Turn a Blog into a Book

June 27, 2018

Are you a writer?  With a blog?  Interested in creating a book or eBook with content?  I did some research and testing, and found a site that converts blogs into Word or PDF format.  PDF and Word files are easily converted into ePub or MOBI format for SmashWords, Amazon or Google.  The formatting isn’t perfect and images are low resolution in free mode, but from the pages of this WordPress blog, I created a full PDF document with a few clicks.  Below is a screen shot with part of the table of contents:

Blog to Book

My PDF document is 74 pages long after conversion.  PDFs are easily converted to ePub or MOBI format for eBook or eReader use.  Kindle eReaders prefer MOBI, something to consider when preparing an eBook for sale at Amazon.  SmashWords prefers ePub but accepts versions of Word, RTF, PDF and more.  PDF is generally safe for all self-publishing efforts.

This post doesn’t cover details for eBook formatting, but less complex text documents are better for publishing.  Word has many hidden formatting features that may cause issues when publishing eBooks.

Blog to Book with BlogBooker

Some plugins for WordPress claim to convert blogs to eBook formats, but don’t always work as advertised.  I found and tested BlogBooker and the ToC results are above.  The website has a very simple and free process.  The home page is below.  Clicking on the blue “Make your BlogBook” starts the program.

book to blog

Bloggers can choose content from WordPress, Blogger, Medium, Twitter, Tumblr, TypePad and LiveJournal.  Simply select the desired platform, register with an email address, and follow the simple instructions.  Choose from Microsoft Word or PDF for the final format, choose convert, and in minutes, receive a full PDF or Word document that may be converted into an eBook.

BlogBooker Limits

BlogBooker isn’t perfect, but it is a good tool.  Below is a clip from one of the pages I converted.  Note that each of the bullet points converted into numbers.  Each was a hyperlink in the blog post, but not in the PDF.  Be sure to carefully proofread the converted product.  BlogBooker can also be used to see what a completed conversion looks like and writers can adjust accordingly.

book to blogBlogBooker only allows a few conversions for free.   BlogBooker has paid plans that allow higher resolution pictures and unlimited conversions. Prices range from $19.00 (basic) to $79.00 for premier.  Payment in U.S. dollars, British Pounds or € Euros.

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Homepreneurs has instructions for step-by-step publishing on Smashwords and on Kindle/Amazon.  Google instructions will be a future post.

Creating an eBook-ready document is simple with BookBlogger.  Self-publishing is easy on the major publishing websites.  All instructions are written on Homepreneurs.  Everything is free.

And the best part?  When the eBook sells, you get paid.  Month after month after month.  Do very little work and earn passive income via royalties for years.

Please leave any questions or feedback in the comments.  I’m happy to answer questions.

Dion

 

Dion Shaw is founder and owner of Homepreneurs.  All articles written are copyright to Dion Shaw and Homepreneurs.  No reproduction is permitted without express written consent and violators will be prosecuted.  Neither Dion Shaw nor Homepreneurs is paid or otherwise compensated for suggestions in these posts.  No responsibility is assumed by either Homepreneurs or Dion Shaw.

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My eBook Sales – an Update

April 29, 2013

Homepreneurs suggests that eBooks are an excellent home business idea.  As you know, I’ve published a few on SmashWords and Kindle.  I received my first quarterly checks from both SmashWords and Kindle (Amazon).  As promised, this is an update of my eBook sales.  This isn’t a great deal of money – around $22.00.  Considering my books are generally priced at $.99 and I see $.76 or less, maybe not too bad?  Also, some of these books were published mid-quarter, modified and re-published.

The reason for telling you this is that I want to prove to you that it is possible to make money from eBooks and it is a real home business.  I did not leave my house to create either of these books.  All research, writing, and publishing was done at home.

The best part of eBooks is the ability to sell via multiple distributors – SmashWords, Apple, Kobo, Diesel, Barnes and Noble, Kindle,etc.  These books are available forever and I expect to continue to sell copies for some time.

One more time: If I can do this – you can do this!

