Make Money Writing eBooks Made Simple – Even Your Kids Can Do It
Who said writing eBooks is a walk in the park? Writing eBooks is not something you can do haphazardly without proper planning. It can be exciting provided you make use of an ultimate guide to lead you every step of the way. This should be complemented with a serious commitment on your part. This post is all about the crucial 5 steps to writing an eBook. I will do it in two series and this one is the first.
Writing eBooks Cycle
WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT?
This is the most burning question most writers grapple with from time to time. What you put down on paper, in the end, doesn’t matter provided you address the PFC criteria.
WHAT PFC STANDS FOR?
PFC stands for Problem, Fear and Curiosity. Writing your eBook should be straightforward. The most important thing to remember is your eBook should at least address one of the key things:
(1) Is your eBook solving a Problem?
(2) Does it address a Fear or a concern?
(3) Lastly, does it satisfy people’s Curiosity about
a certain subject or debate?
Whether your intention is to give someone advice or simply have a voice, an eBook is the perfect communication channel to address these issues and for sharing information. The main reason that pushes some of the authors to write eBooks is the financial benefits.
WHy A GREATER PROPORTION OF
Writers Never Start To Write?
Most people have been put off the idea of writing their eBooks with mere thoughts that discourage them. Thoughts causing them to assume writing an eBook is an insurmountable task. All they envisage are the demands that come with writing an eBook such as writing 100 pages with perfect grammar. Little do they know eBooks have changed the publishing industry.
The BBC News Headlines: The Goldfinch Novel confirms this view about fans’ fading interest in reading books. After purchasing a book most fans don’t go beyond reading a few chapters.
”Stimulates the mind and touches the heart, but the acclaimed title’s 800-odd pages appear to have intimidated British readers, with less than half of those who downloaded it from e-bookseller Kobo making it to the end.”
Procrastination is the Thief of Time
What stops most people from writing is not the fact the task is difficult but procrastination gets in the way of progress. Because of procrastination, the thief of time, it seems as if writing an eBook takes ages to complete. To avoid falling into a trap of this nature, you need to make up your mind and tell yourself you are up for writing your eBook.
Taking the necessary actions seem to come naturally for most writers. However, in reality, its easier said than done. To overcome the procrastination hurdle, develop a mindset of wanting to do it there and then. You will be surprised by the results. It will turn out you are unstoppable until your Kindle book is published. I forgot to mention that before you begin writing your eBook, a few things should be in place. I will walk you through these steps.
STEPS TO WRITING EBOOKS TO MAKE MONEY
The digital era we are living in is the right time to write your eBook. More people are getting intimidated by the idea of reading voluminous books. The BBC news report supports this observation. The report writes that eBooks sell better. The reason is eBooks are a shorter version. Also, they are easily available at a cheaper and affordable price.
The myth associating a book’s value with its length seems to have been demystified. Readers are getting more practical in looking out for sizeable books they can afford.
Step 1: Find a Topic of Interest And Research About It First
Your topic should say exactly what your readers will find when they read your eBook. First, write a draft where you allow your thoughts to just flow uninterrupted while you capture them on paper.
Remember to set yourself time, for example, one hour. You may not be a good writer and the option is to write your eBook yourself. Then, find someone to proofread it for you.
Another way which works and equally good is to use a dictation software which transcribes your words into a written manuscript.
Step 2: Feel Free to Come up With An Idea of Your Own
An idea stemming from an area of your interest or something you are passionate about. The advantage of writing eBooks compared to paperbacks is you don’t need to find a publisher.
With eBooks, it all boils down to self-publishing. The icing on the cake is the freedom it comes with, whereby you are not controlled by a publisher.
Step 3: Expand Your Topic Ideas
In expanding your ideas, always bear in mind that different books call for different approaches. For example, the basic idea for the eBook I have illustrated in my introductory diagram (labelled A Sample Guide for Your eBook), the intention for writing the eBook is to address the problem of having lack of confidence among teenagers. Teenagers, perhaps together with parents are the author’s targeted audience.
Step 4: Organise Your Ideas into Chapters
The illustration above shows you can end up with too much information and at times it can be confusing. To avoid the confusion creeping in, you can use a grouping information method, a strategy where you focus only on the basics.
To improve your memory on the key issues to include in your manuscript, an exercise called Mind Mapping will certainly help. This is where you create a Mind Map for capturing information on paper so that you can have a bird’s view of the content first before expanding it step by step.
BENEFITS OF A MIND MAP
Improving Concentration, Focus and Observation
This is where you use ALL your sources of information you have gathered through listening, reading articles and lectures. You may not have an exact clue of what the information is about but the main thing is to have the bigger picture and be able to see the information as part of an organized chunk of knowledge.
Step 5: Tailor Your Information To Suit Your Own Personal Style
You tailor your information by grouping related information together. After breaking down your chapters, you will be now ready to write your manuscript for your eBook. For managing your time effectively, make sure you use an Action Plan. An action plan gets you focused on the work at hand, at the same time aiming to reach your set target.
Check out my next post, Writing An eBook Series 2. The next post will cover how you can market your eBook. One of the most useful tools to market your eBook is a tool called a website. If you are interested in building your own website, I recommend you to read:
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If you have any questions related to writing ebooks for a living please feel free leave them below. I will be more than happy to come back to you with a response as soon as I can.