How To Make Money Selling Ebooks On Amazon, EBay, Google

1. Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime Borrows

If your eBook is enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select program, Amazon Prime members and Kindle Unlimited members can read your book for free. But even though the customer doesn’t pay, Amazon will pay you based on how many pages of your book they read!

Most authors earn around $1-$2 every time a customer reads their book this way, and that can mean big money if your eBook becomes popular on Amazon.

EBook Niches

If you aren't sure what to write about, here are s

If you aren’t sure what to write about, here are some niches you might could go in to. I include broad ideas, then more specific ones below:

Fitness

  • How to stay fit after retirement
  • Impacts of fitness on productivity
  • Staying fit when you have a busy life

Animals

  • Keeping chickens in your back yard
  • Health benefits of owning pets
  • How to live off the land with cattle

Hobbies

  • Learn how to sew like your grandmother
  • Carve wood with the best of them
  • The science of billiards

Family life

  • Raising children
  • How to be a good parent

Now that I’ve given a few specific examples, here are some more broad topics:

  • Sports
  • Music
  • Toys
  • Fiction
  • Biography
  • Decoration
  • Makeup/hair styling
  • Fashion
  • Dating/relationships
  • Self improvement

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FAQ About Writing and Selling eBooks Online

If you still have some lingering questions about this process, here are some frequently asked questions that might help.

Can you make a living writing eBooks?

The short answer is, yes you can. But in reality, unless your first eBook is a smashing success, you’ll most likely start by earning just a little extra money, with the potential for full-time income in the future.

Many writers earn thousands of dollars a year in passive income from their eBook sales.

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How can you write an eBook fast?

This is a burning question many hopeful writers have. The key to writing an eBook quickly is to outline and batch write.

Outlining helps you organize your thoughts and put together your book categories, sub sections, and chapters. Taking this step will help you write your book chapter by chapter, making the process much easier.

Batching is a process in which you will do a lot of work in a short period of time, with few distractions.

Batch write by setting a timer for a period of time, like 30 minutes, for example. Then, distance yourself from all distractions (like kids, pets, TV, music, etc.) and focus only on writing.

When the 30 minutes is up, take a short break. Then restart. This is a productivity hack that you can use for any type of work, whether it be professional or personal.

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How long should an eBook be?

You can make your book as long as you’d like it to be, and then price it accordingly.

Do you want to build out a full guide? Or are you interested in more of a mini guide or cheat sheet?

Are you writing fiction or nonfiction?

Consider these questions and more, to determine your book length.

Many writers start by developing their outline and write from there, with no limitations imposed on themselves.

As a point of reference, according to Book Cave, nonfiction books should be a minimum of 10,000 words, with fiction being 80,000-to-100,000 words on average.

6. Repurpose Your Content

I’ve done well turning everything from live event transcripts to collections of blog posts into ebooks. People are not offended that you’re recycling—different buyers like to buy things in different formats, and some like ebooks.

Don’t think you have to write from scratch! Aside from my very first ebook and the two Small Blog, Big Income entries, all of my other ebooks are repurposed content.

2. Hire Professionals To Edit and Proofread Your Ebook

I have personally hired many professionals from Fi

I have personally hired many professionals from Fiverr, and they have done an amazing job.

You can find a professional for almost any work on Fiverr and at an affordable rate. Try to sort them out by ratings and reviews.

People might have a bad impression of you if they notice grammatical and sentence formation mistakes on your eBook.

So it is highly essential to hire a professional ebook editor.

If you are on a tight budget, you can proofread your ebook with the help of Grammarly, which helps you find all sorts of grammatical errors.

Editing the ebook is a complicated part, so hire some professionals you think might be the best to work on your eBook.

Step 6: Designing the Cover

Unless you’re a VERY creative person, I’d look to outsource this part.

You know the old adage, “never judge a book by its cover.”  Well, that’s not the case on Amazon.

EVERY book is judged by its cover.

You want to make sure yours looks professional and stands out from the crowd.

A quality cover makes your ebook look professional.  It shows you mean business and the content inside is of a high quality.

For great design covers, there are a few places you can look to:

99designs:  This is the high priced option.  A book cover will typically run you between $50 and $500.  I know, it’s a big spread.

With 99designs you’ll run a contest.  You’ll write up a description of what you’re looking for and then people will submit their designs.

You put a price up front on how much you’re willing to pay for the design.  The higher the price, the more design submissions you’re going to get.

Freelancer:  A book cover here will probably be le

Freelancer:  A book cover here will probably be less than $50.  With Freelancer, you hire a freelancer to do the design work.

Unlike 99designs, you pick one designer and pay them to do the work.  So before you pick one, make sure to look at some of their samples to make sure it’s on par with what you’re looking for.

