During our research on reading trends through the years, we noticed many readers are switching from printed books to ebooks.
Ebooks are a lot more convenient compared to books. You can store as many files as you want on almost any handheld device, including your smartphone and tablets. There is also a wide range of readers–ebook dedicated tablets–available if you want a device just for that purpose.
Ebooks have been around since the late 1900s but gained commercial momentum in 2000 when Stephen King published the first ebook for sale, and over 400,000 copies were downloaded within 24 hours. More authors followed suit, and today there are many writers, like Amanda Hocking, who have made millions selling self-published ebooks. Ebooks can (arguably) be considered the future of books and might even replace hardback/paperback books in the next few decades.
Why Should You Write an Ebook?
Ebooks are a lucrative option as a passive income stream. People have generated thousands of dollars in ebook sales—and so can you.
Writing an ebook is a one-time effort, but after that, you can enjoy the fruits of your hard work for a long time. Ebook sales are growing every year, and it’s still a very profitable line of business. In 2020, over 191 million ebook copies were sold.
However, despite the profitability of this business, many writers don’t invest in ebook writing. It’s because they consider the book writing process extremely lengthy and complicated. But that’s not true. Writing an ebook can be easier than you think. All you need is a focused approach and a proper strategy. Once that’s sorted, putting together an ebook will be a piece of cake.
Before you write an ebook, you have to choose a topic and brainstorm ideas for the content. You might have multiple fascinating ideas already, but you need to narrow it down to one topic. You can search for trending subjects worldwide and choose one depending on your expertise, interest, and passion. Note that your topic can help you identify your target audience for whom you’ll be writing your book. For instance, if you are writing an ebook on AI trends, your target audience will be people with a software/AI background and anyone who wants to learn more about artificial intelligence.
To brainstorm ideas effectively, you need to have ample knowledge about the topic you’re writing on. This is especially true for non-fiction books—you don’t want to disappoint your readers with inaccurate information. Therefore, before you sit down to write, research about the topic thoroughly and decide whether you can write an engaging ebook on it or not. After all, you are creating a content piece that can reach up to 100,000 words long—how will you meet that goal if you have little to no idea about the subject matter and its scope?
Create a Content Outline
One of the main reasons writers find book writing difficult is because they start aimlessly on the first draft without planning the content. Ultimately, they end up getting stranded in a river of words and have no idea how to move ahead—or even know which way is forward! As a result, they start losing motivation and give up on their book midway.
If you want to write your ebook in an organized manner, you should decide and divide the type of content you’ll cover in each chapter. The best way is to create a chapter-wise outline of your book. With this layout, you can highlight the objectives you’ll be expanding on in each chapter. If possible, you should also determine the estimated word count for each chapter. But remember, this can vary depending on the topic.
The Researching Phase
To write a good book, you have to spend a huge chunk of your time on research. No one appreciates a badly researched book. So, while you’re creating your chapter-wise outline, keep exploring the subject as well. Although you may already know the topic, studying more about the details can dramatically improve your content’s quality. You can also cover more information in each chapter accurately and add relevant facts if you feel the need to do so.
The Writing Phase
After you’re done forming an outline of your ebook, it’s time to write your first draft. With the objectives already decided for each chapter, the writing process will be easier for you. Don’t aim for perfection, as you are bound to make mistakes in your first draft. Keep writing without losing your momentum over minor errors—you can correct them later.
Another tip: if you want to add some facts or statistics to your content, don’t leave writing midway for research. Just highlight the portion where you want to add the relevant information. This way, you can conduct mass research later and add facts accordingly.
Proofreading and Editing
Once you’re done with your first draft, it’s time to go through your book multiple times to check for grammatical and continuity errors. Analyze your content properly and identify improvement areas. If minor changes are required, correct them right away—no need to write another draft in that case. However, if your manuscript has major creative and continuity errors, you should start another draft.
If the topic of your book is exhaustive and it took you more than a month only to compile the first draft, it’s better to opt for the services of Creative Writing Experts. The professional editors on the team can proofread your book’s content with an expert eye and suggest creative changes to help you create a better version of your book.
Finalizing Your Ebook
Now that you have your final draft ready after the rounds of edits, it’s time to make your book appealing to the readers. You can do that by taking care of three things: title, cover, and publishing platform.
1. The Title
Let’s talk about this first. Imagine you’re in a bookstore, and there are two books in front of you with these titles:
- The Only Alpha Male Guide You’ll Ever Need!
- Developing A Great Masculine Personality – A Detailed Discussion
Which one will you pick up?
The first option, right? It has a catchy title that begs the reader to pick it up from the shelf.
And that’s what your title needs to be.
No matter how good the content is, if the title of your book is dull and uninteresting, readers will ignore it as if it isn’t there.
2. The Cover
Other than the title, you would also need an innovative cover design. If you are not a skilled graphic designer, you can hire a professional to create an attractive book cover design for you. The title font you pick should be bold and readable.
3. The Publishing Platform
You should also decide which ebook marketplace(s) you want to sell your ebook on. Amazon Kindle store is a popular option for many authors, but there are also other bookselling platforms, like Google Books, Kobo, and Apple Books, you can choose.
No matter which marketplaces you select, know that every bookselling platform has its own prerequisites for a file format. So, if you want your ebook to be available in multiple online stores, convert your file to the appropriate format before submitting it.
The Final Word
Apart from following all the steps of creating an outline, researching, compiling a first draft, editing, and finalizing the design, print, and publication, make sure you stay committed to your goal. Because, in the end, being able to finish an ebook will come down to the level of your focus and commitment.
And if you need help at any step of the way, reach out to the seasoned professionals at Creative Writing Experts. They will be happy to lend you a hand!