Writing my first eBook - Help!

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Hi warriors!
Im totally new to this forum and pretty new to running my online business and need help. Ive written an eBook in word and I now need to know what to use to make it look pretty!!
Ive asked Dr Google - but total overwhelm, so any advice would be great.
Thanks. Amber
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by ambermuller View Post

    Hi warriors!
    Im totally new to this forum and pretty new to running my online business and need help. Ive written an eBook in word and I now need to know what to use to make it look pretty!!
    Ive asked Dr Google - but total overwhelm, so any advice would be great.
    Thanks. Amber
    At this point you need to convert your file to a PDF... Do you have Microsoft Publisher on your computer? from there you can import your text add images headers and footers and make a pretty nice PDF.. There WILL BE a learning curve, but in the long run worth every minute of frustration - trust me! LOL

    Other than that.. its time to send the project out to upworks or fiver or the like. OR:

    https://www.google.com/search?source...31.i1q8xhH-k98
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    • Profile picture of the author ambermuller
      Thanks so much for that. I do have publisher so will give that a go. I will also look into Fiverr though, i have used them before and found them really good.
      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    Originally Posted by ambermuller View Post

    Hi warriors!
    Im totally new to this forum and pretty new to running my online business and need help. Ive written an eBook in word and I now need to know what to use to make it look pretty!!
    Ive asked Dr Google - but total overwhelm, so 've any advice would be great.
    Thanks. Amber
    Hi Amber, lots of great software to help you, IF you need it.

    Although I've used a lot of it before (prefer ebook Maestro Pro)...many of the over 70 ebooks I've published were created in Open Office and exported to a pdf file.

    The reason for MY simplicity, it is what my market has come to accept. BUT, if I were writing for a general population or a particular niche, I would use what that market is used to seeing, and more importantly used to BUYING.

    So, start there, with your customer, IF the ebook is to be sold. We don't know what your intent is. Some use ebooks as a loss leader or lead generation device to get people onto a list or to visit their web sites.

    BEGIN WITH INTENT.

    Yea, I have a one track mind mantra. INTENT. What do you want this work to do? For who?

    Where and how will they come across your work, and what REACTION do you want from them?

    PRETTY, isn't always necessary, and may even be detrimental to your intent. Many an ugly, simple work has sold very well, so CONTENT and the context it has to your marketplace come into play.

    MOST of the top software in the list at the top 10 site will give you "pretty", if you have the time to learn how to use it, and bring out all of the functions, features and tools.

    If you care to share, maybe we can be of better service to you, but if all you want is a software solution, there are many out there. Good luck.

    GordonJ
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    • Profile picture of the author ambermuller
      Wow GordonJ thank you for taking the time to write all of that back to me. Im so happy ive found this forum. So My intention is to use this ebook as a lead magnet. I hve checked out a few of the software options. But for this one i decided to get someone on fiverr to do the pretty!! However ill check out maestro pro as Ive really enjoyed writing and would like to do more... Not 77 though. Well done for that, thats huge.
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  • To make your ebook stands out:
    1. Get some really good images from website like dreamstime.com
    2. Use simple font and color scheme to make it clean and neat.
    3. Get a designer to make a nice eBook cover to increase the perceived value.
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    There are lots of people on fiverr willing to work for nothing and some of them do a good job, do your research. However one thin you have to be careful with when you hire penny workers is their end product might contain copyrighted and trademarked images and the like. It's a gamble. Do your research on the penny worker before you hire a penny worker on sites like that.


    Also, as far as converting to PDF, Word has the ability to save word docs as PDF.
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    You can hire someone to help you with your ebook, that should make things easier for you. You can also try looking at Upwork, I've only good things to say about that platform.
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