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How writing an ebook could change your life

We hear a lot about the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and the like. But there is another revolution going on that is also highly significant –perhaps particularly so as far as you personally are concerned. It’s called the e-book.

I hate to admit it. After all I've loved print books with deep passion for nearly 80 years. I love the feel of them. I love the smell of them.

Throughout my life books have given me new vision and inspired me with a sense of happiness and freedom. When I was a young fellow I carried around a copy of Walt Whitman's poems in my pocket for two years. But the e-book is a real game changer.

Why? Because it means it's easy now for anyone of any age -- whether you think you have writing ability or not -- to create and publish a book for other people to read.

You can earn a nice income from an e-book

With an e-book you can do so many things. Most importantly, you can give your gift -- express your own unique spirit. You can share your love for a particular hobby or passion. You can share your philosophy of life. You can write about your experiences traveling, or making wine, or growing up. You can publish a book that will help people take better care of their dogs or cats.

You can share how you overcame a major challenge in your life. Or how you blossomed. You can write about how you overcame a health crisis, or a financial crisis. And last but not least, you can potentially make a nice income from an e-book that will last through time.

How so? Because, as my friend Mary Jaksch, of Goodlife Zen, points out in a new post, “You have experience and knowledge that would be helpful to others.”

What a journey. From traditional publishing to self-publishing -- and now e-books

I'm a former reporter who later became an author of five books. I got a shot at being an author when self-publishing arrived on the scene. Boy, what excitement.

I self-published an animal fable named The Raven Who Spoke With God in 2001. To my immense surprise and delight, it was picked up by an established publisher in Barcelona named Ediciones B. They published it in a beautiful hardcover edition that sold more than 4000 copies, and the book was later published in ten other foreign language editions.

But while a print book has its advantages, for sure, I have to admit that e-books are so much more versatile. So much easier to produce – and to buy. So much less expensive. Yes. With these newfangled readers -- Kindle, Nook and so forth – I have to admit they are probably a perfect fit for our fast-moving culture.

I'm planning on doing an ebook in the very near future, containing a mix of new material and extracts from favorite posts. And you can join this new generation of authors if you choose, thanks to this digital revolution.

Don't worry whether your writing is good enough

Here's another quote from Mary’s blog. She's talking about the question that arises for a lot of people when they think about the possibility of writing a book. “Is my writing good enough?"

Says Mary: “The good news is that you don't have to be a top-notch writer to create a successful in e-book. There are many low cost freelance editors out there who can take what you write and shine it up for you. The whole e-book thing is a lot easier than you think. I found that the best way to learn to write is by doing it. The act of writing helps you to improve the way you express yourself."

Taking the mystery out of e-books

I agree with Mary entirely. We learn by doing. If you're interested in this idea of writing an e-book, you may like to know that Mary and her friend Leo Babauta have launched a new program called EBOOK MASTERY that takes the mystery out of this endeavor. It’s a step-by-step, three-week online bootcamp on how to create an e-book.


Best wishes, and if you have any questions about ebooks or writing don't hesitate to contact me. As always I'd much appreciate any thoughts on the above post (contains affiliate links). 

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

noch November 15, 2011 at 7:03 am

i’ve been debating traditional publishing or e book or self publishing for my book …. thanks for more food for thought 🙂
noch recently posted..“do you need a retirement coach?”


Christopher Foster November 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Good to hear from you Noch. I can’t remember, have you finished your book? What’s the title?


nel November 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Thankyou Christopher, you gave me the nudge I need. I has just written in my brand new 2012 diary (January 1 page) “start book” which is something I do each year and end up, as a freelance journalist rushing from one deadline to the next, never getting around to doing (this has been going on for years!) Now I think I shall finally
follow your advice and get cracking. You never fail to inspire.


Christopher Foster November 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Oh dear Nel. I almost wish I hadn’t seen this comment, you mention you’re already working on a 2012 diary? how can this be? What happened to this year, where did it go?
Just kidding. Very happy to hear from you, and may 2012 bring you lots of success and happiness. Looks like you live in Australia?


nel November 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Thanks Christopher, the 2012 diary is merely a home tool for not forgetting kids’ appointments etc. I am not really that much of a planner 🙂 Yes, I live in Australia.


Geraldine@ProductCreationBlog November 21, 2011 at 4:39 am

Hi Christopher,

I agree with you. Making and selling your own ebook can be a steady source of income. And many writers are audacious enough to venture into self-publishing whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. As we can see, when you create an ebook, you are not only a writer but a marketer as well. The internet itself offers opportunity for those brave enough who make their ideas happen.

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Dr. Robert Doebler January 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

Writing an e-book is really beneficial in terms of online business. It can be given as a freebie whenever they like your Facebook page thus increasing your followers, site traffic and strengthening your online credibility.


Christopher Foster January 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

That’s such a great idea. Thanks. I have a free ebook I offer at the blog, but I could offer it at my new facebook page too couldn’t I. Writing an ebook I can charge for is high on my priority list in the next month or two. Best wishes to you Robert.


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