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Introduction

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.

Other considerations…

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…

 

 

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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…


 

If you would like to purchase this volume, here is the product sales page link:

 

SMART IM Checklist Volume 10 Self Publishing


Bottom Line…

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!

Cheers!

Dave : )  

26 thoughts on “Writing Your First EBook

  1. I was toldone of the ways to earn a passive income is to be a content writer which I applied for online and the first work I got is to write an ebook. Although since yesterday when u got that work I have been making some research on how to write ebook and make mine stand out but despite the result I’m getting I’m more satisfied with the one I got from this site. I will follow your guidelines and I know i will  write one of the best ebook.

    1. Hi, Lok…

      The planning for an ebook is a must or it will likely be hard to get a product published that will go anywhere, a in people buying and reading it. Most certainly there are different paths that people take to getting a book out to market, but especially for those that may not have done it before the SMART IM Checklist Volume 10 can really help.

      I have tried cover some of the considerations in this short post, but there are a lot of details that needs to be taken care of. This checklist is one that I also use for our teams of people that create the SMART IM Lead Magnet Kits we offer. The list helps make sure we have everything included.

      No matter what path you choose, having a plan and outline will help, so I do wish you well with your ebook contract, and our checklust set in volume 10 is there if you need it!

      Cheers!

      Dave : )

  2. Thanks for writing this article on writing your first e-book. I must first commend you for a wonderful well done job in this article,it so full of information and educative point to know when writing e-book. Writing an e-book is not a work in the pack because without the require skill and resources at your disposal is not going to be possible.before know I always think is something I can’t do but after reading this article am having the idea that I can do it

    1. Good Day, Ajibola…

      You can definitely write a book, I think most people have a story to tell. It depends on the subject and the time you may have, plus the purpose behind your book as to how it will be shaped and eventually, published. There are a lot of considerations, as I point out in this short article.

      Writing a book is something that many people dream about, but they have trouble moving the dream into reality, as it is not as simple as you might think. On the other hand, it can be done by anyone, and the steps involved can be accomplished one by one.

      I have met a lot of people that wanted to write a ook. They just did not know how to go about it. The checklist that we have created will help show clearly from start to finish what is involved these days. It is not like before where you had to work with a company, you cando it yourserlf in large part unlike the earlier days.

      Our SMART IM Checklist Volume 10 Self Publishing is a perfect complement to whatever other tools a writer may be using, because it is a checklist that is generic in many ways. It will work for many sorts of content projects. I use it for Lead Magnets, for short reports, and white papers, for instance.  

      Good luck with your ebook and other published content, have some fun with it!

      Cheers!

      Dave : )

  3.  One really make a living by writing and Editting posts . The first time in chose to write a poem , it was a free flow of inspiration and inborn wish . The problem i faced was the choice of words and the rhymes . I tool my time to do a lot researches asking questions online and reading widely read books. It was the beginning of my writing and editing. The tips I got from this post is also going to help me further in my quest to writing a good book.

    1. Good Day, Olalekan…

      Glad that the article will help you. most certainly the checklist volume we offer will help too. The SMART IM Checklist Volume 10 is all about self-publishing, and all the many steps involved are covered in the checklists from planning to the marketing after you have published your masterpiece.

      Please do stop back again when you are ready to get started with your ebook, we will be standing by and ready to get you the tools you need to get it done! 

      Cheers!

      Dave : )

  4. Great post, I’ve been wanting to write and publish a couple ebooks for awhile now. Even if there just a couple evergreen ebooks that could generate some extra income. Your right when you say coming up with a plan and just getting started is the best way to get started. Thanks for the checklist resource as well, I’m definitely going to use it.