Writing ebooks has become quite common, but how to write an ebook isn’t so straightforward.
Ebooks can be life-changing. If you want a steady stream of side income, or if you want to take the first big step in your career as a writer, writing an ebook is a great place to begin.
Lots of writers (and would-be writers) recognize that but have yet to get started on their own ebook. Perhaps you’re one of them: you’re not sure where to begin, or you’re worried about how you’ll find the time.
How do you write Your First eBook?
The art of self-discipline demands that you get down to tasks as soon as they arise. Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today. get down to planning and writing your book.
Pick a niche that you are passionate and choose what you want to write about.
Writing an ebook requires a total commitment so if you are not passionate about what you are writing about, chances are, you are most likely going to send the drafts into the dustbin and forget about them altogether.
If you pick a niche that you enjoy and somewhat your expertise then everything will go smoothly and handy when it comes to producing something epic for your readers.
Set SMART goals and stick to them.
Goals keep us on track. Writing an eBook should be taken as one’s dream career sort of, and hence the need to have clearly set objectives for your new venture.
Set realistic and attainable goals with time limits.
Make an action plan. At first, you might feel overwhelmed with the thought of writing your own first ever eBook but when this is broken down to smaller actionable sections, it appears very possible.
For example, you can make a plan on writing one chapter of your book a week. Take some days for your research and other days for your actual writing.
Block out scheduled writing time.
Set aside at least 2 hours a day to work on your book. The tasks could include researching, drafting, and writing. Do not edit your work at this time. Just allow the flow of ideas to go on smoothly without disruptions.
Start with an Outline.
Start writing in an outline form, do not just jump into the hefty task first, without a proper compass that will direct you where you should go next. Where applicable, you can also include subheadings. What are you planning to include in each of the outlined chapters?
Use the right brainstorming and outlining tools.
Use a mind map to get your ideas on paper. Use Pat Flynn’s sticky note method to brainstorm. If you’re more of a linear thinker, use a tool like WorkFlowy to pound out an outline.
Set a total word count.
Make a plan on how many words do you want your eBook to sum up. Depending on the scope of your book, you can have an eBook with as low as 10000 words to as high as 100000 words count. Then set a time goal on how long you would like to be writing your book, e.g. two months, six months etc.
Set Weekly Goals and Meet them and stick to your plans.
Go through your work.
If you stick to your goals, chances are your book will be ready in about two months or less time. Duration largely depends on your commitment and the length of your book. After your book is done, read through it again and again, rewrite where necessary. You may also need to re-organize your thoughts.
Look for an editor.
Do not publish your own work, if it has not undergone through the hands of an editor. Some errors slip through our eyes when we are proofreading our own work, no matter how keen to details we believe we are. Find a third party who is a professional editor to refine your work. You may need to have a budget for this, or you can ask a friend to help out. You can also hire one freelance editor or writer.
Things To Avoid
In order for you to have a high selling cost for your eBook then make one that is high quality, relevant and has valuable content. Remember that an eBook is taken more seriously than a normal blog post, no matter how long it is. And given the fact that it carries your name, you would want to avoid anything that will degrade your authorship brand. Below is a list of mistakes that you need to avoid to write successfully your first eBook,
- Being Your Own Proofreader.
Never make yourself as your own proofreader. As a writer, you are the world’s worst proofreader for your own work. Find someone who is experienced enough in proofreading or talk an expert friend to help you out. A third eye will be able to spot mistakes which you couldn’t tell as a writer.
- Only Thinking as a Writer and not a Publisher.
An independent author’s role is not only about writing your book, but you also need to do everything that a publishing house does. Think and plan how you want your book to perform in the market. Come up with a great team… Cover designer, content editor, managerial editor, copy editor, testimonials in-charge, marketing in-charge, hard-core critique, launch facilitator, etc.
For a writer who wants to write your first eBook, you need to deliver a great and competitive product to the market. Millions of books are already published so you need a great plan, idea, and strategy for you to stand out.
- Choosing a Topic that you think is profitable but you have no idea and interest in it.
Here’s the key to success: Always go for something you are passionate about. Think about your hobbies, interests or about something where you are expert about
- Thinking that you are good enough and doesn’t need an editor.
Every writer needs an editor. We can never be perfect when it comes to our grammar and so as with some typographical errors. Editing can sometimes be very expensive but if you have some connections or friends who could help you out in editing at a very low cost.
- Not Editing and Rewriting your own Work.
