Well, it's not exactly an ebook, but I published a magazine both online and in print, back in 2007, and then again in 2008 and 2009. The first issue was actually a massive success, because I managed to get many powerful writers to help promote the magazine, but then it kind of died away with the second and third issues...
But I did learn a few things. Firstly, a fixed website will help you find new readers for years to come. Even when I stopped promoting the magazine, people would keep finding it, reading it, and sending fan mail! That really helped me to get the energy for an issue.
If you want to see the website I use (which is very simple) then take a look at www.beatdom.com
I have tried self-publishing books I've written with far less success. People are happy to read independent magazines, but not books, sadly...
Thanks for your honest advice and insight. I had never considered an e-magazine although I have started a newletter before. A magazine does require that you have a small staff, doesn't it? That would definitely be a deterent for me.
I checked out your website and was wondering whether you pay to host it or whether it is free hosting. I commend you for putting together such a comprehensive and informative magazine.
I had to pull down the website for my book, because it no longer made sense to continue to pay for hosting the site. I now have it as part my present website which is an Office Live website and is free. I think with the magazine or any self-published book, it's just important to be out there.
Thank you Ruth for your extensive and wonderful advice. I agree with what you are saying. You do have to establish real relationships with people, even on the internet. I am finding that at times it takes even more effort to do this online than offline, and patience is the most important quality to develop in the process. Myspace and other similar platforms are good tools to have although I must admit I still have lots of work to do in making full use of them. But I do blog also, and offer a Free report on the blog.
As far as website hosting, I find Office Live free website to have worked for me. Mind you it requires lots of tweaking, but it can work. And none of those pesky ads., which I dislike as well.
I am happy to see that you are making your way satisfactorily in this internet jungle, and keeping your integrity at the same time. Continued success to you in all your ventures.
I launched my web site on the first day of spring. It sells e-book romances and print novels. It's going well. I promote through a newletter, which advertises my books. I wrote an associated content article, which helped me promote. I created an additional web site based on the subject of love and romance. A week ago, I also created a video with pictures and instrumental soundtrack with Windows Movie Maker. After the video, I saw a big increase in site visitors. I hope this information helps.
Microsoft Live is fabulous. Promoting your book on yur website is great. However you might consider a Virtual Book Tour. I promote my free book on my site, I also did a blog tour. It's a great venue for promoting your book through other websites and blogs. You can visit my site...Book Tours.
I post all my e-books on my personal website. I have had better success with this than I have had with my self-published book LOST PALLIES which is on Amazon. The most ordered book happens my most expensive book. "Living Intuitively" is a workbook and sells for $25.00. Lost Pallies which is on Amazon sells for $14.95 but, without a lot of advertizing and promoting no one knows about it.
I am always surprised when someone actually finds me on the web, as I do not know how to do all the SEO stuff.
The pure delight is when someone orders the download of my e-book which is a PDF. Last year we did a website for my book LOST PALLIES which was not very successful but as I learn more about internet marketing I am sure we can remedy that as well.
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