Hopefully you have already downloaded, read and enjoyed my recent ebook So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer: A Newbie’s Motivational Guide to Online Freelance Writing (boy that’s a mouthful).
When I was putting the book together I ran into a huge bout of writer’s block. I wasn’t blocked because of the subject matter. I found my writers block happened because I was undergoing an internal conflict over charging a fee for the book. Once I decided to give the book away for free my writing Mojo came back. Within 20 to 30 minutes of making the decision, the words started to flow again.
After making the decision, it took me about 3 to 4 days to write, format and compile. It’s a good thing I earn money from other sources because giving books away for free is not the way to riches.
The Book Content
I’ve been giving away free information on how to earn money online as a freelance writer for over two years. If you have enough spare time to go through the NJFM blog, you’ll find the information that I’ve included in my ebook lives somewhere on the blog. Some of the info is worded differently, while other parts are not (I took some of my older posts from 2008 and placed it into the ebook).
The eBook Creation Software
The software I used to create the book cost me a whopping $0. I download it from OpenOffice.org, installed it on my computer and began playing around with it. Yes, it takes a little getting used to, but if you can create a blog, figure out how to use Facebook and use Microsoft Office products you can figure out OpenOffice.
Wait, let me rephrase that. Even if you don’t know how to use Facebook (as I don’t) or create a blog, you can get the hang of OpenOffice.
Creating the eBook Cover
Once the book was done, all that was left was creating an ebook cover image to place on my website. I combed the internet and found a website that allowed me to create ebook covers for free. They’re not the most attractive covers in the world, but they do the job.
The name of the website is EzineFire. Although you can create a free ebook cover, the site has its quirks. If you choose to upload your own photo, the photo dimensions should be 350 pixels wide by 400 pixels in height. Additionally, if you don’t get it right the first few times (5 times in my case), you have a limited amount of disc space for uploaded images, so get it right quick.
I didn’t know there was a space limitation so I kept uploading revised images until I received a fatal error. I tried again the next day and after two tries I got the fatal error again. Eventually, I gave up and copied the last ebook cover generated by Ezinefire and pasted it into my image editing software. I modified the image a bit and used it as my ebook cover.
Don’t Give it Away
Just because I created an ebook and gave it away for free, I’m not telling you to do the same. I had a hard time convincing myself to charge for something that I gave away for free on a daily (or not so daily) basis. Maybe one day I’ll work on something that’s not here on the NJFM blog and I’ll charge for it. Until then, keep an eye out for my next free ebook (the next time you’ll have to be a newsletter subscriber to get it). 😉