Chapter 2 Tutorials


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Titles That Sell!

Now that you have an idea for an information product e-book you should put some creative effort into selecting a great title that will catch viewers attention and hold it long enough to sell them. Your title is important for the success of your e-book.


E-Book Cover Designs

Design your e-book, or have some do it for you. The first video below is a tutorial on how to do it yourself using free online software.

This video is a tutorial for those of you who have Microsoft Powerpoint.


TIP: Finally, if you don’t want to do it yourself you can always go to Craigslist.org and look under the Services > Creative or Computer sections and contact a graphics designer to do it for you. Another option is to go to Fiverr.com where graphic designers will do it for very little cost.


E-Book Editing

Professional book editing can be a financial barrier for most authors. There are ways around that as you’ll see in the video below. Do you really need to get your book edited? How much does an editor cost? How do you find a good one? Can you self-edit your book or just send it to beta readers? In this video these questions and more are answered.

There is software out there that can help with proofing and editing. Editing software programs do much more than the built-in spelling and grammar checkers in your word processor. Some offer “first-pass” or “last-pass” editing to clean up mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation; others make suggestions for improving text usage and syntax.

These programs can alert you to overuse of adverbs, clichés, repetitions, overlong sentences, sticky sentences, vague and abstract words, diction, and the misuse of dialog tags. Some of these programs will connect you with a human editor with just a click. IHere are some editors.

Grammarly

Grammarly is our favorite electronic editor. It delivers information in line-by-line and summary form. It follows you around the web to check any errors whether it be in emails, online comments, blog posts, FB posts or whatever. It’s handy and lightweight.

Grammarly offers settings for various writing styles: business documents, novels, creative nonfiction, medical, technical, and casual. I set mine to creative nonfiction.

A basic version of Grammarly that roots out spelling and grammar errors is free, while the full version is $29.95/month. If you need a human editor, quick, you can reach one through their site for a reasonable price.

ProWritingAid

A scaled-down version of ProWritingAid is free online, with Premium editions offered at $40 annually, $60 for a two-year license, $80 for a three-year license, and $140 for lifetime use.

ProWritingAid also offers a couple of advanced features you may find interesting. As a publisher, you can create your own rules and house style that detects patterns, wildcards, overused words, dialog, and repeated words, plus it lets you create customized advice messages.


Copyrights and Legal Disclaimers

Click on the links below to see possible copyright and legal disclaimers for your e-book.
Note: This is not legal advice and these legal notices may or may not be adequate for your publication. Please do your own due diligence. 

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