How many of you have been dying to add ‘Author’ to your professional accomplishments? Thanks to advancements in online publishing, it’s easier than ever to write, publish, package and sell your words and pictures without having to send off a manuscript to a publisher and wait in anguish, only to never hear a peep back and have your literary dreams literally crushed.
Here’s a story about how some Vancouver bloggers figured out how to write and publish an ebook, and how you can do it too!
After years of publishing their delicious recipes on their blog, The Vegan Project decided it was time to put out an ebook and *gasp* start making some income off of their passion project. Inspired by fellow vegan Paul Jarvis, who recently published his own recipe book, Eat Awesome, the girls hunkered down, tested recipes, and wrote their hearts out (with a few all-nighters in there too). The result: two gorgeous ebooks that I am very proud to have been a part of as Editor–Vegan Cooking at Home: Plant-Based Living Made Easy and Jacked on the Beanstalk: Plant-Based Fuel for Vegan Athletes.
How The Vegan Project Wrote and Published Their Ebooks
This is the process The Vegan Project followed to write and publish their ebooks. This is by no means the only way to do it, but it worked very well for them. Obviously it helps immensely if you are passionate and extremely knowledgable about your chosen subject matter.
1.) First, they consulted Paul Jarvis’ list of products, services and people he consulted to write and publish an ebook.
2.) Then, they checked out other ebooks they liked for layout inspiration, including Paul’s book Eat Awesome.
3.) During the research process, they started testing recipes, selecting the winners, and writing their books. You can use either Word or Pages to do this.
4.) They hired professional photographer Christine McAvoy to take mouthwatering photos of the recipes to publish in the book as well as use as promotional teasers before the book launch.
5.) They enlisted the talented graphic designers at In a Bowl to polish up the cover pages and make them cover-worthy.
6.) They sent their final drafts to yours truly to edit the text for flow, consistency and typo extraction.
7.) They sent the final FINAL draft for a once-over by aesthetic genius Jay Senetchko, who perfected the layout.
8.) They compressed and converted the files into PDFs so Mac nerds and PC peeps alike could enjoy the books.
9.) They used Gumroad to sell the books online, and even offer special discount codes and combo deals (shout out to the Gumroad team for being extremely accessible and helpful throughout the process).
10.) They promoted the hell out of the ebooks through various networks online, which they will continue to do until the vegan cows come home. Future plans include using a service like Bookbaby to make the books available on Amazon and iTunes.
The beauty of all of this is that once all the hard work is done, you can sit back and watch your ebook sales climb without too much additional work (save some strategic online marketing).
About The Books
Written by Bridget Burns with nutritional information from Jennifer Boyle, Vegan Cooking at Home is a how-to guide for preparing quick, easy and delicious vegan meals throughout the week. Featuring a 7-day meal plan, shopping list and recipes for building balanced meals, this book will show you just how delicious plant-based living can be.
Jacked on the Beanstalk: Plant-Based Fuel for Vegan Athletes was written by vegan bikini champion Samantha Shorkey. It’s a how-to guide for preparing healthy, high-protein, low-sodium meals suitable for any vegan strength or endurance athlete. With many helpful tips, a sample daily meal plan and workout-fueling recipes, this book will help you build muscle and stay lean on a completely plant-based diet.
Discount Code for My Blog Readers!
If you’ve been thinking of adding more plants to your diet (no, you don’t have to be vegan to do it!), I’ve got good news for you: The Vegan Project gals have given me a special promo code you can use to get $2 off the ebooks! The combo is the best deal: each book sells for $10 on its own, or $15 together. Using the promo code: jessgrey, you can get both for just $13 total! What a steal.
This promo code is available for a limited time only, so go get ‘em and start eating more plants! Purchase the books here: https://gumroad.com/l/COMBO