Writing Nonfiction Ebooks And Making Sales

Writing Nonfiction Ebooks And Making Sales

A couple of students asked about writing nonfiction books, and ensuring sales. It’s an interesting question, so let’s look at a simple method you can use, even if you’re a new writer. This method is fast and easy, and saves wasted time writing something for which there’s no market at all.

Start by assessing what you LOVE

No, I’m not suggesting that writing what you love will automatically generate sales. That’s not a guarantee, although the unlikeliest topics do sell, witness the lady who wrote a book on the “no ‘poo” hair topic last year. Who knew that this was even possible? I can’t imagine not using shampoo, but apparently it’s a trend.

Maybe you’ve got a weird and wonderful method of doing something or other, and it works for you. You can share your method.

By focusing on what you enjoy talking and thinking about, writing will be easier. Over the years, I’ve ghostwritten many books on topics I didn’t care much about, but I enjoy writing, and will write about almost anything. A couple of times a publisher has talked me into writing on topics I actively disliked, and it was a mistake.

Writing needs to be fun, otherwise you’ll avoid it. So spend a little time thinking about topics you find fun and engrossing.

Got a topic?

Excellent.

Here’s how to see whether a nonfiction book on your wonderful topic will sell.

Choose your angle (slant), and write a list

You’ve picked a topic you know well. Moreover, you’re excited about this topic. Since you know the topic, your book won’t take years of research.

Now pick a slant; an angle or point of view. For example, let’s say that you’re into diets, and have tried the Paleo method. You know you could write about this, and you know that cookbooks sell. Ask yourself what stance/ angle you’re taking on this. Everyone has a point of view. Becoming conscious of your point of view makes it easier to write your ebook(s).

Create a list outline. A “list outline” is exactly what it sounds like. Keeping your angle in mind, write a list of things you want to cover in your ebook. Don’t bend your brain too much, just write everything that comes to mind.

Write a SHORT ebook, to test the waters

Leave your list for a day or two, to give your subconscious mind a chance to work on your topic.

When you come back to your list, read it, and add the material your subconscious has provided.

Your next step is to condense some of the material into a short ebook. aim to spend no more than eight to ten hours writing, so you end up with an ebook of around 5,000 to 10,000 words. You’re only testing the topic, so don’t spend to long writing this “lite” ebook.

The benefits of writing short ebooks to test topics are:

  • You can see if there’s a market;
  • You can see whether people buy ebooks on this topic from you;
  • You can discover whether or not you like writing about this topic;
  • Even if your topic-lite ebook never sells, you’ve added another title to your publishing program; and…
  • You develop a confident attitude about self-publishing.

Publish your ebook-lite

All done? Ebook written? PUBLISH.

Do a little promotion — no more than a couple of hours’ worth. And then let it go, for now. In a month, or three, you can look at the stats for this ebook, and see how it’s doing.

With my students, I find that they become too invested in whatever they’re writing. Using this method shows them that they can avoid making Mount Everests out of tiny hills — they realize that whether ebooks sell or not, they can keep writing. The results they get from one particular ebook are neither here nor there. They wrote yesterday, they’ll write today, and they’ll write tomorrow.

If your ebook’s making sales, you’re good. Write your complete version.

And there you have it. You can now write nonfiction books with confidence, knowing that your ebook’s likely to sell.

Sell Kindle Ebooks: Write Bestselling Genre Fiction & Nonfiction FAST

Sell Kindle Ebooks: Write Bestselling Genre Fiction & Nonfiction FAST

Sell Kindle Ebooks is a comprehensive self-publishing program which helps you to make the most of your talents. Take advantage of the power of Amazon to write both genre fiction, AND nonfiction. It’s time to develop a publishing program, and tell your day job goodbye.

You receive everything you need to become a publisher of both fiction and nonfiction.

