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What if, 30 days from now, you had a finished, well-crafted eBook sitting Go ahead and write that idea down, and then store it in a safe place. The closure of Microsoft's eBook store is a reminder our digital There's bad news for users of Microsoft's eBook store: the company is closing it down, and, with it, any If you're a Microsoft customer, you paid for those books. Then, download your set of free ebook templates so you can produce with subheaders that break down the discussion into specific sections.
I wonder however, if the motto: Depending on your topic area, a paper book could well be a fantastic addition. Great job on making the writing process more accessible by putting it on a timeline. People often ask me how they can improve their own skills. My favorite trick to help with this is to suggest they actually take a printout of the document away from their normal writing environment and then read it out loud.
Not to mention a good reason to stop for a minute, make a great cup of coffee or tea, and spend a few minutes simply enjoying the process of writing and creating! Amen to that Lauren — back in the early 90s I met an editor from Simon and Schuster. This was the early days of word processors being used — and she said she could read a manuscript and tell immediately if it had been edited on a computer screen or it had been printed out. So can double-spacing the lines — it creates more white space around the words, making it easy to focus on each individual one.
Thanks for the detailed guidance for making an eBook happen in a month! Good luck with the novel, Jennifer! December can be a great month for ebook-writing, as the blogosphere tends to slow down a bit around Christmas time. Boy, do I ever need a motivational schedule to abide by like this one. I have to imagine that your tips here work for general writing projects — not just eBooks.
They absolutely do, Emma! Any big writing project can be broken down in a similar way though some will need a fair bit longer than 30 days…. This post came at just the right time. I have decided on a topic for my free ebook so this will really help me get on and get the job done. Many thanks. Best of luck, Sharon, hope the writing goes well and that the free ebook brings you lots of great traffic.
Love your process and the way you chunk it down. I can do this! Quality is crucial — and achievable in a realistic time-frame. This post is epic. I love that it breaks down all the tasks from idea to outline to writing to editing. I was expecting a formula for 30 days of writing, but this is even better.
Improved my blog writing as well as helping me to write this ebook. I learned that its not so much to just write 10, words but to write that keeps the engagement of the reader as well as teaches or tells that story.
Wow, that sounds really easy, but am sure the days 5 — 25 will be a killer and will easily take a toll on anyone. Hopefully I will get the courage to start thinking about it one of these days. Great post, Ali. I like the way you break down the process of writing an e-book. Thanks for complicating my life. It will be fun sorting it all out. Thanks Chris!
I have learned that one way to promote your site is to write an e-book. Your post gives me the push and tips to come up with my first e-book ever. More power to you Ali! Thanks Jonan! I happened to read this at just the right time, writing a book is definitely in my bucket list,starting with an e-book seems like a brilliant idea, really grateful for the way in which you have shared yourself so freely, am daring myself to write an ebook in a month, come 1st December, will be talking a different story.
Knowing that a bunch of people will also be doing it in November might keep me going. Slay the dragon of Resistance. And, like Rex said, if you really want help. Absolutely not. And great point about writing less. If this is your first time writing one, a 5, word free ebook could be a fantastic project to spend 30 days on.
But yes as you mentioned I think I need an internet blocker. Interesting article. Where would be the best place to look if I wanted to outsource the preparation of an ebook using content I have created over a series of articles?
How much would it likely cost. Good question, Dane! Kelly Kingman comes to mind — her site is http: Simple and concise tips Ali. One of my top NaNo tips is: This is great advice. Having even one whole day to work single-mindedly on a writing project makes a massive difference. Thanks Ali, Your tips were inspiring and also straight to the point. What a powerful post yours was! I wonder how many new eBooks will be the result of your helpful guidance?
Definitely a great piece of article as this is my single biggest problem, procrastination on putting out content because of the overwhelming task of writing a full blown ebook. But if I break it down like what you advice, it is suddenly manageable and writing a few pages each day seems like a minute task all of a sudden. Thanks Ted!
Anyone have any examples of successful ebook site designs? Here are a couple of quite different! Love all the tips in this post, Ali. This is an excellent post. I wrote an eBook once in fewer than 30 days, and I followed the same course though not on purpose, but what you outline is a really natural and realistic approach. This is really great formula to write an e-book in 30 days. The best thing is that we can be organized without losing our attention.
