I have seen a lot of information on the internet extolling the virtues of writing your own eBook. In these articles the emphasis seems to be far more on the “why” than the “how”. There have been many words written about the benefits of creating your own eBook and the various ways in which an eBook can be used in internet marketing. However, there seems to be far less information available on the actual process of writing the book. Perhaps this is because creating any kind of book requires the same approach whether you are writing a novel for printed publication, a set of short stories for Kindle or an eBook. Here follows some advice on how to write your own eBook.
The starting point of writing any book in any format is to “have a story”, whether this is literally a story (as in a work of fiction), a niche topic or some other form of valuable information. The more expert you are in the realm of your chosen subject, the easier it will be to produce an eBook which has real value in the eyes of your eventual eBook readers. If your topic is one with which you are not so familiar then plenty of research will be needed in order to acquire the necessary knowledge to produce a meaningful end product.
Once you have your topic you will need to break this down into sub-topics. If you are writing an informational eBook (which is likely) there will be subcategories which can be treated as chapters within the book. If you wish to produce an eBook of, say, 45 pages which covers all aspects of a wide-ranging subject, it is necessary to plan ahead, identifying and naming the different issues you will want to discuss in your writing. Each of those issues can become a chapter. The 45 pages could be divided into 9 chapters of 5 pages each. Each of those sub-sections could then be subdivided further into bite-sized pieces. A key point with writing an eBook is to work on small sections at a time. In order to do that successfully you will need the book planned out in detail before you actually begin to write. Each small section will become a building block in the construction of your finished work.
My first foray into online business was about 9 years ago when I produced articles and eBooks on topics related to my career as a musician. I am an oboist and I wrote an eBook on how to play the oboe. This was put together from a set of articles based on different techniques and problems of playing the instrument. The completed eBook has continued to produce sales ever since. Being a topic where I was a real expert helped enormously in the creative process.
If you feel that creative writing skills are not your forte, it is possible to put together an eBook of your own but using the writings of other people. A bit of research and you will find articles on related subjects which can be put together as chapters in a book, so long as the articles authorship is acknowledged. Articles from ezine websites can also be used as chapters in your e-book, so long as you reproduce the article totally unchanged and complete with the resource box, including any link. Indeed, authors are only too happy for you to do this as their work (and their link) will be spread far and wide.
I hope this article has given you an insight into how to write an eBook. As I am sure you can now see, writing or creating your own eBook is not a difficult thing to do but it does require thought, planning and probably research too. Even if you haven’t attempted to write anything since leaving school, don’t be daunted by the prospect. Anyone can do it!