Want to avoid the biggest mistake in ebook publishing? Complete your ebooks. Publish them.
You start writing an ebook, and stop. You tell yourself you’ll get back to it “tomorrow”. Of course, you never get back to it, and weeks, sometimes years of work, is wasted. Part-completed ebooks clutter up your hard drive.
You’ve not only wasted time, you’ve damaged your self-confidence. I see this often with Team Up students. They’re writing an ebook, and tell me that they’ve got a couple of ebooks they haven’t finished.
Why don’t they finish their ebooks?
Sometimes it’s because they don’t have a cheer squad. As I said in Writing and Publishing Your Book: Finish It!:
Many writers live in an unsupportive environment, and it’s a challenge. When someone says: “Why bother writing, you know you’ll never make real money at it” you may be able to stand up for yourself at the time, but that drop of poison has lingering effects.
With Team Up, they finally have someone to support them. I’m beyond thrilled when they not only finish their ebooks, but are shocked when they see that their “failures” sell. Writers are rarely good judges of the quality of their writing.
In Writing and Publishing Your Book: Finish It!, I gave you three tips to help you to complete your ebooks:
- Written more than 80%? start editing;
- Copy-type 500 words;
- “200 reasons this book will fail”…
Please read the article for more on those tips. I published the article a year ago, and I’ve worked with many more writers since, so let’s look at tips to help you to publish more.
How to publish MORE
Today, self-publishing is HOT. Kindle Unlimited, in its latest incarnation, is a real boon for writers, for many reasons. The biggest reason it’s a boon is that the more your readers read, the more you get paid. Happy days. 🙂 Of course, that means that you need to prod yourself into publishing more.
1. Find your false starts, and analyze them
New authors stumble with self-publishing. They begin with high hopes, and stop writing. This start-stop process can go on for years.
That’s perfectly fine. If you’ve stopped writing several times, relax. Sooner or later, you’ll have a breakthrough. You’ll keep writing, and will become a professional, as soon as you’re ready.
If you’ve got uncompleted ebooks on your hard drive, analyze them. Use the tips above to kickstart them. Join Team Up, if you’re not sure how to reframe these ebooks, and build your confidence in them.
2. Use what you have (see Instant Author for more on this)
Often, authors just don’t see what they have. Go through your archives. If you’ve published magazine articles, and have the rights, you can turn them into ebooks.
What about your blog? You can turn some of that material into ebooks too. Instant Author may show you that you have a treasure trove of material you could publish.
3. Develop a publishing schedule now, to make money in 2016
Make a list of ebooks you’d like to publish over the next 12 months. Write it down. Merely writing a schedule will inspire you to consider the amazing possibilities you have to write and publish.
4. Go slow, to avoid overwhelm: be satisfied with daily writing (no matter how few the words you produce)
I know it’s a challenge to write and publish ebooks. That challenge is minimized when you write every day.
Yes, every day. If you can only manage 50 words in one day, that’s fine. Be satisfied with a single sentence daily, if that’s all you can do. Over time, writing sneaks up on you, and you’ll write more.
Why daily? Because daily writing trains your brain. I write every day, of course, and I’ve done it for many more years than I care to think about. I learned that I can write more, and write more easily — but only if I write every day. So I do it. Because it’s easier.
5. Get support from a writing buddy or three
If your loved ones make unkind comments about your writing, you need support. Today, support is everywhere. There are many writers’ groups online.
Join a group where the focus is on writing, rather than on socializing, or on critiquing.
If you do join a critique group, ensure that it’s a group which focuses on helping you to brainstorm, and write. New authors aren’t ready for harsh and clumsy critiques from their peers. And established authors know better than to hunt for “free” critiques. They hire professional editors to help them to make their ebooks better.
You’ll get most benefit from a writing buddy who’s merely an accountability partner. You share writing goals with your buddy, and you cheer each other on to success.
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