Dumb Things That E-book Writers Do?

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Whether you plan to write e-books or not, this could be an interesting read.  In fact, it could stimulate your interest in publishing this type of web content.

We have already looked at writing remarkable content for emails, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and white papers.  The last web writing format in this series of posts speaks to e-books, also called electronic book, eBook, e-Book, digital book, and e-edition.  Wikipedia defines it as as: “a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on computers or other electronic devices, and can be published without a printed equivalent.”

Yes, you are a blogger, but it doesn’t carry the same level of prestige associated with writing an e-book.  E-books are more substantial and nothing positions you as a subject matter expert than being the author of a great e-book. Tie the book in with the primary content of your blog and you are bound to succeed, because now you can offer your book to your captive audience, thereby monetizing your blog. Your success will depend on how well you avoid the three points below.”

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Three Dumb Things That Can Sabotage Your E-book Writing Project

  1. Writing about unknown topics. Writers and nonwriters often write e-books on topics with which they are not too familiar, but because of the attractiveness of potentially better sales. Here’s what that could do to you:
    1. You will spend so much time doing research that you may decide to drop the project altogether
    2. It will be more challenging to develop a flow because you have to think harder to put the content together
  2. Not setting deadlines. Like I mentioned in previous posts, begin with the end in mind. You are not only an e-book writer; you are the publisher, marketer, agent, Public Relations Officer and to sum it up…”the chief cook and bottle washer.” (an old saying that I often heard growing up in Trinidad). In other words, you are responsible for everything. So without self-imposed deadlines, you can easily lose focus, continuously avoid necessary tasks…and may never finish the book. In the same vein, you may not be able to do everything yourself, so it might be worth it to outsource any functions that will delay your deadline.
  3. Editing while writing.  Do not do this! If you stopped writing every time you made a typo or think you made a grammatical error, the hours will roll by so fast that getting to 30,000 to 40,000 could take you months longer than expected.  Get your thoughts out first and then tackle the task of editing and proofreading, whether you do it yourself or hire the expertise.

This completes the series on writing different types of online content.  Got a few ideas of your own that you wish to share?

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