I do a lot of webinars and interview a lot of people– like 2-to 3 per week.
Most of these go for about an hour–but could be 30 minutes or even 2 hours.
We upload the video from Zoom or the camera into our favorite writing/editing tool called Descript, which allows us to edit video/audio/text just like editing words in Google Docs.
We do some basic processing in Descript (the tool automatically cleans up the sound, removes filler words, and transcribes). Then correct the transcription errors, which get better every month as the AI gets smarter.
Some of my digital marketing guests use a lot of jargon (agencies are the worst), followed by doctors who use medical terminology.
And because people don’t speak as naturally as they type, we have to reword bits– whether through AI tools like Jasper (formerly Jarvis) and/or manually.
Then we can push the manuscript into Designrr, which is an AI tool that instantly generates a book with the cover, TOC, chapters, index, etc.
Of course, that’s a quick and dirty way to generate an ebook from the video. So we have 3 levels of effort:
– SIMPLE: just get it done roughly and economically– no need to make it pretty, but do fix grammar (using Grammarly or whatever tool you like). Then just publish on free-ebooks.net, making sure to meet their publishing requirements. $75-100 per ebook is our budget (with no freelancer budget).
– MEDIUM: we can get a few $10 or $20 jobs on Fiverr or whatnot to get a respectable cover, then maybe edit a few pictures or diagrams. $125-200 per book (with $50 for other freelancers). Reach out to 5 of the people we list to collect testimonials on the back cover.
– HIGH: we can spend a few hundred dollars on freelancers (besides you) to get everything nice, since we’re going to list it on Amazon, promote it, etc… $350-500 per book plus $200 for a freelancer budget. Reach out to 10 of the people we list to collect testimonials on the back cover. Pull out 10 video snippets we can use for social media posts, using our Descript templates. Publish the “video” of the book to our YouTube channel.
The beauty of all these tools is that we can quickly turn most podcasts into 25 page ebooks that are respectable– and print a few on the various on-demand sites as a gift.
I’d expect that 80% of the ebooks are in a SIMPLE category, 15% are MEDIUM, and 5% are HIGH.
We used to use Illustrator, do manual transcription, and mess around with a lot of back and forth that took weeks. Now we’ve been able to crank these out in a couple of days, which surprises our friends. Use the keyword ‘warren’ in your response so I know you pay attention to details.
And they don’t really care or even know if we’re using templates for the ebook sections. So long as we have a nice cover image and snappy title (plus no glaring errors in tweaking the transcription), it will be passable.
If you like what we’re doing here, even if you don’t have experience yet in the various tools, that’s okay. Do show me you understand this process and can grok the content well enough to come up with snappy headlines for our webinars that we turn into books.
Do not send me your resume or canned introduction. Write a message from scratch that thoughtfully demonstrates your understanding of what we’re doing and your interest.
My hope is to have a couple of folks that we can run as many books through as you can handle or desire to work on.
Your bid is for one HIGH ebook.
I’d expect a 3-day turnaround on most ebooks– but there may be delays based on feedback cycles or freelancers getting back to us.
But if you haven’t created quality ebooks from videos, then perhaps best to go through our training to qualify:
Those who can demonstrate initiative to implement what we teach, I’m okay with hiring hourly or on a small test project.