Seeking Ebook Writing / Editing Service
This past weekend, I received the following email from someone looking for help writing / editing an ebook. The email said:
I have found your website looking for a high quality ebook writing service. Please find below the details about the project:
Subject: How to Build a Puppy House – a step by step guide to constructing a mini dog house
Pages: appx 50-70
Purpose: will be placed on niche website and used as promotional tool
Formats: Doc, PDF
Completion: ASAP – (14-30 days is reasonable)
Don’t have an existing copy. I will provide you with a general outline and some research resources but you will need to do more research and come up with sub-topics.
My Email: [Email address was listed]
Website: [website was listed]
Could you please provide me with some samples from other ebooks you have done.
Note: The detail given comes from the questions we ask prospective clients to answer on our ebook writing service page before we begin any ebook writing / editing project. I changed the particulars of the subject matter of the ebook. Even though it’s quite common, I don’t like to give people’s ideas away when I can help it.
I sent an ebook writing service proposal to this prospect, which came to just under $3,500. So as you can see, ebook writing and editing can be quite profitable.
Two other reasons I decided to write this post is . . .
(i) Because in the post I did on digital freelance writing job opportunities, in the comments section, a couple of posters who asked me to give some tips on how to find these types of freelance writing jobs; and
(ii) One of my good Twitter friends, Kimberly over at @AvidWriter, tweeted recently that she’s been getting more of this type of work. Her specific tweet was:
Question from a Reader about How to Find Ebook Writing and Editing Projects
The specific question one reader sent in the comments section of the digital freelance writing opportunities post was:
Great post Yuwanda! Lots of good ideas to expand our reach, and a couple I had not considered, like ebook editing and writing special reports. I think as a follow up to this post, some may want to know the best places to find work in these various specialties. Like for example ebook editing, this is not a service that SEO/Web Design companies typically ask for. Any thoughts on what type of marketing works best to find people who need this service? (emphasis added)
First let me say, I haven’t actively sought out ebook writing projects. I think one of the main reasons people have sought me/my firm out for their ebook writing service needs is because of the series I did on publishing 50 ebooks in one year.
With that being said, following are three things I have done – that I will be doing more of – to land projects from those who want to know how to write an ebook and/or who may need one edited, proofed, etc.
Ebook Writer for Hire: 3 Quick Ways to Let Prospective Clients Know You Provide This Service!
I. Make It Part of Your Service Listing: Many web writers forget to do this one simple thing. I think we think that potential clients will know that “of course we can do that for you.” But, you have to spell things out for prospects because if they don’t see it on your service list, they will most likely assume that you DON’T offer the service – and look elsewhere.
One thing I learned a long time ago in business (in fact, in life) is that clients are busy with their own endeavors and don’t assume very much about YOUR business. Hence, you have to proactively make them aware of ALL that you do.
I added ebook writing to my firm’s list of services when I opened the doors of New Media Words because I recognized the power of “content marketing”—and that comes in many forms, eg, case studies, special reports, ebooks, blog posts, SEO articles, press releases, etc.
II. SEO Your Site: Piggy backing on the last point, once you add ebook writing, editing and proofreading to your service list, then promote it. One of the quickest ways to do this is to “SEO your site” around this term. I simply did some keyword research and wrote the meta tags on my site’s ebook writing service page using them.
This is exactly how this particular client found me.
Because this area of freelancing isn’t particularly competitive yet, it’s been relatively easy to rank well for phrases that have to do with hiring an ebook writer / editor.
III. Write an Ebook Yourself: As I mentioned earlier in this post, the most obvious thing I’ve done that have landed me these types of projects is I’ve written ebooks myself. As an ebook writer, I know the ins and outs of the process, so can give pretty accurate quotes.
Once I start to communicate with prospects, most often I mention things that they haven’t even thought about – because often they’ve never completed an ebook before. Once they know that I know what I’m talking about, I’m 90% of the way to landing the project.
For all of these reasons, I highly recommend that every freelancer who wants to do this type of work tackle an ebook themselves. Even doing a 10 or 20-page ebook will give you so much insight into the process. This way, when you communicate with prospective clients, you can share your insight; hence, build trust.
Once trust is built, a sale is usually not far behind if all other factors like price are agreeable.
New Ebook: How to Find Ebook Writing Projects
I’m working on an e-pamphlet that discusses some other ways to land these types of clients. I’ve come up with at least 10 different marketing methods you can use – and most of them are free and/or very low cost.
Things are a little crazy right now, but I hope to finish it by the end of next month. Of course, I’ll announce it right here on this blog. [Update: Ebook on how to find ebook writing and editing jobs completed!]
Now, I’m off to the dentist. Had wanted to see the President and First Lady on “The View” this morning. But alas, I have a root canal today. Uggghhhhh!
Enjoy your Tuesday and please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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