Basic steps in assembling your eBook

Day 3 in eBook creation. Two more to go… and the eBook should be done in five days.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Risager

So far I have ideas for my eBook and I have done research on keywords (words or phrases that people use to search). My site for the sales page is a top keyword and so are my individual eBooks for the Backyard Oasis Projects gardening toolkit.

I have the articles ready for Backyard Oasis Projects and they are being proofed. While they are out being checked for any errors I will take the titles for each project and make sure they are keyword rich. Google keyword tool and Market Samurai will very my keywords.

Once that is done it’s time to lay out the chapters in my book. I have twenty articles for the Backyard Oasis Projects eBook. This should take an hour to organize the titles and when I am done I’ll get a second opinion.

The serious work for setting up the eBook is done so I will check on graphics for the eBook cover and photos for the eBook. This step always takes time. Its difficult to find the right image and make sure that there is no copyright or that I am following the photographers rules for use.

Tomorrow is the section of the book that may prove challenging for me. Getting the eBook in PDF format and adding the eBook cover and hyperlinks.

To change the article into a PDF format I will use Open Office.

Open Office is much like the program Microsoft Office but it can be downloaded from the Internet for free. Open office also has a built in PDF creator that is actually quite good.

One of the last steps in eBook creation is assembling the product that looks professional and pleasing to the eye. The following programs will help

Gimp is a free program for working with photos and other graphic needs
Photo Impact is very reasonable and will do as well as Photoshop for your eBook project.

And if you want, outsource the graphics to elance or one of the other services that are available for freelance graphic work. You can advertise for designer to create headers, ecovers, banners and more for your eBook project at these sites and select the best price. If you have the funds this will save you time.

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