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How To Make A Best Selling E Book In One Day

written by John Chow on May 30, 2007

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The Make Money Online with John Chow dot Com e book was created using MS Word 2007. I went through my entire blog to copy and paste all the posts I wanted to include in the book. After copying all the posts, it was time to organize them into chapters. This was the most time consuming part because some posts could work with more than one chapter.

After I got all the posts in the proper order, I updated those posts that needed updating. Most of the time, it was just some stats that needed updating. For example, an older post would state my RSS count during the time the post was made. I changed the number to reflect the current count.

When everything was the way I wanted it, I used MS Word to auto create the table of content, header, footer and cover page.

Producing The PDF File

Making a PDF out of a Word document is suppose to be very simple but I ran into a few problems. My first attempt was to use free software call CutePDF Writer. The program is very easy to use – hit print, but instead of printing to your printer, you print to the PDF creator. Creating a PDF file with CutePDF didn’t work as planned. The software outputted the file, but all the links got lost.

This was when Justin of My PC Rig told me to try OpenOffice.org. OpenOffice.org is a an open-source multiplatform office suite. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. It also have a built in PDF creator.

In order to use Open Office, I had to save my Word 2007 document as a doc file. Word 2007 uses a new docx extension that Open Office can’t open. Once the book was loaded into Open Office, I just hit File and choose Export as PDF.

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The above PDF options screen pops up. Be default, the image output quality is set to 90%. I changed to 100% because I wanted the highest quality possible.

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The last thing I needed to do before outputting the e book into a PDF file is to set the security. I turn off the ability to modify the file and disable copying of content. When everything was to my liking, I hit the Export button and five seconds later, I had a brand new e book ready to people to download.

Looking back on it, I should have done everything in Open Office, but this is my first e book and it was a good learning experience.

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{ 71 comments }

Eastwood Zhao May 30, 2007 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for sharing! Opensource is the way to go :grin:

Jack May 30, 2007 at 9:04 pm

hhhh… still curious, what’s mr. chow’s big plan with this free ebook download except the keyword it self :twisted:

Kumiko May 31, 2007 at 12:59 am

When I saw this post title, I thought he was going to release a “how to write an ebook” ebook!!

Philomena Ojikutu May 31, 2007 at 2:27 am

Kumiko,

this is also an exposee for some of us who are novice in the area of transforming a MS Word doc into Pdf.

With this, I could go ahead and create my own free e-book.

It is still a blow to the E-Jerks and pyramid moguls.

great post JC.

Blogging with Desi Baba June 3, 2007 at 4:01 am

i guess it’s an indirect way of marketing. If this e-book is passed on to others then John’s site will spread by the word of mouth. I could be wrong but it looks as if it could happen.

Nomar May 31, 2007 at 1:57 am

Very good post !

Ali May 31, 2007 at 8:04 am

There is also PDF creator another open source PDF creator than can be downloaded free online.

Ankur May 30, 2007 at 7:52 pm

Opensurce is the :twisted: way to go!

One question:
:arrow: Are images also converted to PDF document?

Seopher May 31, 2007 at 12:18 am

Yes they are

blogdinero May 30, 2007 at 8:07 pm

John did you used to create the content table with font styles ?

Amit May 30, 2007 at 8:08 pm

That’s so easy! guess i am the next ‘Rich Jerk’!!

Philomena Ojikutu May 31, 2007 at 2:31 am

No, the next “E-Jerk” :grin: .

Blogging with Desi Baba May 30, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Very impressive. I’m planning to make an e-book that contains guaranteed links to over $4000 worth of Photoshop files, graphics, templates, and web scripts.

Ronaldo Camacho May 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm

I’m sure the next ebook will have a chapter on How To Make Ebooks… :smile:

Success Online May 30, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Your teaching people how to fish!

Your filling the void that should have been exposed a long time ago.

Thanks for sharing.

:lol:

Webmaster from India May 30, 2007 at 8:42 pm

I use primo pdf which is free of cost and works very well.

Off topic – Your blog does not rank high on “make money online”…I saw it rank 2 on Google a couple of days ago. Some of my sites ranking high have gone down as well :sad:. What is Google upto now?

