How to Discover If Your E-Book Idea Will Sell - Before You Actually Write It

Written by Joe Vitale

Jim Edwards sent out a survey about e-books. He asked a variety of questions. Butrepparttar number one thing everyone wanted to know was this: "How do I find out if my e-book will sell---before I write it?"

Obviously, that's a great question. If anyone could accurately determinerepparttar 108450 salability of an e-book before it was written, that person could be a billionaire. Every aspiring author would hire him, or her, to judge their idea.

The truth is, there is no guaranteed way to 100% accurately test an idea for an e-book before you actually begin to sell it. Yes, you can run ads for your e-book and see if it will fly or not. But that's not totally accurate. Or guaranteed. And if people buy and you don't deliver that e-book within 30 days, it's also illegal.

But there *is* a way to massively improverepparttar 108451 odds of your e-book being somethingrepparttar 108452 public will want. This is something you can do right now, before you write a word of your e-book.

Let me explain this system to you:

I researchedrepparttar 108453 1800s to write my book on P.T. Barnum.

I researchedrepparttar 108454 1920s to write my book on Bruce Barton.

I researchedrepparttar 108455 last 150 years to write my book on ads.

And I've been researching ancient Roman history to write a forthcoming book on old world marketing practices. What I discovered inrepparttar 108456 most unforgettable way is that in every era, people wantedrepparttar 108457 exact same things.

People never change. They will always haverepparttar 108458 same basic desires. Technology will change. People won't. Today we have e-books. That's a new technology. Yet what people want to read in those e-books will remainrepparttar 108459 same as always. Human desires are hard-wired into our DNA.

That's good. By knowing what people want, you can profit from their desires. And since their desires are predictable, your ability to make money from your ideas just got a lot more bankable, as well.

So, what exactly do people want to read about?

First,repparttar 108460 top three general categories are these: Food, sex, and money.

There will *always* be a market for new cookbooks, new books on love, and new books on ways to make money. That will never change. Ever. So if you have an idea that fits in one of those categories---and if it's a new spin on existing ideas---you may have a wining race horse.

Second, Jim Edwards and I identifiedrepparttar 108461 TOP Ten tried and true subjects for e-books in our own e-book, "How to Write and Publish Your Own e-Book in as little as 7 Days."

Our own research proves these ten resaons are just as reliable asrepparttar 108462 three more general ones that I discovered. These arerepparttar 108463 subjects people will *always* want to know about. Since those subjects are listed in our e-book, I won't discuss them here.

Third, after Jim and I wrote our e-book, we discovered 16 more subjects that people always want to know about. These, too, are proven hot buttons for people. When I reviewed my studies fromrepparttar 108464 last several years, I realized that these 16 topics are things people will always want to know more about, too. Here they are:

"E-book Theft: What To Do When It Happens To You"

Written by Milana Leshinsky

Checking my e-mail one Sunday morning, I immediately noticed a message. A chill went down my spine. The subject line said, "your e-book has been stolen".

I always knew something like this could happen, but never thought it would happen to me... and so soon! I have only released my e-book a few months ago, and alreadyrepparttar "digital pirates" went to work.

E-book theft isrepparttar 108449 biggest fear authors have, especially if they are working on their very first e-book, their "baby". Most new authors take months writing their e-books, and are worried that as soon as their e-book "hits"repparttar 108450 Web, it will be stolen, copied, illegally sold, or even given away.

I. How exactly does an e-book get stolen?

Sharing computer files between friends, family members and colleagues is not a new concept. People have been doing it for decades. But now that they can do it remotely,repparttar 108451 number of files shared (e-books and software) has greatly increased.

This is notrepparttar 108452 authors' main concern, though.

It'srepparttar 108453 people who get their hands on your e-book and make money reselling it to others in some shape or form. An e-book may be copied, re-written, extracted from, packaged with other e-books, and illegally sold on thieves' web sites.

The worst case, though, is when a thief decides to really make a big chunk of money on your e-book and offers Resale Rights to his customers. This simply means that anybody who buys your e-book from him will also be "allowed" to resell it to others.

