Writing and travelling is a winning combination. Now with the growth in self-publishing it is easier than ever before to;
Be a Wanderlust Digital Nomad Author.
Authors have been travelling the world for inspiration long before it was trendy to be a digital nomad. Increasingly authors are choosing to go the self-publishing route; The latest Bowker Report finds that more than 700,000 books were self-published in the U.S. in 2015.
If you are considering becoming a digital nomad author, Nomadic You has this quick checklist explaining the path to publishing success:
e-Book Publishing Steps
#1 Decide on a Genre
#2 Write your Book
#3 Have your manuscript edited
#4 Format your manuscript for e-publishing
#5 Design an eye-catching e-book cover
#6 Create a copyright page
#7 Decide whether you will use a pen name
#8 Price your e-book and open a PayPal account
#9 Place your e-book for sale on Amazon and Smashwords
#10 Have an Author (headshot) photo taken
#11 Create an author page on Amazon and Smashwords
e-Book Marketing Steps
#12 Creating a sales blurb for (400 character/80 word)
#13 Write a 4000 character/800 word long description
#14 Create a website (WordPress) sales page
#15 Advertise on a Facebook page
#16 Request reader reviews to boost sales
#17 Promote your e-book on Goodreads
What Income can I make from an e-book?
Amazon represents roughly 70% of the e-book market and you will earn more royalties (i.e. 70%) if you price your e-book between $2.99 and $9.99. If you price your e-book outside this range, you will only earn 35% royalties.
In the U.S. adult fiction e-books represents 21% of the market versus 23% for fiction print books. For non-fiction; adult e-books make up 6% of the market vs 42% for non-fiction print books.
Going to print for more sales
If you market your e-book well and get good reviews, a successful self-published e-book could help you convince a publisher to put your book into print.
According to Berrett-Koehler Publishers, the average U.S. nonfiction book is now selling less than 250 copies per year and less than 2,000 copies over its lifetime. However, you can beat the average by researching a trending topic and leveraging your digital channels for sales, marketing, and community building.