Kindle Reader

Kindle Reader

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How To Be Naughty For a Living (Without Getting Naked)

February 26, 2013

Homepreneurs had a rare opportunity to interview a professional erotic book author – Lexi Maxxwell.  The adult erotica business is big – really big.  According to a recent article in Family Safe Media[i], the pornography industry in the United States had sales of about $13 BILLION dollars in 2006.  Of that, roughly ONE BILLION was for erotic print media, e.g. magazines and books!

Homepreneurs has not covered the adult industry before; today we present a home business success story:  Lexi Maxxwell writes erotic books for a living and recently transitioned from part-time to full-time (erotic) writing.   Lexi is a very popular writer in the adult industry and we’re happy to present this interview.  Lexi has interesting opinions on marketing books and knows what works (Amazon) and surprisingly, what doesn’t (social media).  Please read through this post – you will learn some marketing and sales ideas.

1)      Why did you start your own business?

I started publishing to Kindle under the name Lexi Maxxwell last January, 2012.

2)      When did you start writing for money and profit?

I’ve been writing for money and profit for many years, but only self-publishing for a bit. Before going the Indie (independent) route and wanting to do things myself as Lexi, I wrote for a large marketing firm. I write a lot of sales and marketing copy. That pays a lot better than publishing, at least while first getting started and before you build a large enough audience to sustain you.

Lexi Maxxwell

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Blog or Website Posts That Drive Massive Traffic

January 10, 2013

Does a big difference exist between a website and a blog.  In some cases – yes.  A website is often larger with static content; a blog is dynamic with shorter snippets of text.  Both are very similar: blogs or websites are personal or corporate or used by non-profit or government.  SEO or search engine optimization is similar and each provides information, opinion or both.  Websites might be a storefront, blogs not as much.  Both are hosted, though blogs are often free or inexpensive.  Websites are larger and are often hosted by the company or third parties.  Blogs  – WordPress.com is an example – is hosted by WordPress at minimal cost to the blogger.  Finally, websites are more likely to make money, whereas only the larger blogs will get a return on investment.  Blogs can lead to book deals, if the content and topic is appropriate.

In either case, every blogger or website content writer wants to drive large numbers of visitors on a regular basis.  The best blogs or sites have millions of visitors per month.  Homepreneurs – by contrast – has a few to several thousand visitors per month.  Listed below are the top 5 websites and their approximate number of visitors:

1)     Google.com – 185,000,000 monthly visits

2)     YouTube.com – 160,000,000 monthly visits

3)     Facebook.com – 150,000,000 monthly visits

4)     Amazon.com – 100,000,000 monthly visits

5)     Yahoo.com – 95,000,000 monthly visits

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8 Tips For Creating a Successful eBay Storefront

February 5, 2012

Many are looking for employment, a second job or a different career, especially one that may be part-time, full-time, and run as a home business. This article, by Sarah Kessler, covers tips for a job that almost everyone qualifies for and can do successfully. The start-up costs are minimal and most already own the necessary equipment: a computer, a camera, and Internet access.  It is true work from home employment and once started, runs automatically, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A seller needs a little creativity and research along with solid customer service skills, though almost no direct contact with the public occurs. Further, the world is your marketplace, thanks to the Internet and popularity of eBay.

eBay wants its sellers to succeed, offering tips and tutorials via online classes about setting up stores for new sellers.  eBay also has information for forming an eBay business and lists several resources for sales ideas.

Do you have a collection of coins, inherited jewelry or a unique antique you no longer want?  eBay will provide exposure, a far higher number of buyers, and assistance with all parts of a sales transaction.  Several hundred million potential buyers is much more than a local store, craft fair or garage sale could ever provide.

If the Internet has a quaint pastime, selling things on eBay is probably it. Before a thriving e-commerce sprouted a handful of platforms on which anyone can sell anything to anyone, there was a slightly thrilling novelty to participating in the online auction. “Yes,” we told our friends, “I sold it on the Internet.”

Some of the mystery and magic may have been lost over the last 15 years, but the easy selling platform remains. Up to 100 individual listings per month are free on eBay, but many people go beyond that — the site’s 90-million-person community now buys enough (about $1,900 worth of goods every second) to support many full-time businesses.

