Writing an e-book is different that writing a regular paperback or hardcover book. One difference is an e-book can directly link to websites so the author can further guide the reader to more sales of other products and/or services. Since the e-book is in electronic format, it is also easily accessible on all electronic devices such as computers, PCs, Macs, tablets, smartphones, and any other type of electronic reading device. With these added benefits, here are 7 must-know tips to write an e-book.
1. Determine Your Topic. Decide what you want to write about. Research other books that have been written on the subject matter. Determine what would set your book apart from the others and how your book is different and unique.
2. Write an Outline First. As when writing any book, having a clear outline is important in order to establish your title, subheadings of each chapter, and list of what will be discussed in each chapter.
3. Set the Date. Provide yourself with a realistic time line for when you will complete each section of the book. Less is sometimes more so that there is less pressure on yourself to finish a section within a strict time frame. Give yourself steady tasks to do to stay on track without stressing out.
4. Distraction-Free Environment. Motivation and inspiration are necessary to keep your pace steady. When you do write, turn off all social media and email notifications and any other type of distraction. Give your book the full focus it needs to effectively and efficiently write.
5. Third time is a charm. Make sure to proofread and edit your e-book at least 3 times in order to make sure you have written everything correctly.
6. Hire a professional designer to format your e-book accordingly to fit the various e-book layouts. Professionals know how to easily format e-books and can save you lots of time and energy.
7. Marketing Plan. You can write the most amazing book, and if you don’t have a marketing plan, your book won’t go anywhere. Take time to make a plan including getting testimonials, doing a pre-release launch, using social media platforms, and asking guest bloggers to review your book to help promote it. There are so many marketing options, set up a few and take time to implement them.
Writing an e-book is just as challenging as writing a regular book. With a firm, realistic schedule, you can move forward and reach your goal of selling your very own e-book.
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