How To Write An Ebook: 9 Tips For Beginners

Have you ever thought about writing an Ebook and creating extra income for yourself? Why just think about it? There are many tools available online to help you write your Ebook, some will even write the entire Ebook for you. It’s never been easier to write and distribute an Ebook. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

Writing an Ebook is very different from writing for print. For starters, your readers will be reading from smart phones, E-readers and their computer monitors. As a result, you’ve got to make sure that your text is written and formatted for easy reading.

Spend time thinking of a great topic:

Brainstorm some shortcomings in the field that you’ll be writing about. If you’re writing about how to make grilled cheese, what would total beginners want to know? Think about the questions that people have about the topic. What problems do beginners and even experienced chefs have making the perfect grilled cheese?

Spend some time outlining:

If you don’t get a map down of what you want to talk about, you face the danger of going off on a tangent and focusing on unrelated and uninteresting content. Use mind map software to clearly outline and organize your thoughts. Software like Xmind or Mindmeister will help you brainstorm and visualize the chapters for your Ebook before you even start it. Mind mapping is a great way to create a seamless outline which will flow nicely from your mind into text.

Don’t go crazy on the format:

As far as the format, finding a program to write the book is easy. You can produce a decent book using MS Word or a free processor, and then turn the file into a PDF for easy reading.

Remember that you’re providing a service:

The best reason to write a nonfiction eBook is that you know that there are people out there with a problem or a need and that your eBook can solve it. Write with that in mind- providing someone a service and it will help keep the perfection monster at bay.

You can recycle old content:

If you’ve been blogging for at least a few months, you’ve probably got enough content to provide the bare bones of a book. You’re probably already an expert on the topic thanks to your blog posts, so you’ll need to expand your old posts to get them into a longer format.

You should put in new content:

Even regular blog readers hate having to click on several pages in a blog, and are willing to buy all of the content in one place. But you want someone who’s paid to get a product to get something more than the average reader gets for free. It adds value to your content and rewards them for spending time on your product.

Add visual interest:

Remember the challenges of formatting for electronic books. Break up large blocks of text with images and graphs. You can find royalty free photos online, but make sure that you give proper attribution for them. Add bolding and italics to give your reader a break from lines of black ink.

Find professionals to help you:

If you have a great idea but writing a long book just isn’t your forte, you can visit sites like Elance or Odesk to find professional ghost writers, designers and editors who can bid to help you get your book published. Once you select a professional writer and provide your ideas to them they can start your project and have it completed within 7 days or less.

Publish your book online:

Sites like E-junkie and Clickbank are great places to upload and promote your products. Clickbank requires a one time setup fee of $50 USD, and E-junkie charges monthly rates starting at $5 for 10 products. Clickbank also has thousands of affiliates within their system which will help to distribute and sell your Ebook as quickly as possible. So, if you have an Ebook that is interesting it can go viral with the help of affiliates much faster and sooner within the Clickbank community. E-junkie also has affiliates but not as many as Clickbank.  I personally would suggest Clickbank for first time Ebookers. However, make sure to weigh the pros and cons of each system to see which one is more suitable for your content.

Writing your own eBook is a great publicity tool, and while it’s much different from the publishing world, there are some great options to get your digital product out to the masses. Once you get familiar with the formatting and distributing options out there, you’ll have a great product that will provide you with some passive income.

Author Bio: Ingrid Jarvis  is an avid blogger who loves to write about emerging technology in the mobile, computing and telecommunication industries. She currently writes for AT&T and their internet and telecommunication offers.  See all AT&T internet offers by going to Att uverse site.


4 thoughts on “How To Write An Ebook: 9 Tips For Beginners

  1. Good tips here. Hopefully soon I will finish my ebook that I have been working on for months already!! Do you think it’s better to outsource it then writing all the content yourself?

  2. Hi Jessica, so many ways of looking at your question, if you are enjoying writing it and then that is good, if you cannot afford to outsource the writing then you will have no choice but if writing it yourself gets in the way of concentrating on other aspects like writing for your blog or building up a marketing plan for your ebook then it could be best to outsource the work. In the long term, what you save on money writing it yourself could cost you more in sales.

  3. As Andi said, if you can afford to outsource then do that, but make sure that the writer is an expert or knowledgeable about the topic. There are no shortcuts you either put in the time yourself or money to work for you.

  4. Great article, there seems to be a sudden love for ebooks again, could be down to the Kindle etc but they did fall a bit out of favour so it is good to see people pushing them again.

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