Mohammad Nizam May 30, 2007 at 9:16 pm

I think John’s blog has been penalized for the keyword make money online.

I read some where about Google Bomb, where people artificially rise up in the positioning of certain keywords, by using the technique that John uses.

Oh dear. You are in trouble John. You are going to lose all the free visitors. Do something John!

Don’t tell me nivola’s prophecy is coming true?

I am in no way related to him before anyone start shooting me down.

Philomena Ojikutu May 31, 2007 at 2:36 am

Nivola again! Abeg, let him rest or keep sulking.

la bloga May 30, 2007 at 11:26 pm

sure, here´s the url in Google, where says the bad practices to make your rank grow can be penalized.

http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35665&topic=8510

Ankur May 31, 2007 at 7:04 am

Nivola, your stupid crap is utter nonsense. Have you ever ranked on the first spot the way John did, without spending a buck :!: Stop Cry baby, i pity you :lol:

Steve's Tech Blog May 30, 2007 at 8:45 pm

In 6 months, you will be able to offer v2.0 with all new affiliates, the follow up to chapter 9 and a chapter with the result of the first ebook. :mrgreen:

Glad for you that it was not a lot of work.
Recycling is good and not :twisted:

Don@AffiliateWatcher May 30, 2007 at 8:48 pm

I’m re-reading your eBook as I type this. A little slower this time. It’s better than 99% of those $97 eBooks!

I’m glad you gave us the heads up on CutePDF. I use it all the time in my Office. We don’t deal with links in our documents though. When my eBook comes out, I’ll be sure that the links are live after rendering the PDF.

:arrow: Don

Pablo Rosales May 30, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Wow! This site is great!! I love your ebook, I’m reading it right now :D

Thanks for you help! Hope to meet one day :)

Moses Francis May 30, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Good ebook, thanks for taking the time to compiled it :smile:

vutha May 30, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Your site is good great that i learn from it. Yesterday i downloaded your ebook on make money online. and then i spent one night to read it. it is so important for me.

derek May 30, 2007 at 9:31 pm

The beauty of this is that all of the information was already available on your site yet you have now condensed that all into one handy resource for people.

There are a handful of other PDF generation tools available but using OpenOffice.org is probably the easiest way to go and produces great results.

Thomson May 30, 2007 at 9:34 pm

A good one! Thanks for all your effort in compileing it.

Thanks for sharing it too.

iCalvyn May 30, 2007 at 9:49 pm

there was alot of freeware that able to make PDF file out there, try to googling…

Johan Cyprich May 30, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Open source is good, but the best PDF writer and reader is Adobe Acrobat. PDF’s created with the Adobe product work better and print better. The problem with other software is that fonts may get substituted or dropped out entirely and images may not render properly.

For instance, in your e-book, the Symbol font wasn’t embedded (press Ctrl-D in Acrobat to view Document Properties). It happens to display correctly on my computer because I have the font installed, but what about Mac or Linux users who open it? They may not have the font and a little square could appear where the symbol character should be.

Blogging with Desi Baba June 3, 2007 at 4:03 am

Well, would you want to pay $100 or more for the Adobe software? I know I wouldn’t unless I produce A LOT of PDF files.

Dog Breed May 30, 2007 at 11:17 pm

I haven’t read your e-book yet. I just bought Aaron Walls book today. His is over 300 pages…. I didn’t expect it to be that big. I look forward to your book.

Marc May 31, 2007 at 12:15 pm

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you’ve likely read it all. If you haven’t, it’s a great summary of John’s make money posts.

SEO Blog May 30, 2007 at 11:43 pm

Wow. Can’t believe this is your first ebook John +P.

Can’t believe you haven’t made one or lots of people don’t know how to ;).

Hmn…(Maybe I should create a product creation category in my new blog).

There are better pdf file generator out there, but, yep, it costs a spare change :???: .

SEO Blog May 30, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Also, forgot to mention did you hear about the LiveJournal Revolt? Hehehe, where’re all the Diggers!!! Let’s go help-out LJ users =P. (And of course you can help by digging my post :). Please, don’t let LJ gets away with DELETING your accounts with no warning whatsoever :!:

Work From Home May 30, 2007 at 11:55 pm

What is so great about Open Office is that you can use it on any platform. Rather than familiarize yourself with one piece of software, and then have to learn something new when/if you change platforms, you can take a system with you.

