How To Write An Ebook – Here’s What It Takes…

how to write an ebookOne of the easiest ways to make money from the web is to write an ebook.

You create it once and profit from it virtually forever!

However, you’ve got to write an ebook that people want to read and that looks professional.

Here are 4 tips on how to find a topic to write about that people will read, how to create your book and then give it the look that entices buyers.

Tip 1:  Write what people want to know

How do you know what people want to read?

If you think about what people buy that’s outside of the necessities like food, shelter and clothing.  There are five areas of interest.

  • Beauty
  • Health
  • Love
  • Money (making and saving more)
  • Recreation

These are all awesome topics that offer opportunities for writing ebooks.

Pick an topic, then find an area where you can solve a problem and you’ve got a great idea for an ebook.

If you look at recreation for instance, there’s a ton of opportunity to write about, especially when it comes to sports.

For example, golfers are passionate about the sport and they’ll spend whatever it takes to improve their game.  Offer an ebook on how to improve their golf swing, and those golfers will be on it.

That’s just one simple example, I know you can come up with others :-)

For more ideas or to see how profitable an idea might be, go to Amazon, ebay or even Google Zeitgeist to see what kinds of things people are buying up and how popular they are.

Tip:  NEVER abandon an idea for an ebook because it’s been done.   There are lots of books on the same topics and ideas,  what sells the book is the unique flavor or angle and the ideas presented that no one else includes.

Tip 2.  Fill Your eBook With Quality information

No one will read a dull,  boring ebook that drones on for pages.

Today’s electronic consumers are much more savvy.  They won’t tolerate  meaningless fluff or information that has no real meaning for them.  Writing an ebook like that will no doubt hurt your reputation and ultimately your sales.

Write ideas, facts, tips and useful information that is easy to read and gets to the point quickly.  In fact you’re better off writing a 30-40 page ebook that delivers interesting, useful content versus writing a 150 page ebook that wastes your reader’s time with information they don’t care about.

Tip 3.  Stay Focused and Finish the Job

This is the hardest part for most ebook writers.  The book gets started but they never actually finish.

Writing an ebook or even a report, is really about repeating a few simple steps that build on each other taking it one step at a time.  This is how you’ll get your ebook written quickly.

Start with a comprehensive outline, if you need help, I use Jonathon Leger’s “Write That Report“.  Jonathon lays out the exact steps for how to create profit-pulling informational products, and for $7 it’s been more than worth it for me.

When writing, stay focused on getting it done. Schedule time each day to work on your book.  Even if it’s just for a few minutes, do something each day.  If you get off schedule don’t stress, simply set a new time goal.

I usually start with  a completion goal at 30 days, this keeps me moving at a steady pace, I also like having a project completed in a month, that means I can start making sales that much sooner 😉

4. Give Your ebook a Great Look

Ebook buyers don’t have the benefit of actually touching an holding your ebook, but you have the opportunity to make your ebook look just as appealing by giving it an awesome cover.

You can have your ebook cover professionally created for you, which costs about $60 for a good ebook illustrator, or you can use software that will let you create your cover yourself.  For example, ecover software is an easy ‘do it yourself’ product that let’s you create your own cover for a fraction of the cost of hiring someone to do it for you – and you don’t need Photoshop 😉 

I’ve done both and much prefer ecover software.

In Summary…

Write what you know and enjoy.  Stay focused, be concise and persistent, and you’ll have an ebook written and published online in about a month.

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Comments

  1. You make it sound so simple Liz!
    as the owner of my first ebook, I can say that in hindsight – yes it is that easy.
    Wish I had read this post a few months ago though – GREAT tips here. None of that blog mumbo jumbo, just the honest truth about what is required.

    Thanks Liz

  2. tip: Install Tweetmeme plugin so that readers (me) can tweet your post. I hate that share plugin you have and besides twitter is not listed, I have to go to ‘more’ and I can’t be bothered.

    • Hey thanks Alex, I’ve not fond of that share plugin either. I’ll look into tweetmeme. Always nice to get feedback recommendations from readers 😉

  3. Josh Garcia says:

    Hey Liz,

    You are providing great tips! I like how you say, you are better off writing a 30-40 page ebook with quality content vs. 100 page of filler.

    I’m with Alex, you should install a tweet button so this info can be shared.

    Chat with you later…
    Josh

    • Hey Josh, Thanks for your comment, BTW I just installed a Tweet button with bookmarkify. But Ana over at has some good advice as well. Will test this one for awhile. Thanks so much for your input :-)

  4. Michael B Wilbraham says:

    Hi Liz, I’ve not yet written a proper eBook – I wrote a report once which I marketed through Clickbank, about 10 years ago I think, it was about 12 pages long & I sold it for $9. It seemed to take me forever!

    I’ve always wanted to write a proper eBook but have never really taken a closer look at how to do it. This information you have shared here is really good advice that I will keep in mind when I do decide to write.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Stay inspired,
    Michael

    • Hey Michael, I so hear you. My perfection demons comes out when I’m writing an ebook. I get so wrapped up in being perfect that I often miss my deadlines and sometimes I give up. I’m also thinking about more things to add that goes beyond my outline which can be frustration.

