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I Wrote an E-book That’s Now Paying My Car Payments

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Just a small inspirational story.

I have a personal blog which gets a few thousand visitors every month.

Last year I decided to write an e-book that would help my readers solve a specific problem.

The book was done in April, where I'd launch it to my mailing list and on my blog.

It's around 42,000 words, and the price of the book is $37.

After making three sales in May, barely enough to pay for my car payment, it made enough money to pay for my monthly car payment twice in June.

If you have a blog or a website, why not create a digital product that helps your visitors, if you're not already selling a product to them?

I've been making money from affiliate sales on my blog. But the lack of control have smashed my earnings to the ground several times (earned thousands on one program, that one day just closed and left my blog earning pennies).

Now having my own product, no one but me can decide when to shut it down.

My plan is to save all the money from my book, so when I have enough, I can pay off my car debt in one big chunk.

It wasn't clever to get a car a few years ago, that I couldn't pay for in cash.

But it was smart to create a new income source, that hopefully can help me pay off the debt in half the time.
 

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This is amazing and inspirational! Definitely my plan as well. What niche are you in? Feel like sharing your website?

xWW
 
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This is amazing and inspirational! Definitely my plan as well. What niche are you in? Feel like sharing your website?

xWW
Not a single niche per say. It's my personal blog, where I write about my businesses, personal development, life etc.

The blog isn't in English, so not much sense in sharing it here
 

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Congrats, a small step into something much larger. Once you get a taste, there's usually no going back!
 

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Great work. It's funny, I've been having a look at cars recently to replace the wife's car in 2-3 years. We have put in place saving measures so we can have majority cash payment when the time comes...but everyone I talk to says 'why wait!? Interest rates on car loans are only 6-7%?'

I've told the wife that if she wants a car sooner, she needs to figure out an idea that pays the loan plus extra weekly after tax...!
 

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Just a small inspirational story.

I have a personal blog which gets a few thousand visitors every month.

Last year I decided to write an e-book that would help my readers solve a specific problem.

The book was done in April, where I'd launch it to my mailing list and on my blog.

It's around 42,000 words, and the price of the book is $37.

After making three sales in May, barely enough to pay for my car payment, it made enough money to pay for my monthly car payment twice in June.

If you have a blog or a website, why not create a digital product that helps your visitors, if you're not already selling a product to them?

I've been making money from affiliate sales on my blog. But the lack of control have smashed my earnings to the ground several times (earned thousands on one program, that one day just closed and left my blog earning pennies).

Now having my own product, no one but me can decide when to shut it down.

My plan is to save all the money from my book, so when I have enough, I can pay off my car debt in one big chunk.

It wasn't clever to get a car a few years ago, that I couldn't pay for in cash.

But it was smart to create a new income source, that hopefully can help me pay off the debt in half the time.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Congrats on your win, Sander! :D
Love the e-book stuff - has been an awesome tool for me too.
 

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Just a small inspirational story.

I have a personal blog which gets a few thousand visitors every month.

Last year I decided to write an e-book that would help my readers solve a specific problem.

The book was done in April, where I'd launch it to my mailing list and on my blog.

It's around 42,000 words, and the price of the book is $37.

After making three sales in May, barely enough to pay for my car payment, it made enough money to pay for my monthly car payment twice in June.

If you have a blog or a website, why not create a digital product that helps your visitors, if you're not already selling a product to them?

I've been making money from affiliate sales on my blog. But the lack of control have smashed my earnings to the ground several times (earned thousands on one program, that one day just closed and left my blog earning pennies).

Now having my own product, no one but me can decide when to shut it down.

My plan is to save all the money from my book, so when I have enough, I can pay off my car debt in one big chunk.

It wasn't clever to get a car a few years ago, that I couldn't pay for in cash.

But it was smart to create a new income source, that hopefully can help me pay off the debt in half the time.
Fantastic stuff!

Is there any way you can double down on this success? $37 is not cheap for an ebook by a (presumably) unknown author, yet you have sales. This indicates to me that you have something good here.

Have you tried pushing it through any other medium than your blog/email marketing? Maybe try some social media marketing, facebook groups etc.

Basically you have shown that if this product is exposed to a small audience, they buy, so now set about increasing the size of that audience.

Well done again, this really isn't easy what you've done. :cool:
 

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Just a small inspirational story.

I have a personal blog which gets a few thousand visitors every month.

Last year I decided to write an e-book that would help my readers solve a specific problem.

The book was done in April, where I'd launch it to my mailing list and on my blog.

It's around 42,000 words, and the price of the book is $37.

After making three sales in May, barely enough to pay for my car payment, it made enough money to pay for my monthly car payment twice in June.

If you have a blog or a website, why not create a digital product that helps your visitors, if you're not already selling a product to them?

I've been making money from affiliate sales on my blog. But the lack of control have smashed my earnings to the ground several times (earned thousands on one program, that one day just closed and left my blog earning pennies).

Now having my own product, no one but me can decide when to shut it down.

My plan is to save all the money from my book, so when I have enough, I can pay off my car debt in one big chunk.

It wasn't clever to get a car a few years ago, that I couldn't pay for in cash.

But it was smart to create a new income source, that hopefully can help me pay off the debt in half the time.
Awesome man.

I just feel like ebooks don't sell anymore. Nobody goes on blogs and buys $37 ebooks. You could've got lucky, or, your content is extremely good and the website/book must look excellent.
 
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Awesome man.

I just feel like ebooks don't sell anymore. Nobody goes on blogs and buys $37 ebooks. You could've got lucky, or, your content is extremely good and the website/book must look excellent.
I feel like ebooks sell. Even for $37.

Hell, I know a guy who sells an ebook about real estate investing for $89 a piece.
 

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$37 is indeed not a cheap price for a book! That is truly awesome that you are getting sales, it must have good value. Do you know if there are other books like this in your language?

Congrats! You're quite inspiring.
 

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I feel like ebooks sell. Even for $37.

Hell, I know a guy who sells an ebook about real estate investing for $89 a piece.
What I should have said is it's really difficult to sell ebooks with little to no credibility. It's impressive that you're getting consistent sales.
 

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I have finished a softcover recently and will advance this to ebook and audiobook too. I already bought a sufficient mic for speaking.
I am really proud that I finished something like this. It gives me a lot of self esteem though missing any sells up until now.

However, the target are just young adolescents without much money. So my customers are paying just 9 € and I earn around 2.5 right now per sale. So I have to make a sufficient marketing setup next to it.

The next time I write a book, I will also try to use better tools. I have a dictating software now and the good microphone will help me to accelarate the output. But this is something for 2020 :). One step after another.
 
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What I should have said is it's really difficult to sell ebooks with little to no credibility. It's impressive that you're getting consistent sales.
I think maybe it has something to do with the language. In English, maybe there are hundreds of books like this, all competing on Amazon, all racing to the buttom when it comes to the price.

In Danish, which I write in, this is the first book about this topic. And Amazon/Kindle isn't very popular here yet (compared to the countries with Amazon departments). So much less competition, and I'm not directly competing with thousands of Kindle books on the same topic.
 

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