Over here on my side of the screen, while you weren’t looking, I’ve been scrambling to update my ebooks. And while most of us haven’t been looking, the consumption if you will of ebooks continues to explode.
John Soares has done our homework for us with his post, 2010 Sales Figures for Books and E-books.
The good news is that overall printed book sales have increased in spite of the economic turn down. and slow recovery. It’s worth noting that the growth has been in the low single digits – growth, but hardly spectacular.
Ebook sales have, well, exploded – up some 164.4 percent last year. They’ve also increased significantly as a percentage of the trade book market, reaching 8.32 percent, more than a 5 percent increase from the year before.
Does this mean you should be writing? Probably. At least you should become familiar with the process.
Ebooks for Clients
It’s amazing how many of your clients might benefit from having an ebook to offer on their website. And most of them never think of it. You can pitch the idea and land an additional writing gig for yourself.
Here are some of the best reasons for ebooks:
- A short ebook as a give-a-way is a dynamite way to build an email list. That’s why I give away one here and at WritingWithVision.
- An ebook or e-report is an efficient way to get specific information to prospects. Ebooks don’t have to be the 200 pages or so a trade book or printed book needs to be. For example, a series of ebooks could be used to describe each service someone offers.
- Ebooks can become a revenue stream.
- Ebooks properly done build credibility.
It’s easy for you to suggest an ebook or ebook series to a client. You could even write a one page proposal, or find an ebook on a competitor’s site and use that to demonstrate the need.
And yes, you’ll occasionally find ads asking for writers to create ebooks. As always, be sure you only apply for those that pay enough and be sure to get a third or a half up front.
Ebooks For Yourself
As a writer you’re in an ideal position to write an ebook for yourself. The reasons you might want to write your own ebooks is not all that different from why your clients might want to, but I think the emphasis is probably different.
Here’s how I see it:
- It’s easy (or fairly) for you to write an ebook.
- Ebooks can create residual income – this is my favorite reason.
- An ebook can make an ideal sample – and just the fact that you’ve got one builds credibility.
Of course, if you’re going to write an ebook you’ll need to market it. That starts with your own website, or, depending on the topic, a website for the ebook.
An ebook is an ideal project for a freelance writer.
Shameless self-promotion: You can get information and even buy my ebook on ebooks here.