E books are an incredibly profitable resource, but unless you write your own, you’re stuck splitting the sales profits with someone else. If you want to keep all the profits of high selling e books, you’re going to have to write one.
But many people don’t know where to start when it comes to compiling e books and writing content that people want to read. But in reality, it’s not as difficult as it seems. Here’s how to write your own e books NOW!
Decide Your Topic
The most important thing you must do before you write is to decide on the topic you’re going to write about. The most profitable e books focus on solving a problem, or providing a solution to something that people are looking for. “Tips” and “secrets revealed” e books also do exceptionally well. What doesn’t do well is an e book that doesn’t offer the reader anything.
If there’s not useful information that can be gleaned from your writing, and if the reader can’t apply the information to their life in a positive way, the e book isn’t going to do very well at all.
You also want your e book topic to be in sync with your blog’s niche. You don’t want to offer a product completely unrelated to what you blog about, because that will also steer people away from purchasing. If your e book fits in well with your blog’s niche – almost like it’s an extension of your blog, it will do better than if you try to sell an information product that is completely unrelated.
For example, if your blog is about cooking, you don’t want to try to sell an e book on makeup or beauty tips. Instead, offer a recipe guide or an easy cooking tips product. If your product and your blog are related, they’re going to lend each other credibility and help drive sales.
Create An Outline
Before you sit down to write, create an outline that has basically every “chapter” or section of your e book predetermined. You can, of course, always modify your outline later, but doing this will keep you writing on an even keel instead of being all over the place. Writing your e book before you’ve structured it can leave you with lots of separate sections that you aren’t sure where they best fit within the e book.
What order do they go in? Does the content flow well? The answer to these two questions is likely “no” if you’ve started writing first before you’ve determined an outline.
However, once you decide on an outline first and have structured your topics and sections in a clear, concise order, you can write whichever section you feel inspired to write about and still know where and how it fits into the overall product.
Creating the outline first will help keep you organized and motivated, and you’ll never be left wondering what to write about next. You’ll see a clear beginning, middle and end to your product and you’ll be able to make sure you have all the pieces in place before you publish.
An e book that has been written with an outline is also a far better information product for the readers – it’s easy for them to follow the table of contents (which is essentially your outline itself), and find the section they’re looking for. It’s easier for them to skim (which they will do, no matter how awesome and in depth your writing is) and for them to know what is going to come next.
Make sure that you include headings, sub headings and the like in your outline, and that you also incorporate these into the actual text itself. Make it simple for your readers to absorb the information, and you’ll find that you sell far more copies than you would if your e book was just a huge block of text without any concise order or format.
Write In Small Bursts
Writing e books is definitely challenging. It’s much different from writing articles, because frankly, you’re just writing one huge article that is broken down into several sections. The topic is pretty much the same throughout, so you never really get a break from writing about the same thing over and over. So combat writers block by writing in small bursts – which is much easier to do when you’ve formed the outline first.
For example, write a few paragraphs and stop when you’ve reached the next topic or sub topic of your outline. You’ll have an easier time picking up where you left off, and you’ll also give your brain a break by not writing in long, unending chunks with no clear thought pattern. Whenever you feel bogged down or pressured, put the product down and come back to it later.
Come back to it a week or even a month later if you have to. Don’t worry about cranking it out for profit or to make money online ASAP, because the ultimate end is that your profits will suffer for poor, rushed writing. Take your time to create a really great product and you’ll find that it sells better than you ever thought possible.