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Nine Tips on How to Write an eBook the Easy Way

Ebooks are exploding right now and sales will only go up from here as people start to look for cheaper and "greener" alternatives to print books. If you have ever thought about writing and publishing your own ebook, but thought it was too hard, think again.

Just follow these simple tips and you can quickly and easily share your knowledge with the entire world (and make money online in the process).

1. Subject People Want - The first step in the process of writing an ebook is to pick a topic. You want to find a topic that a lot of people are interested in and will pay money to learn more about it. Do a search on Google for a few keywords related to your topic. If there are advertisements on the Google results page, there is probably a market for your idea.

2. Focus Fast - You want to make sure that you write an ebook on a narrow topic. You do not want to write the encyclopedia version ebook for your topic, because no reader wants that much information. Instead, focus on a narrow topic by listing out everything you can think of about your topic.

Next, narrow it down to a few key ideas to share with your readers. Once you have done this, create an outline from the information on your list. By the way, you should always write from an outline because you will finish your writing faster.

3. Great Titles and Headlines - Pick a killer ebook title and you will increase the attention you get from people online because the title will help cause a little extra buzz for your product. Take a look at the chapters in your outline and make them hard-hitting and to the point, but you also want to make them compelling to your readers. List out the headings, sub-headings and items you want to talk about under each section.

4. Write Like You Talk - Now comes the fun part - writing your ebook. The key thing to realize with ebooks is that even though they are a published product that will be seen by thousands of people, the way you write them is a little different than a standard print book. The best ebooks are written in a conversational manner, not like how you were taught to write essays in school.

In short, you want to write like you would talk to your best friend if you were explaining to them how to do something over the phone.

5. Tell Stories - Speaking of talking to friends, include a few stories of how you or one of your clients had success with the information you are sharing with your readers. Think about setting up the story, providing the background and then giving the payoff - the success your readers can expect to achieve.

6. Keep it Simple - Stick with simple fonts and no images in your e-book. You are going for a professional look to your ebook, similar to the look and feel of a print book. Add in headers for each page and page numbers through the "Header and Footer" functions in your word processor. You might want to print out a few pages of your text to see if you have the right format and look before you move on. Having printed pages will also help you pick the right font.

7. Write Every Day - You need a daily writing goal to stay on track for finishing your ebook. I find that most writers aim for writing 5 pages per day. This is a manageable amount if you are looking to write your ebook quickly. If you are concerned about formatting of double-spacing and things like that, just aim to write 1,000 words per day and you should be done writing your ebook in no time!

NOTE: Do not attempt to edit your ebook until you are done with your draft. If you edit while you are still writing, you will never finish your ebook. Trust me on this one. Focus on writing until your first draft is done, then worry about editing your rough draft.

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