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Do You Want to Produce an Ebook But Can't Think What to Write?

Jul 17, 2008
Don't despair - here are 7 tips to get you started!

1. Firstly, remember you are not writing a formal book or novel - you are producing an information product! This means that as long as you provide accurate, useful information that the purchaser is seeking, you will be forgiven the odd lapse in grammar! So don't agonize over every word you write - just write!

2. Look to friends, family or colleagues for knowledge. You may be able to co-author the book and share the profits. And don't forget your children's teachers - what better source of specialized knowledge would you find than in your local schools! And teachers have long summer holidays, with nothing to do (!) Plenty of time for them to cooperate on an ebook !

3. An ebook doesn't just have to consist of text. The wonderful flexibility of the internet means you can fill it with audio and video links. So, if you need to include elements which are difficult to explain in words, get out your digital camera and film it. There are many types of software on the market which will allow you to upload your video film on to your website, or you can pay a freelancer to do it for you at a reasonable cost.

4. Plan properly before you start, and you can turn one book into several. Make each chapter a stand alone chapter and you can sell it separately in the future, with may be just an extra few pages added.

5. Consider the age ranges of your market and appeal to those who have spare cash - normally mortgage free teenagers or silver surfers! Again, you may have family or friends in these categories. Ask them what kind of information they would be prepared to pay for.

6. Give yourself plenty of time - Rome wasn't built in a day. Decide on a schedule - a date when you aim to have it finished by. Sketch out your book - decide what you will cover in each chapter and do your research. Here is where the hard work begins. You cannot write an ebook sitting in front of the TV! You will have to set aside some time each day where you withdraw from the family in order to concentrate and write. If you work full time, you may consider doing this in your lunch hour, or by getting up an hour earlier, or going to bed an hour later. Whatever you decide to do, remember to tell yourself you only have to do the work once, and you may have an income for years to come!

7. Start a blog - use it to publicize the book you are going to write. Invite visitors to your blog to leave their thoughts - they may even give you some useful advice. Use some of the information in your book to write articles, and submit them to directories, like this one. One day, people will be reading your article, as you are reading this one, and hopefully will click on the link to your website!
About the Author
Tracey Beaney produced her first information product with Don Clarke. She is now marketing a guide to information publishing on the internet. Click here to download a free chapter
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