Summary on How to Write an Ebook
Writing an eBook ,how to make money online is not hard. A towing company employee asked me to write this for him, literally anyone can do it. Once you become familiar with these 5 easy steps, you will be cranking out your very own eBooks fast.
Step 1 – Choosing the Topic
In picking your topic, always keep your goal in mind.
If you’re looking to create an information product that you can sell in order to make some money easily, then you want to select a topic that people will be interested in.
If you are trying to establish your credibility on the Internet, you’ll want to choose a topic closely associated with whatever your online business focuses on.
If you’re trying to create a free gift or an opt-in enticement, pick a topic that can be covered quickly, is related to what you are selling or promoting, and that provides enough information to stimulate the person’s interest to learn more.
Picking the topic is going to involve figuring out what your audience wants to know. The best way to do that is by browsing the Internet. Look, for example, at the forums for sites related to your area of expertise. People who are posting in those forums are very likely to be asking questions to which they want answers. Those questions can give you a clue as to what would be a desirable topic with an existing audience.
Step 2 – Doing the Research
Before you get too far into the project, you need to do some research into the market. Look at the other eBooks that have been written and are currently being sold on the same topic you have written. You need to review those eBooks so you can get an idea of how the topic is already being handled. That way you can put your own unique spin on the subject.
When you are doing research for the topic itself, you’ll want to focus on a couple of areas. First, if your already an expert on the subject, you’ll want to do some fact checking and resource gathering that will support what you already know on the issue.
If you don’t have expertise on the topic, make sure you do enough research so you can write about the topic with conviction.
Whether you are an expert on the subject or not, try to find relevant and current information that is going to set your eBook apart. For example, if you were writing about real estate investment, you would want to include statistics on foreclosure rates all over the country. That will make your content relevant and contemporary which will be more appealing to your audience and which will set your eBook apart from the competition.
So where do you conduct this research? The easiest method is to browse the Internet. You’ll undoubtedly find out a lot of information on your subject that way but it’s only going to be information that is easily available to any of your readers, too. That’s not necessarily the best approach.
You should also look at other sources that will give your eBook unique content. For example, you might want to visit your local library and check out some books and magazines on the subject to serve as the start of your research.
Another idea is to conduct interviews with people who are experts in your field. Make sure you get their signed permission to use their names and responses in the book before you start selling it.
Step 3 – Making Your Outline
After you complete the necessary research for your eBook, you’re likely to have a ton of information to deal with. While you could just start writing, the end result would be either incomplete or poorly organized. Instead, you’ll need to sit down and arrange your research into an effective outline.
Once you’ve completed the research, you should have a fairly good idea of what main points need to be covered in your eBook. Make a list of these points. For example, if you were going to write an eBook on bipolar disorder, you’d probably have main points, such as bipolar disorder treatment options, symptoms of bipolar disorder, possible causes, types of bipolar disorder, etc.
After you’ve written down these main points, you need to decide the appropriate order for them to be presented. Different organization methods will work better with different topics. For example, chronological order would be best if you were writing a how to manual or an autobiography. A book on wedding planning might also be arranged this way discussing the topics, such as booking a caterer or purchasing a wedding dress, in the order they would be done by the couple.
Number those main points in the order you want to write about them and use that outline as the basis for your eBook.
Some topics may require a bit more fleshing out. If you’ve done a lot of research, you probably have plenty of information you want to cover and it could be easy to leave something out while you’re writing. For this reason, you should make notes to yourself about details you want to include.
Step 4 – Writing Your Content
The hardest part of writing an eBook is putting the first word on the page. Once you get beyond that obstacle the rest is all downhill. That’s because most people aren’t confident in their writing ability and that lack of confidence can literally cause them to freeze up when it comes to writing. If you can’t get past that stage, completing the book will be a challenge.
Don’t worry about the accuracy of your grammar and punctuation when you’re getting started. It’s more important to get the words flowing than to have a few sentences of perfect prose on the page. When you become obsessed with perfection at this stage, you’ll only end up preventing the content from being written in a timely fashion.
Remember that you want your eBook to be credible. That means you’ll need to incorporate your research into the contents. If you’re not comfortable doing that, the easiest way is for you to make a point, then support it with the appropriate research. For example, you might write: Today, home foreclosures are at an all-time high in some parts of the country. After that sentence, explain the statistics you’ve found that support such a statement.
When writing your content, the important thing is not to stop writing. Keep adding to the content on a daily basis and you will eventually complete the content and can move onto the next stage of eBook development.
Step 5 – Proofreading Your eBook
Proofreading is important for a number of reasons. If your eBook is full of errors, it could make the content hard to read for your audience. Remember that clarity is one of the most important qualities of good writing but if you have spelling problems and sentence fragments throughout the manuscript then you’re not going to be obtaining clarity.
Second, people associate professionalism with education. Unfortunately, if your writing is full of grammar problems, readers are going to make assumptions about your education level which may not be accurate and which may actually make your content seem less credible. You could end up losing the trust of your audience.
The big question about proofreading is whether or not you can do this yourself. While you might be able to do a decent job of catching some obvious problems, your mind can trick you into overlooking others. Instead, you should consider having someone you trust who is knowledgeable about writing look over the eBook manuscript first. If possible, ask multiple people to review the content.
If you do have to edit the eBook yourself, the best way to do this is by reading it backwards. Start at the end of the manuscript and read backwards one sentence at a time. The benefit of this approach is that you won’t be distracted by the content itself and can focus on the mechanics.
Another tip is to set the manuscript aside for at least 48 to 72 hours before beginning the proofreading process.
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