Do you want to become a writer but hate the thought of trees being cut down to make paper for your books?
Write an ebook!
Here are some top tips to write ebooks that will sell like hotcakes once you upload them!
Ebooks are the ‘new normal. They are easy to print (don’t! Go green and read it on a screen) and publish. The production process is simpler, no shipping costs are applicable, revenue sharing is minimal and the interested reader can be targeted with ease.
In this blog, we share a few professional-grade tips to write ebooks that helped us generate leads and optimize our content strategy.
Ever since the first version of the Kindle is out in the markets the popularity and purchase of e-books has been on the rise. Many authors have capitalized on these factors and published e-books on several topics that interest the readers.
Writing ebooks is an inexpensive way to unleash your creativity, showcase your writing talent and expertise to the masses, and earn some money too.
Here are 6 tips every professional ebook author wants you to know:
1. Pick a Relevant Topic
The first and most crucial step when you start writing is choosing a relevant topic. Choosing a relevant topic means taking up something that you have thorough knowledge about.
Through knowledge is also not enough, the topic you pick must also interest others so that it attracts readership. It would be best if you know your target audience to identify their needs, what they wish to read about, and write according to their interests.
For example, We write 1 ebook every month, but it takes us only 2 days to write it once we finalize a topic. Here’s our secret:
- Pick an ebook topic based on current trends. If National Handloom Day is around the corner, talk about setting up a textile industry, finances involved around it etc.
- Narrow the ebook topic down. If you are writing an ebook on automating your business, would you choose the topic ‘How to automate your business’ or something more niche like ‘Best automation tools for businesses in 2020?’ Well, we can show you.
2. What is the length of your ebook?
Sometimes, a 5-page ebook hits home while a 100-page ebook will not go past the 4th page for a reader. So, choose wisely how many pages you really need. Once you have the topic sorted out, you need to decide on how long or short your e-book needs to be.
Remember, the size of the e-book does not determine its price.
One of the most important tips to write ebooks: If your e-book is short yet creative, well written, packed with powerful ideas and insights chances are it will churn more profit than its lengthy competitor. So weigh your options well, know what information you wish to impart and choose the right length accordingly.
3. Remember to credit all sources
Unless you write an ebook using only information you know, it is important to credit all your resources and research websites in your ebook, even if it is Wikipedia.
If you are in the habit of reading books regularly, you know that every novel, blog, thesis and white paper credit the original source of content. Sure, this does not sound like a ‘selling’ tip, but it will help get you references, backlinks and help avoid any accusation of plagiarism. If you want to sell your ebook, you need to make sure it does not run into any legal trouble.
Here’s a friendly guide that will help you understand how to cite sources in your ebook.
4. Be creative with the content
Just a catchy name for your e-book won’t be enough to make it profitable. Unique and creative content is the key to make your e-book talked about and successful.
Your knowledge of the subject teamed with your passion to write about it would pave your path to creating a successful e-book. Also, make sure you format your content in a PDF and not in MS Word because in the transition from MS Word to PDF you might end up losing links.
5. Leave no room for typos
Imagine your reader calls you out on social media for a spelling mistake! It is embarrassing. Read your draft aloud and send it over to a few peers before you publish it. Make sure the names of people, places and legal institutions etc are correct.
Once you have finished writing your book make sure you thoroughly check if it is grammatically correct and error-free. You can download tools like Grammarly to check your language, tone and scan for typos too.
6. Work on a good design
A lot of people do judge a book by its cover, literally! Once your book is complete choose an attractive and appropriate cover for it. Hire a professional designer if needed. If your book cover is not attractive enough, the fantastic content that your book holds might remain unread and your e-book unsold. You can design good ebook covers on Canva too.
What to do after you write your dream ebook?
Sell it on Instamojo! Once you have stick to these tips to write ebooks and type ‘The End’ on your final draft, you can upload the ebook on your Instamojo dashboard and sell it to your readers. Bonus, they can pay you online using any mode of payment.