The 30 Day Marketing Boot Camp for Freelance Writers

Free E-book Marketing Secrets Course

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on December 16, 2007 in E-books, Writers' Resources
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Since a few readers have expressed an interest in writing and selling e-books recently, here's a free course on e-book marketing you may be interested in:

E-book Marketing Secrets

The course is an eight-part opt-in email course, offered by Writer2Writer.com.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I royally screwed up the marketing of my first e-book and learned a lot from the process. If you're considering writing an e-book, don't make the mistakes I made. Learn as much as you can about e-book marketing up front.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.

She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.


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15 Comments

  1. Jessica Mousseau December 16, 2007 Reply

    I’ll give it a try ;)

  2. Kathleen December 16, 2007 Reply

    This is probably a dumb question, but how do you go about writing an e-book? Do you use a particular program? I keep thinking I’d like to do one but I am not sure how to start.

    (I feel like such a dunce around all of you so I appreciate everyone’s patience with me)

  3. Jessica Mousseau December 16, 2007 Reply

    It’s just like an article, just a electronic version of a book — can be any length :) — Not as complicated as it sounds.

  4. Jennifer Mattern December 16, 2007 Reply

    Don’t feel like a dunce. We all had to start with our first, we all make mistakes, we all have questions, and we all grow along the way. :)

    I just use Word to write it, and then convert it to PDF personally.

  5. Diana December 17, 2007 Reply

    I do the same. Write the whole thing on Word and then use pdf995 (a free program) to convert to pdf. If you’re not sure what an e-book is supposed to look like (in terms of content), I suggest downloading a few (try the free ones Jenn is offering here) and study them regarding length, topics covered, etc.

    Here’s the link to the program: www.pdf995.com

  6. Jessica Mousseau December 17, 2007 Reply

    PDFONLINE.COM — is my baby :)

  7. Diana December 17, 2007 Reply

    There are actually many programs you can use to convert to pdf, so a quick search would give you a lot of options. That should be the least of your worries! Once you have the e-book ready to sell, you can then convert in a matter of seconds.

  8. Kathleen December 17, 2007 Reply

    Well, that sounds pretty simple. :) I have several e-books that pertain to writing in general so I have an idea of the layout and such. I was thinking I’d like to do a garden related e-book since that is one of the topics that I frequently write on.

    Hmm. Maybe now I have something to put on my goals list. :)

    Thanks everyone!

  9. Jennifer Mattern December 17, 2007 Reply

    I know some of the free options don’t allow you to include links or other features. What about the ones you’re mentioning? Do they have any limitations? I’ve always used Acrobat directly, so I’m not familiar with these ones, but they’d be good to include in an article series for conversions if they’re full-featured.

  10. Jessica Mousseau December 17, 2007 Reply

    PDFONLINE you can have ANYTHING on it — I have URLs on the files I convert and they send them almost instant to your email. It’s my love.

  11. Diana December 18, 2007 Reply

    No limitations with pdf995. The only thing is that every time you use it, you see an advertising page (this is only for you, when you start the program –people who open the final pdf see nothing like this).

  12. Jessica Mousseau December 18, 2007 Reply

    I will definitely try that one too to see if it’s better.

  13. Diana December 19, 2007 Reply

    PDF online requires an internet connection at all times, right? PDF995 is something you download to your computer and works through your printer driver (you don’t actually need a printer). Very cool system.

  14. Jessica Mousseau December 19, 2007 Reply

    Oh ok, yes it’s online —- interesting…

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