- Mike

Steven May 31, 2007 at 12:36 am

Nice. Very helpful, thanks John.

Steven May 31, 2007 at 12:55 am

Has anyone else noticed that John is no longer 2nd for “make money online” or 3rd or even 20th for that matter? I wonder what happened. Gonna send John and email and maybe convince him to post about it lol

Don@AffiliateWatcher May 31, 2007 at 1:10 am

As stated above, I think he may have been penalized for the term “make money online” due to all the links “suddenly” appearing.

Time for new anchor text!

He’ll do okay though, plenty of links coming in aren’t all that bad!

:arrow: Don

Tim Schroeder May 31, 2007 at 4:42 am

Actually I think it has something to do with the new robots.txt file he started using.

I used the same file he provided on one of my websites and the exact same thing has happened to my website. Basically the index page has been dropped from Google all together.

John, let me know if you figure it out. What i did is remove:

# Disallow all files ending with these extensions
Disallow: /*.php

Thinking that maybe Google was seeing mysite.com as mysite.com/index.php ?

Ronaldo Camacho May 31, 2007 at 3:34 am

His Supplemental Index number has increased: 2030 now.

How To Buy Websites May 31, 2007 at 1:07 am

I use a program call Win2PDF which does what your CutePDF was supposed to do. Its nice to have the PDF of files, email it to kinkos and they’ll print it out.

James May 31, 2007 at 1:30 am

Did the “Save as PDF and XPS” addon for Office 2007 not do the job? Some people don’t realize it’s an addon due to the ruckus Adobe raised when Microsoft was going to include it by default.

Linkage: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4D951911-3E7E-4AE6-B059-A2E79ED87041&displaylang=en

EverydayCrap.com May 31, 2007 at 5:14 am

I was about to post this very same thing since the official MS “Save as PDF” add-on works great for me when converting Office documents to PDF’s.

Thanks for the tutorial by the way John!

Spud Oregon May 31, 2007 at 7:19 am

Agreed. My first thought was why not just save it as a pdf file directly in Word 2007. My version has it as standard, not as an add-on. Hmm…

Nick May 31, 2007 at 1:43 am

I use Adobe Acrobat distiller. For me I think it is simple. It over rides my print function, but I have no printer anyway. I can even print a web page to a PDF file. I can save it to PDF Writer or Acrobat Distiller. If I save it to Writer, I can than immediately start to modify it. Ad encryption and all that good stuff. I love Adobe. Even more now that they got Macromedia. Now all my software comes from the same place. Makes it much easier to update and go shopping for new stuff. Just got Adobe Premiere Pro CS3. So nice but now I need to get the other 2 GB of RAM. :lol: Been running on only 2 GB for the last couple months. :roll:

panini sandwich May 31, 2007 at 1:51 am

You should use lulu.com and make a softcover copy of your book and sell it :)

website copywriter May 31, 2007 at 1:54 am

OpenOffice, I’ll keep that in mind. I could definitely use something like it in my line of work, thanks, John! And kudos on the ebook — it’s doing so well and it hasn’t been out that long yet.

AndyDang May 31, 2007 at 1:59 am

John, thanks for putting the ebook together. Now you just need to post about 20 more additional blogs about your ebook, so google can spider “ebook” on your blogs. Let me help you out.. e-book ebook e book. Take care.

Minny May 31, 2007 at 2:08 am

Thought you were about to sell an ebook for a second there. :shock:

Very gentlemanly of you provide a guide for us internet marketing NOOBS :mrgreen:

Mat May 31, 2007 at 3:09 am

John gets penalised too much

It’s no fair

website copywriter May 31, 2007 at 3:16 am

Is anybody having trouble downloading the ebook? I click on the links, but nothing happens (both on firefox and IE). :???:

John Metcalfe May 31, 2007 at 4:14 am

Hats off to you john for showing everybody how easy it is to recycle previously compiled content into a free traffic generator…

John Metcalfe

Jake May 31, 2007 at 4:41 am

Glad you shared that you used OO.o. The export to pdf function is really handy to have and works like a charm. :smile:

Qwerty_ May 31, 2007 at 4:59 am

Yeah Open Office FTW I have used it in the past to create PDF files for some English assignments.

