Most of us have wanted to write a book at some point in our lives – but how do you make it a good one, which people will actually read? Thanks to advances in technology, it doesn’t have to be hard at all to write an eBook. Here are our top tips.
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We’ve prepared 5 tips on how to create an eBook that people will actually read!
1. Focus on Idea and Content First
The first big hurdle that authors stumble at is choosing the main idea based on potential profit or popularity.
Focusing on something like “successful diet eBook” or “self-help and motivation eBook” purely because it’s popular can actually create problems, rather than prevent them.
Obviously, there are creativity problems, but aside from that, you’re also likely to find a saturated market in these areas, where only established authors and top-ranked businesses can compete.
Instead, write about what you’re interested in, what you actually would love to write about. If you aren’t sure exactly what that would be, consider checking out the last podcasts or blogs you enjoyed.
You’d be surprised how much that helps!
When you’re writing about something that resonates with you, the amount of research necessary decreases, the quality of your work improves, and your passion translates to engagement with your audience.
Ask your community/audience (if you can) what they would like to read about. Make a survey. Analyze their opinions. Go through your previous messages.
Communicate with them and allow them to have their voices heard, and they’ll prove loyal readers.
Dig deep. Run through the related info over and over again.
The right idea is just around the corner! Finding it, and focusing on it, are the first steps towards your successful eBook.
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2. Do the Proper Research
Conducting research is vital, if only to add some external validation to the knowledge you are offering.
But here’s another trap – getting too involved with research.
You should allocate a certain amount of time to your research, e.g. 2 weeks. This will help you stay focused on research, while also keeping you from wandering adrift and waking up in a mire of facts which don’t really add to your content.
Discard from the start anything that is not linked to what you’re writing about. Narrow the circle until you’re left with your core source material.
Also, try not to limit yourself to articles and blogs — establishing links to other books and eBooks, especially the ones with credibility, gives your work more authority and prestige.
To be able to do that, of course, it’s advisable to read books on your topic first.
Finally, always double-check your facts and research material for authenticity!
One piece of false information can ruin your reputation as an author and a businessperson.
3. The First Draft
One of the easiest and most effective ways of creating your first draft is to find your prefered outline form and fill in the fields. It’s that simple!
Of course, you can follow your own style of writing, and skip the conventions altogether, but that’s not recommended unless you really know what you’re doing.
Whichever you choose, you should pay respect to common rules regarding the writing style:
- Split your eBook into several distinct chapters with different titles. This allows for a better perspective of the text for the reader, along with improving the overall organization of the book. It’s safer to have too many chapters than too few!
- Use add-ins like internal links, bullet point lists, and mind maps, to spice up your content and make your eBook clearer to understand.
If you get caught with writer’s block at any point, try imagining writing to one of your blog readers or customers in a private message.
Writing an eBook isn’t much different, to be honest.
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4. Make Your eBook Look Fancy
We’ve mentioned already how you should format your work with titles and categorical segmentation of chapters.
What can additionally boost the attractiveness of an eBook are proper visual cues, and supporting media.
For example, writing in Open Office allows for quick conversion of .doc files into PDFs. It hosts a wide range of attractive fonts for you to choose from. And it’s completely free — contrary to popular belief, writing an eBook isn’t much of a technical drag.
Drop in an image of the results you’ve accomplished together with a story of your success. This will additionally motivate your readers to continue, while also disposing them to be more receptive to what you have to say.
Explore the internet stock photography markets for proper photos that will make an impact, in accordance with your text’s purpose. Bear in mind that using other people’s photos requires their permission/purchasing licence.
If you’re really looking for something particular, it’s probably the best option to hire a photographer for a full-day shooting. Depending on the number of photos you need, it might be the least expensive variant.
Avoid photos you’ve taken yourself, as they’ll look amateurish. The only situation they should be used in is if they have historical and personal value, and also contribute to the content of your eBook.
5. Final Don’ts for eBook Writing
- Never start at the beginning. The beginnings and endings of books need to hint at everything in the middle, while also being punchy and drawing your reader in. That’s very difficult to do straight off the bat, and usually leads to a creative dead end. Instead, start directly with the body of the eBook, and go from there.
- Don’t jump head-first into writing. Plan, research, prepare, and focus. Starting impulsively usually ends the way it began.
- Avoid turning yourself into a writer. You still run a business, so you have to think like a salesman. Bear in mind that your primary goal is to help your customers solve their problems.
- Don’t say everything at once. Choose one aspect of your topic and write with that as the guiding principle. Otherwise, you’ll just have a bulky, messy, loosely connected piece of writing which offers value to no one. Don’t forget that you also want to reserve some expertise to be paid!
- Designate a part of each day for writing. Writing only when inspired is a highly idealized image of authorship. Writing is tough work, with its ups and downs. Stay productive, and on schedule!
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