I have used some of the parts especially mind maps, but never put such a goal to write words daily with such a discipline. Thanks, Dragan! This is really great information. I envy people who can create such logical plans and plot them out.
I have been stuck on moving forward with my e-book. It starts and stops and I am not really sure what is currently stopping me. Thanks for this post. I often get stuck if I try to write without a clear plan!
Even a list of several key points that you want to cover in the next chapter could help. These are the questions which you need to ask yourself to get back into action for your ebook and get writing again. Answering these questions will help you set out the plan Ali talks about. Remember, your ebook should be a tool; an employee even, with a specific role. I have been thinking on this response from Ali and from Tom.
Because this is exactly what the topic of my e-book is about. My e-book is targeted towards artists, writers, seekers and daydreamers in general. Some mistakenly diagnosed with attention deficit. The point of my response is that plans do not pan out for some. It comes down to routines not plans.
This e-book has to be part of my daily routine. It is not really the content that has me stuck, but working it into my day. I can take the plans and outlines passed my way and pick parts here and there to use and implement, but for someone like me to work through a 90 day plan or an outline or what-not is almost impossible.
There is nothing wrong with this. Our minds are wired differently and it is always good to hook up with others who are more logically wired. The e-book is about the possibility of this. How we can stay true to our daydreamer tendencies and move forward with our lives and our businesses.
How do the unfocused find their focus and get things done. If you say the word plan or rules to a daydreamer they will run the other way. I just happened to be reading the post.
But thank-you both for your responses because it got me thinking about how to make this e-book part of my daily routine. Maybe you could try setting aside a whole day just for writing — I know Catherine Caine awesome gal does that, and her work is amazingly full of energy.
Your ebook sounds great and probably much-needed! This is good advice. I think I will pick a day and actually leave the house. Go to the library or something. I bookmarked this post a few weeks ago while I tested out a few ways to make money. Welcome back, Rose!
I am excited about this challenge.
But, I am still going to create the E-Book for my future client. I save them for the weekend or when I have time.. Love this, Ali! Small daily habits make huge changes over the long term. Thanks for such practical guidance and good common sense!
Ali, your stuff always makes me smile. I publish independently, so each book had to be proofread and formatted, have a cover designed, and all the other bits of creating a book from scratch. But the single biggest reason I got this done was because I chose to ship instead of worrying about the myriad reasons this was an insane idea. If you have the chutzpah and smarts to operate your own business, you have what it takes to deliver a solid, worthwhile ebook in 30 days.
Thanks, Joel! Publishing 6 books in 6 months is an amazing achievement — wow! I know just how much work goes into proofreading, formatting, etc — so huge congrats to you and to your wife. Next month, I will write a word eBook. By , I will have writteny first eBook—on a topic both dear to my heart and poignantly relevant to my community as well as the world at large!
My ebook is about working from home. What comes first? The blog or the ebook? Any comments would be appreciated. Focus on writing the ebook first, then worry about marketing and selling after that. In few months of blogging, I found out one of the best strategies to make your blogging business more successful as possible is ebook marketing, in which I was searching now on certain tips on how to make a highly created e-book.
I have a great idea now on how to make my own ebook! I found this post while searching for information on how to create an eBook. I was feeling a little overwhelmed until I came across your post. I am starting immediately!
Kindle and Nook users are used to having access to a table of contents and other built-in tools which are part of those formats. Some ebooks are just. If you do want to create Kindle. But in a hurry one day, I experimented with doing it the easy way. I was simultaneously dismayed and glad that it works. From what you both seem to saying this conversion can be done quite easily and, the premise that without these offers the end result could be poor formatting that turns readers off, is not a likely one after all.
Am I right? As Ali has emphasized, the code can use a little cleanup, and you should always preview on a real Kindle or Nook, not just on the preview tools those formats provide. And keep asking questions because if you can do this stuff yourself, you take even more control of the process.
Either doing it yourself or hiring help is valid; it depends how comfortable you are with things like HTML code and using new software programs.
I spent quite a while figuring out how to get things right when I did my first few ebooks into. There are plenty of people offering services to convert documents for you; like Joel says, the best use of that is probably to just get someone else to sort it all out for you, rather than to pay for a half-way service. Take care! But it seems likely there are people in your life, yes?
