The Making of My First eBook, “You Too Can Be Great”

Written by James Okere

The Making of My First eBook, “You Too Can Be Great”.
The book, “You Too Can Be Great” was published by as eBook on Thursday 12th January, 2017. This insightful eBook will build in the readers a positive mind set, inculcate leadership principles, develop entrepreneurial spirits and build human capacity development including talents discovering and development for personal and societal growth. This is my first eBook. On that day I thanked God for making it a reality with,
Since year 2015, I started making contacts on how this book could be published by a foreign traditional publisher (the idea of eBook publication was not in my agenda). Contacts I made did not yield any positive result, rather a publisher, commended and informed me that my manuscript did not currently fit their requirements. I was not deterred but made further contacts. Another traditional publisher showed interest, however its conditions were not clear to me.

Within this period (though I have not developed core interest in eBook publication), I read in the internet brief about eBook publication and got myself convinced that my book “You Too Can Be Great”, published in Nigeria could be published as eBook as well. This became paramount because the book with review already published in my website, and other social media have generated interest amongst Nigerians and foreigners who have asked on how the book could be purchased online. In addition, the drive was also supported by those who have followed my blogging activities and social media contributions and have encouraged the views I advocated in areas of building self development values amongst the people, men, women and youths.

Having developed this drive to have my eBook published, I e-mailed my website developer (Ajewole Ayotokunbo) on Monday 2nd January, 2017 informing him of my desire to publish my book online via eBook. Ajewole is reach with the intricacies of computer and internet works for persons and organizations.

On 3rd January 2017, Ajewole accepted to upload the book and tidy up all other technical issues provided I would handle the formatting of the eBook in line with publisher which we selected.

What do I do next? I am not versed in formatting works of such nature. I reached my website assistant (Odinaka Onwuatuogu ; now my online publishing assistant and an upcoming website developer). The coming of Odinaka into my life in June 2015 was miraculous; a great divine arrangement. Odinaka has been supportive of some development in my website since we met. He has great interest in computer and internet services.

I discussed with Odinaka and told him my plans and subsequent discussions with Ajewole. For three days; 4th, 5th and 6th January, 2017 (this being part of my year 2017 goals), we read through publishing guidelines received from Ajewole and worked and concluded on the formatting of the eBook guidelines, which we sent to Ajewole on Friday, 6th January, 2017 for uploading accordingly.

Ajewole worked on our submission to him and by Monday 9th January 2017, I got his e-mail informing me the areas publishers would want us to do further work on the formatting. With Odinaka, we went into work on Wednesday 11th January, 2017 and finally forwarded the reformatted eBook work to my website developer same day. Before this time; on 9th January, 2017, I received an e-mail from amongst which included that my work has been assigned ISBN No. This mail, I read on 10th January, 2017 gladdened my heart as addressed me as “Dear Lulu Author”. On this day, I remained grateful to God, further remained hopeful and positive; this would become a reality.

On Thursday, 12th January, 2017, Ajewole called me asked some questions and after our interactions, he informed me that has accepted to publish my e-Book. At this point my heart was filled with joy. An hour before his call, I nearly had a motor accident which would at least got me admitted in the hospital, but was saved by the grace of God. About 4.30 pm same day; 12th January, 2017, I received an e-mail from my website developer, congratulating and informing me that my eBook would soon be available for purchase in the following sites: Lulu Bookstore, Apple iBookstore and Barnes & Noble NOOK.

In the evening of same day (12th January, 2017), I got e-mail from informing me that I have successfully published my eBook; You Too Can Be Great, and that the eBook is passing through the retail distribution details including the quality assurance review before the eBook is finally made ready for sale. I briefed my family on the event of 12th January, 2017, and we all thanked God for His mercies. Later in the evening, I called Odinaka, briefed him and congratulated him accordingly. I also sent an e-mail to Ajewole and congratulated him on this development.

Now being in the waiting when the eBook would be ready for purchase and reading by the public, I delved into reading some materials down loaded from website on this e-Book publishing as to garner knowledge on the workings of publishing. Amongst others, one of the things I got information was on how to check the display of the book in Apple iBookstore, which I checked and saw the eBook displayed in many countries; my heart also gladdened the more.

On Tuesday 23rd January, 2017 Ajewole displayed for the reading public the advert of the book in the front page and book review page of my website, informing that the book is ready for sale.

Finally, the book is now published in, Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble NOOK

This eBook,You Too Can Be Greatis an inspirational book written to advance the personal development of one. The contents of the book position one’s spiritual and physical inertia towards personal and societal greatness.

This book is divided into fourteen chapters. Chapter one is on Keys To Greatness. Chapter two is on Ideas Rule the World. Chapter three is on Power Your Dreams. Chapter four is titled You Can Make It, while chapter five is on Take a Step of Action. Chapter six is on Develop Conquering Spirit. Chapter seven             is on In Trying Lies Success. Chapter eight is on In Your Vision Lies Greatness.

Also chapter nine is on Dare To Succeed. Chapter ten is on Be Un-Stoppable. Chapter eleven is on Persevere To Conquer. Chapter twelve is on Un-Lock Your Potentials, Chapter thirteen is on Overview on You Too Can Be Great and chapter fourteen is on Brief on Great Personalities (Africans and Global), who defined and defiled all odds to achieve successes attested to by the society.

This eBook will indeed remain relevant in view of the impacts it would create in all persons who would find time to read same.

This eBook, You Too Can Be Great, can be purchased via, and in Barnes & Noble NOOK.

Thank you and happy reading.

Add comment

Security code