In this final week of 2014, you’re busy, but take a moment to reflect on your writing in 2013, and what you’ll create in 2014.
We discussed holiday writing.
Your holiday writing can be a stepping stone to 2014. Vital: write something each day. Writing is a muscle. If you stop writing for a week, you’ll struggle to write in January. You’ll get out of the habit. The more your writing turns into something you do naturally, the easier your writing will become.
Everyone’s climbing onto the ebook bandwagon, with varying degrees of success.
Writers tend to flounder. They write an ebook or five ebooks, and if they don’t sell 10,000 copies in three months, they wonder what went wrong.
Chances are that nothing went wrong. They simply failed to plan and test. Testing your ideas is simple these days. If you want to write HOT ebooks which sell, take the time to test.
TEST your ideas.
We looked at fast and easy ebook ideas back in February. Both Amazon and Pinterest are great sources of ideas. Keep a close eye on the Top 100 lists, for both nonfiction and fiction. If others are selling ebooks on a topic or in a genre, you can too.
In 5 Hot Ideas, I said:
Write short fiction: it sells FAST
Are you writing and selling short stories? If you haven’t considered it, do so. You can intersperse short stories with longer ebooks, to develop your platform and increase your sales.
I encourage you to write short ebooks, in both fiction and nonfiction.
Look on your short works as a test, an experiment.
For example, let’s say you want to write a horror novel. Horror sells well. However a novel can take you anywhere from a month if you’re a fast writer to several months.
If you’re an experienced writer, it will take you longer. You’d think you’d get faster after you’ve written many novels, and to some extent you will. However, you will also know good from mediocre. While “mediocre” sells, and you could go ahead and publish, you won’t be satisfied. You’ll go through several rounds of revision and editing, and that takes time.
So test the waters with two or three horror short stories. Create a mailing list, and put the link in the back matter of your ebooks. Once you’ve written three horror short stories, make one permanently free. At this stage, you’ll know whether you want to write a horror novel, and you’ll have some readers.
If you’re writing nonfiction on the other hand, choose a topic – nail art for example, and write a couple of short ebooks. If they sell, you can write longer ebooks on beauty topics (Don’t forget to create a mailing list.)
There have never, ever been as many opportunities for writers as there are today. However, there’s also plenty of opportunity to waste time and energy. Testing ensures that you’ll write what sells, and you’ll get readers, so that you build a great catalog of published ebooks… your own ebook empire.
Book your coaching now, so you can develop your publishing program for 2014.
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