The eBook and info product market is getting bigger every year and showing no signs of slowing down.
If you have a blog and a loyal audience (even a small one), packaging your knowledge into an eBook and selling it directly to your fans can make you a lot of money. Thousands of bloggers, freelancers and experts in different industries are already doing it.
But what separates the most successful eBook sellers from the rest is their sales strategy. If you already have a quality eBook, you just need a few other pieces in place to create a massively successful eBook sales strategy.
How exactly can you do that? Here are few ideas for you.
Note from Bamidele: I was chatting with Jawad Khan on Skype the other day, and in the midst of our discussion he sent me the following message: “Great… I still smile, when I see the first ever email I sent you when I was just starting out… your blog helped me a lot… I’ve been making good money for the last 2-3 years now… you helped me start so I’ll always remember that :)”
Upon reading Jawad’s message, I was filled with two emotions: happiness and curiosity. I was happy for Jawad — because of what he was able to achieve, especially as a non-native English writer. Naturally, I prodded him for more information and here are some highlights since Jawad became a freelance writer.
In his own words:
“I paid off $30,000 in debt.”
“I bought a brand new car.”
“I completely renovated my house (big expense).”
“I got married :D”
“And above all, getting clients is not a problem anymore.”
Jawad typically makes $5,000 – $7,000 monthly from freelance writing, but he’s had a few $10,000 months.
Now, if that isn’t success, what is? I mean, if building a house, buying a car, paying off a significant debt, and getting married thanks to earnings from freelance writing isn’t success, what is?
Every day, many people come online to make a living as a writer — hoping to enjoy the freedom they desire by engaging themselves in content writing jobs from the comfort of their homes. Naturally, the first option they get introduced to is sites like Upwork (formerly oDesk), Guru and Freelancer.com — often unaware that there are better alternatives to sites like Upwork.
Instead of freedom, they get slavery.
It’s not long before they realize that they are running another rat race. They quickly discover that they are stuck in a never-ending hamster wheel of servitude to “clients,” with nothing to show for it. The “earn a good living by doing content writing jobs from home” dream they’ve been sold suddenly seems like an illusion.
This is bad. I strongly believe that to make a good living as a freelance writer, you need to think beyond Upwork, Guru, Freelancer.com and so called “freelance bidding sites.” You need to look for reliable, better-paying alternatives to these sites.
Francesca has always loved writing. So when she graduated from college in 2009 she knew that she wanted to write for a living. She moved to LA and applied to all the movie studios in the hope of landing a job as a screenwriter only to realize that no one wanted to hire a recent college grad with no previous work experience.
However, Francesca didn’t give up, and today she is an established writer who makes a living doing what she loves.
How did she go from being unable to get paid for writing to charging $300 to $400 per article?
Apparently, 2,000 years ago, a (bored?) scientist decided to mix together a few items that were commonly found in the kitchen in those days. When these items (charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter) were mixed and compressed in a bamboo, it created an explosion.
Now, we don’t know whether this cook eventually got to keep his job, but his invention 2,000 years ago is a great source of happiness (and money!) for many people today.
A bored cook’s mistake is the reason we have fireworks today.
So what does accidentally inventing fireworks have to do with making a living as a freelance writer?
Two years ago, I made a “mistake.” Somebody contacted me to express interest in advertising on my blog. Considering that I don’t do adverts on my blog, I had gotten hundreds of similar requests in the past that I turned down or plain ignored. This day, though, I didn’t know what hit me. I made a mistake and did contrary to what I had been doing all the while. This mistake, though, resulted in $1,200 in income in a single day. Two years later, it has netted me six figures in freelance writing income.
Exactly what happened? A client sent the following email to me…
I'm Bamidele Onibalusi, a young writer and blogger. I believe writers are unique and highly talented individuals that should be given the respect they deserve. This blog offers practical advice to help you become truly in charge of your writing career.