5 quick tips for writing & publishing an e-book
Have you ever read a book and thought, “I can do that” only to later sit down and be intimidated by the process and the unknown? With the technology available today anyone with an idea or story can become an author if they are willing to do the work and put in the necessary time. This article will give you 5 quick tips on ways to help ensure your success at writing your first E-Book.
- Choose a Dynamic Title. Coming up with the right title for your book can mean the difference between a reader buying your book or them scrolling right by it. By selecting a title that is appealing to the reader, you engage them from the very beginning and draw them in before they have even begun to read.
- Proofread. It is imperative that as the author of the book you review your own work. This means going back over what you have written with a fine tooth comb. The best way to proofread your book or a chapter of your book is to finish writing it and come back later. If you attempt to proofread your writing immediately after you have written it, chances are you will likely read what you thought you wrote rather than what is actually on the page. Another key point of this is to read it aloud. People generally tend to read slower when they read aloud, by doing this it will allow you to hear any possible mistakes as opposed to simply reading over them.
- Send it Off for Editing and Cover Design. No one wants to buy a book that is full of errors or that does not look appealing. Once you have proofread and made all the corrections you feel is necessary, send it to someone else to review–ideally a professional editor. While you might be the best editor in the world, chances are that you are too invested in your own writing to view it objectively. Sending it off to someone else will ensure that it is thoroughly edited. While it is off being edited, you can also solicit someone to help you design the cover. A well designed cover, much like a well-chosen title, can be the difference between a purchase and the consumer choosing to move on to the next book.
- Select the Right Publisher. Not all publishers are created equally. First a writer must decide if they are going to use a traditional publisher or self-publishing company. Once this decision has been made a writer should then utilize various resources to determine which of the companies will provide them the best benefits possible for the type of book that they are writing (low or no cost e-publishing, highest percentage per sale). Once this has been done get in touch with the publisher to find out the process for submission.
- Come Up with a Marketing Plan. Once you have completed your book it is up to you to market it. Unless the sole purpose of writing the book is to say that you have written the book, you would probably like to make at least a little money off of it. In order to do this you have to market it, otherwise how will anyone know about it? With social media and the world wide web, marketing a book has never been easier. This may include giving free copies to people who you know so that they can get the word out.
Writing your first E-Book should be something that you enjoy and want to do. It should not feel like a mundane task that you are dreading or apprehensive about. If you have a subject that you are passionate about and follow our 5 tips above then you will be well on your way to successfully completing your first E-Book.