If you’re thinking about setting up a storefront on eBay, here are eight pieces of advice to keep in mind.

1. Ask yourself if eBay is right for your business

Though Marc Cohen’s business sells merchandise on Amazon, Buy.com, and through each of his two store’s websites, his two eBay storefronts bring in about 80-90 percent of his business. eBay works well for him for several reasons. For one, sites like Amazon and Buy.com have catalogs of merchandise that make it easy to create listings. If you’re selling something other than what is in the catalog, however, it can be more difficult to create a listing. Because Cohen sells a wide variety of used video games and other discount merchandise, at times it’s easier for him to list them on eBay. If you sell unique items like collectibles, eBay might also be the best way to go.

Another aspect that makes eBay an ideal choice for Cohen is that he deals exclusively in merchandise that is somehow distressed — used, returned, part of a closeout sale, or excess inventory. “eBay is an online flea market,” he says. “It is extremely price competitive. Most products (except rare or out-of-stock products from primary retailers) will not fetch prices even close to the retail prices.”

Like all third party online retailers, unless you can offer something that is harder to find or lower priced than the majority of other sellers, it’s unlikely that you’ll have much success.

2. Start slowly

“[Most eBay sellers] don’t think of their businesses as business, and they don’t come from business backgrounds, and they tend to make mistakes in their business practices based on this lack of experience,” says Jim Griffith, eBay’s senior manager of seller advocacy and the author of The Official eBay Bible.

Before you jump into eBay full throttle, Griffith suggests starting out with a few listings while you perfect your processes. Taking on more listings than you are prepared to smoothly package, ship and provide adequate customer service for could lead to detrimental buyer reviews.

3. Customer service is king

Aside from offering quality products at competitive prices, customer service is probably the most important factor for successful selling on eBay. Sellers who win glowing reviews from their buyers will turn up higher in product search results than a competitor with low ratings, and achieve a better public feedback profile.

Frequent sellers who maintain good customer service ratings also become part of the top-rated seller program. Benefits of belonging to this program include an endorsement badge that is displayed alongside listings, UPS discounts, and a 20 percent discount on eBay’s final value fees.

4. Create effective product listings

Griffith works with new sellers every day. He says one of the most common innocent mistakes he sees them making is in their descriptions, terms and photos.

One thing that sellers should avoid is adding text that could be viewed as negative by buyers. “Harsh or restricting terms of service — requests to do not do this, do not do that, you must do that — that kind of language doesn’t work in any marketplace, and on eBay it’s actually an effective way of getting rid of customers,” Griffith says.

Terms should be simple. Consider using a bullet-point list to convey your shipping and handling, payment and return policies. Product descriptions can be more robust. Griffith suggests watching how others selling in the same category handle their product descriptions. Clothing sellers, for instance, used to use simple sizes like XL in their descriptions. Now they are migrating toward exact measurements.

It might seem obvious, but another great way to increase your sales is to provide quality photos. eBay sellers can upload up to 12 photos with each product and should use as much of this space as possible.

5. Brand your storefront

One of the great things about selling on eBay is the opportunity to create a branded store page that highlights specific products and can set you apart as a seller. Unlike most other selling platforms, eBay allows all sellers to create up to 15 customizable pages.

Cohen, whose Thumbmonkey Video eBay store beat out about 12,000 other stores to win a marketing award from eBay in 2008, says that some things that are being upfront about the return policy and providing contact information.

eBay provides a free tool for customizing your pages. Marketing and merchandising apps can also help you make you customize the look and functions of your storefront. In addition to themes, the section contains apps for doing market research, sharing your listings over social media, or even tracking your buyers’ locations.

6. Remember, the customer is always right — even when they are not

Griffith gets a fair share of heroic customer service stories during his daily conversations with eBay sellers. Recently, a seller of packaging materials told him about a customer who complained about an order of pink packing peanuts.The customer said he had received white, not pink, packing material. After assuring the customer had another order of pink packing peanuts on the way, the seller asked if the buyer could send a photograph of the mistake in order to show the supplier its mistake. The customer sent a photo — of indisputably pink packing peanuts.

