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How to Write an Ebook

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  • Zaak OConan
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    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 23, 2005
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      Article Title: How to Write an Ebook
      Author: Zaak OConan
      Category: Writing/Resources, Internet/EBooks, Business/Marketing/Copywriting
      Word Count: 1070
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      Article Source: http://www.articlemarketer.com
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      The hardest part of writing is the first sentence.
      When you look at the whole project, it seems like an
      impossible task. That's why you have to break it down
      into manageable tasks. Think of climbing a mountain.
      You are standing at the foot of it and looking up at
      its summit vanishing into the clouds. How can you
      possibly scale such an immense and dangerous mountain?

      There is only one way to climb a mountain ? step by
      step.

      Now think of writing your ebook in the same light. You
      must create it step by step, and one day, you will
      take that last step and find yourself standing on the
      summit with your head in the clouds.

      The first thing you have to do, as if you actually
      were a mountain climber, is to get organized. Instead
      of climbing gear, however, you must organize your
      thoughts. There are some steps you should take before
      you begin. Once you've gone through the following
      list, you will be ready to actually begin writing your
      ebook.

      Beginning Steps to Writing an ebook

      First, figure out your ebook's working title. Jot down
      a few different titles, and eventually, you'll find
      that one that will grow on you. Titles help you to
      focus your writing on your topic; they guide you in
      anticipating and answering your reader's queries. Many
      non-fiction books also have subtitles. Aim for clarity
      in your titles, but cleverness always helps to sell
      books ? as long as it's not too cute. For example,
      Remedies for Insomnia: twenty different ways to count
      sheep. Or: Get off that couch: fifteen exercise plans
      to whip you into shape.

      Next, write out a thesis statement. Your thesis is a
      sentence or two stating exactly what problem you are
      addressing and how your book will solve that problem.
      All chapters spring forth from your thesis statement.
      Once you've got your thesis statement fine-tuned,
      you've built your foundation. From that foundation,
      your book will grow, chapter by chapter.

      Your thesis will keep you focused while you write your
      ebook. Remember: all chapters must support your thesis
      statement. If they don't, they don't belong in your
      book. For example, your thesis statement could read:
      We've all experienced insomnia at times in our lives,
      but there are twenty proven techniques and methods to
      give you back a good night's sleep.

      Once you have your thesis, before you start to write,
      make sure there is a good reason to write your book.
      Ask yourself some questions:

      * Does your book present useful information and is
      that information currently relevant?

      * Will you book positively affect the lives of your
      readers?

      * Is your book dynamic and will it keep the reader's
      attention?

      * Does you book answer questions that are meaningful
      and significant?

      If you can answer yes to these questions, you can feel
      confident about the potential of your ebook.

      Another important step is to figure out who your
      target audience is. It is this group of people you
      will be writing to, and this group will dictate many
      elements of your book, such as style, tone, diction,
      and even length. Figure out the age range of your
      readers, their general gender, what they are most
      interested in, and even the socio-economic group they
      primarily come from. Are they people who read fashion
      magazines or book reviews? Do they write letters in
      longhand or spend hours every day online. The more you
      can pin down your target audience, the easier it will
      be to write your book for them.

      Next, make a list of the reasons you are writing your
      ebook. Do you want to promote your business? Do you
      want to bring quality traffic to your website? Do you
      want to enhance your reputation?

      Then write down your goals in terms of publishing. Do
      you want to sell it as a product on your website, or
      do you want to offer it as a free gift for filling out
      a survey or for ordering a product? Do you want to use
      the chapters to create an e-course, or use your ebook
      to attract affiliates around the world? The more you
      know upfront, the easier the actual writing will be.

      Decide on the format of your chapters. In non-fiction,
      keep the format from chapter to chapter fairly
      consistent. Perhaps you plan to use an introduction to
      your chapter topic, and then divide it into four
      subhead topics. Or you may plan to divide it into five
      parts, each one beginning with a relevant anecdote.

      How to make your ebook "user friendly"

      You must figure out how to keep your writing engaging.
      Often anecdotes, testimonials, little stories, photos,
      graphs, advice, and tips will keep the reader turning
      the pages. Sidebars are useful for quick, accessible
      information, and they break up the density of the
      page.

      Write with a casual, conversational tone rather than a
      formal tone such as textbook diction. Reader's respond
      to the feeling that you are having a conversation with
      them. Break up the length and structure of your
      sentences so you don?t hypnotize your readers into
      sleep. Sentences that are all the same length and
      structure tend to be a good aid for insomnia!

      Good writing takes practice. It takes lots and lots of
      practice. Make a schedule to write at least a page a
      day. Read books and magazines about the process of
      writing, and jot down tips that jump out at you. The
      art of writing is a lifetime process; the more you
      write (and read), the better your writing will become.
      The better your writing becomes, the bigger your sales
      figures.

      In an ebook that is read on the screen, be aware that
      you must give your reader's eye a break. You can do
      this by utilizing white space. In art classes, white
      space is usually referred to as "negative space."
      Reader's eyes need to rest in the cool white oasises
      you create on your page. If your page is too dense,
      your reader will quit out of it as soon as their eyes
      begin to tear.

      Make use of lists, both bulleted and numbered. This
      makes your information easy to absorb, and gives the
      reader a mental break from dissecting your paragraphs
      one after the other.

      Finally, decide on an easy-to-read design. Find a font
      that's easy on the eyes, and stick to that font
      family. Using dozens of fonts will only tire your
      readers out before they've gotten past your
      introduction. Use at least one and a half line
      spacing, and text large enough to be read easily on
      the screen, but small enough so that the whole page
      can be seen on a computer screen. You will have to
      experiment with this to find the right combination.

      Of course, don't forget to run a spell and grammar
      check. You are judged by something as minor as correct
      punctuation, so don?t mess up a great book by tossing
      out semicolons randomly, or stringing sentences
      together with commas. (By the way, that's called a
      "comma splice.")

      Last of all, create an index and a bibliography.
      That's it! You've written a book! Now all you have to
      do is publish your ebook online, and wait for download
      request from your website visitors.

      Zaak O'Conan discovers and presents information
      on to enhance your site, newsletter, marketing and other
      Internet related topics. You'll find his other articles that
      expand your horizons at http://WebWorkersWeekly.com
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