The better you prepare your work, the more likely you are to make a sale. Here are a few little pointers on decisions you'll need to make:
1. Which format? Common ebook formats include: HTML, PDF, RTF, TXT, LIT, PDB and other ebook formats. I recommend that you use PDF as your file format, as most Web users are familiar with the technology and free PDF readers are widely available.
2. Presentation: it pays to use a template to achieve a great looking and easy-to-read ebook. Microsoft users can find templates at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/default.aspx. Mac users who use Pages will find a variety of attractive templates included with their software.
3. Copyright: Digital Rights Management is a hot topic, but we really think it is an obstacle for independent artists. Our recommendation is that you place a statement in your work advising readers that it is protected by copyright: this is generally respected.
The Extra Mile
If you really want to see some cooking sales results, start promoting your store! CybaSumo provides some great resources to get you started: check out the SumoNews blog at http://cybasumo.com/blog/selling/how-to-encourage-fans-to-buy-your-stuff/, or download the very handy CybaSumo Guide to Success here: http://www.cybasumo.com/widgetdemo.
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Mandy Singh is an Internet entrepreneur specialising in promoting independent artists. With years of copywriting and business experience, Mandy likes to share her experience in to show like-minded creative people to use the best tools available to make their dreams materialise. Most recently, Mandy is working on the exciting new CybaSumo.com, a new platform for creative social networkers to see their wares to their networks.