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6. There's hope in future! Ebooks are just getting started. Ebook writers have ability to adapt their content to their audience and create an interactive element. Hyperlinks help with quick navigation to important resources on web. I believe, in future, eBooks will gravitate to become truly interactive medium they are -- content that allows audience to explore topic as superficially or as deep as they want. Imagine if you publish a fantasy novel and have hyperlinks to maps of world you created just a click away? Or, like thousands of DVD's, what if you create links to a website that has a "behind scenes" look into writing process? Or what about scenes you loved but didn't fit into eBook's plot? Why not show reader what you edited out?
7. Success is possible, with time, MJ Rose's eBook, Lip Service, garnered many great reviews, sales, and future print publishing contracts. In MJ's latest eBook, Buzz Your Book, she mentions that Angela Hoy, makes several thousand dollars with her eBooks on a monthly basis. These success stories took time (months and years) to create -- but now these women have become "eBook legends." It turns out that self-published eBooks can pay off! (You can find out more about MJ Rose at http://www.mjrose.com/ and Angela Hoy at http://www.writersweekly.com)
If You're Considering Jumping On Bandwagon
The internet has changes way self-publishers market. There are websites, email discussion lists, and communities dedicated to help independent writer get into print. Where once self-publishers missed out on support of an editor or publishing house, they now have opportunity to participate in a quickly growing community.
Is self-publishing an eBook right for you? Here are a few questions to help you decide:
1. Do you have an idea -- or manuscript -- for a good book? 2. Do you ENJOY networking with writers and publishers on web? 3. Are you INTERESTED in learning new ways to promote yourself? 4. Do you have time and resources to DIY? (do it yourself?) 5. Are you prepared to learn a lot of information and apply it on a daily basis?
If answers to these questions are "yes" or "maybe", there are also resources online you'll want to check out before you begin your project. Here are a few to get you started:
Self-Publishing Discussion List (sponsored by SPAN) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Self-Publishing/
AnEBookChat -- Discussion List for eBook Writers (Experienced and Newbies) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AnEBookChat/
Series of Articles with Many eBook-related Links "Become an E-Book Author -- .......Selling Your Knowledge" by Edward Toupin http://www.webwritingbuzz.com oupin1.html
eBook Web -- Resources, articles, and tips http://www.ebookweb.org
Melissa Brewer is a full-time freelance writer and author of The Writer's Online Survival Guide, available at http://www.webwritingbuzz.com. She hosts a website for professional freelance writers and she publishes a free weekly newsletter, The Web Writing Buzz, featuring articles on freelancing, writing jobs and publishing news from around the web.