Alyice Edrich is the author of several work-from-home e-books, including Tid-Bits For Making Money With E-books where parents earn hundreds of dollars selling information they already possess.
Thank you Alyice, for taking the time to answer my questions about writing and publishing e-books.
--Once you've decided to write an e-book, how do you choose the right topic?
The first step is to think about why you are writing the e-book. Are you writing it to fulfill a dream of becoming a published author or are you writing it to fill a need? Will your e-book be one of many e-books or will you use the e-book to help build credibility in your current or future field of business?
The second step in choosing the topic of a book, whether in print or electronic form, is to determine if it's needed? Has the topic already been covered and if so, how many books are/were written on that topic? What is missing from those books? Could you provide a new angle on that topic? If so, how and why should readers buy your book over the others out there?
The third step is to make sure this is a topic you can promote for the rest of the year. E-books do not sell themselves. You will need to write articles, distribute press releases, get interviewed, talk on radio and televised talk shows, speak at speaking engagements, and do whatever is necessary to get the word out about your e-book. Otherwise, you won't make a dime. Can you provide enough material, without giving away the store, so to speak, to help promote and sell your e-book?
--What about editing and proof-reading your e-book?
I think paying someone to edit your e-book is vital to its success. Your editor will see things that your eyes missed. There were times, in my newer books, where I read one thing but had something else written down. In fact, that just happened in an online writer's group I am in. I meant to write, "t-shirt" and what I wrote was "t-sh*t." And even though I had a couple of emails over the confusion of what I could possibly be reviewing that had to do with bowel movement, I still didn't catch it until a colleague said, "Did you really mean "sh*t?"
I have an e-book that I wrote back in 1999 that was never professionally edited. I recently sent it to a colleague to edit. Her response,"While the writing is not bad and you do get your point across. I have to tell you that this is not your best work. You have grown so much as a writer over the years that I really think you need to rewrite this before I edit it." Can you say, "OUCH!?" And at the same time, it was a compliment to how far I've come as a writer.
I also strongly suggest that you do not have a friend or family member critique your book if he/she is not a writer. I tried that in the beginning and while they could tell me when something sounded confusing, they couldn’t point out my grammatical or punctuation errors.
--Are there websites specifically geared to learning to write an e-book?
Not that I am aware of. But I did write a pretty good book geared towards helping writers go from idea to book. In my e-book on writing e-books, I discuss how
I got started writing e-books, the importance of preparing a business plan around your e-book, finding time to right your e-book, developing your e-book, marketing your e-book, selling your e-book, distributing your e-book, and I also included several forms and worksheets. And it's only $19.99 or $39.99 if you want one-on-one coaching sessions.
You can visit Alyice Edrich at The Dabbling Press.com to order a copy of her e-book, today!
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