Prior to submitting your work to the editor review your book a couple of times first until you’re sure that your book is worth someone’s time. Omit sentences or paragraphs that are meaningless. By reviewing your book several times. The contents will get in your head and the message will be clearer.
- Being Your Own Book Cover Designer.
You are pretty the worst applicant for this job. Outsource this service from relatively cheap designers on freelancing sites like Freelance, Upwork, Fiverr etc.
We also can create a design for you if you need such a service. We have a team of people that are working our SMART IM Lead Magnets (see link below to learn more) and they also take on external jobs such as designing covers and even the layout of an entire book.
This is a separate section of our company that is called Soaring Eagle LLC. We are a USA based company that works out of Minnesota. We have teams for different areas of online marketing support and even one team that does nothing but support offline and online business with SMART Chatbots!
If you need some help, just ask in the comment section or through the chatbot on the site. We will get back with you and can prepare a quote based on your needs. We are here to help and like to involve ourselves with new projects and assist other entrepreneurs to succeed,
Getting back to the publishing, here is what we can offer you off the shelf…
A Suggested Framework To Follow
Our SMART IM Tools brand has a product called SMART IM Checklists that can help you as you plan and get started. I have a review of the entire set of checklists that we have for you (a total of 12 are in the set) but one focuses specifically on the publishing of ebooks.
The one that specifically addresses publishing is Volume 10…It has all the important subtasks and the checklist for each of those sub-tasks for you. using the checklists, you will easily be able to see how you are progressing and also make sure that you have not left anything out.
It is the set of checklists that I have used to publish all of our SMART IM Lead Magnet Kit books that we offer for online marketers, and it really helps you stay on task. I would not dream of not using it for each and every book that I write! There have been many checklists, but this one is based on my own experiences.
These also come in different formats so you can use them in a number of ways – choose the one that suits you best and have at it! I use printed out versions, as I am old-school, but I am sure many people would prefer the digital versions as they can be easily marked up and saved online.
Here are some more details about this checklist volume…
SMART IM Checklist Volume 10 – Self Publishing
A complete guide to getting your ebook from an idea to a product!
Checklist 1 – Book Planning Checklist
Checklist 2 – Book Writing Checklist
Checklist 3 – Book Cover Checklist
Checklist 4 – Book Publishing Checklist
Checklist 5 – Book Marketing Checklist
Checklist 6 – Createspace Upload Checklist
Checklist 7 – Lulu Upload Checklist
Checklist 8 – Nook Upload Checklist
Checklist 9 – Kindle Upload Checklist
Checklist 10 – Amazon Advertising Checklist
Checklist 11 – Book Online Advertising Checklist
Checklist 12 – Giveaway Model Book Funnel
Checklist 13 – Free Plus Shipping Model Book
Checklist 14 – Traditional Book Selling Model
Checklist 15 – Local Book Launch Checklist
Checklist 16 – Online Book Launch Checklist
Checklist 17 – Book Lead Generation / Sales
Checklist 18 – Book Backend Checklist
Checklist 19 – Book Speaking Gigs Checklist
Checklist 20 – Book Translation Checklist
Here are some features:
- Variety of Formats For Access As You Need To Best Use Them – There are 4 formats you can download.
It is easy to find one that works for your site, and you can edit them as well. You can hover over any of the templates and see how each page will look.
- Ongoing Support Via Facebook Business Page and a Membership Site (eventual)
The platform will gently remind members if they don’t have access and asks if they’d like to upgrade – it then will present the exact sales page of the package or offer they’re looking for. If you have purchased the checklist you will get access to that particular forum and support pages.
Here are a couple of example pages of the checklists that you will get when you purchase this volume:
Checklist 1: Book Planning
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Checklist 5: Book Marketing
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As you can see, this volume of checklists has a huge number of topics it covers, and these are the ones that you really need to consider as you get started writing that ebook! It provides a solid framework for you from start to publishing, plus addresses the marketing after publishing…
We’ve gone through the basic steps of what it takes to get your first e-book planned for, written, proofed, and published in broad brush-strokes in this article. It can be done as you see, and it is not an insurmountable task. My advice is to get started, that is often the hardest part.
After reading through this, you do have an idea of what you are facing. Use the SMART IM Checklist I mention to make sure that you have covered each step, and use it as a final check before publishing, and especially use it to market that e-book after it is published!
Best of luck and have fun, it is a really good feeling when you have your first best-seller out for the public to purchase and have them enjoy your creation! Let me know below what your experiences have been and of course, we are all here to learn, so if you have tips, add them for everyone! Thanks ahead of time!
Dave : )