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8 Tools to Create an Irresistible Ebook

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Writing and selling informational ebooks can be a great way to boost your brand, provide value to your community, and even make some money. But like any entrepreneurial experime…

Robert Chazz Chute‘s insight:

Mashable is, as always, awesome and you can read their suggestions at the Scoopit! link below.

 

Here are my thoughts on the list: 

Scrivener is now available for PCs. Good! I don’t think the video tutorials alone will get you going with Scrivener, though. I had some troubles with formatting and file management. It’s not as easy as anyone would like, but it’s better than many alternatives. Expect to sift through the manual, too, not just the videos. Overall, Scrivener is wonderful, but the videos leave out the simplest steps, assuming they are too simple. Not for me, they weren’t. I found formatting properly often took (takes?) hours and a lot of experimentation. I’ll let you know. I’m formatting more tomorrow.

 

Evernote: I’ve got it. I’m still not sure how I should be using it. I’ll go to YouTube and check out a tutorial there. I’m sure for Evernote’s capabilities, that should be sufficient. It’s another of those cases where the tech is there, but it is not used to its fullest advantage.

 

99Designs: Be careful. I’ve seen some decent covers through there, but  results were uneven. I prefer to work with one great designer (Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com). I like a steady hand on that graphic design wheel.

 

E-junkie: Brilliant. Many more of us will begin to sell more of our work through our own websites as KDP Select wanes further. I’m looking forward to taking that leap in the near future.

 

750words. Not a bad idea. You can also become accountable to the world by adding progress bars to your website. WordPress has plugins and the Chrome Store has free alternatives, too.

 

Ebooks about Creating Ebooks: The hottest ebook in this category just now is APE by Guy Kawasaki. (I also recommend Crack the Indie Author Code and Write Your Book: Aspire to Inspire for beginning your writing and publishing  process, but I wrote those, so I would say that, wouldn’t I?)

 

Mailchimp: Awesomeness. I use it at AllThatChazz.com and it’s pretty easy to manage and free up to a point. You should subscribe for my newsletters and insider announcements. (But I would say that, too, wouldn’t I?)

 

ClicktoTweet: I haven’t used this one yet. It sounds good in theory. The content jammed in between those links better be awesome enough for all that retweeting, huh? Well…we’re all amazing here, so no problem.

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6 Responses

  1. Reena Jacobs says:

    I’m quite fond of Scrivener. I’ve even used it for school papers.

  2. glynissmy1 says:

    I’ve decided to reopen Scrivener and try again. I love the corkboard ‘cos that’s easy to use. Struggling with adding chapter files, I keep creating scene cards! If ever you get to the point you feel you could make a basic video or lesson, feel free! :)

    • Chazz says:

      I’m a long way from that. I basically experiment until it works, and sometimes that’s been six to eight hours.

      • glynissmy1 says:

        I spent a fair few hours on it, yesterday. Love how I can add a saved webpage in the listings. Makes life a little faster when I need to pull up research pages.

      • Chazz says:

        I think the one thing I love about Scrivener for its incredible ease is setting up the table of contents. Other stuff is less intuitive, but that one small aspect saves me the most time.

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