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Golden Rules For Finishing An EBook

Updated on February 13, 2013

I have three eBooks under my belt, and I can tell you that even though that is not a lot, I am proud of the fact that they are all completed.

For many years, I left my ideas and stories half-completed in a file on my computer or scribbled on a notepad that was tucked inside a shelf, and I’m sure there are many of you who have an idea, or a partially finished eBook, who would love to get to the published stage. That is why I want to share my six golden rules for finishing an eBook.

Note: These are the rules that work for me. They helped me get past the hurdles and develop an eBook that I was happy with. I think they are pretty good rules, but I am not saying that they are the only way to get to the finished eBook.

The 6 Golden Rules For Finishing An EBook

1. Stick to your original idea and format.

2. Write every day.

3. Don’t plan each step - just write.

4. Stop when finished.

5. Edit at least twice.

6. Have someone else read your book before publishing.

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Golden Rule 1: Hold On To That Idea!
Golden Rule 1: Hold On To That Idea!

The Golden Rules Explained

The first golden rule is to stick to the original idea you chose, because if you don’t, you will never finish your thought. As a person who has new ideas every day, I know how easy it is to become distracted while writing. You may think of a story that is 'more interesting' or a better way to format your eBook, but you need to ignore these ‘new’ ideas and stick to your original. Remember, at one time it was an exciting and powerful thought, and that means that it has some validity and energy behind it! Don't worry about negative thoughts that try to stop you from writing.

The second golden rule is to write every day. If you are truly committed to finishing your eBook, then you have to move it closer to the finished state as quick as possible. If you leave your eBook to sit for months or years, then you will have two problems: First, you can lose momentum on the idea and end up starting something new that excites you instead, and second, you will have to get back into the groove, which can be hard to do. Write every day so that you keep your momentum up and stay in the mindset of your eBook.

The third golden rule is to avoid planning your next move. Once you have your idea and eBook format in place, just write. Planning can halt your writing and even cause you to stop completely. You may even decide that you are doing things all wrong and attempt to start over if you are busy scrutinizing your work on a daily basis. If you want to get your eBook written, then keep writing and stop worrying! You will have time to edit the eBook when it is all done.

The fourth golden rule is to stop when finished. There is no set rule on how long your eBook has to be to be a good eBook. Well, you know what I mean. You obviously can't expect a 300-word eBook to thrive, but trying to make a goal of 50,000 words exactly can be hard. I tried to add in extra material that didn’t add value to my eBook and took away from my point. I learned that the best place to stop was when I felt like it was over.

The fifth golden rule is to edit at least twice. I found this out the hard way while doing direct publishing on kindle. You can miss many grammar errors if you don’t edit twice. I am not a grammar queen by any means, and I'm sure a lot of my writing could be improved upon, but I find that it is very easy to miss little things when editing. Sometimes, I don’t catch my mistakes until my third edit. If you are blessed with great grammar and editing skills, then please feel free to share with me...but if not, then use my advice - you will be glad you did.

The sixth golden rule is to have someone else read your eBook before you publish it. I know that it can be hard to have your book looked at by a loved one. We are all terrified of rejection or pity. However, it is better to have someone close to you point out your errors than to get a few bad reviews that cause you to never make another sale on your eBook again.

In the end, this is what I have found to be true while writing my eBooks. I’m sure there are many other people who have some ‘golden rules’ of their own.

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    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      @millionare - I wish you the best of luck!

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      Shasta Matova 

      4 years ago from USA

      I haven't written an eBook, but have lots of ideas. Your Golden Rules are just what I need to stay focused on the task and actually get something published!

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Another great tidbit I got was to edit backwards. It helps you see your mistakes easier.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      I like your advice to edit at least twice. Editing is so important!! You have just given me motivation to finish writing!

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thanks Thunder, I think so. Now what would be even more impressive is if they become bestsellers. ;) Good luck!

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Go for it Asp. I'm excited for you.

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Mel - I wish you a ton of success! I am an outline girl too, but I really find that going with the flow helps me come up with some very inspiring ideas. The words and ideas seem to come out of nowhere - it's exciting.

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Hawaii, that was a really nice thing to say. Thank you, and I appreciate you.

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      Catherine Taylor 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Super helpful and practical hub. 3 ebooks is quite impressive. Time to take all of my half written projects and get to work.

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      Andrew Stewart 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks for a great hub, like yourself I have several ideas floating around on scraps of paper, in books or 50% done on several data sticks. Reading this has re-energized my battery to crack on with my books. Voted up

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I am just starting to write my first book and this advice was just what I needed to read today. I participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge in November, and completed a novel although after starting to edit it, I realized this wasn't the story I really wanted to tell. I've given myself a few months to finish this one. I started planning yesterday and didn't have enough info to fill each chapter outline, and started to panic. I'm just going to wing it and go with the flow - see where it takes me, after reading this. Great article, thank you!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Not yet...but I am interested at some point in stringing together some eBay articles, transforming each into a separate chapter. I am in awe that you've done this, and yet even more thankful that you've helped me see that the process can be as simple as following those basic golden rules. You keep making solid contributions to this literary community, Relationshipc, and I really appreciate you.

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      @Hawaii - I did link to an article (in this article) that I wrote about publishing on kindle direct publishing (which is super easy by the way). However, as I go along in the process, I will definitely write more about it. Do you have an book you are writing?

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I really enjoyed reading this hub. Would you consider a followup hub (or series of hubs) addressing the publication process, marketing, potential commission percentages, and other related issues? Congratulations on sharing and piquing the interest of your readers.

    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you innerspin, so do I!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All good suggestions. Well done!

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      Kim Kennedy 

      5 years ago from uk

      These sound like useful, workable rules. Writing every day to keep the momentum going makes perfect sense. Great to hear that you've published three books, I hope they'll do well. Voted up and shared.

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