 

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4 Ways To Supercharge Your Freelance Writing Business

4 Ways To Supercharge Your Freelance Writing Business

Want to improve your writing business? Here’s how

It’s easy to let your freelance writing business fall into a rut. You’ve got clients, they pay you money, and you’re busy, but you feel that you could be doing better. Or perhaps you’re new at the freelancing game, and wonder how you can get more and better clients.

Consider that your success may be less about writing, and more about business. Here’s why I say that it’s less about the writing: because writers who are less competent than you make more money.

I see this every day with my coaching students. Competent writers, with great credits, and lots of ability, are making a mere fraction of what their less competent peers make.

A digression. You know that I encourage you to blog. I encourage blogging, because blogging gives you confidence, and your income depends on your confidence.

Here’s an example. Some writers charge ridiculously low fees, because “my clients can’t pay more”. Of course your clients will tell you that they can’t pay more. No one wants to pay for writing.

They’re happy to pay for more business, however. If you can show them how they might do that, your fee becomes immaterial. Everyone wants to do more business, and if you can show them how, they won’t quibble about your rates.

Let’s look at four ways you can boost your business today.

1. Raise your rates by 10% across the board

Raise your rates first. It’s a simple step, and most of your clients won’t even notice, I promise. :-) Just create a new schedule of fees, and use it. Yes, use it with current clients, as well as with new clients. If a client comments, say: “our rates have risen.” That’s all you need to say. You don’t need to explain.

2. Enhance your offerings

Next, partner with a developer, and/ or a graphic designer, so that you can take on bigger projects. Today, your clients want to hire you with the same ease as they’d hire an agency: they want you to manage everything. And you can.

While it’s ideal to form relationships before you need someone’s expertise, it’s easy enough to take on a project, then hire a developer or designer on Elance or other outsourcing venue.

Speaking of Elance, get an account, if you don’t have one. If you’re a new freelancer, bid on some gigs. If you’re experienced, use the outsourcing websites to see what needs your freelancing clients have, which you can supply. You’ll see often see services which you could offer.

Then pick up the phone and call a few designers. Tell them you’re expanding your business. You want to take on larger projects. Ask them what they’re charging, so you’ll have some idea of the costs when you’re talking to clients.

3. Set a goal: one new client a week, every week

Freelancers tend to complete gigs, and then never give the client a thought again, once the account’s settled. That’s always a mistake, and it’s the primary reason that freelancers go through feast and famine syndrome.

Set a goal that you’ll get one new client a week, every week. Write it on your calendar.

A new client a week not only increases your income, but it means that at the end of the year, you’ve collected 50 additional clients.

Next…

4. Follow up with five clients once a week

You’re getting new clients, because you want to do more business with ALL your clients, both new, and with clients you worked with six months ago, and six years ago.

It doesn’t take much to follow up. Just send a quick tweet, or an email message. Your message doesn’t need to be lengthy. I waited in a queue at the bank this morning, and in those few minutes, I sent messages to three clients.

In summary, think of your writing as a business. Raise your rates, and get a new client each week. Your business will grow, more quickly than you imagine.

Here’s a bonus tip…

(Bonus tip) If you’re too busy, hire help on the outsourcing websites

Often, when I encourage a student to get a new client a week, he worries about getting so busy he can’t meet deadlines. Consider that you can hire help when you need it. If you’re hesitant to take on a big new project, realize that you don’t need to do everything yourself. Get help from the outsourcing websites.

Closeouts: check out the bargains to help you to write more, and sell more

Writing programs to increase your profits, from today -- closeouts mean you SAVE

To meet my goals for 2015, I’m closing out some of our bestselling programs, so that I can focus on coaching and publishing. This means that you get special offerings on some of our current programs. When they close, they’ll close for good. And yes, you receive coaching with them too. :-) Enjoy.

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You Can Finally Make Money Writing Articles

You Can Finally Make Money Writing Articles

Although the article boom of several years ago has busted, articles are back in another form, as content marketing. You can make money writing articles again, but you need to know what you’re doing. The days of “keyword content” have long gone.

