Guide to Writing Your Own EBook

Would you like to make your own eBook but feel too intimidated to even begin?

Writing an eBook can feel that way. I used to feel that way not too long ago…

Not to worry. I’m here to guide you through the process.

Make a pre-sale web page

Prior making your ebook, you’ll want to ensure that people are pumped to read it.

What’s the best method to accomplish this? Make a pre-sale web page to send them to with an email capture form.

One way to do this would be through Podia. Podia is useful for quickly making a website page to summarizes your products. They can help make a landing page that looks clutch.

Via email capture form, the masses can signup to receive notification about when the book is first available for purchase. This can help you to create a strong, potential list of customers prior to even making a single chapter.

After doing a bunch promotions for the pre-sale landing page, you ideally want to have a solid list of people who want to read the book. If this doesn’t happen, then you could start again with a different book idea, per-sale landing page, and marketing campaign. The goal is to find a book idea and list of people interested in reading the book.

Make the outline of the eBook

Next, begin with a Google Doc and start outlining the book from one chapter to the next.

At first, keep your outline pretty loose because you’re just trying to pull the ideas from your mind and put them in some type of executable shape.

Focus on creating as many “ideas for chapter” as possible. You can worry about making them into a sensical, organized form afterwards.

As you put more and more ideas for chapter on the page, you may begin to see a few themes — you might have a chance to group topics together in sections.

Next, you can email from the list who signed up at your pre-sale landing page (as well as some other people who you know are interested) to ask for feedback on what you’ve written so far. As an example, you can ask them…”Is there anything about [insert topic] that you’d like to know more?” For example, let’s say your book is about machine learning algorithms and you want their feedback…then you could say “I’m currently in the process of writing my book on algorithms in machine learning. Is there anything about machine learning that you would like to know more?”

There are two goals related to “buy-in” that are intended to be accomplished with this email: (1) you want to gather questions from your base of customers to ensure that your book has content they want to learn more about and (2) you want your customers feel like they engaged in what you’re doing. They’re going to care more when they have a stake in the process.

Write, write some more, and continue write

Although you’ll eventually put your book in printable form, I suggest writing first draft(s) in a Google Doc. Google Docs is useful for having your book backed-up in an electronic form, especially so that you can see previous versions of the book.

This process can take as little as two days or it can be longer depending on how long it takes for you to write. Ideally, you shouldn’t take too long to write the book because eventually the potential readers may forget about the book if you take too long. Know how long it takes you to write. For example, if the process takes you a day to write 5 chapters and there’s 15 chapters in the book…then block out at least 3 days to write the book (preferably block out longer than you need to write so that you can make any necessary edits).

Edit It

If you’re choosing to self-publish, then hardest part of this whole process of making the book will not be writing it, but rather the hardest part will be editing the book.

If you edit your book by yourself, most of your time will be spent on reading and re-reading the book over and over until you finish editing out any unnecessary content, lengthiness, and grammatical mistakes.

This requires a ton of mental energy, so if your book is more than fifty pages, I suggest editing the book in chunks or taking several days to edit.

If you are in search of an editor, I recommend you to hire an editor via Reedsy.

Make a Cover for Your Book

If you’re not a designer or would simply prefer to hire someone else to make the cover, then there’s places you can go to for help:

99designs is the go-to place on the internet for graphic design services from Vistaprint. They make it easy to find and work with creative experts so that you find the right, memorable design.

Upwork is the place to find independent, creative talent and get things done — they have everything you need from quick turnarounds to big transformations.

It’s important to make sure that your book cover looks professionally done because this will be the call to action for some people to read it.

If you feel up to the challenge of making a professionally done book cover by yourself, then you could try Canva for your eBook cover.

When you’re finished, just export it, and you’re done.

To use Canva for designing your cover, simply navigate to the “eBook cover” section of templates in their library of graphics, find a template that speaks to you, and customize it with the images and text that you like. There you have it. Simple. Next, just export the cover, and you did it.

Format Your Book

If you ever thought about writing a book, then questions about formatting it likely popped into your head.

If you are not experienced in the process of editing, then you either don’t have any idea how to format a book, or you’re envisioning crazy stuff (ie manually importing your book into a keynote template).

Do not, I repeat, do NOT do this.

Why? There’s a very easy and free way to format the entire book (including chapters, sections, page numbers, table of contents, etc). You can use Reedsy.

The hardest part when it comes to formatting a book is pasting your content from Google Docs (or wherever you wrote it) into the eBook editor for Reedsy.

Publishing Your Book

This part may seem the easiest; however, you might run into unexpected issues at this stage in the game. It’s recommended to take your time and allow for room to edit as necessary (keeping in mind to not take too long, as you want your audience to remember your book that’s in process).

Once you have a final version, you can format it with Reedsy and publish it with Podia.

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