How to complete your ebooks and sell them
Over past few weeks, I’ve received several messages from writers who have trouble following through on their own projects.
They get distracted. The wonder if the project is viable – will anyone buy their ebook once they’ve written it?
By the way, the solution to “will they buy it?” is to write your ebooks FAST. Write and sell your ebook in a day or less, and you’re done. Very little chance of distraction. 🙂 You’ll soon find out whether anyone will buy it.
Writing your ebook quickly, and selling it, not only helps with distraction and procrastination, it can be a wonderful research tool. Just write a “lite” version of your ebook, and sell it as a Kindle ebook. If it sells well, expand on it and create a complete version.
If you get bored…
Sometimes you love a project, and then you get bored with it. This happens to me. What can I say… my excuse is that I’m a Gemini.
Here’s the solution: work on more than one project at a time. I’m currently working on three ebooks. I have another five in the planning stages.
Some of my planned projects may never see the light of day. That’s fine. If I look at a project, and decide to nuke it, I do. Sometimes I come up with ideas and start working with them, then decide that for whatever reason, I can’t be bothered. Sometimes I’ll mothball a project; usually I just delete it.
Warning: if you’re a butterfly-mind person, as I am, commit to COMPLETE the projects which make it to your Current Projects list. Give them deadlines. Meet the deadlines. Otherwise, you’re back where you started – bored and distracted.
Ensure that only projects which you’re actively developing, and which have deadlines, make it to your Current Projects list.
Completing projects needs to become a habit. Once it’s a habit, you can relax, but take your own deadlines just as seriously as you do your clients’ deadlines.
Be aware of Bright Shiny Objects Syndrome (BSOS)
BSOS is common. You’re working on a project, and you come up with the PERFECT project. You’re convinced that this new ebook, or whatever it is, will be a hot seller. Everyone will love it. The project you’re currently working on looks like a mangy dog in comparison.
Before you start working on the Bright Shiny Object (BSO), create a folder on your hard drive called Later (my Later folder is in Dropbox, so I can explore my BSOs when I’m out of the office.)
Dump the files for your latest BSO there.
Then get back to work on your current project, and FINISH it.
BSOs are always mirages. Recognize them for what they are, and tuck them away.
As we’ve said, completing projects is a habit. If you’re working on your very first ebook, just get it done. Get it selling. Then work on your next, and your next.