By Lawal Rehman
Are you willing to write your own ebook?
Good decision! It can be life-changing if you want to start your career as a writer or an author.
Ebook writing can indeed seem like a problem or an obstacle to come over but it is not as hard as it looks.
Think about it! If you only write a thousand words every day, it will become 30,000 in a month.
However, even if you only write your first 10,000 words of ebook in just a month, then still it is a good beginning towards your career.
This requires some smart work and rules if you want to write nonfiction books consistently without getting overwhelmed.
1. “Write What You Know” Or “Know What You Write”
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of writing an ebook is, “What will be the topic?”
If you’re a blogger or an influencer then it might be easy for you to find out two to three topic ideas.
You may have heard about this before: “Write what you know.” It’s good to have the experience or emotions of what you are writing.
And I do agree that it makes writing less overwhelming when you have some experience about what you write (especially if you are a beginner).
But what about those experiences and emotions which you have never felt before? How can you express them in your words?
Well, do the research.
Read forums, research on social media, ask companies, read stories, blogs, case studies, and purchase magazines and books. You can also talk with those people who are already experienced or have emotions of what you want to write.
Definitely, it takes more time to write on such topics, but in the end you will have an ebook that can stand out in the market.
Always choose topics that you understand or research those topics that you don’t know about.
2. Choose The Topic That Your Readers Want
If you have a blog or newsletter, then you are well ahead in the game.
But to make an ebook that can sell, you should know about the interest of your audience.
Here are two important points to note:
- Note down a few topic ideas (generally three to five ideas). You can also pick topics from your blog or YouTube videos, or read your audience queries from blog and video comments, emails, or message replies.
- Survey your audience to find out which they prefer. You can tweet or create a poll on Facebook. You can also use SurveyMonkey if you have a WordPress blog, or otherwise can easily make use of a Google form.
That’s the important step if you want to write for your existing audience and increase reader engagement.
3. Create Outlines For Each Chapter
The outline is a mind map of what you will write in your ebook.
Although there is no perfect way to create a useful outline initially, I have some key points for you that may help to craft your first ebook.
Personally, I use a pencil and paper for big pieces of content. I put the title in the front and start mapping the ideas that come to my mind.
For example, when I compare different marketing tools in my article, I use a consistent overall structure for each product that I review.
- Features overview
- Plans and Pricings
- Why this tool is better than others.
This helps me to complete the writing quickly and creates a better flow. I always recommend following a consistent structure to craft each section or chapter of your book.
4. Expand Your Ideas
When you outline your chapters, you will be getting tons of ideas: NOTE THEM DOWN!
When you start working on outlines, you will be going much deeper into the topic. This is where you need to explore more.
After noting down the outlines and key points for each chapter, research more about those subheadings and points that you are not enough familiar with and also find out what others are writing and what you are missing in your guide.
5. Make The Reader The HERO Of Your Story
Many successful promotions are written in the first or third person.
Tone and format play a vital role in making a successful ebook.
It would be best if you always wrote your ebook in a conversational tone. It doesn’t matter whether you are telling your own story or sharing your personal experience. Your reader must feel like the ebook is talking to them.
Use these two words: “I” and “You”. Be clear, because you’re not in the business of writing words, you are in the business of motivating human beings to take action.
6. Start With The Middle
Now, here is a pro-tip for you!
Never start writing your ebook from the start or rush to write its conclusion.
In other words, always write the introduction and the conclusion in the end.
Start with the chapters and subheadings of your ebook. This will help save you more time in editing your ebook’s intro.
Once you have written the chapters, you will then have a clear vision of your ebook to create a more informative and accurately summarized introduction and conclusion.
7. Start Filling In Your Outline
You now have a mind map for your first ever ebook, you have noted down outlines, researched from different resources, and have a clear vision.
Start filling in your outline…
Bonus Tip: Write key points for each chapter and subheading while researching and creating your outlines. These key points are the main foundation for writing your chapters. Do more and more research on these keywords and keep expanding them in your own words, according to the information that you get.
8. Don’t Edit While Writing
The biggest mistake that people make is they edit while they write.
Always write the first draft and note whatever comes to your mind (about your topic) because it is the purest form of your inner intellect.
Also, don’t add images, videos, and stats yet. You can write “[Insert ScreenShot/Stats/Video]” instead.
This will help by keeping you away from distractions.
9. Build Up Momentum
Building up the momentum in your writing is essential. You have to keep your content in a flow.
If you take very long breaks, you may lose your focus. But you also should not write for a very long time because that will tire you out.
So, the solution is to make a routine and carve out time to write. This will keep your flow maintained, especially if you work from home.
Set your writing goals and routine. If you feel more productive in the morning write early. If you are a midnight writer, then go ahead and write it at night!
Find one to three hours to write 500-1000 words of your ebook daily.
10. Review And Rewrite
Congratulations! You have just written your first ebook!
Of course, you are!
But don’t get too excited! The work here is not done.
Once you have completed writing your ebook, don’t publish it right away. Save it somewhere and forget about it for a few days or a week.
Then read your book from the scratch. You can easily catch your typos, grammatical errors, wordy sentences, and writing cliches.
Use grammar tools like Grammarly or ProWritingAid.
Add images, thumbnails, infographics, videos, facts, and stats to your ebook and link to other helpful resources (like your YouTube video or blog).
11. Give Your Book To Your Friends
You have officially completed your ebook.
But what about the proofreading?
For this, most writers hire proofreading professionals on freelance platforms like Upwork.
But, there are other ways!
The best way is to send copies to your friends and top fans. Ask them what they have learned from this ebook and what is missing according to them!
Kudos! You have learned some helpful tips on writing, including how to:
- start an ebook,
- choose topics,
- shortlist topics for your desired readers,
- add your ideas,
- make an outline and fill it in,
- review, and
- rewrite your ebook.
Let me know when you will start writing your first ebook!
In case of any problem or query, you can contact me.
Lawal Rehman is an online branding strategist, entrepreneur and content marketer. He teaches digital marketing through his online courses and blog posts.