By Michael SouthonSubmitted On September 22
The Internet presents an amazing opportunity for
anyone who knows how to research and write.
There’s masses of free information on the Web – all
you have to do is gather it together and package it,
and you have an E-Book that people will pay for.
“But if there’s so much free information on the Web,
why would anyone pay for my E-Book?”, you may be
The answer? Convenience!
They’d rather buy your E-Book and save themselves the
hours, days and weeks that you spent researching it
and putting it all together.
STEP 1: Writing Your E-Book
Pick a Topic. It could be ‘How to accept Credit Cards
on the Web without having a Merchant Account’. Or it
could be ’25 Free Resources For Getting More Traffic’,
or it could be about Cooking, Gardening, Dog Breeding,
Write down the Title of your E-Book in the center of a
blank page and circle it. If you can’t think of a
title yet, just write down the subject that your
E-Book will be about (e.g. Dog Breeding).
Then jot down 8 or 10 Basic Ordering Ideas (BOIs) in a
radius around your E-Book title or concept.
If you’re having trouble coming up with BOIs, hold in
your mind the title or concept of your E-Book and then
ask yourself these questions: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, HOW
Now connect the Basic Ordering Ideas to the E-Book
title with outward-pointing arrows, like the spokes of
Under each BOI, draw a vertical line and against that
line, jot down the sub-ideas that belong under that
Basic Ordering Idea.
Now turn your Mind Map into an outline. Take the Basic
Ordering Ideas from your Mind Map and order them, 1 to
10 (or 1 to 8, 1 to 12 etc); These are your Chapter
headings. Now take the sub-ideas and write them down
under each BOI; these are your Chapter sections.
I recommend you write the text of your E-Book as a
single Microsoft Word document. This allows you to get
a feel for the overall structure of your E-Book, and
it also makes spell-checking much easier.
STEP 2: Creating Your E-Book
Now divide your Word document into single pages; these
will become the HTML pages of your E-Book.
There are well over a dozen different E-Book compilers
on the market.
Here are two compilers that are free:
However, if you want to make a good impression with
your customers, I highly recommend that you use a
commercial E-Book compiler.
Here is a list of commercial E-Book compilers:
– Activ EBook Compiler:
– Document Publisher:
– EBook Pro Compiler:
– ePublish Now:
– FlipBrowser V. 1.0:
– HyperMaker HTML 2000:
– Infinite Ink:
– NeoBook V. 4.0:
– WebExe 1.3:
STEP 3: Formatting Your E-Book
There are many sites that offer ready-made E-Book
templates, some free, some you would have to pay for.
Here’s a site where you can buy ready-made
If you decide to create your own format, here are
some basic formatting tips. Your E-Book should
(i) an Index page that serves as the entry point to
your E-Book. It should contain a Welcome message, your
copyright statement, and a link to the ‘Contents’ page
of your E-Book.
(ii) A ‘Contents’ page. This should be a list of
all the chapters in your E-Book, with Section titles
for each chapter. The Chapter titles should be
hyper-linked to the first page in that chapter, and
the Section titles should be hyperlinked to the first
page in that section.
(iii) A link at the top of each page of your E-Book
that says ‘Contents’ and which takes the reader back
to the ‘Contents’ page.
(iv) The Chapter title at the top of each page, so
that the reader knows which Chapter they are reading.
(v) A set of links at the top of each page that
allow the reader to jump back and forth between the
different sections of the Chapter.
(vi) Forward and Backward arrows (hyperlinked) at
the bottom right of each page which take the reader
back one page or forward one page.
STEP 4: Selling Your E-Book
There are basically 2 ways of selling your E-Book:
either you have a merchant account and accept credit
cards yourself, or you use a ‘3rd Party Credit Card
Here are two 3rd Party Credit Card Processors that I
recommend. Neither of these 2 companies charges
Each has advantages and disadvantages, which I have
– To sell your E-Book through Clickbank, you will
have to pay a one-time joining fee of $49.95
– Clickbank charges 7.5% per sale plus $1
– With Clickbank you will only be able to offer
payment via Credit Card.
– if you use Clickbank to sell your E-Book(s), you
also have a ready-made affiliate program. Clickbank
will track your affiliate sales and send out checks
every 2 weeks to your affiliates.
– Clickbank will send you an automatic email every
time you (or one of your affiliates) make a sale.
– Minimum amount before a check is issued is $5
(ii) Ibill (Internet Billing Company)
– ibill does not charge a joining fee.
– ibill charges 15% per sale (more for telephone billing).
– ibill allows your customers to pay in a number of
different ways, such as online check, telephone
billing, or credit card. Many people don’t have a
credit card, so offering your customers alternative
ways of paying can significantly increase your volume
– ibill doesn’t operate an affiliate program.
– ibill doesn’t send you an email every time you make
– Minimum amount before a check is issued is $150
The possibilities with E-Books really are endless –
you’re only limited by your own imagination.
And remember: how ever obscure you think your E-Book
concept is, there will be a market for it. In fact,
that’s the essence of ‘niche marketing’: the more
narrow your focus, the more customers you will find.
Wishing you every success!
Michael Southon has been writing for the Internet for over 3
years. He has shown hundreds of webmasters how to use this
simple technique to build a successful online business. Click
here to find out more: http://ezine-writer.com/