Even before I’d written and published my first eBook (WARNING: strategic but necessary link imminent), How to Start a Travel Blog and Make Money, I said I was going to share what I learned from the process with you.
So here’s a list of some of the most poignant things I learned from writing, producing and marketing my first eBook for Kindle.
- Actually writing the book is the easiest part of the whole process.
- Saving the first draft as a PDF and reading it on an e-reader while making notes is time consuming, but well worth it.
- It’s difficult to stop self-editing; at some point you just have to hand the thing over to a professional.
- Getting a great copy editor and proofreader will add a lot of value to your book and is never wasted money.
- The word ‘that’ is redundant 98% of the time.
- Reading Guy Kawasaki’s book, APE helps at almost every turn.
- There are many blog posts on the proper and correct way to format your eBook, about why you should spend a fortune on a cover design, and on the best way to convert your manuscript. Some of it is useful. Most of it is a load of irrelevant and self-indulgent tosh (and you can glean all the information you need from the above book by Guy Kawasaki anyway).
- Marketing on social media is fun. Marketing by any other means is usually a pain.
- The whole world doesn’t care that you wrote an eBook.
- A few people care and that’s enough to make it worthwhile. Plus these people help spread the word.
- Your family and friends will think you got a book deal.
- If you normally write for other people it’s incredibly liberating and rewarding to work on your very own project for a change.
- This is a great plugin.
- You can do whatever the hell you want in this digital age and, despite its flaws, that in itself is pretty cool.
Another 3 personal lessons from writing my first eBook:
- I’m a worse writer than I thought, but that’s OK because I’ve learned so much.
- I’m a better writer than I thought. (Go figure.)
- Sometimes I truly don’t know what I think until I write it down. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t write.
If you want to see the results of these lessons and want to learn How to Start a Travel Blog and Make Money, I encourage you to read my book and let me know what you think.
If you like it, please leave a note saying why in the review section on Amazon. If you don’t like it… please say nothing at all. (I’m kidding – you can’t argue with free speech.)
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