October 12, 2010
First, let me say, welcome to Inkwell Editorial’s Ebook Writing and Publishing Tournament.
Note: The tournament is closed to participants, but feel free to follow along in the daily updates that will be provided from now until October 22nd. Learn what this tournament is all about and read all posts in this series.
What to Expect during this Ebook Writing & Publishing Tournament
Here’s basically how it’ll work: I’ll email you every day twice; once to let you know what I plan to do, and two to let you know what I actually accomplished. As writers, you know, even the best laid plans don’t work out.
Along the way, I’ll also dispense some tips that work for me when I’m writing an ebook.
One final thing: As I’m working from Jamaica, if you don’t receive an email from me by 9:30 am EST U.S., then assume that the internet is out. It’s been fabulous since I’ve been here, but it is still hurricane season here and those rain storms come out of nowhere and can last from a few minutes to a full day (eg, it rained all day this past Sunday).
Ok, to the day’s first lesson.
Day 1 of Ebook Writing and Publishing Tournament: Prepare an Outline & Start Writing
Remember when you first learned how to do an outline in about second grade? Oh, how I hated it. But, it’s a skill I’m glad I learned, for it is the foundation of my ebook writing process.
As I’ve usually thought about an ebook for months before I actually sit down to write it, I usually have a pretty good idea of the outline in my head.
Now when I start writing, this usually gets revised. But, it gives me a jumping off point.
When I actually write my outline, I fill in ideas as I go along. For example, the name of my ebook is How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days or Less, Market It & Get Your First Sale Within 7 Days.
So I know at some point I’m going to have to discuss marketing. One of the methods I use to market my products is article marketing. I’ve written tons of stuff on this, so I know I’ll have to go to some of my previously written material on this to revamp and revise and put in there (eg, the article marketing tutorial).
The bottom line is to fill in as much info as you can when you’re writing your outline. I leave little notes to myself on, for example, an article that I may have read on another site that I want to reference, a stat that I want to quote, a comment someone sent in I want to dig out and expand upon, etc.
If anyone ever came across my outline, they’d probably think I spoke Pig Latin because it makes sense to no one but me.
The point I want to get across is this is not your second grade, has to be perfect, 1-2-3 step outline. Fill that sucker up with info cuz when you finish it, you’re going to start writing – today.
After you finish your outline, finish one to two of the chapters.
Following are some additional notes for today:
Don’t worry about proofreading, editing or making it perfect. Just write.
My outline usually consists of 5-8 chapters and the chapters are usually 3-10 pages long. Hence, my ebook can be anywhere from 15 pages (they’re never this short) to 80 pages. Usually my ebooks are in the 40-60 page range. This is a good range to shoot for because ebooks are designed (in my opinion) to cover a very niche subject succinctly.
Hence, leave out fluff – get to the meat of the subject quickly.
Ebook Writing Tip: Stuck, Need Inspiration, Writing Too Slowly and Feel Like You’ll Never Get Done?
Read, How to Write an Article in 20 Minutes. Without realizing it, this is exactly how I write and now I understand better why I’m able to churn out so much stuff on any given day.
Ebook Writing & Publishing Tournament: Reports at the End of the Day
Send me an email letting me know how you fared. I’ll spend the evening (boy these are gonna be some long days) uploading it to a page on InkwellEditorial.com. You’ll be sent a link.
FYI, let me know how you want to be referred to, eg, by initials, a moniker or by first name only. If you want, you can give me details of your ebook, but you don’t have to. Just send me info on what you finished, the difficulties you encountered and/or anything else about the process you experienced that day.
I’d really like to know how much time you spent that day accomplishing what you did.
Feel free to send me questions. I’ll do my best to answer as many as possible (if they are general enough to be helpful to everyone).
There are 32 participants (including me) in the tournament, in case you’re wondering.
That’s it – and good luck!
Now, I’m off to write my outline – and start writing.
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P.P.S.: What’s It Like to Live & Work Abroad as a Freelance Writer? Find out in the living abroad as a freelance writer in Jamaica series at http://bit.ly/aPgutY.
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