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How Do I Write an eBook? 5 Writing and Self-Publishing Tips

Question from a blogger: “How do I write an ebook?” These writing and self-publishing tips are based on my experience – I wrote four Quips and Tips ebooks in six months.

It’s easy for me to write, format, and self-publish ebooks. Marketing is the hard part! I know how to market them and I’m not afraid of self-promotion, but I’d rather be blogging. (Time to hire a publicist, you say?).

“I need to hear that [ebook writing] is doable,” says this blogger, who self-published a book and CD. “I tend to procrastinate when I don’t know how to do something. But, when I hear firsthand another person’s experience, it makes it easier for me to take my next step.”

Reminds me of Sir Isaac Newton’s quip: “If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.” If you want to your writing career to succeed, fellow scribes, you need to learn from those who have gone before. You don’t necessarily need to seek out the most successful, famous, wealthy, or productive writers. You can learn from little writers like me – or books like Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual, 16th Edition: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book.

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Courage to Write – Tips From an Anxious Bestselling Author

Courage to Write Tips From an Anxious Bestselling AuthorOne of the best ways to find the courage to write is to learn from published authors. These tips are inspired by bestselling author Lionel Shriver, whose writing journey shows us that fear, anxiety, and perseverence aren’t earmarked for unpublished writers.

Even bestselling authors have to convince their literary agents and editors that certain book ideas will sell! Even bestselling authors have to write through fear, doubt, and self-criticism. Even bestselling authors wonder what the hell they’re doing…

“[Writing We Need to Talk About Kevin] was admittedly draining,” said Lionel Shriver in an interview. “And throughout, I was anxious that because I had never had a child myself, I didn’t know what I was talking about and readers who were parents would catch me out.”

That wasn’t the only reason she needed courage to write We Need to Talk About Kevin. At the end of the book, Shriver described how difficult it was to find a literary agent — even as a published novelist who already had an agent! Below, I explain how she coped with her writing fears, anxieties, and criticism from her agent and editors.

If you’re scared to write, you have to read The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes. I read it when I first started freelance writing, and it gave me the confidence I needed to succeed.

And, here are six ways to cope with writing fears, based on Shriver’s experience…

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