must have tools for creating & selling ebooks

Got a hankering to write your own ebook, digital guide, or virtual workbook? I don’t blame you. It’s a great way to spread your ideas, buck the traditional publishing system, and get some money flowing into your business.

But how do you create your own ebook? And, more importantly, what tools do you use to sell your own ebook?

Below you’ll find the (very few!) tools I use to create & sell my digital guides. By & large, these tools are extremely inexpensive and worth every penny – and probably a few thousand dollars more.

I’m a Mac so I use Pagesavailable in the App store for $19.99 – to format, design, & convert to PDF. Pages is great because it’s actually designed to be a page layout tool – not just a word processor. Finally, Pages allows you to export to ePub format, meaning iDevice users can read your work right in fully-featured iBooks.

Of course, you can use Microsoft Word for this part of the process, as well. And I’ve even heard of people using Google Docs to do create their ebooks. It’s free & has many of the same functions as Word.

I use e-Junkie to sell the ebooks. e-Junkie will walk you through the process of uploading the product, naming it, pricing it, etc… You can even customize the email that gets sent to buyers and even suggest additional products.

Best of all, e-Junkie starts at $5 per month. Meaning you’d have to sell zero books to lose any money on it.

e-Junkie works with PayPalmy choice of payment processor! – to allow people to check out seamlessly. e-Junkie also allows you to establish an affiliate program so that friends, satisfied customers, and enthusiastic strangers can help you sell your product.

For a step up, you might want to check out 1shoppingcart which comes with a lot more features (for a much bigger price tag, too).

Other tools you might find handy dandy in the ebook writing process:

  • Ommwriter – an app that gets you into a focused, zen environment for writing (now available for PC!)
  • Calendar – put deadlines, dedicated writing time, launch dates on whatever calendar program you use
  • Evernote – jot down notes, record inspiration, and cite sources using this web clipping app
  • Mind Mapping software – lots of resources available for this (here’s an example), really helpful for brain dumping!

This post was inspired by a question from Nicole at The Wardrobe Code!

Rennaisance Woman: Managing Multiple Businesses Like It’s Your Job, Cause It Is

This morning, Aycee asked me, “How can I juggle 2 creative businesses?”

It’s a question I get asked a lot. We’re people of varied interests, with a slew of talents. We don’t want to get pinned down to any particular thang.

So instead of specializing, we branch out. Every new idea has a new name, a new domain, a new blog, and a new Twitter handle. And somewhere along the line, we get dazed and confused. And despite having the much-coveted “multiple streams of income,” we have no money.

My title is misleading. I’m not going to explain how to manage multiple businesses. I’m going to show you how your business is all one.

Bold statement: Your business, no matter how diverse, if run [almost] entirely by you, is one business. Not many. Solopreneurs have solo businesses.

“Now, hold on there one crazy minute,” you might say. “Tara, it sure looks like you have multiple businesses.”

Let the showing commence.

I have multiple products. I have ebooks, teaching programs, a digital zine called Scoutie Girl, a business forum in partnership with Megan Auman, and coaching services. I talk about everything from productivity to better blogging to designing a website to email marketing to being a mom to being a breadwinner.

But when it comes down to it, I sell artist-entrepreneur support programs.

I have one business, around one central character (me!), and one grounding mission:

I work with big thinking artists-of-all-sorts who struggle with how to earn a good living from their art. I riff, strategize, and conceive of fresh ways of doing business that leave my clients feeling rejuvenated, their businesses revolutionized. I arm artists with confidence & freedom while removing their fears & stagnation.

You might have a blog here, an Etsy shop there, and a service business around the corner but they are all products of your central mission. Think of them that way and your job as entrepreneur suddenly becomes clear.

And those things that just don’t fit? No matter how hard you cram them into your mission box? Maybe it’s time to reevaluate.

If you have multiple businesses, your task for today isn’t to figure out a new way to market one of them or to write a new blog post for the other, it’s to discover, deep down, what it is that ties these “businesses” together as “products.” What is your overall message & mission that allows your products to function independently?

Need a hand? Book a session with me or try Dyana Valentine’s Pitch Perfect program.