So, you want to create an ebook?
Sharing your knowledge online is a fabulous way to showcase your expertise, offer affordable access to that brilliant brain of yours, and to extend your reach to a whole new audience who may not have realized just how clever you are (yet). But, has the Grand Plan of Ebook Creation been sitting on your to-do list for a while though, superstar? It’s ok – help is at hand.
I have some ninja-style tips for managing your time, content and tools to get that bad boy out to the world so we can all hear what you have to say.
Are you ready?
1. Slice it up
First up, you need to get a handle on your time. Books don’t write and design themselves, so start to carve out some little slices of time in your calendar to work on creating your ebook.
Using the Pomodoro technique, set a timer for just 25 minutes at a time and go hell for leather, as they say. Each slice of 25 minutes is a chunk nearer to getting your ebook out to the world, so keep at it in tiny slices if you need to.
Go for just 10 or 15 minutes a day if you need to go for micro units, and those chunks soon start to add up. I promise.
Staying focused and creative is the key to getting shit done. Use some alpha wave inducing music (Focus at Will is brilliant for this, or do a focus friendly playlist on Spotify or Soundcloud) to get you in the zone.
If you love the buzz of a coffee shop but want to work from home or your office, plug into Coffitivity to re-create the ambiance and buzz.
Work out what gets you in the zone and replicate it each time you sit down to slice up your e-book; whether it’s a super strong espresso with some drum and bass music or a glass of mint water and classical vibe, if it works for you and sparks your neurons, let it flow.
Oh, and a super important tip? Kick procrastination in the ass by getting a slice or two done before you log into Email Hell or get lost down a social media rabbit warren of LOLcatz for the day…
3. Get appy
Apps are your friends, my darlings. They are here to help make your work and life organized, zen-like and super efficient. At the very least they help speed this thing up…
So, go crazy with ideas for your ebook on Post It notes and then photograph them to add to Evernote. Dictate some ideas in Dragon Dictate, Drafts for iPad or straight to Evernote to keep a log of your genius thoughts as they arise.
Setting up some clever workflows for your research – things like wiring IFTTT to store favorited tweets straight to Pocket or Google Docs – goes a long way to getting organized and invoking some smug to your day.
4. Re-air and re-use
If you are a content creator already, you may very well find that a lot of your groundwork has already been done. Have a look through your existing blog posts, and see which pre-written gems you can pull out from the archives to re-air and share in the ebook.
(It’s definitely not cheating – I am re-framing this as “working smarter”…).
5. Use your allies
Next up in the working smarter toolkit is including quotes or text from interviews from other people.
Yup, this is a gem to fill up your word count with valuable, varied content your audience will love without even having to write the damn thing yourself!
So, reach out to your network, brainstorm who might be perfect to interview or ask about your chosen subject and shoot them an email. Offer to include their URL’s and social media links for some sharing karma for them, and boom! I bet they agree and your content is now well on the way to being done.
Outsourcing elements of something that is bamboozling you can go a long, long way to getting it out the door.
You could outsource research for quotes and sources to a VA; you could outsource the layout to a designer, the cover artwork and mock-up on Fiverr, or even the actual writing itself if you so wanted to.
At this stage of creating your ebook, Selz is, of course, all you need to get your hard work up on the internet for all to see, wonder at, and purchase.
Adding your PDF to Selz takes a matter of moments – just add your cover artwork, a brief description of your Ebook, and name your price.
Before you know it you have created an ebook ready to pimp out to the world, embed on your blog as a widget, sell in your online store, and to form part of your world domination plan.
Now, how does that feel? Sanity still intact? Fabulous!
We can’t wait to read it.