Creating a Basic Structure For Your eBook

The best way to create a structure for your eBook is by developing a table of contents and then an outline. Jim Edwards and Joe Vitale co-authored an eBook titled “How to Write and Publish Your Own eBook in 7 Days”, in which they suggest that you write the sales page for your eBook first.

This will help you to focus on what your eBook needs to include to appeal to its target readership. Once you have your sales page–which is basically a list of the benefits that your eBook will provide to your readers–it’s going to be the basis for your table of contents.

The next step is to create an outline from your table of contents, with chapter headings and the points you want to make listed under each heading. Some people prefer to create a mind map instead of an outline.

A mind map is a graphic technique for representing ideas using words, images, symbols and colors. Basically, you write down your eBook’s topic at the center of a piece of paper. You draw branches leading out from the central issue, and smaller branches leading out from these. The branches are organic and free flowing, instead of being structured and rigid. The first level of branches represents the main benefits your eBook will provide to your readers and each will correspond with an individual chapter. Add only a few words per branch.

Then, from each main benefit you’re going to branch out into supporting facts, anecdotes, resources, and so on. It’s important to use color and images when creating mind maps to further stimulate both memory and imagination.

Another way to brainstorm a table of contents is to visit Amazon and use their “Search Inside This Book” feature to get an idea of the content that is usually included in books in your niche. You can also visit “Google Books” and take a look at the table of contents for the books in your niche for which a preview is provided.

Still another option is to write a table of contents in the form of a list of questions that your audience wants answered.

Finally, if you’re stuck deciding on what to include in your table of contents you can use “The Alphabet Method” suggested by Jimmy D. Brown in “30 Writing Tips for eBook Authors”. Basically, you go down the alphabet and think of events, people, items, and verbs that start with each letter. For example, if you’re writing a book on “How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night” you could list the following:

  • A – Atmosphere
  • B – Bath
  • C – Consistent bedtime routine
  • D – Diaper change
  • E – Eating/Nursing

eBay Auction Home Business Tutorial: Creating Ebooks With Ebook Pro

In past eBay tutorials, we talked about how people on eBay are willing to pay to learn what you already know – and the best way to convey (and sell!) that information to them is through an electronically delivered book, or “ebook”. When a customer purchases your ebook, you just email it to them, and you’re done!

We talked about using Microsoft Word and Adobe Professional to create ebooks, and the pros and cons of each. I’ve been writing ebooks for almost three years, and while these two products are good, they have their limitations. The best program I’ve come across yet to write your own ebooks is a product called eBook Pro.

For those who are concerned that an ebook program will be too complicated for them to learn, fear not! eBook Pro is about as simple a program as there is. All you have to do is click on a button or two, name your ebook, and start writing!

eBook Pro also allows easy insertion of images, charts, and just about anything else you want to put into your ebook. And whether you’re writing about soup or nuts, you’ll want to put some simple illustrations into your ebook to make it more interesting to your readers.

The best feature of eBook Pro, even better than its simplicity, is the username and password feature. You simply have to have some kind of password protection on your ebooks, or they’re going to be heavily pirated – that is, someone will take your ebook and post it on a site where others can post it for free. That takes money out of your pocket!

While some ebook programs will allow only a single password to be assigned to your ebook, eBook Pro will create different username and passwords for every single purchaser of your ebook! It just doesn’t get any better than that. And once your ebook really takes off, eBook Pro will even help you automate the distribution of your ebooks. It’s a great product to get started with and grows with you as your business grows.

eBook Pro is also quite affordable, as it’s less than half the price of Adobe Professional. Having used MS Word, Adobe Pro, and eBook Pro to create and sell ebooks on eBay, I can say that I’ve been using eBook Pro since the first day I bought it and have never gone back to the other programs. I know you’ll be just as happy as I am with my copy.

Regardless of which program you choose to create your ebooks with, the important part is to get started! In future eBay tutorials, I’ll share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way that will help put more money in your pocket. Until then, get to writing, and give yourself a raise by selling your ebooks on eBay!

Creating Your First Website by 3:45 This Afternoon – EBook Review

Create a website – can you do this? If someone asked you about creating a website what would be your answer? “Yes, I’d really like to know how to do that but I haven’t the faintest idea how to go about it.” Or something along those lines.

A lot of website creation pages have loads of information but if you don’t know what the terms mean and how they fit into the website creation picture, odds are that they really will mean little to you. One site about website creation that I looked at had 17 clickable articles. Information overload!! It happens. You click on one article which leads to another article which leads to another article and so on till you totally lose the thread of the first article.

When you see the terms html, web editor, zip files, public_html, DNS settings and index.html what do you think? “Yikes! I can’t understand any of those terms”. Perhaps you think it would be too difficult and give up trying to find out how to create a website.

No, No and No. You needn’t do that at all. If I could point you to a place where you can find out the basics of website creation delivered in a very informative, easy to understand FREE, yes FREE, eBook, would you take a look? I think you probably would.

You can even take a sneak peak at 20 or so pages of the eBook before you submit your email address. How cool is that? Pretty neat eh? Chris, the guy who wrote the fabulous little eBook, literally takes you by the hand and shows you EXACTLY what to do in a very friendly non-condescending manner. Interested?

To start, you will be told where to get a domain name and where to get it hosted. Most website creation tutorials will tell you about domains and hosting. It is pretty basic stuff. (I have a little secret about how you can go about getting free hosting for almost unlimited domains but you won’t know about that until a little later on. And I mean free hosting minus the ads. Got your interest now haven’t I?)

However, do you know about web editors? You will be shown where to download a free editor, how to unzip the folders and how and where to save them. It is really important that you unzip folders as you won’t be able to use them if you don’t.

There are nice big arrows on the screen shots with big yellow boxes saying “LOOK” in huge letters, ‘add here’ and ‘save here’ etc. and so on. You can’t miss them. It even shows you what window will pop up on your screen so you know you are on the right track. This is good stuff. Agree? In fact it is 120+ pages of jolly amazing stuff.

Then you get to the exciting part – wait for it! – creating your first web page. Tada. If you don’t think it is going to be a real thrill to see how your first web page will look on the internet, (Yes, you are even shown how to do that!) then don’t bother reading any further.

It is definitely a YIPPEE! WOW! moment. Even if your web page is so basic it would embarrass you to let anyone see it, it is still a huge thrill. Every little step is explained in chattily encouraging detail. There is no chance of misunderstanding what you need to do. Really important points are mentioned such as saving your work at every stage and keeping things all together in one folder.

This is just a small selection of what you can learn in this fantastic little eBook. Things such as testing your web page, changing fonts, adding images, resizing pages, adding other pages and even linking to other websites are also part and parcel of what you get.

To take a look at this eBook written by a very personable chap whose membership site was voted No 1 Internet Marketing Service by, visit

Here’s betting you will be as amazed as I was.