In the fourth addition to our “Creating Your First Ebook” series we will show you how to optimize your workflow.
One of the most important things about making sure that you hit your goals when it comes to getting your ebook done and out to the world is to ensure that you have a workflow that works really well for you.
There are many ways to approach putting together the content for your ebook, and it might be that a combination of a few works for you.
Either way, ensure that you are working in a way that really suits you, your productivity style, and that allows for you to focus on the project to hit your goals.
Creating Your First Ebook: 1. Repurpose
Repurposing content is an amazing way to create your ebook.
It might be that you have a blog series or existing podcast material, interviews or videos which can be transcribed or repurposed to form the basis of your ebook.
If you are repurposing content directly from your blog, lift the text and push it all together into one document in an app such as Evernote or Google Drive to take a look at the text in situ and see how it all works together. You may find that few edits are needed; just a few tweaks here and there to make the material cohesive.
Refer back to your chapter plan and step-by-step action plan to make that sure you are putting the content in the right places – It can be all too easy to become distracted!
If you are reusing podcast interviews or video material, send the audios and videos to a transcription service such as Rev.com, and edit the transcript documents when they return to you and ensure that they make sense to fit into the ebook itself.
Creating Your First Ebook: 2. Work in a way that works well for you.
You might find that you are someone who prefers to speak aloud your thoughts and your content, or to pull together articles and information from various sources.
Have an experiment with the way that you work.
Try dictating to smartphone or an app, and send in that dictation audio to be transcribed.
You may find that you work in a really efficient and easy way if you are someone who likes to speak aloud their thoughts and finds it easy to discuss what they are thinking about. You can then jump into a document afterwards and edit it to make sure it is all making sense.
You might also consider doing things like a webinar or a Live Hangout or Facebook Live where you can easily get interaction from your audience and your customers in real time; this might spur on some conversations which you can use to fuel the content of your ebook.
Again, you can have these conversations and videos transcribed and edited to form the basis of your content.
Creating Your First Ebook: 3. Planning in your productivity time.
We all have different times of the day where we find it easier to focus and to get tasks done, especially if we are finding a task like creating an ebook something which needs to be broken down into smaller chunks.
It might be beneficial for you to identify whether you are most able to focus and be productive in the morning, in the afternoon, or in the evening, and to set aside some time in your calendar to focus entirely on your book itself.
You might find it useful to use something like a Pomodoro timer.; you can find several apps in Chrome extensions or just use your smartphone as a timer and work in small chunks to help you stay focused.
Creating Your First Ebook: 4. Set the environment
It can be really useful to set the environment for productivity, and use music which could help your brain achieve a state of focus and productivity so you can get the work done without feeling overwhelmed or distracted.
Consider using Spotify playlists for focus or calm, or try many of the YouTube videos that are specifically designed to help you with a KILLER workflow.
In Part Five, we’ll be looking at how to add visuals to your ebook to really make it stand out from the crowd.