Recently, on my Facebook page, I had a conversation with a fellow ebook writer about self-publishing and ebook marketing. He sent a rather detailed email, part of which went like this:
I ran into your website when I was reading an ebook from e-junkie . . . . After reading the ebook 3 times, I outlined 8 different ebooks that I know I could write pretty easily, based on my expert knowledge. . . . I wanted to see if you have any advice for me as I'm entering the final stage of completing my content, because I know there is next stage with marketing, website, etc.
One thing this author mentioned is that while he had no problem writing ebooks, he didnít really care for the marketing side of things, which brings me to the title of this post.
The Easiest Part of Publishing an Ebook
What most self-publishers donít realize is that writing an ebook is Ė by far Ė the easiest part of the process because once itís done, itís done. Ebook marketing is where the real work comes in because itís ongoing.
Ebook Marketing: 2 Things Every New Self-Publisher Needs to Know
Following are two things I tell all new self-publishers to get used to Ė because if you donít, you can forget being successful selling ebooks online.
(i) Donít Investing in Marketing Methods You Canít Afford to Repeat: Youíll just be wasting your money if you do. Why? Because marketing must be consistent to be effective.
Ebook Marketing: An Example
For example, letís say you have a $500 budget and you decide to run a pay-per-click campaign. Letís further say that you luck up and sell a hundred (100) copies. FYI, this is a very generous number; most newbies only sell a handful of copies per month. I know this from first-hand experience.
If your ebook is priced at $3.99, a common price for many ebooks sold on Amazon for Kindle, your earnings would be approximately $2.80 per ebook sold (after Amazon takes their 30% cut). So, youíd earn $280 in ebook sales. This isnít enough to recoup your initial investment. So now what do you do?
Most likely, youíre going to have to switch ebook marketing strategies to start seeing sales again; in essence start from scratch. And this is why you shouldnít invest in ebook marketing tactics you canít afford to repeat, which brings me to my next tip which is to . . .
(ii) Create a Long-Term, Achievable Ebook Marketing Plan: Think a year out, ie, what are you willing to commit to Ė and can afford -- for the next year.
This is why I love low-cost and no-cost ebook marketing tactics like article marketing. It doesnít cost you anything but time. And, it brings search engine results for years.
Why I Earn Five Figures Per Year Selling Ebooks Online
Since 2010, Iíve consistently earned five figures per year selling ebooks online. And itís because I consistently market. I consistently market because I only use ebook marketing tactics I can afford to repeat week in and week out, month in and month out, year in and year out Ė because this is what it takes.
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