How to Write a Spectacular eBook

Write a Spectacular eBook

I’ve shown others how to articulate goals and clarify their vision for more than 30 years. When I launched my own business as a speaker and consultant, I had to learn how to convert processes I used to facilitate group goal-setting strategies into a personal process.

I attended workshops hosted by many motivating speakers.  Although their seminars were exhilarating, I felt less excited when I opened their books.  Most of the texts were autobiographies that explained how they reached their goals with little information about how I could reach my goals. 

So, I wrote the book I needed to read.  Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide  empowers others with tools they need to define their goals and chart their own course.

book websiteDreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide is available on Amazon as an eBook.  I am grateful to Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch, authors of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Amy Lynn Andrews and her rousing How to Write an eBook tips on amylynnandrews.com, and all of those who have shared their eBook writing experiences in blog posts and articles across the Internet.

The most important tip is this:  Don’t wait until tomorrow.  Do something.  Start somewhere.  Commit to a timetable that is manageable.  For example, can you make a commitment to write 20 minutes a day, three days a week? Find a schedule that works for you.

Here are some of the best tips that transformed Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide from an idea and into an eBook:

  1. Clarify the Subject of Your Book.  What is your book about?  What are your areas of expertise?  What information do you have to share? How is your unique perspective fresh and interesting?  Brainstorm. Make a list of possible titles for your book.
  2. Define Your Target Audience.  Who wants to read your book?  Who needs to read your book?  Who will want to buy your book?  Consider how your book fulfills a need or solves a problem for a potential reader.
  3. Carve Out Your Niche.  Although there may be many books written about your areas of interests, no one can offer the distinctive perspective to the topic matter that you can.  Become a thought leader in your field.
  4. Consider what message others can learn from your experience.  Many people believe they have a powerful story to tell.  Remember the purpose of telling your story is not to focus attention upon your experiences.  The purpose of your story is to help others discover their own story in your experience.
  5. Engage in Social Media Conversations.   Join social media groups who share your passions. Read and comment on their posts.  Build authentic relationships.  Learn from those with whom you engage across social media platforms.
  6. Do Your Homework.  Thoroughly research the subject matter of your book.  Go to the library and read books and articles written by experts in your field.  Pay attention to titles that capture your attention in bookstores.  Check out the Amazon Kindle Bestseller list to learn more about the books that are available and similar to your interests.
  7. Create an Outline.  Once you decide upon a topic or subject for your book, design an outline that will guide you as you write your book. Write a preliminary table of contents.  You can change your mind throughout the writing process, but an outline will help provide your writing with direction.
  8. Write the First Draft Without Editing.  The purpose of writing the first draft is to get your thoughts and ideas out on paper.  If you try to write and edit at the same time, you will never complete your book. Write first; there will be plenty of time for corrections later.
  9. Get Feedback. After you write the first draft, then start editing.  Your own words will become so familiar that you can become blind to errors that need correction.  Invite others to read your draft who are unafraid to provide ruthless feedback.  I invited people I met through social media venues and networking events to read and offer comments on my books.  They provided outstanding feedback, valuable comments, and flattering reviews.
  10. Check (and Recheck) Your Grammar and Spelling.  Do not rely on Microsoft Word’s spell check to make all of your corrections for you. When I write nonfiction and create submissions for journal articles, I refrain from using contractions and I write in third person.  It may be helpful to hire a professional to edit your manuscript before you submit it.
  11. Recognize What You Can (and Cannot) Do.  I know how to edit. However, when I was ready to submit my manuscript for publication, I wanted the cover and pages of my book to reflect the quality of the content.  I hired a graphic artist to design the cover and interior pages of my book.  I found a technology wizard to help me create affiliate links within the eBook.
  12. Do More Homework If You Hire Someone.  Interview people for the work you want done to and for your book.  Many people claim to be “experts” without the experience.  Check out their work if you want to hire someone to assist you with your book.  Ask to see examples of their products.  Contact their references.  Insist upon a clearly-defined contract before you pay for anything.   Thorough assistance research will save you enormous headaches, time, and money.
  13. Follow the Publisher’s Instructions.  Platforms such as Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)and Amazon CreateSpace have detailed formatting instructions.
  14. It’s Your Responsibility to Promote Your Book.  Do not expect a publisher or Amazon or Kindle or your social media friends to publicize your book.  It is up to you.  Connect with others.  Guy Kawasaki offers fabulous marketing tips in APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur.

Steve Jobs believed little details separated mediocrity from excellence. Although Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)and Amazon CreateSpace provide fantastic tools that allow you to create fine eBook and paperback copies of your book, I am so glad I enlisted the help of people I could trust to help me produce a quality product.

Believe in your inherent writing gifts and what you were created to give to the world.

Mark Coker, Smashwords founder, insists, “Authors should think globally from day one.” Believe in your inherent writing gifts and what you were created to give to the world.

There is an audience waiting for your eBook.  There are people who are waiting for you to tell your story.

The time to begin is now.

What story do YOU want to tell?

 

 

Use these tips from Craft a Story People Want to Hear to composte a book people will find irresistable and meaningful.

Learn How to Be a Good Storyteller to capture the interests of your audience and deliver a message they want to hear.

Transform Writer’s Block into Awesomeness to get started on composing the book only you can tell.