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Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Amazon .fr  is a wonderful place to start, for one the non-english amazons are not as saturated as amazon .com and you have better chances at making to the top of a given category (the competition ... (more)
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There are some Ebook templates here which have been used by authors to write bestselling books(!):
Z Books.co

1.) Go get one of the templates,
2.) Add your text and images - preferably in Googledo... (more)
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1.) Make a blog/website
2.) publish excerpts (or all?)
3.) collect emails
4.) bring your audience to Amazon and launch the book.

That's Andy Weir's recipe - you know where he is now(!).... (more)
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Could you get him to draw these 6 things in one drawing?
Then we will get a neuro-psychologist to analyze it:
1 - House
2 - Tree
3 - Sun
4 - Path... (more)
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Clickbank.
I have tried JvZoo and Clickbank and I think you will have more sales through clickbank for this.

Plus - it's one of their specialties.
They really like "infopreneurs" and have all sort... (more)
m 2013 • 9 Oct
Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Harnessing the entire power of a star with Dyson Rings, or a Dyson Sphere!
I'm so friggen fascinated by it - it's gonna be in my next novel:
Edgar Asimov Poe

Dyson sphere
... (more)
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Tyler Benjamin Wagner
Tyler Benjamin WagnerAuthorsunite.com, Have helped hundreds become profitable bestselling authors
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Nope, but I do. Let me know if you want to discuss further. 

The marketing is extremely important. Most people do not know what they are doing the first time. Once you do it once than you are good... (more)
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Tyler Benjamin Wagner
Tyler Benjamin WagnerAuthorsunite.com, Help others to make profit doing what they love. Its lovely
135 Views • Upvoted by Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co

Yes. You can do this over time. If you have one hour a day you can accomplish a book in a month or so. A book series would be amazing. I've experienced many clients that make thousands of passive i... (more)
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Tcat Houser
Tcat HouserLost count at 50 tech books
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My largest frustration is humans chasing the next bright shiny object.

A small work book I did almost 20 years ago is re-surfacing, for the 3 or 4th round. It is nothing more (or less) than a log... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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You can publish anonymously on Amazon, Smashwords and most of the platforms out there.

I recommend using a pen name in Amazon.

This way when you publish your book, the PUBLIC will not have any wa... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Strictly answering the  "which sells" part, the 4 most important factors which affect your book's sales in -zon are: 

1. Cover
2. Title
3. Bestseller or Not
4. Number of Reviews... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Resize your pics down to 600x800 pixels, do NOT use the slider in word to do this. Resize ALL pics first, then add them to your document. 

I find 600x800 (optimized for the kindle keyboard) to be ... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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My two absolut favorites are JA Konrath and Scott Adams.
JA Konrath is one of those Kindle Kings who makes mega-bucks with his books and writes about them and the industry on his blog - super entertaining!
... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Take it easy! I'm gonna give you a step by step, and first of all let me say this is exactly what Andy Weir did, you know, "The Martian" guy who is raking in the dough now with Matt Damon. When I'm... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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The Kindle online reader works good, minuses: You have to buy the book from amazon - there is no way to side load other books or articles. Also, bullet points in the book won't render correctly (if... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Tell me your requirements and I'll tell you what is best:
The word "Ebook" is used pretty loosely nowadays, if you make a .pdf, is it an Ebook?
Well kind of, BUT.... you cannot upload .pdf's and pu... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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I am not as successful as the "Big Guns" like Steve Scott, and my books have taken a big hit since the last algo. change in Amazon, but I can definitely steer you on the right path.

The reason mos... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar upvoted this • 21 Sep

Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Go to the Kboards and offer your services in the yellow pages:
KBoards Yellow Pages

You will be so swamped with customers you won't know what to do with 'em!
Then make a blog/website showcasing yo... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar upvoted this • 
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James Altucher 
James AltucherI've written ten books.I've sold a couple of companies. I make angel investme...
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When I started a business, by definition, I knew nothing about business. 

I had just started! I was the worst. 

Here's what I knew. This was the 90s. I knew how to make a website. Nobody else kne... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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If you have landed a contract with a big publisher that is already a "minor" success. That means they see a market potential for you and money for THEM.

This is a very hard question, especially fo... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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My favorite NEW benchmark in this case is Andy Weir,
he started "The Martian" on his blog, a publisher had previously refused him!
Then he (at the request of his fans) put the book on Amazon and th... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Question is -CAN- you get an agent?

And why would you settle for an average of a 10% royalty over a 70% royalty?

We have already passed the event horizon or "singularity". More and more authors a... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar upvoted this answer from 2014 • 
 • 16 Sep
Shawn Bell
Shawn BellAuthor, Screenwriter, Media God
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Yes, indie-publishing is not only a respectable option, it's the most viable option.

...unless, of course, you're dead set on making 14.5% in royalties instead of 70%, you only want your book to b... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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My favorite site for this is Page on gumroad.com,
You can offer any digital product, on top of that you get a payment processing platform and an Email autoresponder.

