14 Authors Reveal How To Write Ebooks That Sell

authors reveal how to write ebooks that sellWant to write and sell your ebook online? This free guide is chock full of useful and practical ideas shared by 14 very successful ebook authors.

They not only share the writing techniques used to put their books together, but also the business knowledge you need to succeed. Some of the authors inside the guide are: Lisa Irby, Kristi Hines, Kelly Kingman, James Chartrand

Along with this guide you’ll also receive a 6 step Ebook Publishing Process Map that shows you how to go from an ebook idea to having your ebook published and sold online. This is part of the Inbound Pro Content Library. 

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  1. says

    Wow.. looks like you’ve put in a lot of effort into this post. From compiling the tips from the authors to creating the inforgraphic.
    I am yet to write an ebook. These are really useful tips for me. Thanks a lot Hector.

    I have a feeling this post will go viral 😉 All the best.

  2. says

    Hi Hector,

    There is a lot of great advice in this post! I agree with the advice to find out what your audience wants. I asked my list for their thoughts on various ebook topics and I was surprised that the one I almost didn’t add to the list was the most popular choice!

    I love infographic too! Great job!


  3. says

    Awesome article, Hector 😉 (Awesome Info-graphic, how did you make it? You should write another article about that :D).

    Thanks for the post, Hector. These advises from very prominent bloggers can surely help me to write my second eBook (well, I wrote one – which I use as an enticement for new subscriptions).

    Thanks for the awesome post,

    Jeevan Jacob John

  4. says

    Thank you Hector!
    I’m just starting my first e-book and these are invaluable tips.
    I’m trying to figure out the best way to catalog these tips in a way that I can easily reference them at a later time.

  5. says

    No point to check your marketing course at this moment in time. Wouldn’t have the time right now. However, I will study this page in depth after hours. Lisa recommended it and Lisa from sitesell knows what’s good.

  6. says

    Thank YOU for being part of it. I created the inforgraphic in Photoshop.

    I’ve been asked a few times to write a post about it – I might just do that :0)

  7. says

    Yea, the infographic alone took me 2 hours.. but the 14 authors did most of the work, so I thank them :0)

    ooh, and it got a lot of traffic.. but not viral :0(

    thanks for your comment

  8. says

    It’s always smart to ask.. thanks for sharing that Stacy.

    By the way, I got your email – I’ve just been very busy writing, but after this project is over, i’ll definitely send out the answers.. cool?

  9. says

    I’ve written a few eBooks now and I agree with all of the advice above. My 3 killer tips are: 1. Don’t get paralysed by analysis. Once you know what your audience wants, just dive in and do it. Your first one will not be perfect but that’s the only way to learn. 2. Make sure the title speaks of results and/or benefits. 3. Don’t be boring.

    eBooks are also a great way to build credibility for getting new clients, consulting gigs and speaking engagements.

    Keep up the awesomeness Hector – you rock!

  10. says

    Hey Hector, thank you for this. These are all things I can really relate to.

    One thing that resonates with me in particular is what Kristi of Kikolani says, Don’t get overwhelmed. When I wrote my first ebook, that’s exactly what happened to me. In my effort to make things ‘perfect’ I struggled with details, changes and worrying about whether it was worthy. That delayed my progress.

    If you do your research, create your outline and add useful information your readers what to know, that’s what a great book is all about. Perfectionism is a good thing but not if it ends up standing in the way of getting your book completed and published.

  11. says

    Love the idea of asking your subscribers what they would like you to write about. I usually do a little keyword research once I’ve picked a topic to see the most popular phrases that are being used. Asking subscribers is better. Asking those that have already paid – best.

  12. says

    I agree with most of these tips, and disagree with about 4 or 5 of them. The problem with tips like these are that some of them are contradictory (#6 says do your market research before you write a word, and then #7 says to dive in and don’t wait to start), and the fact that they don’t necessarily tell you *how* to do what they recommend.

    For instance, how do you go about doing market research? Especially if you’re a new blogger, and don’t have a list to email yet?

    I realize that this post wasn’t supposed to be a complete guide to writing ebooks, but I think to a new writer, this list might bring up more questions than it answers.

  13. says

    Hey Hector,

    Really cool tips. I have written the ones I liked on my whiteboard and I’m about to install a mind mapping app so I can start planning and testing the market for my first book.

    Thanks for taking the time to compile this info, greatly appreciated!


  14. says

    Some great ideas here, particularly the one that resonates through a number of comments being not to just package up free article content from your site! Saved me a big mistake there and will spend time on the important question of what problem am I solving the reader, how do they benefit?

  15. says

    I am a new blogger and wanting to write my first e-book. This article gave some really excellent tips before I start! I’m so glad they mentioned the tip to stay on the topic and to not write about everything I know. I have the tendency to give a little too much information!! Thanks!

