Writing is a rare talent and not everyone will have the propensity to string words together in a manner that is coherent interesting and knowledgeable to read. The ‘struggling writer’ is as shop-worn a cliché as a ‘starving artist'. Getting published in the real world is a gargantuan task, but the progress of technology is making things easier in this field as well as it is doing in so many others. Today, one has the option of writing an e-book and getting it published instantly without wasting a lot of time, money and effort and even make a living out of it. As the name suggests, an eBook is a book in electronic format, of varying length – you can make it as long or as short as you want – can be on any subject at all as long as you are able to catch and hold readers’ attention. Read on further to get a few suggestions and guidelines on how to write an eBook.
- Rationale&Subject: First, have a clear understanding as to why you want to write this book and what subject(s) you would like to cover. For starters, keep it simple and choose a subject you have expertise in. Having a purpose for writing the eBook is always preferable, though the purpose could be any number of reasons – for fun, as a forum launcher, assisting your business activity, etc.
- Title & Scope: If your eBook is to catch the reading audience’s attention on the internet, the title should be really eye-catching and stand out from all the rest of the crowd. Flash alone won’t help, though, make sure the title is also very crisp, erudite and with reference to context, letting potential readers know that this is not merely ‘fluff’ they will get to read. You should also have a clear idea of the targeted audience; there is no pint in writing an eBook with fun and peppy language on a subject meant for a senior section of the population!!
- EBook Outline: While you may be an accomplished writer enough to plunge straight into chapter 1, a sensible guideline is to have a small outline written down first; this outline should not be more than 3-4 sentences or a small paragraph and should provide a succinct synopsis of the purpose and reasons for writing on that particular subject. The outline will also serve as a pointer at later periods of time when it is quite possible that you are heading off-track.
- Structuring the eBook: Once, you’re ready to get started on writing your book, prepare the layout on any word processing package you are comfortable working with. An ideal outline would be to have an introductory section, followed by numbered chapters for all the topics you want to cover and close with a concluding section. Begin writing once you’ve completed the outline, whether from the introduction or any individual chapter that you want to pen first. Make it a habit to write a fixed number of pages each day, ensure you stick to the schedule for good results.
- Text Tips: Your written text should be free-flowing, limited in small paragraphs, make use of formatting tools available to catch the attention of readers. The use of bullet-points, bold, italic and underline options makes the content stand out and easy to read as well. Don’t forget to check spellings and grammar, preferably manually.
- Publishing Format: Choose a format in which the eBook is to be published – ‘compiler’ or ‘reader’ or ‘HTML’ formats are the most commonly used ones. Once you’ve created your eBook in the chosen format, it is ready for circulation.
Given that the internet is such a vast universe and there are both good and bad elements out there, take adequate care to protect your eBook, copyrights, publishing formats etc. Research thoroughly before you hand over your eBook to a third party for publishing and circulation. In general, this will be the same precautions and procedures you’d have followed while getting a book published in real-time.