No other platform offers this ... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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YES!
It took me a while, I was reluctant to buy one.
Then I got the Kindle Keyboard with free 3G. (I used the free 3g as the push to finally buy an Ereader).

I've never read more books in my life!... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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YES and NO!

The event horizon was already passed when Amazon sold more digital books than physical books in 2012.

However, there will always be a "huge" market for physical books too.
IMHO I don'... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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1.) Smashwords
2.) iTunes
3.) Barnes and Noble -BUT- check your country, they have recently closed some online stores :-(
4.) Google Play - the easiest to publish on!
  
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 14 Sep
Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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My favorite resource for this is a free book from Nick Stepehnson "Reader Magnets".

1.Publish a lead magnet of yours or similar in Amazon for FREE
2. Put a link in that book that leads to your web... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Answered here:
Eric Zar's answer to Is making $500 a month by self publishing an ebook a realistic goal?

It's HARD - but work your butt off and you can.

It's not easy, there's no way around it, y... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Check this out:
Author Earnings
then this:
Self-Publishing Debate: A Social Scientist Separates Fact from Fiction

There are authors like Barry Eisler and Nick Stephenson who make 6 digits, and the... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar upvoted this answer from 2014 • 
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Shawn Bell
Shawn BellAuthor, Screenwriter, Media God
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Absolutely!  Not only can you 'make a living,' you can become quite well off.  You can't let your ego lead you, you can't just put up one book and hope for the best, and you certainly can't do it w... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar upvoted this • 
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Dave Chesson
Dave ChessonWriter at Kindlepreneur.com, self-publishing author, and best-seller
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Yes and No...it depends on your determination.

In 2010, there were only 500K ebooks on Kindle.  However, in 2015 there are now over 5 Million.  This tells us two things:
  1. There is much more competi...
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Eric ZarEric Zar upvoted this answer from 2014 • 
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James Altucher 
James AltucherI've written ten books.I've sold a couple of companies. I make angel investme...
571 Views • James is a Most Viewed Writer in Self-Publishing.

Yes  and no. There are all these literary-fab stories of some 17 year old  writing zombie novellas making $1 million a year. That’s great if you  can do it. It requires persistent writing, blogging... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Yes it's totally possible but you are going to have to work your *** off and put the hours in.  Also, exactly like Imran Esmail said you have to promote your stuff MORE than you create e.g. 80/20. ... (more)

Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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1.) Check the copyrights of all doc's first. usually anything over 77 years is "public" and free to re-publish, but every country is different -so- check it first!
2.) Copy and paste the stuff you ... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
140 Views • Upvoted by Melissa StroudWorked for Barnes & Noble Booksellers for 11 1/2 years. My …

That's not only a good idea it is THE NUMBER ONE thing you should do!
Especially among the best self published authors in the world now, it is STANDARD PRACTICE, see John Locke, Steve Scott and a p... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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The Difference Between Indie and Traditionally Published Authors
Long story short , why would you give some middleman 70% of YOUR profits?

Indies are taking over and OWN romance and science ficti... (more)
Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Tell me your requirements and I'll tell you what's best:

Amazon+Kindle has more books, period.

Google play is not bad and there are a lot of books, and I definitely think the Google book reading ... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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There are many ways, the best way, in a nutshell is to build your base of "1000 True Fans".

The -arguably- best way to do that is simply with your own website or blog:
What Every Author MUST Do

Brgs... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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You should make a video course + ebook and show people how to start a business.
This is a ridiculously lucrative industry "infopreneur".

Title:
"I'm 16 and started a business that makes 3k per mon... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Do this, it's free and the best way to build your base in the beginning!
The Best Way to Get Reviews on Amazon - Swipe Files and Materials Included!

Brgs
Eric
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Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Andy Weir is an interesting case study here.
He published his book "the martian" on his website for free,
then his fans urged him to make an Ebook, which he did and sold it for 99 cents on Amazon.
... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Get help with self-publishing your book to Amazon's Kindle Store

How it works
You'll list your book as you would with any other KDP book. When you're adding a new book, on Step 4, "Select Your Boo... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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This one is easy,
THINK AND GROW RICH by Napolean Hill.
It's not really about money, it's about mindset and motivation and fear(conquering it).
Read it first!
Many "Greats" have it at the top of th... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Of course!
Amazon even has a free kids book maker , but you can easily make a book with pics in it, even with google docs!
Check this out in the previewer ("Look Inside") in amazon:
United States A... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Originally Answered: What's the best way to publish a book? • Remove

That's a broad question!
What are your goals, what is your target audience, and what is the topic/genre?

Tell me your requirements and I'll tell you what is best!

So without knowing your answer t... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Do this:
Email1K: Double Your Email List in 30 Days

Noah Kagan shows you the best techniques to build your email list.
It's awesome - and it's free!
...(more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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CTRL+RETURN makes a page break in Gdocs.

