7 Steps on How to Write an E-Book that Will Build Loyal Readers
In book publishing, e-book formats are the new profitable idea for modern authors. As far as book marketing goes, it’s what they call the “cookie content,” a short yet irresistible content for readers to munch up and enjoy. Content can be in the form of a how-to article, a series of inspirational tips, and general advice to keep readers hungry for more.
If you’re convinced that writing a delicious and digestible content can win readers, you need to start practicing these seven must-follow steps on how to create an e-book.
- Start with a clear and distinct subject.
Maybe you’ve got tons of topics to write about, but writing an e-book is not the same as writing a blog. If you want to entice your readers, pick one niche or category from your blog and start with that idea. Begin with a specific niche, then go broad. By having a clear subject, you can create a mini-series—enough for readers to digest your content one at a time.
- Lay out the plan and create the outline.
Creating an outline before writing an e-book helps your work seamless and in control. You don’t want to end up wasting your time with an unnecessary chapter. There are many ways on how to do your outline. The following are some that work best:
- Make bullet points for the chapters. Create headings and subheadings to see the overview of the topic.
- Mind Maps. Put your ideas in order through a mind map. Start with the central idea and branch out with keywords. The topics of lesser significance become the twigs.
- List down the main sections and subsections in order. Write the main ideas on the top and the supporting ideas below them.
- Craft a compelling content.
Applicable, accurate, and original—this is what most great content is made of.
In this noisy web, your headline should scream what’s relevant and practical. That’s why you have to read different resources and learn from the experts. The more you’ve gained experience, the more credible your content becomes.
- Forget errors—just write.
Don’t worry about grammatical errors as you write, you can check them later. Your first draft can be a mess, but don’t stop or get distracted. Don’t mind the format yet (or the text fonts). Write for now and edit later.
- Insert visual graphics.
Now you’re done with words, next would be the visual aids for your e-book. Diagrams, objects, photos, or charts, they all help make your idea more concrete and understandable. Make sure you choose graphics that are legally downloadable, so be aware of the copyright laws when picking the graphics.
- Proofread and edit.
After completing the content, you need to polish and spot for errors. This is the most crucial phase when creating an e-book. You can hire an editor or just edit your e-book yourself. Rewrite your draft or add some ideas if there is something lacking. Check the grammar, structure, anchored links, quotes, and the flow of your e-book’s content.
7. Don’t forget the table of contents, appendix, and front cover.
Applying pages for the table of contents and the appendix helps readers navigate you through your e-book without trouble. Lay out the chapters and the subchapters to know what page readers want to read. In addition, you can add the appendix to insert some notes, links, or references.
The same as when you publish your hard copies of your book, you also need to think of your e-book’s cover. If you are not confident enough to do it on your own, hire a designer to help you decide on your e-book’s theme, typography, or choice of colors.