How to Write and Publish Your First Book

Do you have a great idea for a book, but you don’t know how to produce or publish it?

Thanks to the popularity of the internet and e-book readers such as the Amazon Kindle, writing and publishing books is becoming easier than ever. It is also a fabulous opportunity to create additional streams of passive income for yourself, your business or your charitable organisation.

If you have never written a book before, you may be nervous about the process. As a web content writer, you specialize in writing articles that are typically about one page in length. On the other hand, an e-book can have 200 pages or more. Yes, when looked at from that point, writing an e-book seems like an overwhelming task. Instead, look at it as writing a series of articles. These articles will later be arranged in order and compiled into one e-book.

So, how can you write a book?

1 – Choose a Category

If you are a web content writer, you special in writing helpful and informative articles. This is your expertise, so you should stick with it. If you later want to expand to creative writing, do so. First, stick with what you know best. This will make writing an e-book easier.

As for the category, choose a topic that is interesting to you, such as working from home, parenting, or saving money. Or, choose an issue that is important to Americans, such as how to lessen the impact of global warming, how to make money from home, and so forth.

2 – Create a Title for Your E-Book

If writing a how-to book, this will be very easy. What does your e-book show readers how to do? If it is save money, a good title would be “How to Keep Money in Your Wallet.”

3 – Write Your Introduction

An introduction for an e-book is just like an article introduction. The only difference is the length. Summarize the purpose of your e-book, as well as your reasons for writing it. Instead of squeezing your introduction into one paragraph, use the entire page.

4 – Write Your E-Book

This will be the hard part for most. As previously stated, think of it as a collection of articles. Create an outline first. If you want to show people how to save money, start by outlining the ways one can save money. There is saving money on groceries, eating out, clothes, travel, utilities and so forth. Each of these can be a section or chapter.

Inside each chapter, break down into articles. For example, saving money at the grocery store can have one article that highlights why you should, how it can increase your savings, how you can use coupons, tips for finding coupons, and tips for getting full use out of them. Within minutes, you may have a collection of articles that can be transformed into a 10 page section or chapter.

5 – Write Your Conclusion

Your conclusion should summarize your e-Book and what readers just learned. Restate some of your most helpful and moneysaving tips.

6 – Edit Your e-Book

If you use Microsoft Word, the program will help you capture many grammar and spelling errors. It, however, isn’t 100% full proof. So, proofread and edit your book.

Now that you know how to compose an e-book, you may wonder how to make money from it. The good news is that you have many options. You can create a website and sell your e-book from there, use a third party marketplace, like LuLu.com, or convert your e-book to digital text and sell it as an Amazon Kindle book. To increase your earnings, do all three.

A website is easy and affordable to create. Lulu.com and other third party marketplaces are easy to use. As for the Amazon Kindle, you just need a free account. Upload your Microsoft Word document to the digital text platform and it will automatically convert the file into digital text. This makes it readable for Amazon Kindle users. Your book is then listed for sale at the Amazon Kindle Store.

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