A few days back when I was surfing through internet and obviously this beloved blog of ours, the display bar above snatched my attention. With a mood of adding something into existing series, I clicked on Create and Sale E books. And the next moment I realized that there’s something missing. We can take it a step ahead by providing a demonstration of it. When I started working, I realized it is not that easy and there are a number of considerations that I should share with you all. And so I decided to compose this post.
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Is Your Series Eligible?
Well, every series can not be a perfect content for e-book. . For example, you can see we have two series completed. This is so sad for me that I can not make e book of my own series "PDF editing ways". Because it consists of tutorials and it does not cover that topic completely. There can be many more issues related to pdf, so it is not a "Complete Guide On PDF". So it is very important to select carefully which series are you going to give away. This issue is also discussed in "Who Should Make an E-book" in our series "Create and Sale E-books". Evergreen material is most appropriate for selling.
Why Make An E-Book?
Why do we need to make an e-book? This question is very well answered in the respective e-book but here I want to share why I preferred working on this idea. This is because I personally do not like going link by link to the next part or keep myself waiting for downloading different episodes .I always look for any download available so that I can have a look at it at my leisure. You may think I am an easy going person, but it works magic when you pass on this comfort to others. It is also easier to pass on e-books.
The most important reason is that free eBook downloads increase your readership tremendously. EBooks are the sole reasons why some pro bloggers today have over 100K subscribers. Once your readership increases, you can even sale your eBooks to generate multiplying income. This is what we discussed in detail on our post: 4 steps to create a profitable email list
Renovate Series into E-book:
You can not simply copy-paste all content of your posts into one document, save it as pdf and feel proud you have touched the sky. It is time to make you understand the difference between both of them and trim your series accordingly. I will share with you step-by- step what I have followed in doing so.
The very first thing I did is I copy pasted all content into one word document. Then I gave it a random review and deleted all the introductions which were specific to posts and which explain pre-requisites. All the greetings at the ends are also to be eliminated. This is your raw content now.
What do I mean by editing it? Because the post that got published once, was obviously carefully edited. Here comes the second difference; your audience is different now. You may have been casual in your posts because we build a strong relationship with our readers and speak frankly to them. But when you speak to the world outside you need to be a bit formal. So, go through your content again and perform spelling and grammar check. You may need to rephrase some of your sentences accordingly.
Blog Specific Details:
Your content is quite refined now. You are supposed to check if you have given any examples specific to your blog. As in our series, Hassam gave example of MBT headings’ font. Such details are to be replaced with some general examples; since you will be distributing your e-book to people widely, who may not be readers of your blog. You can share your success secrets but saying any such thing “In our previous series, we talked about it”, is not a good choice.
Check your work now. You may need to add some content into it. You should add an index (table of contents), insert bookmarks and design a cover page for it. You are also supposed to add credits and give a preface, as per your choice. Another important point is the selection of images…I have changed some images in this transformation (I hope Hassam don’t mind that); so give them a look too. I do not like watermarks; they irritate me so I prefer using headers or footers to display the blog name. You may have a choice of yours.
Well this is the most obvious point. You add some spice to your work by re-working its presentation. You may need to adjust the font size and color, foreground color, background texture, headings and paragraph indentation etc. Your product is ready to be in the market now!
We feel it is important to share the tools we have used for editing e-book. We have used Microsoft Word for basic editing. Cover page can be included using MS Word or using My e-Cover Maker . PDF document is edited using InFix PDF Editor in its ‘professional mode’.
Did I forget to mention any thing that’s still confusing you? Do not trouble yourself. Inform us via this comment form and we will help you out. We are waiting to hear from you. Stay Blessed!
Guest post by Rahmeen Ahmed Khan also known as Aiman Khan. She is MBT's Gold Star Contributor.
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