The release of my Ebook Sales Formula has generated questions, lots of questions. 🙂
The two most common questions have been: “How do I get started writing my book?” and “What sells?”.
I’ve answered the first question in this post, Write a Book: 4 Easy Ways to Start Your Book TODAY | Write a Book: Just Write A Book Blog:
“Write 20 Titles
This is your chance to be as outrageous as you choose. You can make your titles funny, mysterious, sad — anything but plain vanilla.
Can’t think of anything?
Go to Amazon.com, and click around. If you want to write nonfiction, look at the top nonfiction bestsellers. Similarly, look at the fiction bestsellers if you’re writing a novel.”
They’re my favorite ways to start writing.
As for question #2, “What sells?”, the easiest way to find out is to go to the source, Amazon. Here’s Amazon’s Bestsellers in Kindle Ebooks.
You can also check out the top sellers in a particular category, or in a genre, if you’re writing fiction.
Make writing a book easy on yourself
There isn’t much to writing a book. You just sit down and get started. Then you sit down every day, and write some more, until one day you finish.
I beg you, don’t over-think this.
Over the years, I’ve realized that when it comes to writing at book length, you need to make it as easy as possible on yourself. This means writing whatever stirs you. If your writing bores you, it will bore readers.
Yes, do write what you want to write, but be sensible… you’ve also got to write what people want to read, with pleasure. The best advice is always to write what you’d like to read.
When you’re writing fiction, you’re writing to entertain people. Think about your favorite books and movies. What do you LOVE about them? Remember the feeling, and use that feeling to guide your writing.
If you’re writing nonfiction, write about something you know, or something you’d like to know.
Over the years, I’ve sometimes taken money to write books which I didn’t want to write. It’s madness, because if you can’t please yourself, you won’t please readers.
Make today the day you start your book — there’ll never be a better day. 🙂
You Can Make MORE Money Writing Than You Can At Any Day Job
Tired of struggling? Here’s some inspiration for you… An ebook called “Fat Loss 4 Idiots” made 21 million dollars in 2009. Last year, Amanda Hocking wrote several short ebooks, and made 2 million dollars. Publishing has changed. You’re in charge, if you want to be.
Can you profitably write and sell ebooks? The self-publishing frenzy says that you can. However, you need to know what you’re doing, so that you’re as sure as you can be that your new ebook will SELL before you start writing it.
It took me five years of writing and selling information products before I stumbled over the formula I’ve been using ever since.
Now I’m sharing the formula with you. Once you start the right way, ensuring that you have readers who are ready and eager to BUY before you start writing, it’s easy to make sales.
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