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How to Find Ebook Writing and Editing Projects: 3 Things That Have Worked for Me So Far

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a prolific ebook writer. And, as self publishing is growing by leaps and bounds, more and more of these publishing entrepreneurs are finding themselves in need of an ebook writing service provider. I’ve seen an uptick in requests over the last year or so of my business. In fact, that’s part of what prompted me to write this post.

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:

Hi There,

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:

Ebook Writer / Editor for Hire

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) 

My Answer

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.

Best,
Yuwanda

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    Comments

    1. Andrew A. Sailer says:

      Businesses that don’t harness the power of technology are truly missing out, that’s four sure! Great article…

    2. @Monique:

      Do this — choose a topic that you know intimately and search the web for info on what people are asking about that topic. Then, start writing. Don’t worry about making it “a book.” Don’t worry that someone else has already written on it and “done it better.” Just write. Peruse the blogs of others to get a “jump off point.” Then keep writing.

      Once you start writing, you’ll usually find that you have much more to say than you thought. Also, answering a question in detail will make you explain / talk about, hence WRITE ABOUT, the “little things”. Only, they’re not little; they’re important DETAILS — and this is what can make what seems like an ebook you started that you didn’t think you knew enough to write about — explode into a 20, 30 or 40-page, detailed pack of info that many others will find useful.

      One last thing – one thing I get many compliments on in my ebooks is the clear details and first-hand info I give. A lot of this is from writing about the “little things” that you think no one is interested in – but it’s because no one has taken the time to address them. And, many people “don’t know what they don’t know” until someone with experience points it out.

      See what I mean?

    3. Thanks for the response. I understand not doing comprehensive. I’ve tried writing down ideas, I’ve done mindmapping. I’ve researched amazon.com. I cannot think of anything to write. I can write, but I don’t have even a basic topic to begin outlining. It’s frustrating.

    4. @Monique:

      In answer to your question — niche, niche, niche!

      As in, don’t try to do a “comprehensive” guide. Tightly focus on tackling — in detail — a SPECIFIC problem or two for your target market in one ebook.

      Most of my ebooks are in the 40-60 page range. And the reason I write so many on similar topics is because I only try to address a few particular problems in each ebook.

      As you say, I have a broad background — and tons of years of experience from which to pull. This gives me more than enough fodder for tons of ebooks.

      Most may not have this type of background. BUT, I happen to know that most ppl know so much more than they THINK they do that can help others. Once you start writing, you’ll most likely discover this. I can’t tell you the number of times I started writing an ebook, then realized that it was enough material to fill 2 ebooks — which is what I do when I think it’s appropriate.

      Hope this additional insight helps.

    5. @Nicole Breit:

      Yep, that’s basically the formula.

      The reason I tell everyone to write an ebook before they take on this type of work though is clients don’t like it when your estimates are too far off. And, a lot of people SEVERELY underestimate how many hours it takes for things like research, then writing, then editing, then proofreading — not to mention writing blurbs, organizing the material into cohesive chapters that flow well together, etc.

      I can pretty accurately guage (within 5-10 hours) how long a given ebook is going to take to complete. BUT, it’s only because I’ve written so many.

    6. @Paul Lindquist:

      Listing it would be a great first step. And, so you don’t put it off, do a short ebook (eg, 5-10 pages — spend a weekend and knock it out). This way, you’ll have more recent insight into what it takes. Some things to take note of: hours you spend researching, then on the writing, editing and proofreading. This way, if /when you do land one of these projects, you’ll have some idea of where to start pricing your service.

      Good luck! (I know you’ll make a go of it if you decide to :-))

    7. Nicole Breit says:

      Hi Yuwanda,

      Thank you for always publishing relevant, timely, and informative blog posts like this ones for aspiring freelancers. I was really excited about this article. I’ve written a few ebooks and haven’t yet started marketing this service. I wondered how you come up with pricing? Do you estimate number of hours required and divide by your hourly rate, or do you have another method for coming up with a quote for ebook writing?

    8. Yuwanda thanks for the follow up post. You make a great point about listing this as a service — I currently don’t have it listed on my site, mainly because I wasn’t really sure how to price it. I’ve written ebooks before, but it’s been a few years since I did my last one. I guess it’s time to get in gear and start writing some of these myself.

    9. May I ask a question? I’m reading your most recent post about ebook writing. I, too, would like to challenge myself to write an ebook each week. But I haven’t figured out a subject matter. When you’re teaching us how to write (in your ebooks), you have an wide-open field for subject matter (or, it appears that way). But I don’t (think) I have that same wide-open field. My background is personal lines insurance (auto and home) and small business ownership, although I’m not an expert in either, or at least not enough of one to write books on that people want to read…

      How do you find a subject broad enough that you can write about for 52 weeks – and have enough material to fill that many books, yet speeific enough that each book is packed full of helpful information?

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