As you may know, I write LOTS of ebooks. I started out as a romance novelist. Then I wrote business books. Over the years, I’ve written several hundred books. Many of the books I write are ghostwriting jobs which I take because they pay well.
As you might imagine, over the years I’ve developed many strategies for writing books. The strategies are vital. No one’s life is easy. We’ve all got demands on our time. It’s easy, on busy days, which are most days, to say that you have “no time” to write.
The little strategy I’m about to share with you is fun, and easy. It turns ebook creation into a natural process. The words mount up. Those words turn into cash.
500 Salable Words a Day — Everyday
Here’s the strategy. Write 500 words a day of an ebook.
Yes, that’s it. That’s the entire strategy.
It takes me around 30 minutes to write 500 words. I’ve been doing it for a long time. This strategy works for one reason: I’ve trained myself to have NO EXPECTATIONS. I really don’t care what I write as long as I produce 500 words a day of something.
This may seem unbelievable to you if you don’t trust your creative self. You’ll have to try it, and see.
The “I don’t give a sh*t” mindset is vital. If you have expectations, you’ll choke. You’ll put off writing your 500 words because you “don’t have time”, you have no brilliant ideas, you’re not in the mood, your mother has arrived for a visit, your son has measles…
Write 500 words a day, five days a week. That’s 130,000 words a year. If you’re writing ebooks, that’s 12 ebooks. It’s two standard print books. It’s also two books you can ghostwrite, and for which you can charge your clients $60,000. ($30,000 is a common rate for ghostwriting a book.)
Build Your Writing Muscles
If you’re unused to writing on demand, 500 words a day is too much. You’ll be stressed. You won’t be able to keep it up, because you haven’t trained your body and mind.
So, sneak up on this. Start by writing 100 words a day.
Choose a topic, and niche it down. Develop an angle. That is, don’t decide you’ll write an ebook on quitting your day job and working from home. Write an ebook on how to make money on eBay, or how to make money selling ______ (whatever) on eBay.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting you write an ebook about eBay; I’m suggesting you find a topic, and then niche it down as far as you can, so that your topic is specific. Unlike print books, in which you’re expected to cover a topic comprehensively, ebooks are sharply targeted. You focus on ONE topic, one thing that readers can learn from your ebook.
Create a list of what you might cover on this topic — that’s your outline.
Then write 500 words a day. Aim to cover the topic in no more than 10,000 words. If you go over that, that’s fine.
Write 100 words a day for a couple of weeks. Then write 200 words a day. Your writing muscles will develop. Within a month or two, you’ll be writing 500 words a day without stress.
So there you have it. You can turn your words into cash and write an ebook a month, easily. Go do it. 🙂
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