It can seem daunting to write an entire eBook. But, the truth is that writing an eBook is no harder than writing a blog post. If you know your subject matter and are passionate about it, the rest of the process can be streamlined and simplified. These tips can help you create your first eBook without breaking a sweat.
1. Your Aha Moment. Before you even begin with writing a book, you need to know what the idea is.What’s the general theme of your book? What topic are you going to address or discuss? Come up with an idea for your book that fits your target audience’s needs and solves problems for them.
2. Create a List – Once you come up with an idea, brainstorm potential topic points in order to come up with enough content for an eBook. Keep in mind that today’s ebooks can be 30 pages to 300, you decide. As for listing potential content ideas, some people like writing outlines; other people like using mind maps. You can brainstorm however you want, but give yourself a time limit to cut down on procrastination.
3. Break it Down – With your list of potential topic points, now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Create bullet points for each of your topics. For example, let’s say you’re writing an ebook about making the perfect cup of coffee. Your topic points may be things like: Choosing your roast, grinding your beans, tools of the trade and so on. When you break those topic points down your outline or book plan will start to look something like this:
Choosing Your Roast
- Why roast beans
- The difference between roasts
- How to know what you like
- The caffeine factor
- Where beans come from
As you begin to write your book, “Choosing Your Roast” is a chapter and each bullet point is a section within that chapter. Many people find it easier to phrase the topics as questions then write as if they’re answering the question. For example,How
Do I Choose The Right Roast?
- Why are beans roasted?
- What’s the difference between roasts?
- How do I know what roast I’ll like?
- Where do beans come from?
This makes the content within your book conversational and it can be easier for you to write. Keep in mind that some people also dictate their books and the question and answer format supports this process as well.
4. Name the Chapters – Once you know the main points you want to cover, turn them into compelling chapter titles. Again, questions can be an easy way to accomplish this. Keep in mind that the Table of Contents of your book is part of your marketing. People review the table of contents in the bookstore and attention grabbing chapter titles can help sell a book.
5. Write a Summary for Each Chapter – As you write the chapter titles, ensure that you can write a short summary of what will be included in each chapter.
6. Fill It In – Go back through and start filling in the gaps and answering those questions. Don’t worry about it being perfect right now. That’s what your revision process is for (and seriously, nothing is perfect).
7. Write an Intro and Conclusion for Each Chapter – Some folks prefer to write the introduction and the conclusion first, before they fill in the chapter. Others write it after their done. You decide what works for you.
8. Format the Book – Make your book look pretty now so that the formatting flows from one page to the next without worry. Remember to use headers and subheads so that your reader finds your book easy to read. Depending on how you’re having your book published, for example Kindle, there are formatting guides available. This is also a service that you can outsource.
9. Make a Plan – Remember to take your book writing one day at a time. Decide what you can reasonably write every day and then follow through. If you’re writing a 10,000 word eBook, and you only write 500 words a day (about the length of an average blog post), you will only take 20 days to finish your eBook. Not bad.
Creating an eBook isn’t really any different than writing many different blog posts about the same topic.Break up your book into manageable pieces and begin chipping away. You’ll find, with a system, that writing an ebook can be pretty straightforward. If you take it one day at a time and break it up into small pieces, you’ll have your book ready for publishing in no time.
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