I want to give you wonderful readers a free copy of my book, “1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More." But there’s a catch, muahahaha! More on that later.
The last few months have been really exciting for me, going from guy-who-has-never-written-a-book to a self-published author who has had actual, legitimate people pay money for his book. This works wonders on the self-esteem and I completely recommend it. It has not been very difficult at all, and I will give you a simple how-to list at the end of this article to spring you into action.
Free Book Offer
I am willing to give you a free copy of my new book, if you PROMISE to write a review for me on my Amazon Kindle Sales Page. Here’s the thing guys and gals. I’ve tried this already with a few friends and while some have been willing…they apparently have not been able as I gave them a copy of the book without receiving anything in return. I’m a generous guy, so this is no big deal for me, but writing a review (even a tiny one) is part of the review. So please, if you would like a copy of the book, either buy it, or take me up on this offer and actually write a review. Here is the contact form to get in touch with me. Expect an e-mail from some bryandavidcohen (at) gmail.com guy :).
The review doesn’t have to be a good one, by the by. I’m confident that you’ll like it, but if you don’t, you can feel free to let me have it in the review. So it goes with free speech.
How to Self-Publish an eBook
1. Write the book! You can’t self-publish until you start and finish the thing. There are plenty of articles on this site about getting motivated for such purposes, so do a little browsing, get fired up and make it happen!
2. Format it properly. There are different formats needed depending on how you want to sell it. My eBook is currently in PDF and Kindle format. Both file types required different formats, though the PDF was the easier of the two. Programs like Microsoft Word or Open Office even have a “Save as PDF" option. If you want to sell the book on a site like Amazon Kindle, you will need to do a bit of research as to how to format the Table of Contents and whatnot, but it takes about five minutes to find this information.
3. Create a cover. This…was easier for me because my girlfriend is a graphic designer. I asked her to do it for me for free and she wanted a split of the profits. So, I gave it to her :). The cover is on the Kindle version only and I think you’ll agree that it is quite attractive. If you are looking to add this to your PDF, many PDF programs exist that let you merge two documents. Simply merge the cover document with the body of the book document and you’ll have one cohesive book.
4. Upload the book. If you’re like me and you worry about security, use a service like E-junkie to host your book. I have had few problems thus far with the program and it is simple and really cheap.
5. Create a sales page. My sales page is actually going under construction soon, but here’s the link in the meantime. This doesn’t have to sound like a used-car salesman pitch. It can just be you speaking from the heart and talking about your book. Pictures and testimonials tend to work well for this sort of thing.
6. Actively promote your book. This…I need to work on myself (which is why I’m doing the giveaway :)). Come up with some good ideas to spread the word and the sales might come rolling in. No guarantees though.
There are plenty of odds and ends in between these steps, but these are the basics folks. Give it a shot with that book you nearly finished a few years back and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment :).
Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.