Time of e-books
Publishing your own e-book is very simple nowadays. For a person who has at least basic computer skills, it really isn´t a problem. I personally like it pretty much but it also makes me worried. Why?
Because easy things can make people hang their responsibilities. I see a tremendous amount of different e-book ads that promise you to teach you how to build your own swimming pool, get rid of phobias, correct relationships, get rich quick, and solve all of life’s problems. Is that really true?
Unfortunately, no. The modern times of e-books has also brought down the quality and distinguish what's good and what can be difficult. I'm definitely not saying free ebooks are bad. They are designed to expand the database and they include exactly as much information as possible.
What I actually mean, is that e-books that are paid and which in many cases only act like "real" books. Many of today's paid eBooks are just overpriced 10-20 pages of the "bestseller" brochure where the main goal is to get your email and some money. But it isn’t right.
How should a full paid e-book look like?
Like a normal book. Not a brochure. Paid eBooks should include everything you need for the topic of the book. The paid e-book should contain comprehensive information and not just half-spoken texts. Imagine there were only 10-20 pages of books in the bookstores. It would be an inexpressible look and you would not be so easy to orientate in the bookstore.
What is the stumbling block?
The problem is that most authors don´t think of the e-book as a real one. This approach alone reduces the quality of the final result. Convenience and simplicity of e-book publishing (knowingly or consciously?) forces authors to make an e-book as soon as possible. In many cases, the e-book is still not for sale for another 10 minutes but already has the label "bestseller" and "sold more than 2000 pieces". We all know the truth. Although, there are exceptions.
The authors forget about the fact that the quality of the e-book determines their future writer and business fate. A publisher may notice a high-quality e-Book and decide to publish your book in printed form, which will bring you, as an author, closer so that you can rightly add the Bestseller label to your book.
We know a lot of cases when the ordinary e-book publishing changed the author's life. I have mentioned some recent stories in my book The Word into the World.
If your e-book is poor, incomplete, full of ads and links, you are basically planning your own writer's death. It offends your reader and the insult of the reader means that they will not buy any book or e-book of yours in the future.
What to do to keep the quality of the paid e-Book?
-Approach your e-book as a printed, full-fledged book.
-Provide only true information rather than "marketing ads". Avoid, at the beginning, the "bestseller", sold over 2000pcs ...) unless it's true.
- Be honest with your readers and give them real quality.
- Make sure you have the imprint and all the necessary registrations in your national library.
In other words, it is enough to answer the fundamental questions before dropping your e-book into the world. What are they?
"If this book was to be in a printed version, would I publish it exactly as I am going to publish it now?"
"Will this e-book give my readers answers to all the questions they ask when reading it?"
"Would I pay for this e-book if I were in the position of my readers?”
If your answers are positive, you probably cannot improve anything, write anything, rewrite it, and so you will not be able to stop yourself from publishing your e-book.