In May 2014 I had the idea to write an ebook. My plan was to finish it by the end of June, publish it in July and then…well, I hoped to sell a few copies.
This was completely uncharted territory for me and given that writing is not my favorite thing to do, I approached this project as an experiment. Basically I was intrigued by the “launch your own product” process and I wanted to figure out how it all worked.
How to write an ebook
As you might expect, things didn’t go according to plan. June came and went, as did July. In fact, so did August . September has rolled around and the dark, unfinished project that hung in the air, coupled with the realization that I would probably regret it if I failed to follow through, prompted me to make a contninue and push on between doing other things.
Then I wrote I thought I write this step-by-step guide so you could write your own.
My officially launch is targeted for 1st January 2015. By that point, I think it’s safe to say I will be relieved I was done writing. As for a price for my ebook that would just be considered near the time.
Reading what others and done and their pain to get to the end I was a bit stunned that no one to begin with in those first few weeks makes an thing significantly more than £10. Nut with the right SEO most saw a big leap from around 4 months later…and people keep buying.
At least in part. I’m still learning, but boy have I learned a lot so far. Nothing happens so quick, quality , quantity snd sale ability are always in the back of your mind as you add to the document.
During my short trip I have learnt alot. I done some things right and I made alterations where I have done some things wrong. Like everything I still have some things I have yet to determine whether I did right or wrong. But what follows are my honest, personal tips for writing an ebook with what I have so far. I hope they’re helpful to you.
Question #1: Should you write an ebook?
Maybe, maybe not. I have no idea actually. It totally depends. When I started this process, it seemed like every time I turned around, someone else was singing the praises of ebook writing. I guess I took it as fact that writing an ebook would be a good and profitable thing, for me and everyone! In fact, I don’t recall anyone saying stop and think about it. It wasn’t until I was arm-deep into the process that I started questioning whether or not I should have taken the plunge myself. It does take a lot of time and editing and there are a lot of reasons why an ebook might take off and why it might never go anywhere at all.
Tip #1: Don’t drop everything to write an ebook.
As you will be aware your life will be more than just an ebook. I wouldn’t recommend putting all your eggs in the ebook basket. Could it be worth it? Yes. Would I personally do it again? Maybe Not. But not just because I actually came out later than I planned.
My best advice is this: spend 10-20% of your time working on your ebook. Spend the other 80-90% of your time building your blog. Seriously. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that without a blog (i.e. a platform), your ebook and business is likely to go nowhere.
I haven’t come across an author yet – traditionally published or self-published – who doesn’t say writing is the easy part. Marketing is the hard part. Thus the need for a business blog
As we step thru and I get near to launching the ebook I take you the joys and pains.