Friday, November 18, 2016

Pricing Your eBook: 5 Amazing Tips on How to Price Your eBook

These days its unheard of charging $60 or $70 for an eBook.

Even charging $25 for really good content could raise a few eye-browse.  Times are hard and money can be pretty tight so who's going to buy a $25 eBook?

Not many people I'm guessing.

eBooks Can be Too Cheap

Most people opt for the $0.99, pricing their own eBooks too cheaply.

On, for example, you can find eBooks ranging from $0.99 to $20 and more.

Often eBooks priced lower contain more value than eBooks priced at $10 and over.

In this age of technology eBooks cost nothing to write unlike a paperback book which requires a publishing house.

When you publish an eBook you have no printing costs, publishing fees, postage or packaging costs to worry about.

With a basic laptop or PC anyone can write an eBook.

So bearing all that in mind the list below will help to decide on how to price your eBook productively.

1. eBook Production Cost

If you've paid someone else to write, proofread or create an eBook cover design you need to factor that into your pricing.

If you've written and created your eBook from start to finish, without outsourcing, you'll not acquire any costs.  The price you choose to sell your eBook at would be all profit.

2. Quality and Length of Content

How long is your eBook?  If it is 20 pages or less it may be more sensible to price it more affordably may be up to $3 or $4.  If you've written over 70 pages it might be worth a bit more, so about $5 to $10.

Don't think that it lessens the quality and value your eBook provides if its only around 20 pages.

3.  Value and Uniqueness of Content

Does Your eBook Stand-Out From the Crowd?

If your eBook is solving a problem, this is seen as something valuable.  Particularly if it offers a unique perspective, your thoughts, knowledge and insight on a particular subject can add value.

4. Cost of Selling Your eBook

If you're selling your eBook independently through your own website via a platform such as Payhip or Selz the costs incurred are usually pretty small.

Using a third party ecommerce platform such as ejunkie, ClickBank etc your fees will be a bit more.  These fees need to be taken into consideration when pricing your eBook.

5. Your First eBook?

If this is your first eBook, or even the last eBook you wrote.  Was it received well? Did you make any money?

Trust is something that is built-up with your audience over time.  People need to know what you're about before they start buying.

I've priced my eBooks high and low, discovering that the $2.99 mark seems to suit my eBook price.

Quick Summary -
  • Recognise how much your eBook cost to create.
  • Recognise your eBooks value and uniqueness to your target audience.
  • Recognise how much content you've written for your eBook.
  • Recognise how much your eBook is going to cost to sell.
  • Recognise whether you've done your research well enough.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Become a Better Writer: Dealing with Criticism in 4 Steps

Writing is a process that is both intimate and solitary, receiving any feedback from other people can be extremely stressful at times.

It doesn't matter the size of the project undertaken, receiving any negative criticism can feel painful.

In the long good and bad feedback are a process all writer's need, but dealing with that criticism and becoming a better writer because of it is what I want to touch on today.

Best Place to Start is Changing Your Mindset

Don't look at negative reactions as a reflection on you, see it as an opportunity to be a better writer.

It's not easy giving back thoughtful criticism and being able articulate your thoughts in such a way as to help the writer.

Step 1: Collect Your Thoughts, When Words Sting

All natural responses are okay this includes anger, frustration and guilt.  Don't let any of those emotions guide your response.

Instead take a deep breath, collect your thoughts.  Have a walk, call family or friends, anything that can distract you in that moment.  Helping you to clear your head and give a measured response.

Step 2: Analyse Your Source

Don't take your feedback to heart because people are people at the end of the day.

The more time you spend writing the stronger your personal rudder will become, helping you to self-edit and navigate through comments good and bad.

Step 3: Identify What You're Being Told

After you've cooled down go back over your feedback and recognize what you're being told.

Are you being to clumsy with your topic? Is there a problem with your story, prose or characters?

At first glance it may look like everything is wrong, but when you start to identify the problem it may be one or two small things that need changing.

Step 4: Seek Clarification

Once you understand the feedback, send an email summarizing the changes required or talk it over on the phone.

Read More About Writing: How to Write Like a Writer Everyday, If You Feel Like it or Not, A Quick Guide to Improve Your Research Skills and Write Accurately

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Quick Guide to Writing 2000 Words a Day

I decided fairly recently that I really needed to set myself a new goal.  Something that would both encourage me and motivate me more.

That's when I came up with writing 2000 words a day, as a start and something  I could build on as times goes by.

I want to motivate anyone who reads my blog to put away all excuses and start writing more.  Even if its 500 words a day, that's a good start and something you can build up gradually.

You could use it to write your daily journal, your dreams, your plans or even that novel you've been wanting to write.

If you feel yourself opposing those words as you read them, welcome to the Writing Resistance Syndrome club!  You're probably thinking you have to take care of the kids: you have a job; you have the dinner to make: you need to check on your social media.

I don't have kids or any pets, but I do have responsibilities I need to take care of during the day.  Don't think that every day is productive for me, because it can be anything but.  It's easy to waste time when you have devices and the TV at your fingertips.

Inside you head you probably think you can write page after page, but you discover the reality is very different.

So how to you write more than 2000 words a day when every fiber of your being is telling you to resist?

Things you don't need to worry about:
  • You don't need to worry about distraction.
  • You don't need to rent a cabin in the woods.
  • You don't need to cut off the internet.  That's insane!
  • You don't need to bury your iPhone.
1. Writer's Block is a Myth

Everyone gets tired and finds writing difficult, it doesn't make it a block.  If your mind is blank in a particular topic try something else.  Don't worry if your writing is rubbish, write anyway.  Be more creative if you can't think of a single word, don't restrain yourself.  Read books, take a walk.  Never say its writer's block.  By giving this myth power you've destroyed your ability to write consistently.

2. Don't Stop the Writing Flow

When you start writing your inner writing voice comes out, it can seem a little faint sometimes but it's there.  When you're in full writing flow don't interrupt it.  Don't take a break until its finished its say. The more you write the more you'll hear it.  You can take your breaks, be distracted, but don't do it when the writing voice is in its flow.

3. Don't Go to Bed Until You've Written 2000 Words

This gives you a full day, but make sure you get 2000 words in!  If your favourite TV soap or drama series is on, make sure you write 2000 words.  Keep telling yourself you will get those 2000 words a day done, and don't take no for an answer.

Read More About Writing: Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Online ArticlesQuick Guide to Writing 2,000 Words a Day.

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