12 Facors to Consider for Your eBook Cover

18 Oct
October 18, 2014

ebook checklistWe’ve been discussing the importance of having a good eBook cover design for your eBook. Use this checklist to make sure you are considering all of the factors you need to include to have the best possible eBook cover.

eBook Cover Design Checklist

Is the title of the eBook clearly visible?

Does the image convey the feeling/meaning you intend?

Is the author’s byline on the cover of the eBook and easy to read?

Does the eBook cover make you want to know more about the eBook?

Does the eBook cover image convey meaning without spoiling the story or ruining the reader’s imagination?

Did you choose an image you won’t get sued for using? In other words, did you pay for a licensed image?

Do your color choices complement each other?

Did you keep the design simple and clean, using only a few colors?

Is your eBook cover too busy? Sometimes less is more.

Have you used clean, readable fonts? It’s best to stick with the standard fonts.

Have you used the eBook cover space well? You don’t have to use every bit of open space, but how you use it should be appealing.

Have you hired a professional to help you? It is an inexpensive investment that has the ability to offer a big payoff.

Your eBook cover can attract interest, and it is the first and sometimes only impression you get to make with the reader. Make it count.

 

Your eBook Cover Design Matters – A Lot

15 Oct
October 15, 2014

ebook coverYou would not go to a job interview dressed in your pajamas, and if you’re trying to sell eBooks, you won’t try to sell them without a professional, eye-catching eBook cover design. If you’ve written an eBook and want to make sales, the eBook cover design may be one of the most important factors that help you rise above the noise of the competition.

What Makes a Good eBook Cover Design?

The eBook cover, like the outfit you wear on an interview, is often the first impression (and possibly the only chance readers have) to decide whether or not your eBook is worthy of purchase. Your eBook cover needs to look professional. You don’t necessarily need a 3D image if you are only selling digital copies of your book, but the 2D cover image should be sharp.

How Much Does It Cost To Make a Good eBook Cover Design?

You can get a professionally designed cover for a small investment, but it is definitely worth the money spent to get a high-quality graphic in multiple sizes and renditions that you can use not only in your digital eBook file but in all of your marketing as well.

A good eBook cover design can make a big difference. Not only do you stand out more and have the ability to market better, but a good eBook cover design can help readers feel you’re worth taking a risk on. You’ve poured your heart and soul into the work; now dress it properly!

Why Audiobooks Can Help You Stand Apart

10 Oct
October 10, 2014

IMG_1297There are at least 2.5 million eBooks available on Amazon. There are only 150,000 books on Audible. There is simply no easier way to stand apart from the crowd. As more and more people try their hand at indie publishing, even niche categories are becoming saturated. It’s more and more difficult to compete and often takes the assistance of a savvy marketer to help.

How to Make Audiobooks

There are inexpensive options available to help you transform your eBook into an audiobook. Voices.com can connect you with a vocal talent who will narrate your book. Common Mode Inc. offers a variety of services for indie authors who want to publish audiobooks. Amazon’s ACX also offers audiobook services, but indie authors choosing this option lose up to 50% of their royalties. You can hire a service to prepare your audiobook, but it may be more cost-effective to invest in the software and equipment you’ll need to create them yourself.

Michael Kozlowski offers great advice on different audiobook services as well as instructions on how to create your own audiobook.


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4 Reasons to Turn Your eBook into an Audiobook

08 Oct
October 8, 2014

headphones on moneyTurning your eBook into an audiobook can help you not only sell more eBooks but also grow your readership and fan base beyond the typical reader. Here are four reasons why you should turn your eBook into an audiobook:

1. The Audiobook industry is growing.

According to Audio Publishers Association, the number of people listening to audiobooks continues to expand, and sales are up:

  • Unit sales were up 16%
  • Download units are up 29% and represent approximately 61% of the market
  • Download revenue is up 24%, representing approximately 41% of the market
  • Total number of titles published is up 28% (from 5,584 to 7,165)

Most industry experts predict the audiobook market will exceed a billion dollars by 2015.

2. Added exposure

People who love to read can only do so when they’re not driving, working, or otherwise engaged. People who listen to audiobooks can do so during their commute, while exercising, or even when working. Converting your eBook to an audiobook can maximize your audience.

