Please HELP! Need Neubie Friendly Guide on Creating a Ebook

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I'm looking for a step by step guide to creating an ebook that covers everything from niche research to how to create the actual ebook and marketing the ebook...Any warriors have suggestions...I need a really good ebook creation guide...Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Don't you see the irony in your question? :rolleyes:

    You are planning to sell an ebook covering EVRYTHING IM... including how to create an ebook - yet, you are asking here the very basic question: how to create an ebook.

    Write it! Write it based on your own knowledge and expertise (and experience).

    Here is a "neubie friendly guide" step by step:

    - turn on your computer
    - open your favourite word processor (like MS Word or OpenOffice Write)
    - come up with original ideas
    - write them down in a clear, echanting manner
    - format the text properly
    - save it (transform it) into a PDF file
    - compress it into a .zip file

    Done. It is that simple
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    • Profile picture of the author Ed Micah
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Don't you see the irony in your question? :rolleyes:

      You are planning to sell an ebook covering EVRYTHING IM... including how to create an ebook - yet, you are asking here the very basic question: how to create an ebook.

      Write it! Write it based on your own knowledge and expertise (and experience).

      Here is a "neubie friendly guide" step by step:

      - turn on your computer
      - open your favourite word processor (like MS Word or OpenOffice Write)
      - come up with original ideas
      - write them down in a clear, echanting manner
      - format the text properly
      - save it (transform it) into a PDF file
      - compress it into a .zip file

      Done. It is that simple
      Istvan got his point there - you are asking how to write an ebook on how to write an ebook ..... hmm
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    • Profile picture of the author Howard Spinney
      I think you people are misunderstanding me...I was asking if there was something available that shows you HOW TO WRITE AN EBOOK...Peroid. I wasn't saying that I wanted to write an ebook on how to write an ebook...How did my simple question get turned around? I'm new but I'm not an idiot...
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      • Profile picture of the author Howard Spinney
        Sorry...I spelled Period wrong...
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      • Profile picture of the author dhudiburg
        I've got a guide that covers everything you should do BEFORE writing an ebook, I think it is a great place for you to start. There are a lot of excellent guides on writing an ebook if you know your audience, mine doesn't cover that.

        I'll PM it to you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by djspinnman View Post

        I wasn't saying that I wanted to write an ebook on how to write an ebook...
        Actually, you did!

        Originally Posted by djspinnman View Post

        I'm looking for a step by step guide to creating an ebook that covers everything from niche research to how to create the actual ebook and marketing the ebook...
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      • Profile picture of the author research
        Originally Posted by djspinnman View Post

        I think you people are misunderstanding me...I was asking if there was something available that shows you HOW TO WRITE AN EBOOK...Peroid. I wasn't saying that I wanted to write an ebook on how to write an ebook...How did my simple question get turned around? I'm new but I'm not an idiot...
        At this point, we have only got your word for it >>.

        And tell me please how many ways can you spell . . . NEUBIE
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        • Profile picture of the author Howard Spinney
          Thanks for the encouragement, buddy...
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        • Profile picture of the author Howard Spinney
          Originally Posted by research View Post

          At this point, we have only got your word for it >>.

          And tell me please how many ways can you spell . . . NEUBIE
          That was a very encouraging comment...
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    • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Write it! Write it based on your own knowledge and expertise (and experience).

      Here is a "neubie friendly guide" step by step:

      - turn on your computer
      - open your favourite word processor (like MS Word or OpenOffice Write)
      - come up with original ideas
      - write them down in a clear, echanting manner
      - format the text properly
      - save it (transform it) into a PDF file
      - compress it into a .zip file

      Done. It is that simple
      Hi Djspinman,

      I believe that Istvan actually answered your question about how to write it. It's good advice.

      Di
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Morgan
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post


      Done. It is that simple
      Easy when you know how
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  • Profile picture of the author rrm
    Originally Posted by djspinnman View Post

    I'm looking for a step by step guide to creating an ebook that covers everything from niche research to how to create the actual ebook and marketing the ebook...Any warriors have suggestions...I need a really good ebook creation guide...Thanks!
    I hope you are in for the long haul. Your ebook is about as adventurous as writing one on health, or science. To do the topic of IM any justice at all and cover the whole genre, the ebook would be HUUUUUUGE! You could write a ton of ebooks on any given IM sub sub sub topic.

    Ron
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    It's not enough to want it... you have to want it enough.

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  • Profile picture of the author dhudiburg
    The punctuation makes it a little confusing but he was just looking for a guide that covers everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gosfield54
    London (UK) based and about to write my ebook - research done, plot developed and ready with laptop and Open Office as my software to kick off. BUT ..... a few questions that I'm hoping someone can help me with .... please!

    1. Do I write the book and THEN do the formatting in OO?
    2. Do I write IN some sort of ebook creation software?
    3. Is Kindle (Amazon) the largest outlet for an ebook - if not, can I format it for Kindle and then still sell it on other sites?

    I am not stupid, but the formatting and various formatting issues leave me baffled!
    I simply want to write the book and then sell it.

    Thanks .....

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author purplecone
      Originally Posted by Gosfield54 View Post

      London (UK) based and about to write my ebook - research done, plot developed and ready with laptop and Open Office as my software to kick off. BUT ..... a few questions that I'm hoping someone can help me with .... please!

      1. Do I write the book and THEN do the formatting in OO?
      2. Do I write IN some sort of ebook creation software?
      3. Is Kindle (Amazon) the largest outlet for an ebook - if not, can I format it for Kindle and then still sell it on other sites?

