But how do you become an ebook author without falling victim to the same mistakes that sabotage the attempts of so many other bloggers?
The good news? We can learn from their mistakes. Likewise, when creating a sign-up bribe , you might think you need to entice readers with the latest information about an emerging topic. If you know little or nothing about your chosen topic, creating an ebook will be a huge amount of work.
Back to Top 2. And your sense of what it is might not be spot-on either.
Back to Top 3. You have to write and publish. This will make your ebook much stronger and will make your life much easier when you launch it. Back to Top 4. Picking Up Your Pen or Laptop and Starting to Write Once your survey results are in, you might be tempted to start writing straight away. Jumping into the writing at this point will cause you serious problems.
This means having a clear outline that has, at the very least, a title for each chapter. Yes, that might seem a bit boring, but it will make the writing stage far easier and more fun.
It's all helpful, but only helpful to Amazon and not authors. Lewiston Tribune. A style guide, or manual of style, is a set of principles to help you produce consistent writing. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The Creative Penn Limited. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.
Try freeform brainstorming, mind maps, or index cards as creative alternatives to help get your ebook ideas flowing. Back to Top 5. You might write several in the same series, or you might create a short starter ebook for free, and then write a more advanced one to sell. Go back to your survey and determine what aspects your audience cares about the most. Focus on those. If you have lots of extra ideas , great! Keep them in a separate place and use them for your next ebook.
Or explore them in a detailed blog post. Back to Top 6.
No reader relishes the sight of a long introduction — they want to dive into the real content. Back to Top 7.
Only Writing When You Feel Like It Although your ebook is probably a high-priority project for you, it can be genuinely tough to carve out the time for working on it regularly. You may write for a few hours to begin with, but then end up taking weeks off … and never getting back to your ebook. One of my clients wrote a short chapter every week, without fail, and finished her ebook within a few months. Find a consistent time each day, or several times a week, to work on your ebook. You might like to try the Pomodoro technique 25 minutes writing, 5-minute break to use your time effectively during short writing sessions.
Anyone can write for just 25 minutes. Back to Top 8. A lthough it seems but a pipe dream to many, over the last few decades, a variety of self-published authors have gone on to experience mainstream success. In fact, a number of self-published authors have topped national bestseller lists this summer alone. Rowling, James Patterson, and Stephen King. As he told The Atlantic last month, Omer now makes more money from his books than he ever did as a computer engineer.
Another example is Andy Weir. Weir initially failed to sell his first book, The Martian , so he began posting free chapters of it on his personal website. Later, he put a cent version on Kindle. Meredith Wild, meanwhile, wrote the erotic Hacker novels, a series that follows young businesswoman Erica Hathaway and her relationship with billionaire and rumored hacker, Blake Landon.
The series has gone on to sell 1. Examples of this sort of self-publishing success are countless. But the question for those seeking the same thing now is, how did these authors do it? There are, ultimately, three components every successful independent author possesses. All the tech in the story is modeled after rockets, spacesuits, and other space travel tech that already exists, and the main character Watney has to rely on real science again and again to keep himself alive.
It's a science fiction story that could actually happen in real life.
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It makes sense that "The Martian" is jam-packed with science since Weir is a self-described lifetime space nerd. He's the kind of person who enjoys researching rocket technology, orbital mechanics, and physics for fun.
His earlier attempts at writing pretty much flopped, but "The Martian" took off, partly because it captures Weir's enthusiasm for science and space exploration. You only need to get a couple pages into "The Martian" before it becomes clear that Weir did exhaustive research.
But he weaves the heavy science into a gripping plot line with a funny, smart aleck main character who Weir says is modeled after his own personality. It strikes a perfect balance between science and fiction, and the fast-paced plot makes it hard to put down. In , Weir started posting the story chapter by chapter on his personal blog where anyone could read it for free.
The early version of his self-published book attracted a lot of science-minded readers, and they offered feedback. He was able to go back and correct some of the chemistry that's crucial for Watney's survival. Word of the book spread, and readers started asking for an e-reader copy.