Ah, writing ebooks. I love it! These tips will make ebook writing and publishing easier, especially if you want to write a nonfiction ebook (but these tips apply to writing fiction ebooks, too). I’ve written two ebooks about writing and making money blogging, and have learned a lot along the way.
Here’s an excerpt from a review of my second ebook, Quips and Tips for Successful Bloggers:
“Most of us who spend a lot of our time blogging would like to be able to make some money from our efforts,” says George, over at Tumblemoose. “You can spend a lot of time scouring the internet for monetizing tips, or you can get Laurie’s E-book and save yourself a lot of time and hassle.”
If you want to write an ebook but don’t know where to start, you’ll find How to Write and Publish Your Own eBook in as Little as 7 Days helpful.
And, here are my tips to make ebook writing easier…
10 Tips to Make eBook Writing Easier
Snuggle up to the basic rules of good writing
Even the best writers slip into lazy or flabby writing, which is why publishing houses assign editors to work with authors! Make sure you not only know the basic rules of good writing, you actually apply them to your ebook.
Carve out 30 or 60 minutes a day for writing your ebook
I had to force myself to keep writing both Fire Up (or Just Fire!) the Muse and Quips and Tips for Successful Bloggers – I wrestled with self-doubt and fear (What if nobody buys my ebook? What if people buy it, but don’t like it? What if, what if, what if?) The best way to overcome doubt and fear is to set your ebook writing schedule and stick to it. (Which, by the way, is what Fire Up the Muse is all about: overcoming writer’s block, fear, doubt, self-criticism — and being a successful writer).
Double check the facts and figures in your ebook
Don’t rely on your memory when you’re writing an ebook – your reputation is on the line! You have to be your own fact checker, which means making sure that everything you say is supported by research, expert sources, or solid personal experience. Question every sentence; let no detail sneak by. Learn as much as you can about your topic – but don’t include every last detail in your ebook!
Ask for feedback before you publish your ebook
I sent a draft of Successful Bloggers to several readers before it was ready, which was a mistake. Before you ask for feedback (and before you start selling your ebook!), make sure you’ve spit and polished your rough draft until it shines. Writing ebooks (and writing in general) isn’t easy, but it has to be done well if you want to be successful.
Be specific when asking for critiques
Do you want feedback on spelling and grammar? Flow? Consistency? Smooth transitions? Active voice? Content? Usability? When you give your ebook to people for feedback, ask for specific advice. And remember that ebook writing isn’t easy – it takes time and effort.
Create a cool ebook cover
I found both my ebook cover images on Flickr, and I love them both! It took awhile to find the right images that were also allowed for commercial use (less than 30 minutes, which is a long time to me) – but finding the exact right cover can help make or break ebook sales. To make ebook writing easier, look for your cover image early.
Decide what format(s) you want to publish your ebook in
My ebooks are all in pdf format – which is more or less the standard for ebooks. Fire Up the Muse is in a Kindle format and is available on Amazon; it took me a full day to change my pdf to a Kindle and upload the ebook to Amazon. There are several different publishing formats for your ebook (such as epub and mobi) that make it compatible on various digital readers (eg, Sony, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, etc). When writing ebooks, remember that tables and images may not convert well to digital formats.
Write your sales or landing page while writing your ebook
I spent a lot of time on my landing pages for Fire Up the Muse and Successful Bloggers. They’re tough to write – almost as difficult as writing my ebooks! My best tip for writing your landing page is to develop it as you write your ebook, using your brilliant ideas, excerpts, and research findings. Don’t leave it until the end, when you’re ready to sell your ebook.
Google your ebook writing questions
I had so many questions when writing my ebooks: How much should I charge? How will I market and promote my ebook? Who is my audience? Why am I writing it? How many ebooks can I realistically expect to sell in a month? I found the answers to these questions – and more information than I could absorb – when I asked Google. Another great source for answers is the Absolute Writers forum.
Ask bloggers to review your ebook
This is something I’m very bad at: taking the time to approach fellow bloggers and writers and ask if they’d like to review my ebooks. I’m not worried about The Ask – I just can’t find the time to find bloggers and writers to share the Good News with! If you’ve already written an ebook, read The Publicity Hound’s 26 Ways to Promote an eBook – it’s got some great tips.
If you don’t have any ideas for writing ebooks, read How to Get Published When You Don’t Know What Book to Write.
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