First sort out why you want to write something, then sort out where your audience might be, then go ask them, in person, what would help them. Hang out at the Chamber of Commerce or a local small biz networking mixer. Get to know people. Ask what they need. Joel, I did not mean to offend. My interest with this blog focuses on topic research and developing content. I have noted your comments and will consider them as I move forward. Thank you. That way, at least you have a website folks can visit, a place they can leave comments, and a way to interact with your intended audience.
Really I am. Joel, I have to say you humanized yourself to me with your words of kindness and I sincerely appreciate it. I can tell you are a nice person by your response. I agree, sometimes emails, text, etc. I made a note of your suggestions and as I move forward in my efforts to learn how to write an ebook I will remember your recommendations.
Hi Jennifer! Feedback from contacts in an area or industry that you want to write about will be invaluable.
I appreciate your comments but are you saying an ebook only works if you have an online presence? You could have a blog started five minutes from now, and by the time your ebook is ready in 30 days, you could have a dozen posts on it for your ebook readers to comment on and connect with.
For me, blogging, email lists, and Twitter have been hugely useful marketing tools.
Thanks, I get your point. Using online connections for researching topics for an ebook and using those connections to market the ebook seems plausible to me. I appreciate your insightful feedback. Great article! I just finished two eBooks recently. My suggestion is that you start to write short eBooks about 30 pages. It is a lot easier to accomplish. Once you have done it, you will be motivated to write more. Having an outline will definitely make your writing task easy to manage.
All it takes is discipline, commitment, structure, and organization. You may have to disappoint people. Great posting — and very timely.
I came across NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago. I am already getting ideas together for this November — which is coming round all too quickly! My experience is that, with determination, a 50, novel can be roughly knocked out in the month but then begins the longer task of editing and refining — but a great spur to getting something concrete out at least once a year.
Thanks Geoff — and congratulations on the fruits of your last two NaNos! With a non-fiction ebook, you can go for a much shorter word count and fit in a bit of editing during the month. site, presumably? Or is there? You can certainly look on site, or you could turn to blogs that offer free ebooks as. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to put our ideas into concrete form.
I have several books that I am currently working on. I will choose one to complete in the 30 days. It takes discipline and determination. Thank you Ali for the insights, tips and information you share. If you can afford it, have a proofreader review it. Great addition! Ali, As a veteran book coach, I applaud this blog how to and agree with your points. Write chapters faster with a structure—begtin, middle and end and instead of waiting to edit at the end, the structure will allow you to write well enough for only one edit.
Remember to add the selling points before you finish your book— the cover, the title page, the About the Aurhor, the TOC and the Resources page. Market While you Write. Make your chapters titles for short eBook include a key word similar to your book title to make it searchable and distribute more copies.. Keep a marketing mindset as your book. What are questions your audience wants answered? Waht are 5 benefits of your book to them? Judy, thanks so much for your kind words, and also your excellent tips.
I like the idea of starting at the end, with a clear idea of what you want the book to achieve — I can see the logic in that. Apart from helping structure the book, I suspect it might also boost your motivation, by having the finishing line in sight right from the start of the race.
Just a thought. I have been actually struggling with getting an eBook written this year on content and blog marketing so this may just be the motivation I need to finally get it done. Thanks for putting some fire under my behind and those of my fellow eBook writers! Thanks Tess! OMG I am sooo doing this!!
Time is certainly going to be an issue, BUT if I can earn a smart phone during November agreement with my hubs, lol — lost some points by getting stitches in my thumb last night, oops!! Thank you!!!!! I absolutely agree with this. Anyone can create a fully-functional and high quality e-book in a month. Everything you need is time and will. I especially like the part with a timer — absolutely one of the best tools for writers.
Thanks Nadia! I highly recommend using this time and the momentum of the writing buzz to write an ebook. A group of us are going to be posting each week and coordinating our efforts on the 30days hashtag. See details and feel free to follow along at http: I still have a few days to select my topic.
Good luck, Cathy! Look at all these comments! I only have 12 recipes so far, but maybe I can pad it out. Or something. All I know is I love making them, and showing people how to make them, and I figure that will somehow shine through in anything I write about them. Thanks again for the motivation! Thanks Paul! You could also go for a shortish ebook that way 2 weeks of recipes sounds perfect and then write a more detailed ebook once you see how that one goes down. The parts of your post that I like the most are the ones related to being productive and also being accountable to both yourself and your target audience in terms of really committing yourself to achieving your goals.
