If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that during the month of May, I participated in a little something called InfoBoMo. InfoBoMo is Infopreneur Book Month and challenges you to write a book in one month. Sounds cool, right?
Considering I love to write, the thought of writing an informational book was really exciting to me. Writing an eBook has always been a goal of mine and I’ve had a few plans for them over the years, but never found the right topic until now. For InfoBoMo, I wrote a book all about creating better content for your blog. (Creating killer content, to be exact!) It was the perfect fit for me and I learned so much throughout this process. And now, I’m sharing with you the top things I learned throughout the process of writing an eBook:
1) Pick a topic you know and love.
This is a no-brainer, but if you’re planning on writing an eBook, but aren’t sure what to write about… Pick a topic that you are passionate about and have some expertise on. For me, I chose to write a book about creating content for your blog because I’ve been blogging for nearly six years and my college major was Communications. Writing is my speciality. (or so I like to tell myself, anyway.)
Writing an eBook on a topic you have a genuine interest in will make the entire process so much easier (and more fun). It’ll feel less like a chore and more of something you’ll enjoy putting together for your readers and customers.
2) Set a schedule.
I’m all about planning. It just helps keep me organized, especially when it comes to tackling big projects like this. When I first found out about InfoBoMo, I was excited to get writing, but I knew I needed to have a plan. When it comes to writing an eBook, there is so much that needs to be done. You have to write, edit, design, and then promote. And it helps tremendously if you have a schedule to keep you on track.
When planning your schedule for writing an eBook, set a deadline for yourself that gives you plenty of time to get everything done without you feeling rushed or stressed. You want to give yourself ample time to complete every aspect of your book to ensure it’s quality material and not something you threw together at the last minute, simply to meet a deadline.
Think about how much time it will take you to write the book, schedule a day for editing, and maybe a few days for designing. Then, plan out your marketing strategy. You want to have a marketing strategy in mind so you can effectively promote your book before and after its launch.
3) Have a support team.
Going it alone isn’t as much fun as having a supportive team behind you. Being part of something like InfoBoMo was fun because there was a group of other bloggers and business owners who were doing the exact same thing as me: writing an eBook. Twitter chats with this group make the process even more fun because it was a great way to connect, ask questions, and encourage one another.
Even if you don’t have an InfoBoMo group behind you, that doesn’t mean you still can’t find someone to hold you accountable. Tell a friend or family member what you’re doing and keep them updated on your progress. Ask for their feedback when needed. Or find a blogger friend who will want to write alongside you! Having someone there for support and to motivate and inspire you along the way will help you toward your goal.
4) Silence your inner editor.
Now, this is something I learned from the times I have participated in NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo participants will tell you that you need to silence your inner editor while you’re working toward completing that 50,000 word novel every November. And the same idea applied here. Many of us are tempted to edit as we go, which isn’t always productive. In fact, it can actually hinder your progress.
When you’re writing without stopping, you’re just letting your words flow. By stopping to go back and edit, you interrupt your train of thought. You get distracted. Instead of switching tasks, just keep writing. And don’t touch that backspace button (or delete button for my fell Mac users)! So, when you’re writing an eBook, don’t worry about those mistakes you make along the way. Don’t worry if something doesn’t sound perfect. Just get all of the content out and worry about editing when you’re all done.
Do you have an eBook? What did writing an eBook teach you?
And be sure to check out my book: Creating Killer Content for Your Blog. It’s designed to help you strengthen your content so you’re consistently publishing blog posts that get read and get shared. Plus, it’s available now!