Writing 101: 5 Things You Should Learn About Writing E-books

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If you’ve ever thought about writing a book, you may want to start with an e-book. E-books can help you become a well-published and widely-read author. Writing an e-book can help you develop important skills needed to publish books that will be read.

Topic

Your e-book can be about something in the news or a skill or experience you can draw on from personal experience. The topic for an e-book should be concise and clearly focused. E-books often run less than 100 pages, and some are just a few chapters. So choose a topic that can share valuable information with readers within a limited amount of space. Preparing for prom, balancing studies and sports, and preventing toddler tantrums are examples of helpful topics.

Audience

Unless you are publishing your e-book on a website that is designed for a very specific group of readers, write your book in a way that will appeal to readers from various backgrounds. Use simple but descriptive words, correct sentence structure, and short topic paragraphs that explain or offer examples. Keep the chapters no more than a few pages each, as well, as readers tend to get through e-books fairly quickly.

Graphics

Depending on which format or design software you use, consider adding side bars, pull quotes, cartoons, framed quotes, and other graphic features. These can add color and visual appeal to help readers appreciate the topic even more. Just remember to provide attribution for material borrowed from other sources, and don’t crowd your e-book with too many images.

Marketing Plan

If you publish the e-book on its own site or incorporate it in one of your existing websites, decide how you will market and promote the e-book. Will it be sold exclusively at this site, or will links be added to networking links? Consider using social media like Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. Add a signature line to your email messages that indicates you as an author, along with the name of the e-book and a link to the official website.

Protection

Your e-book is your intellectual property and should be protected. Visit FindLegalForms.com for information about preventing theft or plagiarism. Intellectual property forms are important for securing your e-book from piracy, so don’t neglect this important step.

Don’t put your e-book idea on hold forever. Start writing now to share your exciting ideas, experiences, and information with readers who are waiting for them. E-books strengthen an expert’s credentials.

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