“That to me as an example of what a great seller on eBay will do, not to protect themselves, but just to make sure that somebody is happy, even if they’re completely wrong,” Griffith says.

7. Consider free shipping

“When it comes to shipping, the standard is moving across the industry toward free shipping,” Griffith says. “Buyers don’t want shipping to be part of their decision making. The best way to take it out of the decision making process is to offer free shipping. Even if that means moving some or all of the cost of shipping into the price of the item, it’s still an easier experience for the buyer.”

Unlike many other selling platforms, the seller is in control of setting shipping prices. Whether you decide to go with free shipping or not, you should ship your merchandise as quickly as possible. Cohen says that even if there’s a problem with the order, buyers are usually much more amicable when they’ve received their products quickly.

8. Do a bit of method acting

In order to understand what eBay buyers want, become one.

“You’ll garner a lot of valuable information about your business once you understand what the eBay buying experience is like,” Griffith says.

By Sarah Kessler (mashable)

Article Source:

http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/technology/article/8-tips-for-creating-a-successful-ebay-storefront-sarah-kessler?cid=em-smartbrief

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.


Website or Blog: Which is Better?

February 1, 2012

You’ve made the decision to start a blog or website to increase your home business exposure or sell products online.  Both represent a presence on the World Wide Web, both have considerable value, yet differences exist.

A blog is more dynamic and easily changed with a few lines of text, pictures or video.  Websites can be added to, of course, but the structure is more static and often more difficult to modify.  A blog can – and often is – used in tandem with a website.  Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as personal online diaries; yet still others function more as online brand advertising for a product or company.

Blogs are often the work of a single person, not a team of designers, programmers, and writers, as some websites need.

Cost is a factor too – blog hosts are often free.  WordPress.com is an example.  Websites usually have charges associated with development, hosting, content, and updates.

Different Types of Blogs

– Art or art blog

– Photographs or Photoblog

– Videos or video blogging

– Music – MP3 or iTunes blog

– Audio or podcasting

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8 Tips For Creating a Successful eBay Storefront

February 22, 2011

Many people are looking for employment, a second job or a different position. This article, by Sarah Kessler, covers tips for a job that almost anyone is qualified for and can do successfully. It is a home business and once started, runs mostly on its own, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yes, some creativity is required and certainly solid customer service skills, though almost no direct contact with the public is required. Further, the world is your marketplace, thanks to the Internet and popularity of eBay.

If the Internet has a quaint pastime, selling things on eBay is probably it. Before a thriving e-commerce sprouted a handful of platforms on which anyone can sell anything to anyone, there was a slightly thrilling novelty to participating in the online auction. “Yes,” we told our friends, “I sold it on the Internet.”

Some of the mystery and magic may have been lost over the last 15 years, but the easy selling platform remains. Up to 100 individual listings per month are free on eBay, but many people go beyond that — the site’s 90-million-person community now buys enough (about $1,900 worth of goods every second) to support many full-time businesses.

If you’re thinking about setting up a storefront on eBay, here are eight pieces of advice to keep in mind.

1. Ask yourself if eBay is right for your business

Though Marc Cohen’s business sells merchandise on Amazon, Buy.com, and through each of his two store’s websites, his two eBay storefronts bring in about 80-90 percent of his business. eBay works well for him for several reasons. For one, sites like Amazon and Buy.com have catalogs of merchandise that make it easy to create listings. If you’re selling something other than what is in the catalog, however, it can be more difficult to create a listing. Because Cohen sells a wide variety of used video games and other discount merchandise, at times it’s easier for him to list them on eBay. If you sell unique items like collectibles, eBay might also be the best way to go.

Another aspect that makes eBay an ideal choice for Cohen is that he deals exclusively in merchandise that is somehow distressed — used, returned, part of a closeout sale, or excess inventory. “eBay is an online flea market,” he says. “It is extremely price competitive. Most products (except rare or out-of-stock products from primary retailers) will not fetch prices even close to the retail prices.”

Like all third party online retailers, unless you can offer something that is harder to find or lower priced than the majority of other sellers, it’s unlikely that you’ll have much success.

