Authoring An Ebook – Effective Writing Techniques

This post was written by Internet Marketing John on November 27, 2009
Posted Under: Article Marketing Information

The most difficult part of authoring an ebook, is writing the first sentence.

Authoring an ebook seems like a daunting task, when you look at the project in it’s entirety.  kindle
However, when you break up the task into manageable steps, it becomes do able.

An effective writing technique used by most ebook authors, is to set realistic daily goals, and try to maintain them.

When you author an ebook, you must create it step by step, day by day, until the last step is accomplished, and your ebook is complete.

Before you write the first word, you need to organize your thoughts into some basic steps.

  • First, decide on a working title for your ebook.

Write down a few different titles, and play with them until you find one that you like.  Your title should help you zero in on your subject and also act as a guide to answer questions your readers may have on the topic.

Most non fiction ebooks also have subtitles. Your subtitles should clarify each section for your readers, just as your main title does for your ebook.

  • Next, create your thesis.

This is a simply a couple of sentences, that state what the problem is that you plan to solve in your ebook for your readers.  It’s the main reason you are writing your ebook for your readers.

Every chapter that you create, stems from your thesis statement.   After your thesis statement is tweaked to your satisfaction, you’ve nailed down the foundation for your ebook.

Your thesis is the main focus throughout the writing of your ebook; and every chapter you write, should be directly supporting your thesis statement.

Now that you have the foundation for your ebook nailed down, you need to ask yourself some questions.

  • Does your ebook provide relevant useful information?
  • Will you book have a positive affect on the lives of your audience?
  • Does your ebook provide important and substantive answers?

If your answer to these questions is yes; you can move on to targeting your audience, which is your next step.

Determining who you are writing to will dictate the style, tone, diction and even the length of your ebook.    The more targeted you can make your audience, the easier it is to write to them.

  • List the reasons for writing your ebook and determine your publishing goals.

Are you writing the ebook to promote your business, bring traffic to your website, or increase your reputation?

Will you sell your ebook on your website, use the chapters as an e-course, offer it as a free gift to build your email list, or use it to attract affiliates?

  • Decide how you will format your chapters.

Non fiction ebooks are usually consistent from chapter to chapter.  Fiction ebook formats vary widely. Decide on how you plan to divide your chapters and title each one.

  • Make your ebook user friendly and engaging.

Use anecdotes, photos, graphs, advice, short stories, testimonials or anything to keep your readers interested in turning the next page.

Write in a casual manner, rather than the more formal textbook dictation style.

Readers respond better when you “talk to them on paper”.  Don’t be monotonous or hypnotic, vary your sentence structure to break up the monotony and you’ll keep your readers longer.

Good writers are made with a lot of practice, they are not born writers.

Set up a realistic schedule and stick with it. Write a minimum of a page a day as a base, and grow from that point when the spirit fills you.

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