      I am not stupid, but the formatting and various formatting issues leave me baffled!
      I simply want to write the book and then sell it.

      Thanks .....

      Steve
      Hi, Steve,

      I, too, enjoy writing fiction. Truthfully, the answer to your questions depends on several things. First, regardless which program you choose to write the book in, OpenOffice or Word or some other, most of them will allow you to set up the format before you start writing. If you have written in software that will not allow that, you can copy and paste the text into one that does.

      My software of choice is Word. I have taught Word for several years, and am familiar with how to set it up to do anything I might need to do, including printing multipage books stapled in the center like a 'real' book, and the pages be in the right order. It takes some doing, but it is possible.

      The first, and most important part of writing fiction is to just write it. Don't take time to edit as you go. Wait until it is done, then edit all at once. The only time I don't follow this advice is when I write myself into a corner and have to back up--thankfully, that doesn't happen as often as it once did.

      I am not familiar with the set up for Kindle, but Amazon has some good training materials on how to set it all up. My daughter just published two books of poetry to Kindle. While she enjoys working on a computer, she is not a computer whiz by any means, so I think the training materials must be pretty good.

      For formatting, just decide what you want before you start. What color font, font family, and style will the headings be? Sub-headings? Body text? For best results, use black text on white background.

      Do you want something easy to read on paper or on the screen. A sans serif font like Arial is better for online (probably for Kindle, too), since it does not cause as much eye fatigue as a serif font such as Times New Roman. The rule I teach my students is to use sans serif (Arial or Verdana) for the body of the writing, and a serif font (Times New Roman or Garamond) for the headings.

      Decide where you want the page numbers and the style of page numbers you need. For instance, do you want page numbers in the top corner of the document pages, or the bottom center? Do you want to use only a number, or Page ? of ?, or some other format?

      Are you going to have images? If so, will they be cropped and sized before hand, or will you need to be able to do that in the writing software? Word will do that; I don't know enough about OpenOffice to make a comment on it for that feature.

      Consistency of format is important. If you plan to use color fonts, be selective and don't use too many. Too much color on a written page is distracting, and may turn readers away.

      Since you are using OpenOffice, I am assuming you are familiar with the software. (I know--I take too many things for granted, sometimes.) Basically, the answer to most of your questions is: 1) No, you don't have to have an expensive ebook writing software. 2) Yes, you can write the book and then format it. Or you can set up the formatting, and then write the book. It depends on how you want to do it. 3) I have not worked with Kindle, so I will leave that question for someone else to answer.

      I hope this helped.

      Regards,

      Linda
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  • Profile picture of the author dhudiburg
    Gosfield54, I'm quite sure you are not stupid. You are smart enough to ask for advice before jumping into the writing part of your project.

    Here's my general process for any writing project.

    1) outline (I mind map using Freemind for this)
    2) rough draft of each section/chapter (plow through this FAST, don't edit much at all. Just get stuff down on paper that follows your outline.
    3) Edit and refine
    4) Format
    5) Save as PDF

    As to distribution channels, it depends on your topic. Your reference to "plot" makes me wonder if this is a fiction ebook and not a 'how to' type of ebook such as most people sell here. Can't give advice on that without knowing what kind of book you are writing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gosfield54
      This is not the first book I've written, but it is fiction and it is the first one I want to sell in a ebook format.
      I am more concerned about formatting: I do NOT want to write and then have to format IF I can use software to write 'in' and save that hassle?
      Kindle through Amazon is my preference as the potential sales market is larger.
      The issue I have is formatting. I don't want to spend money on this and I find the advice on offer bewildering (I'm a journalist as well!) as to the different formats and software.
      My nightmare is writing the book and being told "you should have written it in this or that software/format" or "you need to start all over again"!
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by djspinnman View Post

    I'm looking for a step by step guide to creating an ebook that covers everything from niche research to how to create the actual ebook and marketing the ebook...Any warriors have suggestions...I need a really good ebook creation guide...Thanks!
    Check out "Building an E-book Empire" by Tiffany Dow. She is a fellow warrior and really knows her stuff. The actual url is as follows: guide2ebooks.com.

    Good luck,
    Joey
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    • Profile picture of the author Gosfield54
      Thanks but that was the original premise of my contact - NOT to have to pay for a book about formatting!
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  • Profile picture of the author plrwriter
    This might help...

    How to write a how to book

    This is a book about how to write a "How To" book.

    Originally Posted by djspinnman View Post

    I'm looking for a step by step guide to creating an ebook that covers everything from niche research to how to create the actual ebook and marketing the ebook...Any warriors have suggestions...I need a really good ebook creation guide...Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    The best guide I've come across is Jim Edwards' 7 Day Ebook How to Write and Publish your own eBook... in as little as 7 Days (not an affiliate link).
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  • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
    You may want to check out Tiffany Dow's website. She has a lot of tutorials for people who want to create products.

    Originally Posted by djspinnman View Post

    I'm looking for a step by step guide to creating an ebook that covers everything from niche research to how to create the actual ebook and marketing the ebook...Any warriors have suggestions...I need a really good ebook creation guide...Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Writing an ebook is complicated, and you are not a good writer. Besides this fact, it’s very hard to sell an ebook if you are not a known author and if you don’t know how to promote it online.

    First of all, you have to find customers interested on what you want to sell, and write what they want to read.

    Why do you want to face this adventure?

    You can do many other things online.
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