As we found out in Section 1, the ‘why’ we do it is more important than the ‘how’, and to create a favorable environment is conducive to getting it done. In Section 2 of ‘How to write your eBook this weekend’ you will discover the practical steps (1-7) to follow so that you can say that you have finally become a published author this year!
So what are the steps to get this project done?
Step 1: Gather and organize the information
When you find pertinent information, paste the articles in a scrapbook, use Evernote to copy and paste the information. Read the best books on the subject work it over with a fluorescent marker, take notes. Idea: If you have written articles for your blog, you can make a book out of them.
Another idea: You may have done a seminar on the subject. Well the next time get it recorded and transcribed, and your research is done.
Step 2: Choose your ‘niche’ or subject
It’s useful to know something about your subject to speak the same language as your readers. You only need to know a bit more than your readers to be perceived as an ‘expert’ on a subject. If on top of that, you publish on your blog (or Amazon Kindle), that makes you an authority figure! With internet, it takes less than 18 months to become the ‘expert’!
Go to Amazon Keywords or Google Trends to find out what information people are looking for. If there are other books written on your subject, that’s good. People usually want to buy or download everything that’s available.
Go to www.CBtrends.com (Clickbank) to find out what subjects are hot.
Yahoo Answers will show you in real time what questions are being asked.
Go to You Tube and type in ‘How to’ and find out what people are looking at.
Find an “evergreen” niche that people will still want to learn about 5 years from now. (For example: ‘How to improve your memory in 30 days’)
Step 3: Choose your title
Often the choice to buy or download a book is by its title. Your visitor takes only 4-5 seconds to decide if he or she wants it.
The best titles reflect the conversation going on in the mind of your visitor (Dan Kennedy). A title starting with ‘How to’ is a good bet.
“How I created a 6 figure income giving away a dead man’s book”
“How to write a book this weekend, even if you flunked English like I did” by Vic Johnson. You can get this one on Amazon.
“How to win friends and influence people”
Good titles contain a promised benefit.
If you need ideas, you can go to Vic Johnson’s http://ezee.info/405-ideas and write up 10 or 15 titles using their structure.
Step 4: Do research on your subject
Study the best books on your subject, take notes, do resumes in your own words.
Don’t forget to indicate your sources.
You can ‘outsource’ the work of doing resumes to someone on www.fiverr.com to gain time.
The best investment of your time is to identify the pertinent keywords for your book. If you go to www.smashwords.com you will find the books listed by subject and the ‘tags’ associated with each keyword. Take these tags and go to Google AdWords to find the related ideas. Take the best twenty to Amazon and find out the titles that use these keywords. Then ‘sow’ these keywords or phrases throughout your book.
Step 5: Give the book a structure
The famous speaker, Zig Ziglar used to say: “Tell them what you are about to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you just told them”.
Every chapter needs a beginning, middle and an ending. Consider the conclusion as a call to action, or a transition to make your readers want to know what’s coming next. Answer the famous six questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? Answering these questions will give your readers solutions and that’s what they want.
Step 6: Take the time to work on your outline
Check to see if anything is lacking. Do you need to add a short story to illustrate your point?
This is the last step before the audio recording. We need 2 hours to record it Sunday between 4 and 6 pm.
So stop your research around 2 pm and read it through.
Don’t forget you are sending your recording to the person who is doing the transcription Sunday evening. Where there is a will there is a way!
Step 7: For some people it is easier to talk about their subject than to write about it
You have been working on it all weekend, so now’s the time to get a friend to listen to you as you spill it out. (Of course you are recording it!) This is the best method because your reader feels like you are talking directly to them.
You can use the Audacity software to record using your computer microphone. The main thing is that your transcriber can understand it. Ninety to 120 minutes of recording is 15,000-20,000 words.
You can ask someone to interview you and the person can ask extra questions if he/she didn’t quite understand your answers.
Another option is to share the results of your research in front of a group. Just follow your notes. If you make mistakes, don’t worry. You’ll just edit them out later.
These were the first 7 practical steps to which you want to apply yourself to get your book finished. But it is easy! If you know how to talk it out, someone else will write it up for you.
In Section 3 you will discover the last 3 steps (but not the least) to becoming an author. You will learn what makes it sure that your book will be read!
This article is my resume of Vic Johnson’s ‘How to write a book this weekend even if you flunked English like I did’. You can find it on Amazon. I am also a student of the online course ‘Getting rich with eBooks’ by Vic Johnson, The Number One Book System by Ryan Deiss, and Jay Boyer: Forbidden Kindle.