We are done creating our e-book. We can call it our own. We can put our name on it. But it will not look complete and professional if we don’t make an image for it. Let’s check, how was the images of the original plr e-book, “Responsive List Building Secrets.” Head over to the “Graphics”folder. These were the images (below) of our PLR package!
Designing an image is a complete and separate skill. Having or learning that skill is not essential for your Internet marketing journey. You can always skip it and pay someone (only $5.50) at fiverr.com to design a book cover for you.
But creating images is fun. People enjoy it thoroughly, that includes me! Images are needed in all steps of IM. If you know how to create or edit an image, it will save you a lot of money.
We have to create images like above for our e-book. We have to design our cover from scratch. We need two tools to do it. First tool is needed to design the flat e-cover, and the 2nd tool is needed to make 3 D cover image out of that flat e-cover.
The best tool for design, of course is Photo Shop. Those who know how to operate the program can easily design their covers. I use a much easier free tool called, Paint.net. You can download a copy free from here:
You can get video walk through tutorials here:
Go through the tutorials and practice on few images. It should not take more than 3 days to master the operation. But these 3 days will save many dollars in the coming days!
Let’s get to the point, how I create my e-book cover? Here is how I do it. Our color theme is deep green that we have selected earlier. Now I use to head over to Google Images and type “Deep-green background.” Some background images came up, but I didn’t like them for my e-cover. So I searched “Deep green background digital.” Most of the images here is water marked, but I managed to choose one without.
I loaded the background in my free paint.net software. I made the below images in 5 minutes!
Now We have to turn this flat image into the 3d book cover. For this, I use a paid software called e-cover authority by Chad Eljisr. But there are free resources as well. Search “Free online e-cover creator” in search engines and you will get plenty of resources.
Advantage of paid e-cover creators is, you can design your e-cover within the software with the templates they provide. But generally, I don’t use any templates and create my images myself like above.
Free or paid, principles of creating a 3D e-cover are same. Load your design into the software and the software will take care of converting it to 3d image. Below image I have designed with paint.net and loaded into e-cover authority software, and the software provided the 3D image.
After we got our 3D book cover image, resize it so that it fits in our “ How To Build Responsive List” document. Now copy the image and paste at the first page in the document.
Our e-book is almost done. Work on the “Table of Contents” and assign right page numbers to the headlines accordingly.
We are done with the part 2 of this tutorial. In “Transforming a PLR Package- Part 3,” we will show you how to make webpages; that is, sales page and thank you page for our product.
Okay. I’ll show you how I take a PLR package, edit it to make my own and squeeze benefit out of it. The process can be done in many ways using different tools. But I will show you, how I do it.
If you have not downloaded already, please download the plr package from here:
Download the package and unzip the file. You’ll get a folder, “Responsive List Building Secrets.” Open the folder and you will get another three folders, named Graphics, Report, Web site and a txt file named, License.txt.
The first thing you should do is to open the license.txt to check what are rights that are included with your download. Go through the file. The owner has given “unrestricted private label rights,” in this case. So we can do whatever we like with these files. No problem there.
The second important thing you should do is to browse through the folders to see what’s in it.
There are few images of 3d book cover and a flat book cover in the “Images” folder. We will not use these. We will create our own book cover.
The second folder contains two files, Responsive List Building Secrets.pdf and Responsive List Building Secrets.doc. We don’t need the pdf file. We will take the doc file, edit, rename and personalize the file and convert it to a pdf file of our own.
The “Website” folder contains files that are to be hosted on our server. But we will not use these files. We will be creating our own web files like sales page, squeeze page, download page, etc., with our own product our name printed in it.
Now, let’s choose a color theme. Check the images of “graphics” folder. They used blue theme. I always choose a color theme that is boldly different with the original plr package. Let’s say, we choose deep green as our color for this project.
First, we are going to edit and personalize the main e-book. Named, “Responsive-List-Building-Secrets”. We have to change the name. We have to rename it but rename it by something similar.
I used to search Google first, to search for a alike name with similar meaning. I searched “Responsive List Building Secrets” in the Google search and came up with a similar and simple name. I got it all the ways to the 3rd page. It is a simple name and I liked it. Our e-book name will be, “How to Build Responsive Mailing List”. We are going to use this name instead of the original name, “Responsive-List-Building-Secrets”.
Now open a new blank document file. I use Open Office Writer but the process is similar in MS Office.
This file will be transferred as our e-book in pdf format. So, you should save the file with the name, “ How-To-Build Responsive-Mailing-List. Use these hyphens in between each word. It keeps the url intact, and error free when the file is uploaded in a server.
I would like to change the appearance of my document. As different as possible from the original file. That will make it somewhat ‘stand alone.’
Now the default page in open office is 8.50”X11”. I would like to increase the page width to 9.50”. Go to format → page and the below looking interface will appear. Increase the page width to 9.50” also reduce the margins (shown in the picture) to .50” from the default .79”.
Now go to “Border” tab shown in the picture. Here I would give a border, specify how I want my border around my pages and select border color into deep green. Our color theme is deep green, remember?
I generally don’t want to change the color of my page and keep it white. If you like a specific color, go to “Background” tab and choose some light color.
Now I insert a header and a footer. In the header, I place the name of my e-book, i.e. “How to build responsive mailing list.” Also I place a line under it. See the picture below:
Okay. Now our page is ready. We need to insert our content. Open the “Responsive List Building Secrets.doc” file at the “Reports” folder.
Now, copy all the text there by Edit →Select All →Copy.
And paste it to our new file named “How To Build Responsive List”.
Here, I change font and font size. I like a font called “Yu Gothic Light” and font size 15 or 16. Perfect for pdf format. But you also need to change line spacing to 1.5 because the content appears too clumsy in pdf with line spacing 1.
Now, we have to edit few things. From “Edit” drop-down menu, select “Find & Replace” and replace “Responsive List Building Secrets” with “How To Build Responsive List.” This will replace all the “Responsive List Building Secrets” with the “How To Build Responsive List” in the document. Look at the image below.
I don’t edit or rewrite any text, but I change all the headlines of the contents and make a new “table of contents,” discarding existing one. Reason for that is, the headlines have been changed, also the page number will not be same with all those changes with page settings, font size and line spacing.
Take an example of existing and changed headlines:
The Gadgets You Need- Resources Needed
Developing A High Converting Squeeze Page- Making a Squeeze Page that converts
Generating Maximum Profits – Max. Profit Generation, etc.
But I like to go through the content at least once so that I understand what I’m selling.
Another important thing is to check all the links in the content, to see whether the links are live and functional. If a link is taking to the error page, we need to replace that link with similar resources. And never misuse an opportunity of inserting your affiliate links if there is a chance.
Well done! We have created a stand-alone e-book from a plr material. Now export the document- oh, wait. There is one more thing we must do. We must create a book design with our name and paste at the first page of this document.
We will cover that in the part-2 of this tutorial.