Writing an ebook is a perfect way to exhibit your expertise as well as provide knowledge to potential customers. But time is never enough. Finding time to write and finish it sounds tedious, right? Reason being you must proof-read as well as edit carefully; you require PDF as well as cover software, so it looks professional; its launch should be outstanding. However, writing a high-quality e-book will help you stand out, help generate traffic, can be used as a cookie content to entice signing-up of the newsletter and having it on your website can shift the perception of the readers.
Here are 13 steps to write an Ebook fast!
1. It all starts with an Idea
A clear concept is essential for your ebook. Do some research and focus on the keywords to ensure that you have an audience for the ebook. Try typing some concepts into Answer The Public to identify what people are searching for on Google! This can be a great way to find unique niche topics.
2. Inform Your Readers (Yes, do this early!)
Inform your friends, family, and other potential readers to await your next ebook launch in 1-2 weeks’ time. Working on deadlines as well as having public accountability can amazingly motivate you. You can announce the launch through Twitter or newsletter list. Create a sense of excitement in the communication to keep your readers eager. Tell your readers you have “goodies” that are coming up.
3. Write an Outline
This step is absolutely crucial when writing an ebook; you don’t want to find yourself off topic after several hours of writing, and you don’t want to gaze at a blank screen because you don’t know what to write. It may seem counterintuitive, but an outline actually makes the writing go significantly faster. It’s worth the extra step!
Have a blank paper or blank document and draft an outline before going any further. Below are some guidelines you can use:
- Mind-map for a few minutes – Write the titles of your ebook at the center of the paper, then note down all points that are in mind and number them numerically.
- Eliminate extended points for the scoop of the ebook – Arrange the rest in the numerical sequence.
- Write or type the acquired list in appropriate order – These are the chapters or subsections in the ebook.
- Write down a few sentences or at least two points for every section; these will be the principal points. You may require subheadings in each section.
- At this point, write down any idea for graphics or resources (blog, book etc.) you may recommend.
- Learning how to write an ebook is not as complicated as it sounds, just sit down uninterrupted for half an hour and you can simply achieve writing the outline. Once you have the sections as well as the subsection list, roughly estimate the number of words each should contain.
4. Draft The Content
Writing sufficient words to fill a book is what many people find hard to accomplish. If you find it overwhelming, think of your ebook like a series of blog posts that are all linked together (each subheading is a new post). The outline helps in this stage since it breaks the writing into manageable pieces.
- Avoid distractions while writing – It means to keep away from Facebook, emails, and Twitter until you are through. Set goals, you don’t have to write the ebook at a go, but limit yourself for at least two hours and work on it. Avoid distractions from your family members or roommate if you are working from home.
- Don’t start editing – Don’t stop to revise your work as yet to make them look perfect, this is your first draft so don’t worry about quality as at now, move on. The task at hand is to get a complete draft; you will come back to rewrite later on.
- Don’t stop to look up things you want to include – take notes of things you want to add quotes, links or statistics. Stopping to halfway through a sentence or paragraph creates distraction thus breaking the flow.
- Don’t format yet – Minimize your formatting while drafting, you might format headers as well as subheaders for now.
5. Add Graphics
The graphics you use will obviously depend on your ebook topic, though you may consider diagrams, charts, photographs or illustrations and small graphics. Check out pexels.com for some free images! Be mindful of the copyright laws when looking for your graphics. Put your graphics in order, you might think of changing some text to help explain images you chose. Images can also help to add length to your final ebook. Keep your images inline with text above and below, and not wrapped around, this makes formatting much easier when you convert to epub or other ebook formats.
6. Edit and Re-Draft Your work
Now you have your very first draft, that’s the hardest part. Now you can edit, revise and polish the ebook until it shines. You can do this by following the steps below:
- Edit for the structure – Make sure your chapter and sections are in order and include all points that you had in mind.
- Edit to add examples, quotes, and links
- Edit for the tone and flow – rewrite sentences that are ambiguous or sound clumsy.
7. Formatting your Ebook
Now that you have completed working on the text go through the ebook and put everything in the correct format. Set the subheaders and headers and use the “Formatting and Styles” Microsoft Word feature. Choose a font that is modern and easy to read for all your subheadings and texts. Use bold in emphasizing key points, as well as italic in highlighting words.
8. Add an Appendix and Table of Contents
This is a simple way to add a professional touch to your ebook that makes your book stand out.
Use the following tips to create the ebook cover:
- For the title, use a bright and large font.
- You can consider having a strapline or subtitle in a smaller font.
- Use only two to three colors
- Create few layouts and designs, then pick the best
10. Convert Your Ebook to Epub
11. Final Checking of Links and Proof-Reading
Once you are done converting, go through your ebook and check for any typing errors that you can correct. Don’t be tempted to edit too much at this stage. Check if all links are in the right places and if they are working.
12. Publish and Publicize
It’s easy publishing your ebook on blogs, other than creating it! You can now tell your readers about your new ebook by creating a post, using your cover page. Then now send your blogger friends the emails, tweet, and request for retweets. You may also consider writing about it in your local newspaper.
13. Rinse and repeat!
Congratulations! You have a new ebook. Now you can follow the same process for as many niche topics as you might like.