The obvious things that you need to create an eBook are a word processing program and a time to sit and work on it. But before you proceed writing your eBook, let’s look at the things that you will need:
Finding a Topic
Information or knowledge that you have is a good source of information. You can also find topics depending on the demand. You can go to eBay or Amazon to find the products that most people search for, and then create a topic about those products like how to’s, tips, and where. You can also check on Google Zeitgeist, or Yahoo trends to check what people are most interested in. In addition, you can also check with ClickBank, Amazon, and Google Books to see the bestselling ones and create an eBook that compliment the bestsellers rather than compete head-to-head against them.
Make a list of all topics you have gathered, and then pick the best ones according to the following considerations:
- Are you interested on this topic? If not, you may have trouble finishing your eBook or your lack of interest may reflect on your writings.
- How much do you know about this topic? If a topic is too unfamiliar, you might need a lot of time on research.
- Do you see any motivation for people to take the time to download your eBook, much more, to buy them?
- Can you reach people who are interested on this topic? If you already have a website visited by substantial target customers, then this shouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise, you might need more time investing on promoting your eBook.
Wikipedia, Encyclopedia.com or Mythica, Whatis?com, Biography.com, Any-Day-in-History, QuoteGallery.com, QuoteWorld.org, CIA World Fact Books, Hoover’s Online, and Phrase Finder are just some of the research materials you can use to write your eBook. Research should be done before you start writing so that you can logically organize them as you create your lay out. Put all materials together in one folder including images you have gathered.
Write the Outline
You don’t want to write for hours only to find that you have wandered far off-topic or sit staring at a blank screen wondering what to write about. Creating an outline first will keep you on track and will save you a lot of time.
Spend about 20 minutes writing down your title or theme in the center of a piece of paper, and then draw smaller circles around it filled with topics related to your main topic. Draw smaller circles or bullet points for subtopics and subheadings.
Example: Your topic is anything about computers
*This is for illustration purposes only, but the outline is best drafted using a pen and a paper.
The Writing Process
Now that you have the materials needed and a layout, you can begin the writing process. When writing your first draft, don’t worry about grammar, repetition, and spelling. Just concentrate on putting articles according to the layout you have prepared. Upon completion or your first draft, you’re just about ready to edit and design your eBook.
Editing involves proofreading and inserting images and visual illustrations. Most writers suggest you let your first draft sit for about a day before editing. This will give you a fresh look on your writing and easier for you to find flaws such as structures, flow, and tone. This is also the best time for you to check which sections would look better in a different order or sections that are too short and lacking in substance.
Aside from proofreading, this is also the time when you can check for any opportunity to add quotes, images and links.