Usually, you contract someone out at an hourly rate, but you can also set a price for the full project.

Fiverr:  The cheapest option.  Get an ebook cover

Fiverr:  The cheapest option.  Get an ebook cover designed for $5.  Everything on Fiverr is only $5.  While you may be thinking it’s impossible to get a good design for that much, but you’d be wrong.

Some of the people on Fiverr are trained individuals getting started.  They’re making very little money to build a portfolio and get their name out there.

8. Create an Audiobook Format For Your Ebook

Creating an Audiobook format would positively impa

Creating an Audiobook format would positively impact your sales to make money selling ebooks.

You can hire a highly skilled voice-over artist at an affordable rate from Fiverr.

The voice that would read the content from your ebook is crucial because it would positively decide a reader’s perception of purchasing it.

Never even have a second thought about whether you want to narrate your ebook.

Only a professional voice-over artist knows how to make it sound so perfectly that you or I cannot do it.

It is always smart to have 3 formats: Print version, Ebook version, and Audiobook version when you want to publish your book.

People are more comfortable with the Audiobook version because it creates a different experience that readers love.

Starting an Ebook Business — Where You Sell

As an ebook publisher, you have a few options available for selling your works.

You can set up your own website and sell your ebook directly online. You might make a PDF available to your readers for example. A simple shopping cart or PayPal link and you’re all set. A reader visits your site, they order, and they get a download link and get your book. It’s pretty much all automated, and you simply keep an eye on things to make sure the site is running smoothly.

The benefit of this is you control the entire process, get all of the customer information (so you can promote additional products, services, or books), and you can charge higher prices.

One of the easiest ways to sell ebooks is to work through a third-party site like Amazon. You may have ordered products, even books, from Amazon in the past. But this is a whole different side to this massive e-commerce site.

The big benefit to working through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, even though they charge you a commission on your sales, is their reach. Around one fifth of Americans (21%) are said to be active ebook readers in the last year. That’s your potential audience, all those people visiting this site and browsing for a new book. It could be your book they find when doing a search on a related keyword.

While you may not make as much money as you would selling directly on your own site, you'll have the opportunity to reach an audience who you wouldn't otherwise have access to.

The process of selling your ebook on Kindle is straightforward. You sign up, then upload your ebook. They take care of converting it to their proprietary format. Then you’re ready to sell and grow your business through Amazon.com.

Which of these options should you go with? I recommend doing both.

Put one (or two) of your books on Amazon and think of that as a traffic source… a way for new people to find you; and you get to make profits from the sales of the ebook. Use your Amazon ebooks to drive people back to your website and get them onto your email list.

The best way to do this is to include a free bonus offer inside your book and have them go back to your website to claim their bonus. In order to get access to the bonus, they have to opt-in and give you their email address.

Once you have them on your email list you can follow up with them and sell them additional ebooks from your own site, at a higher price point. Use the best of both worlds!

7 Sites to Help You Sell Ebooks

Selling ebooks needs a good and trustworthy platform. There are many publishing and distribution options, big and small. Choose the one that works for you.

If your ebook is not in the file type your publisher or distributor asks for, there are plenty of free online converters. Additionally, if you have the content and want someone else to convert it to ebook format manually, you can find many people on Fiverrr who offer this service.

1. Visme

Visme in an all-in-one design and content creation platform that lets you create, publish and share all kinds of visually engaging content — including ebooks.

You can easily create ebooks with the help of ready-made templates (with multiple, pre-designed pages), drag-and-drop design tools, free photos, the ability to add videos, links, audio and animation, and more. Share your ebooks online, or download them in PDF or HTML5 formats.

Here’s a quick video tutorial to walk you through creating an ebook in Visme:

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When you sell ebooks via Visme, you can create mulWhen you sell ebooks via Visme, you can create mul

When you sell ebooks via Visme, you can create multimedia, interactive digital experiences viewable on both desktop and mobile. Plus, your readers can download a printable or digital PDF directly from the multimedia ebook.

You’re also able to track the number of views on your ebooks when you share them via Visme. This is great for analyzing the performance of your content.

2. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Amazon is one of the largest online platforms for selling digital ebooks. Publishing your own ebook is one of the most popular ways to make money on Amazon, which can bring $1000+ a month.

The ebooks sold on Amazon are mainly for the Kindle reader, and they offer a tool to convert your manuscript, called Kindle Create. You can upload Microsoft Word files, EPUB and their signature Kindle file type, KPF.

3. Smashwords

Smashwords is an ebook publisher and distributor that offers lots of solutions for new and experienced ebook writers. You can upload a Word document or an EPUB file. They turn it into a digital ebook product and distribute it to all major ebook consumer platforms.