When we released Article Firestorm back in January, it quickly became one of our most popular programs. Writers love it. However, as you may know, we’re closing down many of our programs, to focus on personal coaching and publishing. Here’s a list of current closeouts.

I love Article Firestorm; I teach these vital strategies to my coaching students — everyone loves them. This is your chance to either develop a writing career with nonfiction if you’re a new writer, or to kick a moribund career into life. Everyone wants content. Provide it, and you’re golden.

This closeout ends on April 24.

Closeout Deal — Article Fire Storm: Ultimate Content Strategy Secrets

Love writing articles, but wish it were more profitable? It can be. Everyone needs articles. Content marketing is HOT now, and will be for the foreseeable future.

Article Firestorm is a complete 4-week writing workshop with videos and PDFs. Its focus going beyond articles, to content strategy.

When you sell a content strategy, rather than positioning yourself as an “article writer” your income goes up. A lot.

Our closeout deal means you download all four weeks of the workshop immediately. You can work at your own pace, of course.

Enjoy. :-)

Closeouts: check out the bargains to help you to write more, and sell more

Writing programs to increase your profits, from today -- closeouts mean you SAVE

To meet my goals for 2015, I’m closing out some of our bestselling programs, so that I can focus on coaching and publishing. This means that you get special offerings on some of our current programs. When they close, they’ll close for good. And yes, you receive coaching with them too. :-) Enjoy.

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Kindle Direct Publishing: Exclusive or Broad?

Kindle Direct Publishing: Exclusive or Broad?

I’ve had some questions about Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP); specifically KDP Select, and Kindle Unlimited. If you stick a book in Select, it’s automatically available in KU, but of course you need to be Amazon-only. For many authors, giving Amazon an exclusive means give up the cash they’re making elsewhere.

Yes, this post is about fiction, and fiction will be primarily on Just Write a Book Blog from now on, but this is a publishing industry question, and it affects both fiction and nonfiction.

Amazon sent out an email this morning, saying that they were adding another $6 million to the March fund, making a total of $9.33 million. Some authors predicted that the borrow rate will be around $1.30 to $1.40 for the month for books at the end of March. With a further tip-in from Amazon, it will be interesting to see what it is. :-)

Short ebooks make sense for KU

In KU, you’re paid when a reader reads 10% of a title, so many authors are publishing serials, short stories and short nonfiction in Select, to take advantage of this.

K. Matthew is conducting an experiment:

“The Experiment: Remove over 100 titles from all other retailers and enroll them in KU”.

Very brave, and a fascinating post. :-)

Should you go Amazon-only?

That’s the question. If you go broad, that is, publish your titles everywhere, you can’t enroll your books in Select/ KU. It means delisting books you’ve published elsewhere.

Only you can make the decision. If you do opt to go exclusive, use Book Reporter, and watch your stats. A month isn’t a good trial. You’ll need to get stats for several months; three months at least.

My opinion? I’m lazy. My own books, under various pen names, get enrolled in Select, and I forget about it. Going forward, however, I’ll be going broad on all full-length titles, and KU on shorter ebooks.

We live in fascinating times. If you’re just starting out in self-publishing, write some short ebooks, and then give Select/ KU a try. You can publish bundles broadly later.

Story Power: short stories made easy

Story Power

Story Power — insider secrets of writing short stories and making them work for you: writing serials, and series.

Write with me: over four weeks, you’ll discover HOW to not only write short fiction, but also make money at it. I make a very nice income ghostwriting fiction for clients, and also selling my own short fiction under various genre pen names.

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Coaching For Writers: It’s Team Up Time

Coaching For Writers: It’s Team Up Time

Got a writing challenge? As you may be aware, I’ve offering coaching for writers for many years. Hands down, our most popular program is Team Up.

