Should You Be Writing Ebooks?

Make Money Writing Ebooks(Partial shameless self-promo warning!)

Over here on my side of the screen, while you weren’t looking, I’ve been scrambling to update my ebooks. And while most of us haven’t been looking, the consumption if you will of ebooks continues to explode.

John Soares has done our homework for us with his post, 2010 Sales Figures for Books and E-books.

The good news is that overall printed book sales have increased in spite of the economic turn down.  and slow recovery. It’s worth noting that the growth has been in the low single digits – growth, but hardly spectacular.

Ebook sales have, well, exploded – up some 164.4 percent last year. They’ve also increased significantly as a percentage of the trade book market, reaching 8.32 percent, more than a 5 percent increase from the year before.

Does this mean you should be writing? Probably. At least you should become familiar with the process.

Ebooks for Clients

It’s amazing how many of your clients might benefit from having an ebook to offer on their website. And most of them never think of it. You can pitch the idea and land an additional writing gig for yourself.

Here are some of the best reasons for ebooks:

It’s easy for you to suggest an ebook or ebook series to a client. You could even write a one page proposal, or find an ebook on a competitor’s site and use that to demonstrate the need.

And yes, you’ll occasionally find ads asking for writers to create ebooks. As always, be sure you only apply for those that pay enough and be sure to get a third or a half up front.

Ebooks For Yourself

As a writer you’re in an ideal position to write an ebook for yourself. The reasons you might want to write your own ebooks is not all that different from why your clients might want to, but I think the emphasis is probably different.

Here’s how I see it:

Of course, if you’re going to write an ebook you’ll need to market it. That starts with your own website, or, depending on the topic, a website for the ebook.

An ebook is an ideal project for a freelance writer.

Shameless self-promotion: You can get information and even buy my ebook on ebooks here.

Do you have an ebook? Tell us about it and give us a link.

Write well and often,

Anne


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