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If you’re keen on earning an income online, you might want to learn how how to make money selling ebooks. It’ll cost you relatively little to create one, and you could achieve really high-profit margins with it. It’s exactly what you want from a product.

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But there are numerous people selling ebooks online, and they’re all competing for your buyers’ attention. You’ll need to make your offering unique in all the right ways so that it stands out from the rest.

This article lays out the steps you can take to reap handsome returns from ebooks.

Decide On A Topic

As we’ve already hinted, your ebook should be about something you’re an expert in. For example, if you’re quite good at baking cakes, you may write a handbook detailing baking processes and tips. And if you’re a successful content creator, you could produce a beginner’s guide to content creation.

Some ebook authors write works of fiction (stories). This could be lucrative too if you target the right audience. But many Nigerians will eagerly pick up an ebook that shows them how to make money. It’s hard to go wrong if you zero in on this niche.

Do Your Research

You need to do more than just think up a topic or theme. Find out whether there’s a real demand for the type of ebook you want to write. You can work with something that closely approximates this: the search traffic for terms related to your preferred topic.

For instance, if you want to produce an ebook about passive income ideas, you can find out how frequently Internet users search things like ‘best passive income ideas’, ‘passive income ideas for 2022’ and so on. You may do this with keyword research tools like Google Trends, Aherfs Keyword Generator, Wordstream Keyword Tool, and Wordtracker, to name just a few.

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If you have determined that there’s good demand for the topic you want to write about, you may proceed to gather information about it.

Draw Up An Outline

Next, create an outline for your ebook. Write out titles for each chapter and subheading (or subsections) that it will contain. This may look similar to the final shape that your table of contents will take. Your aim here will be to define each section of the book so that you’ll know what to write about at each stage of the writing process.


As soon as you have an outline ready, you should commence writing the ebook. You may do this on

Microsoft Word, Google Documents, or other similar platforms. If you can, try to write with a tool that you can access wherever you are (a web or cloud-based document).

Don’t fret if you can’t do the writing yourself. You can hire a ghostwriter to help you with this. Provide them with all the information they need. Let them know what kinds of outcomes you expect.

Note: Your book title has to capture the attention of potential readers. Have this in mind when you’re deciding on a title for it.

Prepare Your Manuscript For Publication

Adjust your manuscript to the form that you’d want your ebook to take. Sort out its font type and size, spacing, indentations, page length, and other aspects of your ebook’s layout. Also choose a file type for your ebook (PDF or epub, for example). This will depend on the tool that you expect readers to view it with.

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If you’re not great at designing front covers for ebooks, you may hire a graphic designer to do so for you. But if you’re able to create a cover yourself, you can do it with tools like Canva, Adobe Spark, or Gimp. Your ebook’s cover and layout should be fashioned to make a good first impression on readers.

Upload And Sell

When you’re done with writing and formatting your ebook, it’ll be time for you to sell it.

There are several platforms that you can sell your ebook on. If you’re targeting a local audience, you can upload your ebook for sale on Okadabooks or Selar. You could also sell it on your own website or blog. And if you’re looking to reach buyers all over the world, you can try out Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform.

Don’t forget to market your ebook. You’ll need to do this in order to attract buyers. Spread the word on social media. If you can, use paid adverts on Facebook to reach more potential readers. You’ll find it easier to sell across various platforms if you’ve already built a significant following on them.

Final Words

We have shared the steps on how to make money selling ebooks in Nigeria. You can follow these steps to create a great means of earning money online.

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This article was first published on 11th May 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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