Everybody and their sister is jumping on the bandwagon to publish their ebook on the Kindle. Should you?
Of course. It’s not the medium that matters, it’s the words in your ebook!
Your books are not making you income if they’re sitting in your drawer because some first, second or third year college student was having a bad hair day and rejected your manuscript. Yes that’s right, slush files at traditional publishing houses are farmed out to college students to read.
So take out that manuscript, dust it off and let’s triple your income by providing your book as an ebook to the public in three different formats:
- As a Kindle eBook
How does presenting “your pearls of wisdom” to over 20 million Readers sound? That’s the 2010 estimate for people reading ebooks and that figure is low. So putting your ebook on the Kindle is looking better to you, right?
Well don’t drag out your Word or Open Office manuscript and submit it just yet. Your ebook needs to be spiffed up or else you’re going to get really bad reviews in Amazon’s Kindle ebook store.
According to Amazon’s Digital Text Platform (DTP), they recommend your ebook be a Palm Resource Code (.prc) file.
And the reason they recommend this file?
Because your ebook will look exactly as you want it on the Kindle and the other 5 devices (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones) their software is on.
This .prc file isn’t hard to make if you understand the files included. You’ll have an ebook.html file, toc.html (table of contents), toc.ncx (makes the navigation) file, and your cover image. And you use a couple of totally free programs to create (build) your ebook’s .prc file.
- As an Audio Book
Oh sure, I know what you’re thinking. Your voice sounds like a frog and there is no way you could produce an audio of your ebook.
There is a free program called “Audacity” which will let you change the pitch of your voice. You record each chapter, then you apply the pitch effect and suddenly your voice is velvet. OK, maybe not velvet but it’s not chalk on a blackboard either.
By making your ebook into an audio book, you’re including another audience. The sight challenged and people who love to hear their books in MP3 players while their walking their dog, running , working out in the gym and driving or riding to work and back. In other words, busy people who don’t have the time to read but sure love to listen.
- A “Print On Demand” Book
OK for the die hard book fanatic (the ones who love the feel of paper and the smell of ink), you should also make a physical book. The neat thing about print on demand — you don’t have a garage full of inventory.
As the name implies, the book is only printed when someone buys your book. If you Google “print on demand,” you’ll see a boatload of places.
So now that you have your three formats, how do you triple your income? You put the formats on every place available.
The more places your ebook is on across the Internet, the bigger your audience.
The bigger your audience, the better chance you have of creating a devoted following of readers.
And devoted followers means every time you write another ebook, you’re tripling your income.
P.S. My Kindle eBook Course shows you how to make the .prc file that Amazon recommends. Check it out how to make your ebook here.