2. Start slowly

“[Most eBay sellers] don’t think of their businesses as business, and they don’t come from business backgrounds, and they tend to make mistakes in their business practices based on this lack of experience,” says Jim Griffith, eBay’s senior manager of seller advocacy and the author of The Official eBay Bible.

Before you jump into eBay full throttle, Griffith suggests starting out with a few listings while you perfect your processes. Taking on more listings than you are prepared to smoothly package, ship and provide adequate customer service for could lead to detrimental buyer reviews.

3. Customer service is king

Aside from offering quality products at competitive prices, customer service is probably the most important factor for successful selling on eBay. Sellers who win glowing reviews from their buyers will turn up higher in product search results than a competitor with low ratings, and achieve a better public feedback profile.

Frequent sellers who maintain good customer service ratings also become part of the top-rated seller program. Benefits of belonging to this program include an endorsement badge that is displayed alongside listings, UPS discounts, and a 20 percent discount on eBay’s final value fees.

4. Create effective product listings

Griffith works with new sellers every day. He says one of the most common innocent mistakes he sees them making is in their descriptions, terms and photos.

One thing that sellers should avoid is adding text that could be viewed as negative by buyers. “Harsh or restricting terms of service — requests to do not do this, do not do that, you must do that — that kind of language doesn’t work in any marketplace, and on eBay it’s actually an effective way of getting rid of customers,” Griffith says.

Terms should be simple. Consider using a bullet-point list to convey your shipping and handling, payment and return policies. Product descriptions can be more robust. Griffith suggests watching how others selling in the same category handle their product descriptions. Clothing sellers, for instance, used to use simple sizes like XL in their descriptions. Now they are migrating toward exact measurements.

It might seem obvious, but another great way to increase your sales is to provide quality photos. eBay sellers can upload up to 12 photos with each product and should use as much of this space as possible.

5. Brand your storefront

One of the great things about selling on eBay is the opportunity to create a branded store page that highlights specific products and can set you apart as a seller. Unlike most other selling platforms, eBay allows all sellers to create up to 15 customizable pages.

Cohen, whose Thumbmonkey Video eBay store beat out about 12,000 other stores to win a marketing award from eBay in 2008, says that some things that are being upfront about the return policy and providing contact information.

eBay provides a free tool for customizing your pages. Marketing and merchandising apps can also help you make you customize the look and functions of your storefront. In addition to themes, the section contains apps for doing market research, sharing your listings over social media, or even tracking your buyers’ locations.

6. Remember, the customer is always right — even when they are not

Griffith gets a fair share of heroic customer service stories during his daily conversations with eBay sellers. Recently, a seller of packaging materials told him about a customer who complained about an order of pink packing peanuts.The customer said he had received white, not pink, packing material. After assuring the customer had another order of pink packing peanuts on the way, the seller asked if the buyer could send a photograph of the mistake in order to show the supplier its mistake. The customer sent a photo — of indisputably pink packing peanuts.

“That to me as an example of what a great seller on eBay will do, not to protect themselves, but just to make sure that somebody is happy, even if they’re completely wrong,” Griffith says.

7. Consider free shipping

“When it comes to shipping, the standard is moving across the industry toward free shipping,” Griffith says. “Buyers don’t want shipping to be part of their decision making. The best way to take it out of the decision making process is to offer free shipping. Even if that means moving some or all of the cost of shipping into the price of the item, it’s still an easier experience for the buyer.”

Unlike many other selling platforms, the seller is in control of setting shipping prices. Whether you decide to go with free shipping or not, you should ship your merchandise as quickly as possible. Cohen says that even if there’s a problem with the order, buyers are usually much more amicable when they’ve received their products quickly.

8. Do a bit of method acting

In order to understand what eBay buyers want, become one.

“You’ll garner a lot of valuable information about your business once you understand what the eBay buying experience is like,” Griffith says.

By Sarah Kessler (mashable)

Source: http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/technology/article/8-tips-for-creating-a-successful-ebay-storefront-sarah-kessler?cid=em-smartbrief


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