Write Publish & Sell EBooks Online
Have you ever wondered if you could write and produce a best selling book?
With easy access to platforms like Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing producing a book has never been cheaper or easier. In fact, the hardest part, as explained in the article below is actually getting stuck in and writing it. Top selling author and business coach, Dixie Carlton explains the process below. If there was ever a time to tell your story, it's now.
‘Write a book’ they say. ‘You’re so interesting’ they say. But this is a lot harder than you might think. Because when you sit and start the process of writing something, you quickly find that there are more self-doubts hiding in the shadows of your mind than you may have previously thought. The idea of sharing wisdom is one thing but seriously - where do you start?
The best place to begin, as with most things, is with a plan.
Brainstorming is a great way to form a plan. Consider the most important questions first;
- What exactly do you want to write about?
- Why that topic: why now?
- Who is going to want to read it - aside from your mama! and best friend?
- What’s the main takeaway you want to give your readers?
Spend some time getting really clear on the answers to these. What are the FAQs you are most asked about your passion, or what you believe is your key area of expertise? (Are they the same thing?) Write a list of all those FAQs - post it up on the fridge for a week or so, and study the list, formatting a set of clusters for some of these. Are there some things in common? Are you able to see a ‘before, during, after’. Maybe there’s a beginning, middle, end and you simply need to reassess how these might fit together.
Once you get these three main sections identified, go back to your FAQs and see if there’s enough for each section to have three main parts - or a chapter on each. This will potentially give you a rough outline of nine-twelve chapters.
How long should an eBook be?
If you are seriously considering writing, producing and selling eBooks online, I recommend writing a series of short eBooks. Shorter books allow to build your portfolios more quickly, and gain credibility and traction as a writer.
Each chapter should be around 2000 - 3000 words each, and maybe loosely divided into three or four parts. Each of these might also stand alone as an article of around 700 - 1000 words. Overall your book is therefore aiming to be around 20-35,000 words. Don’t overthink it, over complicate it, or write a lot more than that. 40,000 words for a non-fiction book is two books! Really!
Planning. It's the tip of the iceberg...
Of course there’s a lot more to it - this is simply the tip of the iceberg. But at least starting with those first questions will help you to identify what you most need to be writing about. There’s most likely a lot more than just one book in you - as you’ll discover as you start this process.
Taking time to plan before you start writing will not only speed you up in terms of writing, but also ensure you develop the best content to share and a well-developed manuscript.
Being extraordinary at anything, means people are going to want to know more about what you know. Finding the best way to share that information starts with identifying exactly what they are most curious about.
Dixie Maria Carlton, Indie Experts
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