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Do not compile all of your knowledge into one e-book

Do you want to learn how to produce an ebook idea like a professional? It’s not simply what you do that matters; it’s also what you avoid doing.

Admit it.

You’ve considered writing an ebook. You’ve already visualized the front cover, haven’t you? Below your name is visible in the main title. And when you think of it, you get a little thrill. As a writers book, this would be a major improvement for you.

While blogging and freelance writing work are excellent methods to share your ideas and generate a supplementary income, you can’t help but feel they’re ephemeral. Even flimsy.

Your ebook, on the other hand? That’s a lot more significant. It is taken more seriously. It commands tremendous respect.

When you have an ebook with your name on the book description transforms you from a mere writer to an even more impressive creature: an author. But how can you become writers book without making the same mistakes that prevent so many other writers and bloggers from succeeding?

Why Most Ebooks Are Embarrassingly Bad

Many people believe that writing an ebook is easy since so many are available nowadays. Unfortunately, this idea could not be farther from the truth. In reality, most ebooks are very poorly written and embarrassing to read.

That’s because most writers of books don’t know how to create one. They can’t afford to employ a ghostwriter and lack the publisher support system that a conventional book author would have when writing a print book.

They’re not bad writers, but they lack the experiences or knowledge to make informed decisions.

The good thing here is that we may learn from their mistakes. This article will show you the most typical blunders first-time ebook writers make. To put it another way.

Avoid mistakes if you want to be a professional ebook writer. 

·         Choosing a Topic You Know Little About

When creating an ebook or sign-up bribe, you might be tempted to pick a “hot topic,” thinking that’s where the money is. However, sometimes it’s best to stick with tried and true topics that your audience knows and loves.

If you’re a user of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) to publish your book, you may believe you need to target one of the most popular categories.

Choosing an area like this is a terrible idea. If you’re unfamiliar with your chosen subject, producing a successful ebook will be a Herculean task. You’ll have to research on Google, contact professional ghostwriting services, and perhaps pay a real expert to get the required results.

How to Avoid This Problem: 

When you start writing something you’re passionate about or have first-hand knowledge of, it’ll show in your writing. Not only that, but professional ghostwriting services make the research process much smoother and quicker since you’re likely already familiar with the topic. And bingo — you also have a pre-existing audience more inclined to take an interest in what you have to say! 

·         Creating an eBook that Satisfies Your Target Market’s “Wants.”

I’ve fallen into this trap (twice), and I’ve seen a slew of other bloggers doing the same. It generally happens when you realize there’s an ebook topic you know your readers need and that you can create the ideal book to genuinely assist them.

Although this may seem like a great idea, sometimes people do not always know what they need. Additionally, your opinion of what they need might not be accurate.

How to Avoid This Problem:

Don’t give your target audience what you believe they need. Give them the thing they know they want. How do you obtain these insights? Create a survey and ask your readers to choose three to four potential book descriptions.

(This is also a fantastic time to find out how much they’d pay if they’re newbies or more skilled and what sorts of inquiries they want your assistance with.)

·         Think Like a Writer, Not a Publisher

Planning isn’t only about determining what you’ll write and in what sequence. At the time when you decide to create an ebook, you’re not simply a writer (and marketer). You must both write and publish.

If you don’t start thinking about how you’ll sell your book soon, you may have trouble doing so later on.

How to Avoid This Problem:

Developing a compelling sales page is much easier when you know what it should look like. Make it as appealing and helpful as possible (use Jon’s list of power words, and make the reader the protagonist) …

Use that pitch to drive the writing process to make your ebook more powerful. When you publish it, this will improve its strength considerably and save you a lot of time.

·         Picking Up Your Pen or your Laptop and Start Writing

Don’t start writing your results as soon as you have them. Slow down and take a breath first.

Jumping into the writing right now in your ebook project will lead to difficulties. You’ll find that you have been repeating things or wasting time chasing after tangents that aren’t relevant.

How to Avoid This Problem:

If you want your writing process to be smoother and more enjoyable, take the time to plan out your ebook’s content before you start writing. This includes creating an outline with each of the chapter headings.

Starting with a blank Microsoft Word or Google Doc document is not necessary. If you want creativity visible in your work, try brainstorming without limits, using mind maps, or index cards. These alternatives will help get your ideas for your ebook flowing better.

·         Trying to Make Your Ebook Too Valuable

It’s easy to believe you need to offer the definitive ebook, the only one your audience will ever require with your first ebook. If that seems appropriate and suitable, consider this: “What else can I provide for them?”

Chances are that you won’t just write one ebook. You may produce several book descriptions in the same series, make a free starter ebook, and then a more advanced product to sell.

Even if your free ebook is meant to be a thank-you gift for your readers, why would they be returning to your blog if you give them everything they’ll ever need?

How to Avoid This Problem:

Return to your survey and figure out what matters most to your audience. Concentrate on those things. If you have a lot of extra ideas, that’s fantastic! Keep them separate and utilize them for your next book. Alternatively, delve into them in more detail in a blog article.

If you do something wrong, you’ll get feedback about it when you submit your content, and you may add a new section or chapter to address the issue.

