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Your Ebook Outline – Don’t Skip This!

ebook outline

by Patrick Toerner on March 15, 2010

This entry is part 5 in the series Creating, Writing, and Selling an Ebook

I’m going to teach you to write this ebook in a matter of days, not weeks or months.  You don’t have time to waste, and I know this. Let’s get this ebook written, and let’s get it written fast.  The outline is an absolutely essential part of writing a book.  If you were like me in high school though, this was the part of papers that you always skipped.  That kind of attitude won’t help you write the next top-selling ebook :)    So, instead of an outline, lets call it an ebook blueprint.  It will tell you exactly how to write your ebook when you are done.

It is a little unconventional but is taught and practiced by hundreds if not thousands of writers worldwide, including world-renowned author and author of How to Write a Book on Anything in 14 Days or Less… Guaranteed, Steve Manning.  The above link is an affiliate link, but I would not show you a product I would not buy myself (I believe he recently lowered the prices, but the book is still quite expensive.  Much of the information in his book, I will be giving you, but very, very condensed and with my own twists to it, so it is only for those very serious about writing books and ebooks.)

So how do create you ebook blueprint?  List the chapters you wish to include in your ebook.  Here are mine:

  1. Mentality
  2. Assessment
  3. Setup
  4. Take Away
  5. Execution
  6. Repeatability

We are going to do each chapter one at a time.  What I want you to do is write 15 or so questions you want to address in your chapter.  It can be an idea, a message, a tip, whatever. Here are mine:

  1. Why is mentality important?
  2. What is the significance of mountain?
  3. How will envisioning the shot help you?
  4. Think where want the ball to end up
  5. Don’t see hazards
  6. Think you are good. Confidence.
  7. Being afraid to succeed
  8. Think 3 things, losing, 2 things contender, 1 thing win championships
  9. Handling bad shots, actually help you, cuss
  10. Outside sources shouldn’t influence you
  11. Should you constantly be aware of your score?
  12. Giving up.
  13. 30 seconds of concentration at a time,  times 80, 2400 seconds, 40 min.
  14. Why you hit it good on the range but not on the course.
  15. Calm yourself before round.

Not all are questions, I know, but it was more of a guideline than a rule.  This can be very difficult to do, but it gets much much easier the more you do it, and it will save you hours later on.  If you can’t think of anything else you would want to include, then you have enough (unless it is like 4, then you need to brainstorm for a bit).

Merge all the ones that seem shallow and similar, and eliminate the ones you think suck (that’s the technical term).  Now change all of these into questions if they are not already and arrange them in the order you want them to be in your ebook.  Here is my list of questions in the order they will appear:

  1. Why is mentality important?
  2. Why should you calm yourself before a round?
  3. Why do you hit it well on the range, but not on the course?
  4. Why not seeing hazards helps?
  5. How will confidence / thinking you are good help you?
  6. What is the significance of mountain?
  7. What Do I think about “think 3 things, losing, 2 things contender, 1 thing championship… paraphrase.”?
  8. How will envisioning the shot help you?
  9. How will thinking where the ball will end up will help you?
  10. How you should handle bad shots/ how can actually help you – learn from them, and why is cussing is good?
  11. How to not give up?
  12. Why you should not be afraid to shoot low?
  13. How should you avoid outside sources from influencing you?
  14. How much time do you need to concentrate?

Here comes the fun part.  I want you to look at each question, close your eyes and imagine the answer.  Now open your eyes and write the three best words that describe the answer to the question.  I did not say, the three best words that answer the question; The three best words that describe the image you saw in your head.  We are going to use these words later to make your writing exciting and not the regular humdrum, boring text that informational products can become.  Here is my list below:

1. Why is mentality important?

  • Overlooking
  • Key
  • Positive

2. Why should you calm yourself before a round?

  • Jitters
  • Preparation
  • Relaxed

3. Why do you hit it well on the range, but not on the course?

  • Penalty
  • Confidence
  • Relaxed

4. Why not seeing hazards helps?

  • Corey Pavin
  • Range
  • Penalty

5. How will confidence / thinking you are good help you?

  • Errors
  • Psychological
  • Bad thoughts

6. What is the significance of mountain?

  • Mountain
  • MT
  • Nothing

7. What Do I think about “think 3 things, losing, 2 things contender, 1 thing championship… paraphrase.”?

  • Clear your mind
  • Off
  • “A famous golfer once said”

8. How will envisioning the shot help you?

  • Powerful
  • Muscles
  • Exactly

9. How will thinking where the ball will end up will help you?

  • Reality
  • Teaches
  • Unison

10. How you should handle bad shots/ how can actually help you – learn from them, and why is cussing is good?.

  • Learn
  • Relieve
  • Tiger

11.  How to not give up?

  • Exacerbate
  • Fool
  • Learn

12.  Why you should not be afraid to shoot low?

  • Choking
  • Mental toughness
  • Achieve

13.  How should you avoid outside sources from influencing you?

  • Think positive
  • Accept
  • Fault

14.  How much time do you need to concentrate?

  • 30 sec of concentration at a time, times 80= 2400 seconds = 40min
  • Mental
  • Fatigue

Most of this will not make sense to you because it is an outline for myself.  I have found that when you use adjectives, the writing process usually is much nicer, but all words work.  Simply do this for every chapter in your ebook and you have an ebook blueprint!  In the next post in this series I will show you how to use this outline to write an ebook in a week.

Have any questions? Ask me below and I will be sure to answer.

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1 Steve Scott Site March 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Patrick…this is an excellent breakdown of what it’s like to create an information product/ebook. To be honest, you put a lot more thought into the process than I did. Most of my stuff was a collection of articles I wrote then tied together under one universal theme.

Is this a book that you already wrote? Or area you currently working on it?
.-= Steve Scott Site´s last blog ..Successful Info Product Creation and Marketing [Part 1] =-.

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2 Patrick Toerner March 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Well I was starting from scratch and I wanted to blow the competition out of the water. The ebook is currently written and in the revising phase. To be honest, it has been in this phase for a few months, but I figure if I start a series on creating and selling an ebook it will force me to finish this one up.

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3 Steve Scott Site March 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

That’s cool that you the mindset of blowing away the competition. Let me know what you’ve got it done. Would love to see it.
.-= Steve Scott Site´s last blog ..Successful Info Product Creation and Marketing [Part 3] =-.

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4 Onibalusi Bamidele March 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm

This is a great writeup on creating a perfect ebook, I will have to consider this when creating my own ebook (maybe some months to this time).
Thanks
.-= Onibalusi Bamidele´s last blog ..10 Great Blogging Tips For You =-.

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5 Patrick Toerner March 25, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Yeah it worked for me! If you need any help, feel free to ask

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6 Onibalusi Bamidele March 26, 2010 at 6:22 am

Hi, I will surely do.
Thanks.
.-= Onibalusi Bamidele´s last blog ..Blogging your passion =-.

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7 TheInfoPreneur March 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Fantastic stuff man, I really like how you broke everything down then drilled down further, very helpful. Infact I’m bookmarking this to use on my next tutorials and reports
.-= TheInfoPreneur´s last blog ..How To Profile Your Readers =-.

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8 Patrick Toerner March 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Thanks James. Yeah it helped me a ton to do it this way, so I figured I’d write it down and hopefully help someone else.

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9 Dave Doolin April 12, 2010 at 9:33 am

This is an excellent exercise Patrick. Writing isn’t really much of a problem for me, but it’s time for me step back through the basics again. This outline is helpful for that.
.-= Dave Doolin´s last blog ..How To Publish The **** Out Of Your Blog Post =-.

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