There are many different reasons to consider writing eBooks. For instance, if you are an expert on a specific topic and you have a treasure trove of information to share with other people who are seeking information on this topic that you know inside and out, you may be contemplating writing an eBook about it. Of course, writing always involves hard work, and if you can manage to get compensated for your writing efforts, all the better. (But do not charge an excessive amount of money for eBooks.) This article describes one step by step plan you can consider following if you decide to write one or more eBooks.
Choose the subject of your eBook carefully. Don’t pick a topic that is too broad, but at the same time, don’t pick a subject that is so narrow that you will run out of things to say about it. Make sure you are knowledgeable enough about the subject that you can write about it in an authoritative tone.
Prepare an outline. Remember back in school when your teacher would ask you to prepare an outline before you wrote your term papers. This is a good idea with eBooks, too. This provides the skeleton or bare bones of your text. You might end up deviating slightly from your initial outline, and that is okay. It is not set in stone. But it gives you a good starting point, and you can revisit it any time you get stuck or experience a bout of writer’s block.
Write your first draft of your eBook. Remember this is only a rough draft. You will be making many changes before you release it to the public. Once you have a solid rough draft in hand, you will want to ask someone you trust to review it and provide suggestions for revisions. Consider all suggestions very seriously. This is no time for vanity. You want to create the best possible eBook, and that often means making changes right up until the last moment.
Incorporate all necessary revisions and prepare the eBook for publication. You will probably want to convert the final draft of your eBook into a PDF document. If you do not already know how to do this, there are many web resources to help you.
Promote y our eBook. Getting the word out about your eBook will be just as challenging as writing it in the first place, but do not neglect the marketing aspect of this project as it is the only way to get your words into the hands of potential readers. Promote it on your websites and blogs, in your online articles. If you have web friends and colleagues, consider asking them to help you promote it. You may even want to consider paying for advertising if that is within your budget.
One note about length: eBooks are typically not as long are print books. They can be quite short (ten pages or shorter) or quite long (seventy pages or longer), but only rarely do they exceed 150 pages.