought they don’t know it.
When you write your book, keep in mind this “how-to” mindset.
The key is to a great how-to article is to get to the point. Keep it short simple and easy to understand.
In addition, you want to make your “how to” article long. Why? Because you’ve got to muscle out your competition.
If they wrote a 500 word how-to article then you’ve got to do a 1,000 word article. I don’t know why but Google loves these types of articles.
Writing and selling an ebook is easy if you can use Google docs.
Creating a pdf and putting on Gumroad is also simple.
But if you want to put this on Amazon you will have to do a little more research. Right now I’m using a program called Scrivener and it will easily compile your text into an epub format which is used for the Kindle store. I’ll have a guide on how to do this coming out soon.
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