4. Rakuten Kobo

Rakuten Kobo is another ebook publisher and distributor offering to sell your ebooks on their site and many other distribution sites. To publish with Rakuten Kobo, simply follow the steps on the website. You can upload Microsoft Word and EPUB files, among others. They also offer solutions for selling audiobooks and even have their own digital readers for sale.

5. Sellfy

Moving away from sites that concentrate on ebooks alone, there’s also Sellfy — a digital product marketplace where you can sell any digital product for download. You can sell directly from Sellfy or use the link on your website.

6. Payhip

Yet another digital download marketplace is Payhip. To sell an ebook on Payhip, it has to be ready as the file type of your choice. For a site like this, you’re better off selling your ebook as an EPUB. Sell with a Payhip link or add the link to a button on a landing page.

7. Gumroad

Finally, we have Gumroad — another online digital product marketplace where you can sell ebooks and other digital products. Selling on Gumroad is simple, but they don’t distribute your ebook anywhere else.

What Are Ebooks?

EBooks are books that are published online. Theref

EBooks are books that are published online. Therefore, rather than your traditional printed paper books, eBooks come as a downloadable digital file. 

Thanks to the low cost of eBook publishing and the fact that it is more sustainable than printing books, eBooks are becoming more popular now than ever before. 

In addition:

  • Authors are finding that they can make more money by self-publishing ebooks. Traditional publishing is slow, difficult, and the commissions are razor thin.
  • Ebooks are a lot easier to publish. Literally, anyone can do it. The market is wide open.

You can publish your own book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and a hundred other platforms for free.

Notably, at least part of finding success in writing and selling ebooks is down to finding that sweet spot. The right everything just when you have your ebook ready. 

As Amanda Hocking, one of many self-published authors who has made millions has said,

As far as I can tell, it was a perfect storm of having the right books in the right genre at the right price at the right time.

However, there is a bit more to it than that. The truth is you can make as much money as hard work you put in. 

You can improve your odds of making money with ebooks by having a solid system setup. This system needs to include:

  • A system of niche and content development (coming up with your next ebook idea and timeline for writing an ebook)
  • Choosing the right publishing platform.
  • Making the most of your marketing funnels
  • And, perhaps most important of all, riding the momentum and NOT sitting back to relax once your first ebook is published.

The good news for first time authors is publishing an ebook is free. However, I do recommend spending a little bit on your ebook cover design and a professional proofreader. It doesn’t have to be much money, but a little bit goes a long way in getting your ebook ready for the public.

Step 4: Create a Writing Schedule

You’ve got to develop a writing schedule and stick to it.

If you’re worried about getting burnt out, take an hour each day and expand on one highlight.

Or, set a date you want the book finished by.  Divide the number of highlights in your book by the number of days until your target date.  100 highlights / 50 days = 2 highlights per day.

Put aside time each day to write about two highlights.

Use the Jerry Seinfeld method to track your productivity.

The easiest time to write is between 10 pm and 8 a

The easiest time to write is between 10 pm and 8 am.

Almost everyone else is asleep and you’ve got no distractions.  There is no one to bother you.

Start going to bed late or waking up early to do your writing.

3. Free Marketing and Exposure

Once you have a book published and available online, there are thousands of websites that will promote your free book.

It’s also a lot easier to get bloggers, influencers, and customers to talk about and share your book if it’s free.

What Types Of eBooks Sells Best?

Fiction (particularly erotic fiction) is by far the biggest seller in the eBook market, but that doesn’t mean other niches aren’t profitable as well – it’s all about finding your corner.

For example, eBooks on religion and spirituality, and business and success hacks, also tend to do well.

Marketing Your Ebook

There’s a dirty little secret in the traditional publishing world. Publishers usually don’t actively market or promote the vast majority of the books they release. Only those from established best-selling authors get this attention.

But, as an ebook publisher, you’re going to relish having this same control over your marketing and sales strategy. With all the options available, you should have no problem finding a way to get your book title(s) out into the world and grab the attention of potential readers.

I recommend a multichannel approach — approach the marketing from several different angles. One definite channel is social media. Leverage your Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn contacts, and more to get the word out. When the book is published, post it on Facebook with a link back to your website with more information and a way to order, for example.

But it’s not enough to send out one announcement. You have to build buzz around your ebook. Encourage people to tell friends about your ebook and spread the word. Post content related to your book. Create contests. Do giveaways. Get creative with your marketing.

You should also promote your book on your blog, get active in forums related to the topic your book is about and tell people about it, and if you have an email list, be sure to promote it there too.

You might also offer a free chapter of your ebook. That will get readers hooked so that they want more and will buy the rest of the ebook.

The key is to be proactive with your marketing efforts to continually generate buzz and interest for your book.

Also, if you're selling your ebooks on Amazon you can do paid ads directly on Amazon to promote your books to a highly targeted audience based on keyword searches and specific products (like related books).

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