At the end of last year, I promised to run Team Up again, so here we are, with Team Up 2015. Sadly, this is our final Team Up; going forward , I’ll be focusing on primarily on publishing, and on other coaching programs.

I adore Team Up, because it allows me to work with a broad cross-section of writers, from beginners, to pros.

So what can you achieve with Team Up? In brief: your goals.

Set a goal, and we’ll achieve it (or get you well on the way to doing it)

If I’ve learned anything from working with Team Up writers — and I always learn a lot — it’s this. Few writers understand what they’re capable of. We’ve talked about the inner game of writing. You must win that inner game.

When you set a goal, it helps to have someone point out: “yes, you CAN do this.” You get validation of your goal. In Team Up, we create a plan so that you get to work on achieving your goal. This will short-circuit the objections and from sabotage from Self 1.

Is Team Up for you?

If you’re not sure, ask. I’ve added a form at the bottom of this post, so send us a message.

Here’s the complete description of Team Up 2015.

Closeouts: check out the bargains to help you to write more, and sell more

Writing programs to increase your profits, from today -- closeouts mean you SAVE

To meet my goals for 2015, I’m closing out some of our bestselling programs, so that I can focus on coaching and publishing. This means that you get special offerings on some of our current programs. When they close, they’ll close for good. And yes, you receive coaching with them too. :-) Enjoy.

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.

Writing Fiction? Visit Just Write a Book Blog

Writing Fiction? Visit Just Write a Book Blog

If you’re writing fiction, you may know that I have a blog just for people who write books — Just Write a Book Blog. We cover writing fiction — short stories, novellas, and novels — on that blog. (And nonfiction too.)

It’s a little confusing, I know, because we’ve been covering fiction here. So, going forward, all fiction posts will appear on the Just Write a Book Blog.

The fiction articles which are already here, will stay on this blog; I’ll get them organized, so you can find what you need. In the meantime, use the Search function, or the tag cloud in the sidebar to find fiction articles.

Fiction Basics: what you need to know to start writing and SELLING fiction

We’re starting a new series on the Just Write a Book Blog: Fiction Basics: How to build a brilliant career as a novelist and short story writer. It’s for writers who are new to fiction.

Everyone can tell a story. We do it every day. However, when it comes to writing those stories down, even the best writers can be intimidated. So, if that sounds like you, I know you’ll enjoy Fiction Basics.

Too many writers stumble with fiction. They get an amazing idea for a story, write a few pages — and sometimes many more than a few — but they never complete the book. This is sad.

Fiction Basics will show you how to start your stories, how to write them, and how to publish them. It will be huge fun.

Yes, YOU can write fiction

  • “I’m not imaginative”;
  • “I don’t know how to start”;
  • “What I write is boring”.
  • Etc.

The above comments are common. Please don’t believe them.

Here’s all you need to know about yourself to decide whether or not you can write fiction… Do you enjoy reading fiction?

If you do, you can write it. I started my writing career writing romance novels. I love fiction. When I was ten I almost burned my bedroom down because I read under the bed with a candle after my parents told me to turn off the light and go to sleep. By the time the smell of burning alerted me that there was a problem, my mattress was smoldering.

In high school, teachers were always confiscating my my books, because I read under my desk during class.

I was incorrigible — I just loved to read, and I still do.

If YOU love to read novels, you can write them. All you need is a little know-how and the willingness to practice.

Join us on the Just Write a Book Blog for Fiction Basics; the series will start soon.

 

Closeouts: check out the bargains to help you to write more, and sell more

Writing programs to increase your profits, from today -- closeouts mean you SAVE

To meet my goals for 2015, I’m closing out some of our bestselling programs, so that I can focus on coaching and publishing. This means that you get special offerings on some of our current programs. When they close, they’ll close for good. And yes, you receive coaching with them too. :-) Enjoy.

, on Twitter: @angee, and find Angela on Pinterest, too.

How to profit from your writing: online store.