What I Learned from Launching My First eBook

My first eBook launch was scary.

I hadn’t gone through the process of writing and putting out an eBook for sale. Even though it wasn’t the first eBook that I wrote; I had written a few free eBooks for lead magnets. Let me remind you that selling an eBook is entirely different from just producing an eBook for the lead magnet.

Now, everything has changed.

The sweaty palms, nervousness, and panicking have gone. In fact, I’m thrilled to launch my second eBook.

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The purpose of writing this blog post is to share what I learned along the way so that it could help you out. Without any further ado, let’s dive into the main part. Here are some of the best things I learned from launching my first eBook:

1. Confidence and Self-belief

I genuinely thought that I might not be able to pull this off before launching my first eBook. During my research about the process of launching, I learned from different writers and self-publishing experts that you have to put it out and proceed with it. So I figured out that if I don’t go through it, I won’t learn new things, and eventually, I won’t be able to improve.

Then, the day came when I released my first eBook on Amazon. It gave me loads of confidence that I could use in the upcoming eBooks. After successfully releasing the first eBook, I realized that it wasn’t scary at all and I can surely do this.

2. eBooks Types

Before launching the eBook, I always thought that Amazon sells PDF-format eBooks, but when I went on to launch the eBook, I figured out that the Kindle version is different from the PDF version. Therefore, PDF and Kindle are two different types of eBooks.

In fact, sometimes opportunities come with challenges. I found out that Amazon Kindle App (on Android) isn’t available in Pakistan. It means the audience from Pakistan might not be able to access my Kindle eBook. So after preparing myself for the Amazon Kindle version, I decided to put out a PDF version too. My first eBook “How to Start Freelancing When You Have Zero Experience” is available in both PDF and Kindle formats.

3. Discovered Other Platforms

When Amazon Kindle App (on Android) wasn’t available in Pakistan, I decided to look out for the alternatives. Then, I found Kobo; an alternative to Amazon. It’s another platform for eBooks and audiobooks. I instantaneously installed that app on my smartphone and tested it. It’s a fantastic platform and a great alternative to Amazon Kindle App.

Later on, I stumbled upon other eBooks and audiobooks platforms such as Scribd, AudioBooks, and BookBub.

4. Kindle Select

Kindle Select is an Amazon Kindle’s exclusive 90-day program which pushes your Kindle book to the Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL). Not only does it help you reach the wider audience through Amazon’s network, but it also provides you with the ability to offer limited time discount or free eBooks downloading for the promotional purpose.

The most important part of the Kindle Select is that when your eBook is enrolled in KDP Select, you can’t sell it elsewhere. Once the 90-day period is over, then you can publish your book on other platforms.

5. eBook Branding

I’m a big fan of creative designing, and thus, I paid attention to the eBook branding. In fact, people gave me very positive feedback on the first-look of my eBook. I used a casual font for the front cover, and above all, I used the digit zero as a logo that attracted a lot of people. I learned that the name, book cover, color scheme, and the font matter a lot. Therefore, I’ll be taking care of the branding-part even more in the future.

Bonus Lesson: eBook Preparation

I learned another lesson from Sue Dunlevie’s free webinar that you must prepare your eBook in 24 hours. The idea was to make it happen so that it doesn’t take months to get it done. However, I didn’t write my eBook in 24 hours, but it took me a few days to finish it off.

Sue was right. We must create the product quickly, especially the eBook when we have the idea of it. I did that, and it helped me.

The Bottom Line

Besides, if I add my two cents into this, then I would say a lot of you might get stuck in the ideation phase before getting started. So choose the topic you know better and put aside everything else. If you’re scrolling through a list of ideas in your mind, then stop screwing yourself over and get to the topic you know very well.

Your voice should be authentic, confident, and helpful in the eBook.

You’ll be fine.

Once your first eBook goes live, you’ll be so relieved and proud that you have done it.

When my first eBook went live, I wasn’t looking at the sales. Instead, my goal was to go through that process of eBook launching and to learn new things.

Trust me; I did learn a lot of things. And, I tried to share with you as well.

What have you learned from this blog post about the eBook launch?

Let me know in the comments below.

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