There is a whole new world of opportunities for freelance writers these days, and it's one that is only getting bigger. The Internet has opened up many avenues to help writers get their work seen by the public. One of the most exciting things to come along is E-books.
Simply put, an e-book is an electronic book, which can be sent across a network and will look the same on every computer.
There are many benefits to writing an e-book not the least of which is the fact that you can ensure that it will be out in the world for people to read, and for a writer that is the most important thing. E-books can be downloaded to a CD or a DVD, sent as attachments through email or downloaded from the Internet. For people who buy e-books, one benefit is the fact that they can carry many with them wherever they go without having to shlep around heavy books.
Some other benefits to publishing your own e-books are:
1. No printing costs
2. They can be produced quickly and easily
3. No rejection slips
4. No editor changes or revisions
5. You can make a bigger profit
That all being said, in order to make a profit with your e-books, you have to market it yourself because you do not have a big publishing house with people who job it is to do that for you. But, the bonus is you do not have a big publisher taking all of your profits either.
There are different ways you can choose to publish your e-book. The easiest way to put it on your own website or blog, and either your website or even allow people to read it for free. One reason you may choose to allow people to read it for free is because it can generate more traffic to your website and make you money through the advertising you have posted there. There are also many companies popping up that will offer you different types of deals to post it on their website as well.
These deals can range from splitting the profit of the sales with you, or charging you a fee to post it and you keep all the profits from the sales yourself. Amazon offers a deal where they will post it and take a 50/50 split of the profits. This can be good for somebody who does not have their own website or their website does not attract enough traffic to make the big sales. With a company like Amazon you are sure to get thousands of people who will get the opportunity to at least see your e-book and maybe buy it.
E-books and self-publishing are still fairly new so it is acceptable to believe more opportunities will open up for writers. But, if you are someone who has a passion for writing, have worthy stories or information to share, and want to be in control of your own work, e-books and self-publishing may be perfect for you.