      I found that if you do some research on what people really want to know about on the topic, create a thoughtful outline, then stick to the outline, it can be done and done on time. I like Jimmy D. Brown’s approach but another book I didn’t mention that I also use is Write That Report. For only $7 it’s an awesome guide to help you simplify things.

  5. Mavis Nong says:

    Hi Liz,

    You are sharing great tips here. What you have outlined here, will make the process easier :)

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    All the best,
    Mavis Nong

  6. Oliver Tausend says:

    Hi Liz,

    writing my first ebook is certainly something I’m going to do – let’s say in one year’s time. I’ve got other stuff to be done that has priority, so there’s no rush. But it’s good to know where to excellent advice for writing one – so thank you for sharing.

    Take care

    Oliver

  7. Hey Liz,

    Thanks for that post. Great tips which I hope to use soon. I feel that they can be scaled up or down for larger or smaller projects, but are spot on for any kind of content production.

    You’ve inspired me to start putting my own e-book together!

    Cheers,

    Jym

  8. Karen Newman says:

    Liz…great tips! When I wrote my book last year the content poured out of me fast and furious because I was so passionate about the subject. While I did not have an issue getting it finished I did utilize an Editor to help me structure it properly. It’s always great to get a second opinion and have another set of eyes go through your book prior to releasing it to the public.

    Cheers,
    Karen

    P.S. I’d love to send you a copy if you’re interested…email me if you are. :)

  9. Hey Dwayne, Just as long as your content is comprehensive, easy to read and concise, I think you’ll do OK :-)

  10. Ilka Flood says:

    Hi Liz,

    This is great information! Thanks for sharing it! I have been thinking of writing my own ebook sometime down the road so these tips will come in very handy.

    Ilka

    • Hi Ilka, If you’ve been thinking it I encourage you to ‘just do it’ as Nike says. It’s so rewarding and it will be a great source of income for you. Best of luck to you :-)

  11. Great information, as always, Liz. Once you get in the swing of writing and get started it ends up being so easy to just keep going and get it done ~ get out there and start everyone!

  12. Heather C Stephens says:

    Guilty! I’ve taken too long to finish my book and I’m now bored with it and excited about new things! I appreciate your tips and I’ll make it my mission to finish my book in a month. I love the idea of a new “project” each month to stay focused and see it to completion!

    Thanks for your awesome tips, Liz!

    Heather

  13. Susanna Hess says:

    Hi Liz,

    This post came right on time. I just talked with my mentor yesterday about writing an ebook…

    I really liked all your tips. Knowing an acceptable length is a really great tip too!

    Thanks for this.

    Susanna

  14. Great advice on writing ebooks, Liz.

    I am particularly fond of your first point – be concise. I am the kind of reader who always scans the text to find info that I can actually use and fluff is very distracting.

    Ana Hoffman

    PS I love it that you moved your sidebar to the left; now your opt-in form is definitely more prominent.

    • Hey Ana, Thanks for you comment and BTW, my sidebar move was a mistake :-0 I made a change to my widgets and the sidebar changed, go figure. I’ve moved it back to the right but now you have me thinking I should keep it on the left :-)

  15. Tommy DiPietro says:

    Hi Liz,

    I really enjoyed your tips and will study these further if I decide to write
    my very own ebook.

    I try to be persistent anytime I write something, it helps keep my readers on track
    and keeps them coming back for more.

    Thanks
    Tommy D.

  16. Peter Fuller MBA says:

    Hello Liz

    I agree with 100%, especially about the fluff part.

    I was reading an ebook the other day and it took 10 pages of reading before they got to the meat.

    • Peter, I’ve read books like that too. I hope that the meat was worth the fluff you had to go through first :-)

  17. Ramiro Rodriguez says:

    You’re awesome. I’ve been reading on your site for the last 2 hours. I feel like I went to school. I look forward to your emails.

  18. These are great tips on getting started. I have written several ebooks both as informative reports and step by step tutorials with lots of screen shots. There are many different types of ebooks you can write and now with the ability to sell them on your own website, through places like Clickbank, and even changing the format to sell as a Kindle format, the opportunities for making a good living with your writing is far more obtainable than ever before.

    I like how you set a deadline for completion. 30 days is a reasonable time-line depending on what you are writing. I usually think about a week or 2 to do the research(unless I am writing primarily from experience and just need reference links and quotes,etc) And then for me, it takes about a week to write the report with an average of 9 pages a day. IF you have an offline day job or cannot devote full time to writing, it will take longer and you may find that having a deadline just acts as a discouragement. You will find out what works for you the more you go along. Just get started!

    • Hey Melanie, Good to hear from you. “Just get started” is good advice. Thanks so much for your great feedback :-)

  19. Ebooks are an amazing medium and truly are a fantastic way to share information and make money online…probably the best way since they don’t have any overhead and can be sold and replicated digitally. I agree with Melanie, as an extension of your fourth tip, that apart from its own website, the ebook can be promoted and sold through a variety of third party channels and also bundled with other e-books or media to promote a similar topic.

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