In fact, it could almost be kind of fun. After all, if you think about writing an ebook, it would be on a topic that interests you. At least that’s what I do. And so gathering and sorting the information you need to write it means you get to spend quality time with something you enjoy.
So how do you go about writing it? You approach it like any other complex task: one step at a time! There are different ways to do that, but it all comes down to the old principle: divide and conquer.
How to write an ebook: It’s easier than you think
Writing an ebook may sound intimidating, and a lot of that comes with thinking about those big tomes you’ve seen in the bookstore – or on your shelf. But the truth is, you don’t have to write War and Peace, or a book like the latest thrillers that seem to be sold by the pound.
There’s a time and place for those kinds of books, and if writing those books is something you’re interested in, you are unlikely to be reading this article. You’d be writing!
This article is meant for readers who are tackling their first (or maybe second) book and want to find a way to a) make it easier and b) get it done! That’s what I’d like to help you with.
The good news is that ebooks are NOT usually hundreds of pages long. In fact, most people would hate to read books that are that long. Instead, they tend to be short, maybe 20 to 50 pages or so.
Why eBooks are short
You may wonder… but aren’t people disappointed when they buy a book and it’s so short?
Not if the book is good and delivers what it promises!
The truth is that those huge manuals cover a lot of stuff, and they serve as reference books. But that’s not a good format for an ebook reader. If you have a big book on health, for example, you probably would want to put bookmarks and sticky notes inside so you can find the chapters that interest you, for example those on high blood pressure or diabetes.
But when you buy an ebook, you’re not going to buy a big reference book. You’ll buy a book that deals with the exact issue you want more information about – NOW.
So if you’re interested in diabetes, you’ll probably want to know something specific, like what you should eat and the effects it has on your blood sugar. Or you may want some recipes for a specific diet, such as a low carb diet. You may even want very specific recipes, such as dessert recipes.
The key lies in specialization! Promise a book on yummy dessert recipes that won’t raise your blood sugar and deliver on that promise, and your readers will be very happy indeed.
Price your eBooks to reflect the amount of valuable content inside
If you’re writing a Kindle book, you should also price your eBook accordingly. If it’s short, it should probably be just 99 cents. And if it’s on the longer side, around 40 to 50 pages, you can sell it for $2.99. The more valuable and specialized your content is, the more you can charge for it.
But this is not an article about pricing ebooks. I just included this information to reassure you that you don’t need to write a big, long book. Shorter is often better. Just be sure your content is valuable and delivers what it promises.
How to overcome writer’s block
If you’re having a bad case of writer’s block, all the tips on how to write an ebook may not help very much. You need to get over it first.
But there are quite a few highly effective strategies that can help. You can use any stress reduction strategies, from aromatherapy, deep breathing, meditation, going for a walk, or practicing EFT (emotional freedom technique). For an easy introduction to EFT, CLICK HERE!
You should also understand that your brain cannot write and edit at the same time. Those two parts of your brain simply do not work together and block each other’s activity. So when you write, focus on writing, and tell any thoughts about fixing anything to go away until you’re ready for them. Later, once you have a good portion of your work written, you can edit it if you like. Or you can wait until the whole book is done.
Find a detailed “How to write an ebook” guide
Don’t go it alone. When you’re ready to tackle your ebook, find a how-to guide (or even better, a course) and follow along with the lessons. If possible, find one where you can ask questions when you feel stuck and get supportive answers. You might even be able to get coaching to help you through the entire process.
Once you have your first ebook done, your confidence will grow, and of course you can use that same course to help you write your second (and third) ebook. You may not even need the coaching anymore.
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