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Is it possible to create an e-book product in one month? Yep, I just did it.

I decided to create my own  e-book product from scratch in a one month period from January 4, 2016 to February 4, 2016. I wanted to see if I could achieve this without too much stress and figured if I worked on the project daily it was not an impossible task as long as I planned each step carefully and stuck to a well defined  schedule to spread the work out evenly from start to finish.

I am now going to reveal to you the 10 easy steps I used to achieve the creation of an e-book product on blogging.

Product Creation

Product Creation

10 Steps to E-Book Product Creation

  1. Choose a topic.
  2. Create a memorable title.
  3. Choose a medium: written, audio or video.
  4. Research the topic.
  5. Create a mind map or table of contents with chapter headings.
  6. Organize writing into a schedule
  7. Write, write, write, provide links to relevant information, insert captivating graphics.
  8. Write a conclusion.
  9. Get an e-cover done.
  10. Convert to PDF format.

Step 1: Choose a Topic

As a topic, I chose blogging since I am familiar with how to:

  • set up a website
  • choose a blogging platform
  • select a niche
  • find information to blog about
  • write different types of blogs
  • structure a blog
  • market with social media
  • monetize

Step 2: Create a Memorable Title

Next, how to formulate a memorable title that will catch readers attention?

This is where your creativity comes into play. Try to come up with at least 5- 10 titles that represent the topic of your e-book. Then choose the best 3 and see if anyone else has already used the titles. Finally, pick one that stands out or ask some people what they think of the last 3 choices you have.

The easiest titles to remember are alliterative. This means that each word in the title starts with the same letter. For example, “Beginners’s Blogging Bootcamp”, “Blogger’s Bible for Beginners”, “Blogging for Beginners”. You get the idea.

I made use of an online thesaurus to help me come up with lots of words that represented my product. I looked at what else is on offer out there on blogging to see if anything inspired me by googling various phrases like “blogging books“, “books on blogging“, “how to blog“, “starting to blog”etc. I checked titles on blogging on Amazon, Indigo, Barnes and Noble and other large book providers. This gave me lots of ideas for titles that sell.

Use whatever you can think of to help you come up with a memorable title for your e-book. It is well worth the time spent.

Step 3: Choose a Medium

I decided to write an e-book because I can always use the written material to create an audio, or a video in the future and I am more comfortable writing than speaking directly into a microphone to an audience. I can also provide lots of useful links in a written format that I cannot do with an audio or video file.

However, it is true that most people prefer audio or video formats these days rather than spend time reading, but I figured that anyone interested in blogging was probably already a reader so that argument would not have the same impact as it might have if I was to create a “how to” guide.

In that case, a step by step video would be the best way to communicate the information to an audience.

The choice is entirely up to you but the topic you are covering may lend itself better to a specific medium.

For instance, if you are teaching people how to speak a foreign language you will want to have an audio file so the pronunciation of each word is clear and precise to accompany a written book.  The best would be a video where both written and audio content are synchronized exactly.

Step 4: Research the Topic

In this step I basically looked at all the material I accumulated on my computer on the subject of blogging:

  • articles
  • e-books
  • webinar notes
  • YouTube videos

I then did a Google search for articles on the subject of blogging I had not yet seen to check if there was any information I could include in my e-book.

Once I felt I had enough material to start writing, I stopped the research phase. Of course, there is always more to read and gather but I had to stop at some point to move forward in the process of producing the e-book.

Step 5: Create a Mind Map/Table of Content

I found this step to be invaluable as I proceeded because it basically laid out all the chapters and sub chapters I needed to write on blogging. It helped in setting a time frame for each section so I knew exactly how much to do each day to stay on target to finish on February 4th.

This step basically required me to put all that collection of material into logical order so others could learn how to start blogging from scratch and be aware of what it takes to be a successful and profitable blogger.

Step 6: Organize a Writing Schedule

Once I knew how many chapters, and sub chapters I had to write I could begin the process of scheduling the work.  I divided the work into weekly then daily tasks to complete the product within the time allocated. I looked at how many more days I had left and divided up the work to end 5 days before the deadline.

Why?

Because, I know and you know that there are going to be days when writing is just not something you want to do. So, to make sure I did make the deadline, I allocated some slack in the schedule right from the the start.

Step 7: Write, Write, Write

I had a clear schedule to follow which made each day’s task self-evident. I had no excuse to dawdle trying to decide what to write about each afternoon. I just pulled out the Table of Content and proceeded from where I had left off the day before.

However, I soon  discovered that it took me longer than I had planned to write some sections because I was including links to some extra material, or trying to find the right graphic to accompany a section. I also found myself going back to a prior section and adding more detail before proceeding with the next chapter. So the schedule became a guideline and days were wasted.

Remember those slack days I spoke of earlier?

Good thing I had them, because during the last week I had to write in the evenings as well as in the afternoon to make the deadline having added more stuff along the way.

Having those extra days planned in the original schedule paid off because I actually finished writing on the day scheduled to be the last.

Step 8: Write a Conclusion

Once all the chapters were finished, I wrote a conclusion where I summarized the different steps outlined through the e-book.

This helps the reader see the whole picture in a nutshell as you recap what has been learned.

Step 9: Get an e-Cover

This is the fun step where I hired someone else to do some design work for me after describing what the e-book was about and my preferences as to color and general look. For example, I wanted graphics that would somehow reflect the title of my e-book, have a fairly light background color and have an uncluttered look.

Step 10: Convert to PDF

This is very simple to do using Microsoft Word. you just need to save the last copy as a pdf file once the e-book is completed. This step is done buyers of the e-book can read it without difficulty no matter what software they use on their personal hardware.

Now get out there and create your own product. You too can do it

Any questions?

 

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