Don’t let anyone tell you how hard it will be or that you can’t write. This will discourage you and keep you from doing something you really want to do. If you’re preparing to write your first ebook, this is the most important tip. Some of the most famous writers couldn’t put a period or comma in the right place. It is more important to get those words down where they can become more real to you. This is the biggest step you can take. Editing can come later.
Break It Down
Break it down into manageable tasks. Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. The hardest part of writing is the title, first sentence and a potential ending line. Breaking it down makes each task seem smaller and more manageable. When you look at the whole project, it seems like an impossible task, but if you can get the project started, even if not perfectly, at least you have begun to get the words down on paper.
A Good eBook Title
Figure out a good working title. Don’t just pick one out of thin air and say, “This is the name of my book.” Write down a few different titles and eventually you’ll find that one that starts to grow on you. Titles help you to focus writing on your topic. They guide you in anticipating and answering your readers’ questions. Don’t pick a title, and then write about something that doesn’t go with it. The title should let the reader know what the ebook is about.
A Good Thesis Statement
Have a good thesis statement. Your thesis is a sentence or two stating exactly what problem you are addressing and how your book will solve that problem. Your thesis will keep you focused while you write. Each chapter comes from your thesis statement. Once you’ve got your thesis statement fine-tuned, you’ll have your foundation. You build on that foundation and build your book chapter by chapter.
A Good Reason To Write
Be sure there is good reason to write your book, a niche for it to fill in society. The internet is a great place for niche content, because your potential audience is global, not local. This will increase your odds of connecting with people who want what you have to offer. Determine if your book will:
- Present useful information and is that information currently relevant
- Positively affect the lives of your readers
- Be dynamic and will it keep the reader’s attention
- Answer questions that are meaningful and significant
Narrow Down Your Target Audience
Give up on writing the book that will be cherished by all. It won’t happen. You will be writing to your targeted audience, and they should dictate many elements of your book. They will help determine thing such as: style, tone, diction, and even length. The more you narrow down your target audience, the greater chance your ebook will have of success. Determine the following:
- Expected age range of your readers
- Typical gender
- Readers main interests
- Socio-economic group they’re from
eBook Publishing Goals
Write down your publishing goals before you write. The more you know up front, the easier the actual writing will be. Do you want to sell it as a product on your website, or do you want to offer it as a free gift? The more you know about how you plan to publish it, the more you can write toward that goal.
Use fairly consistent chapter format. Perhaps you plan to use an introduction to your chapter topic, and then divide it into four subhead topics. You may plan to divide it into five parts, each one beginning with a relevant story or experience. Whatever format you choose, make sure to be consistent with it throughout your book.
Keep your writing engaging. Usually, anecdotes, testimonials, little stories, photos, graphs, advice, and tips will keep the reader reading the pages. You can also use sidebars which are useful for quick, accessible information. This will help break up the density of the page.
The most important tip when writing anything is: Make backups of all work. There is nothing worse than having your book almost finished only to lose it.
Date a Hard Copy Of eBook
Have anyone you let read it initial and date a hard copy. In the internet world, plagiarism and copyright infringement is a big problem. If you have someone do this, it provides some confidence that if it happens you will have some record of the fact that you wrote it, and when you wrote it.