I finally decided to write a book. It is called How To Make Money Online: Work From Home and Get Rich On The Internet, and you can buy at Amazon.com. Why the long title? On Amazon, it is all about keywords. There are millions of books about making money, and the chances of people finding my book are very small, so I packed the title with as many highly searched keywords as possible.
The book is a compilation of my most interesting blog postings from the past 7 years, edited into book format. I updated much of the material and also added some new content. A few months ago my wife suggested I turn my blog into a book, and back in 2010 I posted an introduction and epilogue for my book; I just never actually wrote the book. Then last month I read this blog posting by James Altucher about how he convinced his wife to turn her blog postings into a book, and it got me thinking, “Hey, I should do that.” So I did. Also, a friend of mine recently published his first book (it is about Yii computer programming) and has made over $8000 so far, and he just launched his 2nd book (99 Cent Wealth: A Young Person’s Guide to Unlocking The Incredible Power of Time and Money), so that motivated me also.
To get started, I went through my 100 blog postings and copied the ones that were bookworthy into a word processor file, just to see if I even had enough pages to fill a book. I then combined some of the postings that were on related topics into chapters and put the chapters in the order I thought would be most interesting. It then occurred to me that before I went too far, I should look into what I needed to do to format the book for e-book and print publishing. I assumed I would import my document into an e-book maker program and it would magically make it ready to publish, but it turns out it is best to do almost all the formatting yourself in your word processor. I also decided to spend $39.95 to buy Jutoh, which is the program most people recommend to convert a book to publishing format. This made things much easier, but there was still was a large amount of research, learning, and trial and error involved in all of this.
The biggest task though was actually editing the book. First I had to read through it several times to make changes, updates and grammar corrections. I then needed to give it an “editor,” to make further corrections. I did not want to burden my wife with all this work, plus in the past we had gotten into arguments when I had her edit what I wrote (she would suggest changes, I was stubborn and would disagree; it did not go well), so I found this amazing site to most of the editing work for me: Grammarly.com. I just copied each chapter to the site, and it pointed out all the possible errors and it suggested corrections. It even told me when my sentences were “too wordy,” so I could shorten them. After these hundreds of small changes were made, I had my wife edit everything, and it went much more smoothly. She spent many hours correcting mistakes and making suggestions, and the the final version is a much better book because of it.
Next, I had some different graphic artists design e-book covers for me for $10 each on Fiverr.com:
I chose to use the first cover (by KimDesigns), but I thought all 4 were good. Once I had the cover, I uploaded everything to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service to sell the e-book, and to sell the hard copy I uploaded a version of the book with the links removed to Amazon’s print-on-demand service at Createspace.com.
1. 10/22/15 – I am no longer offering a free download of my eBook on this site because in order to be part of the Kindle Direct Publishing program, I had to stop giving my eBook away. The main benefit of joining KDP is that it will better allow me to promote by book. Also, it will make my eBook available for free to members of Kindle Unlimited, which is an Amazon service that lets you read as many eBooks as you want (out of the 1 million+ available) for $9.99 a month.
2. 10/22/15 – I have had around 20 e-book sales so far and 10 paperback sales, which is pretty good considering up until today I was giving the eBook away for free on this blog.
3. As a resource for anybody reading the book (or even not reading it), blog reader Homero A. Gonzalez compiled a handy list of links to the websites/services listed in the e-book (excluding my own sites):
and Management Companies:
Sites that can
help find people to get work done for you:
Online Mail Room
(Virtual Postal Address, Scanning of Snail Mail and lockbox service)
Video Game Review
that make demos remotely:
Free MP3 Tempo
Speed Changer (Download)
Posting Board for
Publications Domain Sales Reports:
Real State Crowd
Start a Web Site: