Well, remember when I laid out my freelance writing goals for 2011? In my quest to publish 50 ebooks on Amazon, one of the things I said is that I already had over 20 existing titles that I needed to upload. So this weekend, I’ll be uploading a couple of those. This will keep me on track.
On Monday, I’ll be starting a new title. Not sure what it is yet, but will look over the list this weekend so I can be mentally prepared when I sit down to write on Monday.
My Ebook Writing Goal Has Inspired Others to Self-Publish a Lot!
Just this morning I received the following email from a fellow ebook writer. She’s now on the “one ebook a week til the end of the year bandwagon,” which just made me smile from ear to ear. I love it when I inspire others to get cracking! Wendy wrote:
I have 3 of your ebooks, including the one on transitioning to being a full-time publisher. Thanks for being so candid with your readers.
You have inspired me to set a goal for a certain number of e-books for the rest of this year. I counted and there are 26 weeks remaining once this week is over. I believe that I can also do one ebook per week! So I will have 26 additional titles on Amazon.com at the end of the year!
Take care and keep writing.
To this I say, “YES!” 🙂
I’ve received a few emails from nonbelievers, eg, “An ebook a week, are you kidding me,” or “You can’t be putting out quality material writing that many ebooks.”
I don’t like to focus on negativity, so tend to ignore emails like this. I only bring this up say the following . . .
6 Tips on How to Write and Self-Publish Tons of Ebooks Quickly
Following is how I’m able to pump out so many titles this year.
1. Write What You Know
I tend to write about what I know. I’ve been in business for myself practically all of my life in one form or another. I had my first business when I was 11 years old – mowing yards in a trailer park we lived in.
I talk about it in From Startup to Success, which details my entrepreneurial journey and some lessons I’ve learned along the way.
If you write what you know, you don’t have to do as much research because the info is right there in your head.
2. Fast Typer
I’m a fast typer; somewhere around 80 to 90 words a minute – which helps a lot.
3. Don’t Write Junk
If you’re writing what you know, you also tend not to product junk because your information is grounded in first-hand experience.
I’ve said this before, but the reason I believe I’ve had such success as a self publisher is that I do write from first-hand experience – telling the good and the bad. In essence, I’m turning my experiences into “teachable moments.” That way, readers can know what to do – and what NOT to do – which is every bit as important (maybe more so) than knowing what to do.
4. Systemize the Process
I also have a system in place that allows me to quickly finish a title. Outline, brain dump (write), edit/proof, create cover, upload. Note: The outline is the most important part of the process. If you do this part right, you can quickly zip through your subject matter.
5. Accept Imperfection
I also don’t try to be perfect. I edit/proof some of my ebooks. Other times I outsource it. It all depends on how close I am to a deadline. So there may be a misspelling here or there sometimes. While I’d like for every one of my titles to be letter perfect, they’re not going to be. I accept that.
And, please, please, please don’t take this to mean that sloppy grammar and other editorial mistakes are acceptable. They’re not.
But don’t wait until every ebook is 100% perfect before you hit the publish button. Do your level best, then publish and move on. Otherwise, you’ll never publish anything because this tends to be more of a stalling/procrastination tactic than a desire to make everything perfect.
6. Let Stuff Go
As in your house may not be as clean as you normally keep it; the kids might have to eat PB&J one time more than they want; the weeds in the flower beds may have to take over a bit; the laundry may have to pile just a little higher before you get to it; etc.
If you’re committed to this process, some things are going to have to fall by the wayside to reach your goal. Get tunnel vision and accept that they’re just going to have to wait. As long as it’s not life and death, it’ll be fine.
I’m on semi-vacation this week because I just got back to Jamaica. I played total hooky yesterday and went to the beach. The weather could not have been more perfect – I had a blast!
Between now and next Tuesday, when I’ll be back into my regular work routine, I have tons of stuff to do around the house though. And, I will be working this weekend to get two new titles up on Amazon, which will bring my count to 12. Step by step, I’m getting there.
This month, I’m going to do my level best to have at least 25 published because I’m going to start uploading existing titles.
For my American friends, enjoy the upcoming 4th of July holiday. I’m going to miss seeing all the American flags waving everywhere. But I’ll go to the beach, have a rum punch and wish America a happy birthday even though I’m abroad.
Be safe everyone, especially if you’re driving, as drunk drivers tend to be a problem on holidays.
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If you are courageous, hard-working and self-motivated, you really can make a lot of money selling ebooks online (I’m proof of this) – if you don’t forget that last ingredient – perseverance.
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