Have you ever thought about writing an e-book?
Personally, I thought about it for years before writing How to Start a Freelance Writing Business. While the e-book is no longer available, I learned from the process.
I had always put it off, though, because I didn’t think that I had enough time. That’s because whenever I’d worked on or edited an e-book for a client there had been lots of complications.
However, when the folks at Freelance Folder approached me for the How to Start a Freelance Writing Business project I jumped it at it because it was something that I had been wanting to do and also because Freelance Folder has such a great reputation among freelancers.
What I learned is, with proper organization, writing an e-book is quite manageable. If you’ve worked on other writing projects, writing an e-book shouldn’t be too hard for you.
Here are the steps I followed that could work for almost any e-book project.
(Since I was writing this book for Freelance Folder, I had an additional step of discussing these steps with an editor. If you’re creating the e-book by yourself, you won’t have that step.)
- Choose a subject. (The more you know about the topic, the easier your e-book will be to write.)
- Create a more specific list of what will be included in the e-book.
- Create a detailed outline. (Mine corresponded roughly the chapters in my e-book.)
- Set aside a specific time to research and write each chapter.
- Double-check the information in each chapter.
- Proofread your document.
- Select or create cover art. (My art was provided for me.)
- Save as a .Pdf.
- Decide on pricing.
- Download into a e-book distribution tool (we used e-junkie).
- Market your e-book.
It’s really that simple!
In fact, now that I’ve created one e-book I believe that I’m ready to select a new topic and create another.
Have you written an e-book already? How did it go?
If these tips helped you write your e-book, I’d love to hear from you.
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