·         Starting at the Beginning

You might think that the first chapter is always the best place to start writing; in reality, it’s not. It can be difficult to determine what should go into your introduction until you’ve written most of the book because once you start, you don’t want to get stuck or sidetracked early on.

Often, starting with the introduction will result in excessive writing. Furthermore, readers are usually more interested in delving into the main content rather than skimming through a long introduction.

How to Avoid This Problem:

Don’t start with the introduction; begin with your first “proper” chapter. You’ll know what should go in the introduction once you’ve finished writing the rest of your book.

Also, a lot of “beginner’s” information may be placed at the back of the book – I strongly advise including an About the Author page in the rear because it allows you to direct readers to your website, newsletter, and so on.

·         Only Writing When You Feel Like It

Your ebook is your top priority, but it can be challenging to find time to work on it every day. However, you’ll never maintain momentum if you don’t write regularly. You might start by registering for a few hours and then take weeks off… preventing yourself from ever finishing your ebook.

How to Avoid This Problem:

Remember, there is no need to write a novel all at once. A client of mine wrote one chapter per week and completed writers book in only a few months by writing consistently. Create a sequence and schedule for writing your ebook, be it every day or multiple times per week.

The Pomodoro technique could come in handy (25 minutes of writing, 5-minute break) so you can maximize efficiency during shorter stints. And remember, anyone is capable of writing for 25 minutes straight.

·         Letting Your Inner Editor Take the Lead

You’re probably giving it a go to edit while you write if you’re making slow progress, whether because you’re writing regularly and keeping focused. Perhaps you start typing a few sentences before changing your mind and deleting them.

You could even do major edits by pausing every sentence or two. As a writer, this is a considerable waste of time.

How to Avoid This Problem:

If you make a significant change to a paragraph or section, leave it as is but write down a note to yourself about it. You may discover that it works just fine after reviewing it again.

For this purpose, I like Dark Room because it doesn’t have the distracting red and green wiggles that other word processors add when they don’t want a word or phrase.

·         Quitting Just Before it Gets Easy

After many weeks, if not months, of working on your ebook, you may discover that you’ve made less progress than you’d anticipated. You’ve hit a brick wall for whatever reason (illness, pressure, etc.). You aren’t even halfway through the manuscript yet, and there’s still a long way to go.

When you’ve been through a rough patch, it’s tempting to give up — to cut your losses and abandon that ebook draft on your computer. But this would be a big mistake because things are frequently about to get much easier shortly afterward.

How to Avoid This Problem:

Set a reachable goal for yourself to reach the halfway mark. When you get close to the finish, natural momentum takes over, and you’ll speed up. Remind yourself of your ebook’s purpose: what will it accomplish for you and your blog? How will it benefit your readers — people with whom you’ve developed a relationship?

·         Trying to Keep Up The Momentum

It’s also critical to avoid letting your ebook stagnate after the first draft. You don’t have to race into editing, even though it’s tempting. Some writers immediately plunge into the editing process – but then suffer from a lack of perspective and burn out rather quickly.

How to Avoid This Problem:

Allow a few days (preferably a whole week) for your ebook to “sit” before you start reviewing and editing it. You’ll see what’s excellent and what requires some improvement this way. You’ll be able to view your work as a reader, not as a writer, with just a little time away.

·         Throwing Your Best Work in the Fire

Some ebook authors use the same file for their draft and final copy, which can be a roll of the dice.

For example, an author might name their working document MyEbook.doc. While this isn’t always an issue, it can pose problems down the road if you remove something you want to put back in later on. Even worse – if your master file is somehow lost or corrupted, all your progress could be irrecoverably destroyed.

How to Avoid This Problem:

Always create a new file for each draft of your work, and back it up frequently. One way to do this is by emailing yourself the most recent version every once in a while.

·         Reviewing keeping minute issues in mind

Starting with the editing by looking for minor typos, you’ll miss out on many more significant concerns. You may miss major issues with your book if you focus on the micro detail: “Chapter 15 is far too brief,” for example, or “Chapter 7 should follow Chapter 10.” These can be difficult to see from a distance (see Mistake #10).

How to Avoid This Problem:

Before you begin editing, make sure to read through the entire ebook in its entirety so you can understand the message. This will help you concentrate on the bigger picture rather than getting caught up in small details.

Create a list of topics you need to revise, such as out-of-order chapters, duplicated material, pointless digressions, and the new content you want to include.

·         Telling Yourself, You Don’t Need an Editor

Seeing mistakes may be difficult when you’ve been working on your own for (probably) several months, from the broad picture concerns to the little details like absent words or misplaced apostrophes.

On the other hand, many first-time ebook authors are either ignorant of an editor’s value or believe it is a luxury they can’t afford. Even if you don’t have the money for a comprehensive edit, you don’t have to go at it alone.

How to Avoid This Problem:

Consider hiring a professional to look at just the first few chapters of your ebook. Many issues that the editor finds will most likely recur throughout the book, and you may fix them if you know what to look for.

Ask your readers or members of any blogging community you belong to for help editing. Make sure you return the favor!

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