3. Having an audiobook can increase your eBook sales

People who buy and listen to your audiobook may be more inclined to also purchase your eBook, whether for themselves or as a gift for someone else.

4. Reach people who don’t like to read

There are a number of people who love the idea of books but not reading. Audiobooks are ideal for these people. Whether they are auditory learners who want your next how-to masterpiece in audio form or choose to let their imaginations run wild with your next fiction bestseller, audiobooks allow you to reach an audience who wants what you write – as long as they don’t have to read it.

EditionGuard Resources for the Indie Author

01 Oct
October 1, 2014

edAre you a new indie author who doesn’t know where to start, or have you written your first eBook but don’t know what you should do next?

No reason to worry! EditionGuard is a one-stop resource for indie authors, covering everything from how to write and format your eBook to how to market your eBook and make more sales. We even provide you with the software you need to safely sell your eBooks on your own website without having to pay royalties to someone else.

Writing Your First eBook: A Guide for the Indie Author

If you have not yet written or finished your first eBook, start here. We have great ideas to help fuel your passion for writing, as well as guides to help you through the writing process. Follow EditionGuard on Twitter and like our Facebook page for more valuable information to help you start writing well.

Write your first eBook! Get started here.

Write your first eBook – ideas to tell your story

Write your first eBook – use a template

Write your first eBook – create an anthology

Stop making excuses and write your #eBook!

After You’ve Written Your eBook

Once you’ve written an eBook, you may need help knowing what to do next. We always recommend that you hire professionals to help you proofread the eBook and design the cover. The more professional your eBook is, the easier it will be to make sales.

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You’ve written an #eBook – now what?

Marketing Your eBook as an Indie Author

We have and will continue to expand our selection of resources to help you market your eBook. These should help get you started:

Sell more eBooks on your website, part 1

Turn your readers into eBook marketers and sell more

You’ve written an #eBook – now what do you do with your readers?

Free #marketing for your #eBook

WordPress Tools to Save the Day

If you are building your author website in WordPress, there are a number of WordPress plugins that can make life easier for you. These are a few of our favorites:

WordPress Plugins for #indieauthors

WordPress Plugins for #indieauthors part 2

 

EditionGuard is here to support the indie author. How can we help you?

Writing Well

25 Sep
September 25, 2014

1453428_10152055749742664_159123381_nWriting well takes enormous effort. We’ve discussed the importance of employing the skills of a proofreader and editor to help you create the best possible eBook. The reason we emphasize proofreading and editing so much is that because the better you write, the more professional you will appear, the more seriously you’ll be taken, and the more likely you’ll be to actually sell what you write.

If you’re writing fiction, though, there is another aspect of writing that is equally as important as grammar, and that is character development. Create characters that come to life for your readers, and you’ll suck your readers into your eBooks and leave them begging for more.

How to Create Interesting and Engaging Characters

  1. Create biographies for your characters. Consider every aspect of who they are: their childhood, their education level, where they live, what they do, and even what they look like. Consider how experiences have molded them psychologically and impacted decisions they make now.
  2. Don’t give your characters a full bio on page one of your eBook. Let readers discover bits and pieces about the characters over time. Build them throughout the story.
  3. Use more dialogue and less inner thought to bring the characters to life. Instead of telling about them, show them doing.

In the end, don’t be afraid to cut a boring character. If you can’t breathe life into your character, he probably shouldn’t be there.

Should I Write Under a Pen Name?

22 Sep
September 22, 2014

maskSamuel Clemens became Mark Twain. Stephen King wrote as Richard Bachman. Anne Rice wrote as A. N. Roquelaure, Dean Koontz was also Aaron Wolfe. Even Benjamin Franklin had his alter ego, Alice Addertongue.

There are a number of reasons you may wish to write under a pen name. Perhaps you’re writing erotica and don’t want the people you work with to know it’s you writing. Perhaps you want to write in multiple genres but feel your readers wouldn’t overlap.