Etienne May 31, 2007 at 5:51 am

Open office is good but beware as you work with it, most of the time if you dont save your file, it will crash and dont expect a recovery of your file, save every bit and it will work. :grin:
http://profit-line.blogspot.com

BrilliancesDotCom May 31, 2007 at 6:04 am

You can also try pdfcreator . I’ve never tried cutepdf but from the sounds of things pdfcreator kicks it sideways cos it keeps the hyperlinks in tact and most of all .. it’s OpenSource. I’m not a big fan of freeware. Sometimes freeware is packaged with trojan-ware too.

Steve's Tech Blog May 31, 2007 at 6:16 am

I make freeware but I can understand you.

Tip for you and others: Check if it’s posted on big sites(softpedia.com, download.com…) because they check for virus and spyware.

I submitted mine on hundreds of sites and put the “safe” badges on my freeware page when they did check and had one for the author.

Dy (www.dyphan.com) May 31, 2007 at 6:14 am

Thanks for compiling the ebook. I had read much of it already by going through your archives, but this will be a good little reference tool.

Amanda May 31, 2007 at 7:14 am

Thats fabulous I recommended the ebook t0o a couple of friends already.

Chicago 2016 May 31, 2007 at 8:29 am

Thanks a lot for the e-book. I printed it out for a couple of my friends.

Fashion Industry Ceo May 31, 2007 at 8:54 am

Yep john is on page four now for make money online and the article indexed has nothing to do with the search term….dang!…but I know John will bounce back…remember evil never prospers!…just kidding Mr Chow…I haven’t read the ebook as of yet but plan on it in the near future.

BlastYourAss.com May 31, 2007 at 9:54 am

Yo, Yo, what’s up John?

So what was the number of downloads? Let’s get the real time stats going. I think that would be interesting and keep people coming back for more and seeing how your experiment is going. :evil:

Well at least the serious we marketers who visit here to see what your doing now, like me.

Just thought I would drop by and give you an idea to generate more traffic because it would. Try it.

Peace,

Moe

http://www.BlastYourAss.com
“A place to make money with no BS”

Do you care if we put our url’s? If so i will not but I saw it in many posts so hey, why not.

Giorgio May 31, 2007 at 10:21 am

There is a great FREE PDF driver you can install and so you can create PDF directly from OFFICE or any other editing program, the link is http://www.primopdf.com

VORN May 31, 2007 at 10:39 am

I want to say that anybody can create a PDF format using Google Docs and Spreadsheets for free, :idea: not need to buy a software like CutePDF,
only a stupid man can pay for a software. :mad:
http://docs.google.com/ :arrow:

Matt May 31, 2007 at 4:41 pm
Wendy June 1, 2007 at 12:16 pm

I noticed if you download the PDF, and you click a hyperlink a security warning pops up saying: “The document is trying to connect to the site…click allow or block”

Is there a setting you can use when making a PDF to stop this from happening. I’m thinking this could cause less people to click on the hyperlinks.

If your the one writing the ebook I don’t think you want this warning showing up as it will discourage clickers.

Great Ebook by the way…almost done reading it.

Wahlau.NET June 1, 2007 at 7:13 pm

thanks for the tips on making the ebook…now just need to get a topic to write about…?? :roll: :?: .

This is the hard part

Erik (DeveloperDose.com) June 1, 2007 at 7:46 pm

One word: free. Thats how to make the best selling e-book. :cool:

Matt - Domain Feed June 12, 2007 at 11:57 am

This was such an awesome idea. I imagine there is no way to measure it exactly, but it would be interesting to know how much money this one day of work is going to earn you.

Satish Talim June 13, 2007 at 12:01 am

What font and size did you use for the contents of your eBook?

Michael June 17, 2007 at 3:42 pm

That’s really neat, I didn’t realize that the ebook was made by blog posts on this site. Interesting.