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10 Tips for Writing a Successful E-Book

Updated on March 12, 2017

Study!

Study and research your subject before you begin writing.
Study and research your subject before you begin writing. | Source

Do Lots of Research

Before you start writing on a topic, you need to study the subject and get all your information in order. Always be sure that the topic you choose is truly the one you want to make an e-book about. Take notes so that you can refer back to them at a later time. Interview folks that have knowledge of your subject, use your own knowledge and last but definitely not least, use the internet to your advantage. Put in the necessary time and you will have a worthy book, otherwise, a weak effort will show in your work.

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Fact Check

Check all of your sources to ensure all of your info is correct.
Check all of your sources to ensure all of your info is correct. | Source

Make Sure all Facts are Accurate

Double check everything that you write down to make sure it is accurate and free from errors. Always have truth in your story in order to maintain integrity. Besides finding the truth out is much easier nowadays with the internet, so, in other words, do not be lazy and just put in the work. All that you need is right in front of your face is if are willing to work to get it done.

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Hush Please

Choose an area for writing that is free of noise or any other distractions whatsoever.
Choose an area for writing that is free of noise or any other distractions whatsoever. | Source

Prepare a Quite Area for Writing Concentration

Try to get a spot for writing that has no people around and be sure all distractions such as televisions and radios, are off during this time. Concentration is important and you must have certain amounts of peaceful time to get your project done. You do not need to get interrupted when you get in a writer's zone because it may be hard to get and you could get stuck in writer's block. A desk with a comfortable chair is a good idea but do not use a couch because it will get you too relaxed.

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High Standards

Determine what you want to write about and set goals that you can break on your way to success.
Determine what you want to write about and set goals that you can break on your way to success. | Source

Set Goals For Your E-Book

Set short term and long term goals for your book and work hard to accomplish them. Once you reach a goal then it is time to set new ones. Once you achieve a goal, share your success with a loved one and let them give you an honest review. Never let criticism get you down but instead use it as motivation and make your e-book even better.

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All Ideas Matter

Let all your thoughts flow out freestyle onto blank paper and then see what you can use.
Let all your thoughts flow out freestyle onto blank paper and then see what you can use. | Source

Brainstorm

When you have a thought, let your ideas flow out onto paper, even the odd ideas. Eventually, you can weed out the crazy ideas and narrow the brainstorming down to a few spectacular e-book titles and plots. You never know what you will come up with until you try. The brain thinks many things that we often let fall by the wayside. I was shown this technique in the 8th grade and it always stuck with me because it is a useful tool that works wonders.

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What's in a Name?

Come up with a great title that will catch people's eye and get their attention.
Come up with a great title that will catch people's eye and get their attention. | Source

Create an Interesting Title For The Book

A title draws the reader's interest. So it is vital that the book title is able to grab attention from potential reader's. The book title should make the reader want to know more about the book and continue looking into it. If I see an author I like then I will get that book but, otherwise, I gravitate towards books with a title that peaks my interests or even more so, my curiosity. Once you get someone looking into the book it is time to keep their interest alive with great storytelling.

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Put it in Order

Organize your book into sections and build an outline before diving into your book.
Organize your book into sections and build an outline before diving into your book. | Source

Book Outline/ Organization

Organize your book into sections or even into chapters. Keeping every aspect of the e-book in a certain order makes it much easier when researching and writing. Plus if you get stumped on one subject you can jump back and forth from one area of your book to another. If you think of something or leave an area blank it is easy to find your spot if it is broken down into several sections.

Proof Read

It is a great idea to not only edit your book but also to let someone else read it over as well.
It is a great idea to not only edit your book but also to let someone else read it over as well. | Source

Edit Your E-Book

It is best to edit your e-book after completion on your own. After that, let the computer do spell checks, etc. Before you publish the e-book it is advisable to hire a real editor to make your e-book come out in perfect shape from first chapter till the final page. If the e-book is full of grammatical errors then that will result in readers putting the book away and it will also lead to bad reviews, which you cannot afford in the present or even more importantly, in the future.

Create a Cover

Create a cover for your e-book to help it get noticed by potential buyers.
Create a cover for your e-book to help it get noticed by potential buyers. | Source

Cover Design

A cover design can be just as important as the book title. Allow the cover to take you into the story. Use of colors can attract people. Another plan is to have characters or scenes described in the book manifest onto your cover art. Depending on the subject the cover may need to be mild, wild or in between.

Sell, Sell & Sell

Use social media, tell family and friends and do anything else you can to advertise the new e-book.
Use social media, tell family and friends and do anything else you can to advertise the new e-book. | Source

Market & Sell Your E-Book

Marketing your e-book can take place in many ways and most of them are free. Word of mouth is still the best way to sell your book. You can use online sources such as social media (Twitter, Facebook), retail seller sites (Amazon, ebay), or even classifieds (Craigslist, ebay classifieds, American Classifieds) to get the book in the public idea and sold.

© 2017 Buster Johnson

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