Are you talking about the dotted line which shows the page break?
Keep in mind there are 2 views, "Print View" and the default view where you will see the ... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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First the nuts and bolts:
The Quickest and Easiest Way to Finish Your EBook and Get it on Amazon -- Period!
Free Resource Guide
https://gumroad.com/l/rsrc
If you prefer videos here is a Hardcore cr...(more)
Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Your costs are zero if you do everything yourself.
Besides all the great answers already posted, here is my 2 cents:

It's amazing what you can do with Canva and Google slides:
How to Create Your O... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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He started it on his website!
It was a series first on his website.
Then he made the book afterwards.
Just go to his website and check it out...
  
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Hammer the F***** outta your ice by:
#1 - Joining contests like the NaNoWriMo!
National Novel Writing Month
#2 - Do EVERYTHING in Tim Grahl's blog, it is definitely the best starting point. His fre... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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The shortest thing you can write and publish in Amazon would be something similar to a lead magnet.

For example you can publish a one or two page cheatsheet that leads the readers to your website ... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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My first thought is that you are a Mark Twain fan, that is one of his quotes!
"The world doesn't owe you anything - it was here first".

Reflexively I think it's going to be somewhere along the lin... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Welcome to Pandora's box...


First I'll tell you the easiest way:

  1. Put your book file (.epub, mobi etc.) in Calibre
  2. Convert to PDF...
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Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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What Every Author MUST Do


Good question, I get it a lot, so...


First ask yourself WHY are you writing this book?... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Believe it or don't, but Wikipedia does this.
Problem with them is that you can't find every book.
GoodReads may be of help, but if you can find the book on Wikipedia there's usually more than enou... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Thanks for asking this question, you reminded me that I made a presentation months ago and forgot to upload it!
Here it is:

"The Publishing world is changing, Independent authors OWN the genres Ro... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Sales Rank Express

And KdSpy (47$ plugin for your browser) are the Darth Vader tools to do this for any author on Amazon. It's almost like pulling their pants down!

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Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Sales Rank Express

Try this!

The ultimate darth vader tool is KdSpy but it costs 47$, but it's worth it.
... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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You are entering a competitive market!
Lulu,Blurb,Createspace, others mentioned below... all different flavors of what you want to do.

First you must ask yourself:
What do I do different?
What do ... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Traditional publishing is for the elite guard and oldschool gatekeepers.

Q: Why settle for 10% royalty on YOUR book? 
A: Because the big 5 promise sales, and that you will get -IF- you make it in ... (more)

Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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You have more than 99% of the authors out there(!):
Email list with 1k members
FB page with 5500 likes

I have 2 articles for you:
Discover Meteor Case Study: Making $300,000 From a Single Programming Book... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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The money is in the list!
Email marketing is the number one way to engage your audience AND monetize your website.

Otherwise they would be operating on a "one-way" system, in which they shoot in t... (more)
Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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I used Mailchimp for free until now, I loved its look and feel, then they broke the trust by blocking my account for 1 day because of one single little affiliate link. Whereby they state themselves... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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There is a lot of talk about goals, but what about when your goals are too easy or mislead?

For example, when I started Quora I had in my tagline "Best selling author..."

Then I took it down, bec... (more)
Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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#1 Non-Fiction Author imho is STEVE SCOTT, he has built his authoring platform from ground zero to a nice pass-income empire which is his sole source of income now. That's my measure of success!

A... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Of course!
History is riddled with examples and it is a major stifler of innovation and progress.

For example, after the Wright brothers made their first flight, they patented the Aileron. After t... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Tell me your requirements and I'll tell you what's best.

To be professional I think it's a good rule of thumb to always use your real name.

But before you proceed, you have to ask yourself these questions:
... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Phatch can do that, it's not the easiest to use, but once you have it figured out it's awesome.
  
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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YES!
But indeed the low hanging fruit is gone, you really have to know what you are doing.
Here are two guys who definitely do:
Zbooks Star Author and Success Story, Jean-Yves Ponce
&
How I Sold 97... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric Zar
Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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That's a good question indeed!
There are 2 obvious big ones:
Barnes & Noble and Smashwords, but they are neither common nor independent.

Then there is google play books, and google books (yes they... (more)
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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I have had one bestseller, and two books are #1 in category,
Q:Is that successful?
A: NO!

I am not living off of my books yet, I don't even make 100$ a day. My daily earnings are so dismal it's to... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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Dave's answer is awesome, all you need really BUT... there is one more thing you can do and that is VALIDATE every book you sell.

One way to validate:
Get people to buy your book before you're don... (more)
Eric ZarEric Zar wrote this • 
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Eric ZarAuthor and Publisher of Zbooks.co
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You can have as many pen names you want as an Amazon author.
When you publish your book in KDP, >Edit details> Select Contributors,
Here you can write any name you want as AUTHOR.

I have done this... (more)