Freelance Writing Monetization Idea: eBook Creating for Dummies
Creating an ebook isn’t necessarily a difficult task. If you know the subject and you are willing to put in the time, then you know what content you are going to present. All it takes is the dedication to get it written, or to at least string together the text you want to make up the bulk of the book.
The difficulty comes with those little technical issues. For example, font, cover, spacing, editing, chapter and paragraph order and other little pieces you might not have truly considered. But if you have been looking into creating your own ebook, you are probably thinking it through now.
Thankfully, there are plenty of places you can look for help on this issue. Below are three elements of ebook creation that give people the most trouble, and a list of places to go to get help.
Make Use Of is a highly popular, successful blog that provides endless assistance in everything from ebook creation to graphic design. Featuring many how to guides and tehcnical cheat sheets, you have probably been there a time or two. Even if you were redirected from somewhere else and didn’t realize it.
Earlier this month, a fun new tradition was started on the site. Every Friday, they promised to provide a post with some free fonts that you could use. You simple click on the link under each provided font to go to the source.
Using both these weekly posts and some of their guides on proper ebook creation, you can be sure to come up with the perfect lettering for your own. Because it is an online format, you don’t have to follow by the same rules as traditional print. This opens up a whole new world of styling where you might have been limited before.
Inbound Pro is another popular and helpful site well known for extensive, easy to follow, step by step guides on a wide range of topics. Because blogger Hector Cuevas was writing an ebook at the time, he decided to show how to design your own cover, then convert the whole thing to a PDF file.
In the instructions he uses Photoshop. If you don’t have it you can technically use the same process on a free program like GIMP. The tools will be slightly different, but you can still make it work.
Be sure to check out the section where he talks about your ebook’s layout. It is a very helpful collection of tips for getting your own properly organized and presented.
Finally, you have to think about tools to use to help you along the way. Technically, you can do everything step by step on your own. But a few well-placed generators, converters and other resources can be helpful.
A super simple conversion tool, this is an online program that allows you to upload a TXT or RTF file and convert it into an ebook. You can also convert text in the browser, a webpage or an RSS feed. Right now it is free, but there have been no updates in years. So don’t expect any frills.
Use WordPress to create your ebook out of old blog posts. This is one of the most popular tools for bloggers who want to create a collection of posts and new content. You just download the app, grab content, drag and drop it into place for your layout and publish an ebook.
Another blogger’s best friend tool, all you have to do is put in a blog, website or RSS feed address. The app does the rest by showing all new and old content. You select what posts you want and it creates a group for an ebook. From there you organize it, put in any finishing touches and publish.
The Kindle is a highly popular device, especially since various versions such as the 3G Touch and Fire were released. One of the best things you can do is publish a Kindle format of your blog for people to browse. This post from Hobbies on a Budget shows you how.
Creating an ebook is a great idea for any blogger, or just anyone who has content to share or a story to tell. Luckily, it is a rather simple process to undertake once you know where to look for the right tools.
So visit the sites above, find what you need and get started! You could have your own ebook to share in no time.
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