Jelmer de Boer

@jelmerdeboer

Writer.
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  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Joined March 2018

1) My first e-book I made without posting anything, then announced, published and sold. For my most popular book (about finding cheap airfare) I just told the world 'hey, I'm writing this book, please pre-order to support me'. 900 people pre-ordered.
2) Asked on Twitter what people would want to pay. Then ignored it and asked a higher price (for the airfare book). Other prices depending on my popularity and popularity of subject.
3) My first e-books I sold with woocommerce. Current ones through Shopify, linked to my websites (such as thuisblijvenisduurder.com). The ones I made with a publisher, are selling on all places where one can buy books.
4) For the airfare book, I asked a professional cover designer to design the cover. The actual book I designed myself in Indesign. My first e-books (in 2012) I designed myself. The ones I made with a publisher were designed by a designer.
5) Depends on the topic, I guess. These are the book titles of my books:

  • Billen (translated: 'buttocks') --> A book about how to train your ass (yes, published in 2012)
  • 10 reasons you don't lose weight (this was only 40 pages and sold for €7)
  • Eat cake have a sixpack (went with a publisher, sold for €12)
  • Staying home is more expensive (self-published, e-book was €20, lower price after two years)
  • Handbook for people who always kill their house plants (with publisher, sold for €12)
  • Can we fly again? (self-published, €9)

6) Nothing helpful comes to mind.

Wow,thanks for the indepth insights! I think the titles are really compelling and I like the fun twists. Again thanks big time 🙏🏾

Hi! I have been selling e-books for ten years now. Not that I can make a living out of it (although some books sold 5000+ copies). Ask me anything and I will try to help you as best as possible.

I know this might be too simple, but I prefer to do the bare minimum of legal texts and just offer service like a real human because I absolutely hate to call / email services and jump through hoops and talk to robots to get stuff done.

I just wrote simple text on a Google Doc for people who use my site www.yelmair.com as well as people who buy my books (e-books and physical products):

Terms and Conditions

Product names and trade names
Jelmer de Boer
[address]
Chamber of Commerce number: XXXXXX

Trading under the names
Jelmer de Boer
Thuisblijven is duurder
Yelmair

Returns
If you have bought something that did not meet your expectations, you can return it within a reasonable period (let's agree on a month) to:

[address]

stating your name and order number.

If you also email me at [email address] stating that you have returned, you will get your money back.

Digital goods
E-books cannot be returned and neither can memberships, but you can always email to [email address] and you will usually get your money back if you have a good reason.

I know this might be too simple, but I prefer to do the bare minimum of legal texts and just offer service like a real human because I absolutely hate to call / email services and jump through hoops and talk to robots to get stuff done.

I've created a bunch of landing pages with carrd.co also. Great, cheap and easy tool. E.g. thuisblijvenisduurder.com, plantenboek.nl and peenuien.nl

Really like The Social Network movie OST for the same purpose!