Welcome to our new series, Archive Friday, in which we look at posts from our archives which contain powerful information which you can use today. This week, we’ve got some amazing info that you can use to make money from ebooks.
Write and sell ebooks: use the self-publishing revolution to change your life
We’re freelance writers. We write for money. When we do, we trade a finite resource — our time — for dollars. This is a useful strategy. As soon as possible however, we need to shift our strategy to licensing our writing. That is: selling our words over and over again.
The easiest way to do this is to develop ebooks.
Are you ready to write and sell ebooks?
If you are, you’ll know. If not, focus on getting clients, and serving them. Keep “ebooks” in the back of your mind, until you’re ready to extend your writing career into self-publishing.
Here we go.
From the archives, with actionable tips (use these tips)
1. Write and sell short stories in your spare time
In Spare Time Short Fiction: How To Build a Career, we said
Use Your “Spare Time” to Build a Fiction Career (do it in 10 minutes)
I’m sure you smiled when I said “spare time.” No one has spare time these days. However, if you’re inspired to write fiction, take ten minutes a day. Trust your creative self. Anyone can spare ten minutes a day. However, schedule those ten minutes: make an appointment with your fiction.
Actionable tip: use story starters, and get inspired (in ten minutes)
We described the super-easy one-sentence method for starting your fiction here. No inspiration necessary. Using this method, write five sentences… and you’re done.
2. For FAST short stories, write in scenes: you’ll write less, improve your fiction… and get readers
In Writing Short Stories FAST: the Scene Secret, we said:
When you’ve got just four scenes, you roll everything into those scenes: exposition, as well as scene sequels, which may be just a few words, and then on to the next scene.
I like to play the story as a movie in my head, then write down what I see in a list of scenes. I eliminate everything which doesn’t have punch: excitement and conflict. When you “see” the story playing out in your mind, it’s easy to choose the key scenes.
Actionable tip: make sense of scenes (it’s easy, I promise)
If you’re just starting out writing short stories, write a sentence using the story starter process. Then plan four scenes.
Writing short stories already? Grab a story you feel has potential, or one you’ve quit writing. Create four scenes, and rewrite.
3. A match made in heaven: ebooks and WordPress
It starts and ends with the basics. If you don’t get the basics right, you’re missing out on sales, because your readers won’t find you.
Themes and plugins are immaterial. You can change them quickly and easily. What you cannot change, either quickly or easily, is the first impression that you make on Google and on the other search engines. And on readers, of course… that should go without saying.
Actionable tip(s): kickstart your ebook sales with WordPress
Consider this point from the article: It’s ALL about your books, nothing else. Choose ONE way to make your blog sell, today.
Check to see whether you’ve got your genres (categories) right.
What’s your NAME? Is your name prominent on your blog? Are your pen names prominent?
Consider adding a plugin like Mybooktable to showcase your ebooks.
4. Hot ideas for ebooks YOU can write
In Write Ebooks: 5 HOT Ideas, we said:
Create a publication schedule: commit to your readers, and they’ll commit to you
Do you have a publication schedule? One ebook is all very well. However, to build your readership, you need to act more like a publisher rather than a writer. That’s what you are, after all.
Take a few minutes today, and make a list of all your ideas. Decide how often you’ll publish. If you’re a new writer, don’t overwhelm yourself, but do decide what you’ll publish, and when. Then take your deadlines seriously.
Actionable tip: brainstorm ideas for ebooks you could write
I love brainstorming. It’s huge fun. Take a few minutes today, and brainstorm a list of ebook ideas (fiction and nonfiction) which you could write.
Your aim is to kick your subconscious mind into action. Your subconscious can and will do 80% of the writing for you, but you need to show your creative self what’s important to you. I discuss partnering with your subconscious in the Easy-Write Process if you want more info on how to be a lazy writer. 😉
So there we go. Use the actionable tips. As we’ve said, the self-publishing revolution can change your life. All you need to do is take action.