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I decided to write this ebook for two reasons:
(i) Because I’ve had several people offer to pay me to upload their ebooks to e-Junkie (http://bit.ly/lVibcA). While I love the site, their setup can be a bit intimidating when you first log on and start to maneuver around in it, so I understand why someone would pay to have it done; and
(ii) My ebooks sales sucked until I signed on with e-Junkie (sorry to be so blunt, but it’s eh truth).
Why My Ebook Sales Sucked When I Published My First One in 2004
Even though I published my first ebook in 2004, I didn’t sign up with e-Junkie until 2008. What took me so long?
Well, let’s back up a minute so you can get a full picture of how my ebook writing/publishing career unfolded.
How I Became an Almost Full-Time Ebook Writer / Self Publisher
My first ebook was entitled, How to Really Make a Living as an Editorial Freelancer. I published it because I owned/operated an editorial staffing agency in New York City at the time and freelancers that my firm hired kept wanting to know how to do it (freelance) – fulltime.
They’d ask questions like what employers look for in freelancers; how much they could expect to be paid; how to find companies that wanted to hire freelancers; etc. As the primary recruiter for my company, I got these questions all the time. So, I wrote an ebook that answered them.
The ebook was very “unofficial;” it didn’t have a cover and it wasn’t offered via automatic download. I just wrote it in Word, converted it to a pdf file and uploaded it to my company’s site (InkwellEditorial.com, the same site that’s been online since 1999).
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I didn’t expect many sales – and I didn’t get many either! During those days, I was lucky to make a few sales per month. One of the reasons for this is you had to order, then wait for me to email you the ebook.
Even though I offered a 24-hour turnaround time, this obviously cost me sales.
But, that all changed around 2008/2009. It was around this time that I realized self-publishing was the career path I wanted to pursue fulltime eventually (because my income from it was growing steadily).
Right then and there, I knew I had to “get professional” on all fronts about it (from creating professional ebook covers (http://bit.ly/qCe8Bm), to offering immediate downloads).
Going from Selling a Few Ebooks a Month to a Half Dozen or More Per Day
One day while surfing the web, I came upon the story of an ebook writer who’d sold close to $3,000 of an ebook in a few weeks that was very similar in subject matter to mine (it was about freelance writing).
I hadn’t sold that much of my ebook in a whole year – and I’d published mine years earlier!
So I looked into what this author did differently, and one of the things that immediately stood out was that she offered automatic downloads (via e-Junkie).
I think I signed up with e-Junkie that same day – and haven’t looked back since. Once I did, my ebooks sales IMMEDIATELY improved.
“I went from selling a few ebooks per month to a few per week. Nowadays, I log daily sales; it’s rare that I go 24 hours without making an ebook sale.”
I routinely sell half a dozen or more a day – just from my site (InkwellEditorial.com). That doesn’t include sales from Amazon (where I have 15 titles as of this writing) and Clickbank, where I just have just one ebook listed.
Why Instant Download Is Critical to Making Money Selling Ebooks Online
As my story illustrates, offering buyers the ability to immediately download their purchase is extremely important to making ebook sales. Following are the main reasons – in my opinion and experience – that instant downloads are important.
Following is a complete Table of Contents.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Page 3
PREFACE, Page 5
Why My Ebook Sales Sucked When I Published My First One in 2004, Page 6
How I Became an Almost Full-Time Ebook Writer / Self Publisher, Page 6
Going from Selling a Few Ebooks a Month to a Half Dozen or More Per Day, Page 7
Why Instant Download Is Critical to Making Money Selling Ebooks Online, Page 7
PART I: WHAT IS E-JUNKIE, Page 9
FAQs about Selling Ebooks Online via E-Junkie, Page 9 PART II: FILES TO PREPARE BEFORE YOU UPLOAD YOUR EBOOK TO E-JUNKIE, Page 11
Free PDF Software: How to Turn Your Ebook into a Secured .Pdf File for $0, Page 14
Preparing Your Ebook Files to Upload to E-Junkie: Important Tip to Remember, Page 14
PART III: HOW TO UPLOAD AN EBOOK TO E-JUNKIE, Page 16
Uploading Ebooks to E-Junkie: Conclusion, Page 31
Ebook Uploading Tip, Page 31
PART IV: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN E-JUNKIE STORE AND AN EBOOK STORE ON YOUR WEBSITE, Page 35
My Internet Business Stalker, Page 35
The Importance of Giving Buyers Multiple Ways to Purchase Your E-Products, Page 36
PART V: HOW TO SET UP YOUR E-JUNKIE AFFILIATE PROGRAM, Page 37
E-Junkie Affiliate Program FAQs, Page 42
Is it worth it to set up an affiliate program for my ebooks? Page 42
Over $1,600 in Ebook Sales in Just Two Weeks, Page 43
PART VI: TIPS FOR SELLING MORE EBOOKS VIA EJUNKIE, Page 45
A Note about Digital Thieves, Page 48
How to Block Digital Thieves from Buying Your Ebooks on E-Junkie, Page 48
PART VII: SELLING EBOOKS ON E-JUNKIE – CONCLUSION, Page 50
ENDMATTER, Page 51
P.S.: Learn more about how to make money selling ebooks online.