  16. najad says

    Writing your own eBook can be a great way to giving yourself an opportunity to make some extra money every month. If you know a lot about something, you should put all of that knowledge together in an eBook which can help anyone to learn more and benefit from all of this knowledge. However, one eBook may be too specific to make much of a regular profit, so in this case, you may wish to write more than one eBook to help build your profit base even more. Selling eBooks can then become something very easy, as you will have a number of manuscripts at your disposal.

    Once people begin buying the eBooks that you are selling, you will have an opportunity to get feedback from them, learning what they liked and disliked about your eBooks. This may give you the opportunity to expand on your knowledge, making selling eBooks in the future much easier because you will have better quality product that people will be happy to buy. Eventually, with enough manuscripts and pertinent knowledge to sell, you may be able to turn this stream into your main business!
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  17. says

    Highly recommended! After all, why create something that isn’t going to provide you paybacks? I think you’ve outlined everything perfectly!

  18. says

    These authors are right on point with their advice. Another point I’d like to make is that the covers also play a large role in promoting your eBook. You can judge a book by its cover and being that its the first thing folks will see with out having a chance to flip through your book, you need to make sure its top notch.

  19. says

    Another tip that we should include is to design a quality
    ecover for the ebook, since this is the first thing that
    get the customer to read the title and the content.

    By the way, We design high quality ecovers, and every week we give
    away free ecover design between our facebook fans.

    Nice post!

  20. says

    I find it very helpful when doing the writing and layout myself to set up styles before I get started. You want to create nice-looking e-books as well as informative and useful e-books that people want to buy. Figure out the style first, come up with your stylesheets and then when you put your book together it’s much easier to apply the styles for your chapters, headings, fonts and other details as you go along.

  21. mikestunna says

    Scott is my number one tip. As much as i want to write what i love i have to make sure the potential buyer finds it of use.

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  23. says

    Thanks for this, great piece. I have to say, testing the market and real ‘need’ before you write a single word seems to be the order of the day and I’d love more ideas on how to do that.
    Thanks E

  24. says

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  25. says

    I think one of the best ways to choose a topic is to know what your audience wants. I posted a blog about making money online alongside some other topics but the former was the most viewed. And now i’m planning to write an ebook on that topic

  26. says

    Thanks for the tips! I happen to drop by your page on Twitter, and this post does help me to write my first piano e-book! I have not written ebooks before, but I’m kind of inspired to write a good one now, instead of a ‘slap-together’ ebook made up of many ideas. Will be back for more!

  27. says

    Yeah, wow…! Thanx for that list. I’ve been working as a photographer since forever and the idea of writing a few books always been there. And now the time is here to actually do it. And advice like these are just what I need right now…it’s both inspiration, a kick in the *ss and really good advice all together. So again, thanks…i really appreciate it.

  28. says

    Impressive list indeed. We have been working with people for over 15-years (offline initially and then online starting in 2001) helping entrepreneurs and authors package their knowledge into information products (ebooks, manuals, guidebooks, CD’s, DVD’s, etc…)

    Best advice I ever received – and then proved out with our own ebooks – is to write as if you are creating a system through which your reader will achieve a highly desired outcome to become, have, do or realize something they badly want, but have yet to achieve in their life.

    Structure your ebooks this way and you will literally have people begging to buy your ebooks, and then more…from you.


  29. says

    Hi Guys.

    I just wanted to ask a question regarding the actual content of a ebook. I am in the process of writing my ebook and I wanted to know whether pictures can be inserted? It may be a silly question, just checking incase pictures or diagrams cant be featured. The reason is that, we have built something using recycled bottles and I want to write about the project and pictures are important.

    Furthermore, is the ebook firstly prepared in word and then later prepared as a PDF file to give it that pro appearance? Can anyone help me here?

    Thanks guys. Any feedback will be appreciated.


  30. Geoff Hughes says

    Thank you for sharing your infographic. Excellent free content. I’d add that it absolutely essential to plan and chunk your time, once you’re committed to writing your eBook. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in as little as 30 days.

  31. says

    Hm, I wish I could find someone that would put their two cents in about prices for the ebooks. I would like to hear what everyone has to say either from an Author standpoint or a consumer standpoint. How much is too much; by genre, page count, word count, etc. I am always scared to death that I am making the prices too high. But, too low and the author hardly gets anything. Most of my books are business and cooking books in the $2-$3 range. But, now I am doing a fiction series and they pages are much longer, its creative writing, I had to do a lot of research, etc. I looked at some books on Amazon that range in the page count and genre my new series is in and they ALL put the price tags at $5-$15. I just wish I could see what other authors and consumers think!

  32. says

    Thanks for this great list of insights.

    I like to use mind mapping software in the planning stage of writing an eBook.

    Also, just writing an eBook doesn’t mean it will sell – you also need to know the best
    ways to market and sell an eBook because without this, sales of your eBook will struggle.

  33. says

    A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment.
    There’s no doubt that that you ought to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people do not talk about these issues.
    To the next! Many thanks!!

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