Want to write and sell Kindle ebooks? When I’m working with my students, one of their biggest challenges is time. They don’t have a productive workflow; this means they’re exhausted by the time the finish book #1.
If you want to create a Kindle publishing empire, a single book won’t get you there. You need to write and publish lots of books. As I’ve suggested before, consider yourself a publisher, as well as a writer.
The “3-minute” strategy I’m outlining for you is for nonfiction. However, it works for fiction too. When writing fiction, think in terms of short stories and novellas. Here’s an example of a writer who’s got a productive workflow, “54 Titles – My Results.”
But I digress. Let’s get back to three minutes. If you follow this simple process, exactly as written, you’ll write a great ebook, in a much shorter time-frame than you believe possible.
1. Pick a Topic: Think “Pain”
What topic will you cover? If you don’t already have a topic in mind (or even if you do) think about the “pain” factor.
People will buy your ebook because they have a problem. Maybe they’re drowning in debt, they have a health condition, or they want to learn how to do something.
The more specifically you can target a particular audience (think of just one person with one problem), the more likely it is that your ebook will sell, and sell well.
2. Create an Outline As a Simple List
Got a “pain”? Excellent.
Now write down a simple list of what you’ll cover.
The pain — how they got it, or how they know they have it
Describe how they’ll feel when they get rid of the pain
The steps to eliminating that pain from their lives
3. Forget Your Outline, and Just Write
You’ve got an outline. That’s great.
The next step is to forget about your outline completely. Yes, forget it.
Of course, you won’t be able to forget it completely, but it’s essential that when you’re writing, you allow yourself to feel free, and enjoy the process. If you try to stick closely to your outline, you’ll over-think it and procrastinate.
4. Writing Is a Process: Draft, then Revise (Re-See) and Edit
The first version of your ebook is your First Draft. Just write this as fast as you can. Complete it, before you start to revise.
Once you’ve completed the draft, it’s time to revise. This isn’t tinkering with word choices, it’s re-seeing — looking at your draft to see what you have, what you need to add, and what you need to delete.
Finally, once you’ve revised, it’s time to edit your ebook. Now you can bring in the grammar police, and change anything that needs changing.
Then… you’re done.
In this article, you discovered the three-minute guide to writing your first (or next) Kindle ebook to build your publishing empire. You learned to choose a topic which will sell, to outline, then to forget your outline, and finally you realized that writing is a process.