Have you had an epiphany lately? Here’s the scenario. You’ve been in the bath, in bed, maybe on a walk when suddenly out of the blue like a bolt of lightning, you’ve thought of the perfect topic for an eBook. Well done. It’s easy to come up with ideas sometimes, but just a little harder to turn that idea into eBook you can sell on Amazon. If you follow these six simple steps, you can complete and publish your first eBook, and maybe make some money on the side. Ok, let’s go. Lets look at how to turn your idea into a book.
1: Find a great title.
Now, you’ve come up for a great idea for an eBook that you’re sure will rock it on Amazon. The one thing that will help readers find your book is if your title aligns with what people are using Google search for. You see, Google is just a big solutions engine. People search to find a solution to a problem. Make sure your title has the solution. One of the easiest ways to do this is use Google Trends. It’s a bit of fun too. You can see what people are searching for in real time.
2: Create a Skeleton
Sit down and brainstorm your idea. Map out the chapters. Seven to ten are a good start for an eBook. Be thorough. The idea of the process is to help you identify the subjects, topics and headings that will be in your eBook.
Once you’ve identified your chapter headings, go back and think of the three to five key points you want to make in each chapter. Then go back again and think of two to five dot points you want to make under each sub heading.
Take care to make sure your chapter lists build a logical sequence. Put some time into refining your skeleton because it will save you a lot of time later on.
At the end of the exercise you should have Chapter, Subheading and dot points for your entire book. Now all you need do is fill it out.
That’s right! Write! You’ve got a skeleton. Just start filling it out. Dedicate a few hours everyday to just writing to your skeleton. If you get stuck on a point, move on. This way you’ll identify the areas that need a little more research. If you’re writing on topic about something you know about, this part should be easy…and fun.
Keep going till you’ve finished. Your eBook should keep the promise of the title and impart some knowledge or information to the reader. Above all, if you want your eBook to have a chance of selling, it’s got to solve the readers problem.
Self edit as much as possible, but there will come a time when you will need professional help, so…
4: Hire an editor.
A good editor will give you feedback on your book and make suggestions on changes or additions that need to be made. Find an editor that has a background in your books genre. It sounds obvious, but don’t hire a fiction editor to help you with your how-to guide.
You need an editor, because after writing your book, you are the last person capable of seeing any structural flaws in it. You’ll have writer’s blindness. You just won’t see any errors or problems because you mind will just see what it thinks should be there. You need a fresh pair of eyes. An editor will help ensure your eBook really does solve the problem your reader was searching for.
5: Hire a designer
Once your book is edited, you’re going to also need a great cover and layout design. Ideally, use the same designer so your eBook has a consistent feel from cover to cover.
Again it depends on your budget and what you’re happy with, but you could get the whole thing done for a lot less then you think. Have a look on Fiverr.com, eLance.com and Freelancer.com for inspirations.
The key to outsourcing designers is make sure you brief them properly. Have a look on Amazon for covers and layouts that are in your niche. It’s much, much easier to say: ‘Hey, I want a cover similar to this one’. The designer will be happier too.
The world is your oyster. It’s never been easier for a new writer to get published. So if you’ve done the hard work, come up with a great idea, written your book and had it professionally edited and designed, well that’s fantastic. You are one step away from being a published author.
Without a doubt, the easiest way to publish your book is via Smashwords. Just setup a free account, and upload your book. As long as it meets Smashwords Style guidelines it will be converted into eBook format.
Even better is this. Smashwords will electronically ship your book to 13 retailers; Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, Apple, Diesel, Page Foundry, Baker & Taylor Blio, Library Direct, Baker-Taylor Axis360, Flipkart, Oyster and Scribd. What’s not to like? One dashboard were you control your sales and pricing and editions, plus access to 14 eBook retailers.
So, if you want to be part of the eBook publishing revolution and finally write that great idea you’ve thought about, NOW is your time. It really is.
Are you ready to write your first eBook? What’s holding you back? Please leave a comment below.