Personally, I can very passionately speak in favor of being productive as well as maintaining your focus on achieving your most important goals because one of the main reasons why I have wasted my last 7 and more years not being able to make money online and also not being able to live my life to the fullest is simply because I was paying my attention to the wrong things. Having said that, I am glad to tell you that I have recently started my first blog ever in order to connect with my audience and write on topics that they are truly interested in based on some of the tips you have generously shared with us here.
Finally, any of your comments on my first ever post displayed on my first ever personal blog that I have recently created after a very painful, shocking and agonizing 7 year struggle of trying to make money online in order to reach and fully enjoy my ever desired dream lifestyle would be more than welcome and well appreciated.
Thanks Bruno … and very best of luck with your blog and with your goal. Hope it goes well! Notice the high confidence level there, yes? My one practical not motivational concern is that some sections will necessitate research that will bog me down during the writing phase.
Karen, that is tough — and when I made the outline, I decided to work on the probably slightly unfair! I always try to choose ebook topics that I already know a lot about, because I get bored quickly with research…. Best of luck!
Nice Strategy Ali, I write about blogging from last one and half year. Now I wanna publish my free ebook on wordpress customization and globalization. Now I am very motivated after reading this article. It need so much concentration and freshness also. Hope your strategy will also work for me. I was invited by a friend to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, and accepted.
However, since then, I have been really feeling that what I need to write is an eBook for my website, rather than fiction. I had just recently decided that was what I was going to do anyway — complete the task in the spirit if not the letter of the NaNoWriMo law. I like the public commitment and knowing that others are doing it too. Thanks — good luck everyone! Good luck with the ebook, Brent! Hope you have a great November. Great piece of advice. Nice Article. I was in a process for my first e-book and i found this article on the right time.
I have been toying with the idea for a couple of years now of just sitting myself down and getting started on a few topics I have in mind for E-Books.
I had never thought about the 30 minute timer before, that is an excellent idea! Not to mention I have an extremely bad habit of editing what I write as I go rather than using the draft type style. I believe I may just sit down and get started…Thanks!
Thanks Brad — and good luck! The timer trick works well for an awful lot of writers, so I hope it helps you out too. Thanks Ali, It already has to be honest with more than just writing, after reading this I also implemented the timer practice in my web development too. I always have a number of projects going at once and would often get caught up in one and fall behind in the others, using the time I have been able to work for a set time on all of them and work on all of them throughout the day.
Production is up! I wrote a short autobiography few years pass, protecting it and having it registered in the Library of Congress. I will have to re-write it to remove certain entries that will not take away any idea or points of information. My current concern is time and eyesight,one eye and it is currently stable but somewhat diminished.
I have the cover of the publication fixed in my mind, to posittively wet the mental appetite of every reader. I am presently redoing the book as an Ebook for online sales and have been trying to figure the whole process out. Your information has been a big help. I am still going through your site and trying to implement the good suggestions. Thanks so much! Hi Ali — I write a blog for an online company which sells home decorations which are mostly handmade, mostly in South East Asia.
I have free rein for many of the posts and have enjoyed coming up with topics of interest to me. I would definitely need time to create and photograph the content. A couple of questions: What is your recommendation? Thanks for this inspiring-and-motivating idea. Best of luck, Jeff! I think serialising your ebook on your blog sounds like a great way to stay motivated. There is no backup plan.
This is The Langoliers. And because of digital rights management—the mechanism by which platforms retain control over the digital goods they sell—you have no recourse. But that provides only the coldest comfort.
But consumers exchange money for goods because they preferred the goods to the money. But anyone who did now potentially has to go find those same books again on a new platform, buy them again, and maybe even find a new device to read them on.
And even if none of that were the case, the move rankles on principle alone. Originally intended as an antipiracy measure, DRM now functions mostly as a way to lock customers into a given ecosystem, rather than reading or viewing or listening to their purchases wherever they want.
The issue also extends beyond ebooks and movies. Or the Revolv smart-home hub that Google acquired and promptly shut down —sparking another FTC inquiry.