Nowrepparttar 108454 Internet is literally flooded with your e-book, and you begin to notice a huge drop in sales AND your income. Every author's worst nightmare.

II. Why would anyone risk getting caught?

While e-books are extremely easy to publish, they are just as easy to steal. "Digital pirates" know it, and take this risk in exchange for making a few bucks (well, actually "my" thief claimed to have made over $10,000 selling my e-books. To this day I don't know if this is accurate, but I am sure it turned out quite profitable for him).

Most people who steal other people's digital products have no respect or appreciation for hard work and talent it takes to produce a quality product. "You put a few words together and now charging $50 for it!", complainedrepparttar 108455 thief in one of his messages to me. (How ironic - I thought it was my place to complain!)

An e-book is mostly prone to theft when 2 things are true:

a) The topic is hot and in demand, so it will be easy to make money selling it.

b) If you sell Master Reprint Rights to your e-book, which makes it difficult to track who resells it legally and who has not paid forrepparttar 108456 rights to sell it.

(See more about Reprint Rights at:

III. What steps to take when it happens to you?

If you have just discovered that your e-book is being illegally sold on another web site, stop. Take a deep breath. Has your e-book been really stolen? Go through this list to rule each situation out:

a) You sold Reprint Rights to this person and forgot about it b) This merchant simply sells a demo version of your e-book c) This merchant has purchased Reprint Rights from one of your authorized reseller (who holdsrepparttar 108457 Master Rights to your e-book) d) The e-book has a similar title and content, but is not YOUR e-book. e) The seller may be not aware that he is infringing on your rights, and is selling your e-book by mistake (this is onlyrepparttar 108458 case if you offer Reprint Rights to your e-book)

If you ruled every item on this list, it's time to take action.

1) Find outrepparttar 108459 name ofrepparttar 108460 person who is reselling your e-book. You can do this by doing a "Whois" search on Network Solutions web site ( The search will reveal to yourepparttar 108461 name ofrepparttar 108462 person who registeredrepparttar 108463 domain name forrepparttar 108464 illegal site, his e-mail address, mailing address, and a phone number. There is no guarantee that this information is 100% accurate, but it's worth a try.

Your perpetrator's web site may also contain his name and e-mail address. Your first step is to send him a polite but firm message. Ask for an explanation, and wait 24 hours for his reply. If you do not get a response, or he refuses to remove your e-book from his web site, move on torepparttar 108465 next step.

2) Find outrepparttar 108466 name ofrepparttar 108467 hosting company, domain name registrar, andrepparttar 108468 Internet Service Provider (ISP). The hosting company may be listed under Technical Contact when you dorepparttar 108469 "Whois" search, or under "Domain Servers" atrepparttar 108470 bottom ofrepparttar 108471 listing. It may look something like this: NS181.PAIR.COM. Enter this address into your Internet browser location bar and you will see that this site belongs to

The ISP may be located right inrepparttar 108472 person's e-mail address. For example, ifrepparttar 108473 e-mail is, thenrepparttar 108474 ISP is Ifrepparttar 108475 web address is hosted by a free hosting company (e.g. then grabrepparttar 108476 phone number of their customer service or even a fraud department.

Contact as many of these agencies as possible to inform them ofrepparttar 108477 situation. Firmly ask them to suspend their services for this client. Always be calm and polite in your first message.

Charles Petit, an attorney andrepparttar 108478 webmaster of says that "Some ISPs... claim that they will not take any action without seeingrepparttar 108479 certificate of copyright registration. Don't believe them. This is really just lawyerese for "we won't resolve disputed copyrights." The United States Copyright Law (17 U.S.C. section 512) makesrepparttar 108480 ISP responsible once notified ofrepparttar 108481 infringement in writing, and is signed "under penalty of perjury." The copyright need not have been registered at all, mentions Mr.Petit. "It is required only for a lawsuit, and late registration only limitsrepparttar 108482 remedies available in court."

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