Starting the eBook Project


The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead by mkrigsman, on Flickr

OK, good people, here we go. Starting a new arc of posts, in this case following my progress as I learn how to publish an eBook. Since my friend Berni told us that real is the new black, transparency is the way to go! Are you with me on this journey? The road ahead might be a little bumpy, but what a glorious vista in the distance!

The first thing I am going to do is do some reading, of what else, eBooks on the subject! The first one I’m looking at is Pat Flynn’s eBooks the Smart Way. The only way to acquire this book is to sign up for Pat’s email list, in which case you get it for free. If you are interested in this subject, it’s not a hardship to receive Pat’s newsletter. He’s got a fascinating story – started life as an architect, made a website to teach himself the LEED exam, got laid off and came back to the website to find many people were using his notes for their own LEED exams. So he made an eBook, sold it online for a few bucks, and now he’s a very successful online entrepreneur. Of course, if you find his newsletter uninteresting, you can always unsubscribe again.

Another book I’m going to read is Guy Kawasaki’s APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book. This link will take you to the Kindle version, but you can also get it in print. I guess that means it’s not really an eBook, but it’s a great introduction to self-publishing. Guy Kawasaki is the original Silicon Valley guy, he’s written lots of very successful books, and now he’s doing it himself and sharing his knowledge with others. Very cool.

Finally, I recommend you listen to the Fizzle Show’s podcast on Tools and Resources, Part 1. Well, you should listen to Part 2, as well, but this one really made me get off my butt and start doing this thing. Thanks, guys.

Of course, I also have to have something to write about! I’m still debating that part, but I’m sure it will develop along the way, and I’m open to ideas. If you want to be the first to know, sign up for my newsletter now!

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