Whatever the reason, if you do choose to write under a pen name, carefully consider what name you choose. You may want to make sure:

  • There is not already someone famous with the name
  • That you can obtain the domain you want for the author website
  • That your chosen name fits with what you’ll be writing

If you truly need to shield your real name from the world, you may want to set up a publishing company or website to handle the eBook publishing. You’ll even want to make sure your WHOIS data reflects your pen name and not your real name, or pay the extra when you purchase your domain to keep WHOIS information private.

Many famous authors started out writing under an assumed name with extraordinary success. Maybe it will bring you luck, too!

4 More Non-Traditional eBook Marketing Techniques

17 Sep
September 17, 2014

salesWe had such a great response from our last blog, where we explored some of our favorite non-traditional eBook marketing ideas, that we decided to bring you more. Be sure to let us know how these work for you!

  1. Promote other authors. Your fellow indie authors are not your competition; they are your best resource. Help each other out:
    • Promote each other’s eBooks
    • Host a joint blog tour or giveaway
    • Share marketing ideas
    • Introduce each other’s characters in your eBooks if it’s possible
    • Proofread/edit/beta read each other’s publications
    • Collaborate on an eBook together
    • Host a book club, chat, or online event together
  2. Offer special discounts and market to special groups like your high school or university alumni, people who belong to the same social group, people from your book club, etc.
  3. Leverage less obvious social media platforms, especially Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr. Visual candy can help all of your eBooks sell better, so leverage platforms that are image-dense.
  4. Host a contest where readers can cast the characters from your book with famous celebrities. Let them submit their cast lists, then hold a vote, and give the winner a gift card.

There are numerous ways you can market your eBook that will allow you to reach additional readers; sometimes you just need to get creative.

Non-Traditional eBook Marketing Ideas

15 Sep
September 15, 2014

set sales on fireWe often talk about the more obvious ways in which indie authors can market their eBooks, from hosting a blog tour to launching a website to being active on social media. But there are many, many, many other less obvious avenenues you can explore to improve your eBook marketing efforts and sell more eBooks.

4 Non-Traditional eBook Marketing Ideas

  1. Determine who your ideal reader is, then go where they hang out, whether its Facebook groups, forums, book clubs, or somewhere else. Become part of the group, and don’t just use the group to market your eBook (you won’t be very welcome if you do) but to get to know the people. The more you understand your ideal reader, the easier it will be to hone your eBook marketing.
  2. Leverage location. Is your eBook set in a specific city or location? Contact the tourism agency for the locations in which your eBook is set and see if they will help you promote it. If you mention famous buildings, landmarks, or businesses in your eBook, they may also be willing to help.
  3. Create an “author personality” or brand. Answer questions on forums, do interviews, talk about your writing process, hold workshops online, and otherwise make yourself visible to a larger group of people.
  4. Guest blog. Bloggers are often in need of material and most are happy to allow you to include a bio at the end of the article linking to your website or buy link for the eBook. Just make sure you follow guest blogger rules:
    • Write about something their audience will want to read
    • Make it new, unique material
    • Don’t try to sell your eBook in the blog

What non-traditional eBook marketing efforts have you had success with?

There’s No Magic Formula to eBook Marketing

12 Sep
September 12, 2014

ebmThere is no magic formula to eBook marketing. Much like the advice we offer to indie authors who haven’t yet achieved their goals (keep writing!), our advice regarding marketing your eBook is to keep experimenting.

Selling your eBook and achieving success with it can be difficult, but there are many different resources available to help you. Whether or not you can afford a publicist to help you achieve your marketing goals, you should be open to trying different ways to get your eBook in the spotlight.

This list can get you started. Next week, we’ll explore other ideas for getting more publicity.

  1. Create an author website where you can tell the world about you as an author and your eBooks.
  2. Create social media accounts and use them to amplify your message.
  3. Create a GoodReads author account and enlist their help listing your eBooks.
  4. Tell friends and family about your eBook and enlist their help in promoting it.
  5. Do interviews and talk about your eBook everywhere you go.
  6. Add a buy link to your email signature on every email account.
  7. List your eBook(s) as publications on your LinkedIn profile.

These are the basic marketing steps every author should take, and most of these steps can be taken even before the eBook is published. If you can obtain cover art for your eBook early, you can use that as well to help you promote the upcoming publication.