My first e-book project is in the books and I’m extremely proud. It’s quite an undertaking to do any type of small or large book project and I’m thankful I made it through unscathed (barely). Even though the process was a bit tiring at times, it was also ridiculously rewarding. I was so excited to be done with the book that I could not fathom writing another one. Just the thought of writing another e-book seemed absolutely ridiculous. Until a week passed by and I immediately started thinking of the next one. Creatives are always thinking of new projects, right? Anyway, through this e-book process, I picked up a few tips that could help you if you’re considering writing an e-book.
These tips are simple and can be implemented whether you’re writing a cookbook, self-help or fiction. After writing one e-book, I am no expert in the e-book writing world. However, I did learn a few things and most definitely, I learned as I went along. I didn’t have a blueprint for the right way to do this but I took some notes for what to do (and not to do) for the next book.
Tips for writing an e-book
The first and most obvious tip is to get organized. I brought up the idea of an e-book so many times before actually doing it. I think part of my hesitation and inability to get it done was because I was so unorganized. Simply wanting to write a book wasn’t enough. I immediately bought a pack of index cards and started jotting down ideas. The index cards were instrumental in the completion of my e-book.
Next tip for writing an e-book is to dedicate time to writing it. If you’re like me, the task of writing an e-book sits on top of all of the other things you still have to do. You’ve pretty much added an additional (and very large) task to your daily life. To ensure your e-book gets done, you have to dedicate a set amount of hours to actually working on it. The only thing that kept me on task and on schedule was having a timeline and making sure I scheduled specific times during the day to work on the book.
Celebrate the small victories. This is something I’ve started doing with most things in my life – especially my e-book. Maybe you finished writing all of the chapters or maybe you completed the photography portion. Celebrate it! It keeps you excited and looking forward to the next task. Writing an e-book isn’t a small fête but it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming and daunting task either.
Alright, let’s recap. So you decided to write an e-book. Get organized. Get a notebook or index cards to get all of your ideas down. I had an entire Google spreadsheet where I kept track of expenses, timelines and recipes – it was wonderful. Schedule time throughout the week to work on the book and STICK TO IT. Be proud of yourself. Celebrate the small milestones you make with your book and don’t forget to have a party to celebrate when it’s all done.