Creating, Writing, and Selling an Ebook
This is the part everyone hates. Well hate is a strong word, researching for your ebook is the part people dislike the most. Just take into consideration what I am going tell you in this post, and you will be able to get all your researching done in less than an hour. Amazing!
Ok, so here is how it works: I want you to asses how well you know your topic. Give yourself a grade on a scale of 1 to 10.
- I don’t even know how to spell my topic.
- I know little about my topic.
- I could hold you in a conversation for 5 min about my topic.
- I know more than the average person about my topic.
- I am an EXPERT on my topic.
If you rated yourself anywhere above a 5 skip on down to the bold headline below. If you scored yourself a 5 or below, you have a little work ahead of you. Read up! The only way you will learn about your subject in a quick amount of time is to read about it. Go to Wikipedia, do some googling, go to the library, just do something to increase knowledge on the subject. You want to be able to at least hold an intelligent conversation about your subject. Once you have accomplished that, go on to the next paragraph.
Researching Made Simple!
While preparing to write my ebook, which happens to be about golf, I read a few books on writing books (oh the irony). One book stood out beyond the others, How to Write a Book on Anything in 14 Days or Less… Guaranteed. What a crazy book title! That link is an affiliate link, but I think the ebook is free and they try to upsell you or something. I’m not sure, but anyways, Steve Manning wrote an amazing book on writing books, and much of what I will be telling you about writing, revising, and research came from his book. So let’s get on with it.
Before I wrote my book, I would have scored myself an 8.5 about golf. That is mainly why I chose to write the ebook about golf. There were still some things I needed to research, though. So how did I do it?
I researched after I wrote my ebook.
I simply wrote the ebook and left spaces where I needed to research something. This might seem kind of crazy, and before you click off my site never to return again, hear me out. Why research for hours on things you won’t even use in your book? While writing your ebook just leave a space for something you need to research and mark down exactly what it is you need to research. That way, after the first draft of the ebook is complete, you can go back, and finish off the parts you left blank. Researching will be ten times faster because you know exactly what to look up.
Is this method of research too crazy for you? Let me know below!