Although writing an eBook can appear to be a daunting task, there are several things you can do to both simplify your work and make your eBook more readable for your audience. To that end, here are ten tips to keep in mind while writing your ebook:

1. In your introduction answer the following question: “What is the ebook’s purpose?”

2. Keep your readers in mind as you write. Are you giving them value? Envision your ideal reader and ask yourself what they would want to know about this topic. Are you making the reading experience easy and enjoyable for them?

3. Break up the length and structure of your sentences and paragraphs to make sure that your writing doesn’t become monotonous.

4. Give your readers’ eyes a break by leaving sufficient white space.

5. Indented quotes and examples, as well as section and sub-section headings, will help you keep your readers’ attention.

6. Make use of lists, both bulleted and numbered.

7. Find a font that’s easy to read and stick to that font family. You don’t want to use too many fonts and get “the ransom note look”.

8. Judy Cullins explains in “Write Your Own eBook or Other Short Story Book – Fast” that you should open each chapter with a hook that grabs your reader’s attention. You can do this with a few thought-provoking questions or shocking facts that relate to your readers’ problems. In addition, each chapter’s title should be clear, concise, and compelling.

9. Cullins also advices that as you write you keep in mind “Essential Hot Selling Points for Each Chapter”. This will help you write more focused, compelling copy, and it will help you get ready to market and promote your eBook even as you’re writing it.

10. As William Zinsser advices: “[T]he secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing what – these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence.”

Creating a Basic Structure For Your eBook

The best way to create a structure for your eBook is by developing a table of contents and then an outline. Jim Edwards and Joe Vitale co-authored an eBook titled “How to Write and Publish Your Own eBook in 7 Days”, in which they suggest that you write the sales page for your eBook first.

This will help you to focus on what your eBook needs to include to appeal to its target readership. Once you have your sales page–which is basically a list of the benefits that your eBook will provide to your readers–it’s going to be the basis for your table of contents.

The next step is to create an outline from your table of contents, with chapter headings and the points you want to make listed under each heading. Some people prefer to create a mind map instead of an outline.

A mind map is a graphic technique for representing ideas using words, images, symbols and colors. Basically, you write down your eBook’s topic at the center of a piece of paper. You draw branches leading out from the central issue, and smaller branches leading out from these. The branches are organic and free flowing, instead of being structured and rigid. The first level of branches represents the main benefits your eBook will provide to your readers and each will correspond with an individual chapter. Add only a few words per branch.

Then, from each main benefit you’re going to branch out into supporting facts, anecdotes, resources, and so on. It’s important to use color and images when creating mind maps to further stimulate both memory and imagination.

Another way to brainstorm a table of contents is to visit Amazon and use their “Search Inside This Book” feature to get an idea of the content that is usually included in books in your niche. You can also visit “Google Books” and take a look at the table of contents for the books in your niche for which a preview is provided.

Still another option is to write a table of contents in the form of a list of questions that your audience wants answered.

Finally, if you’re stuck deciding on what to include in your table of contents you can use “The Alphabet Method” suggested by Jimmy D. Brown in “30 Writing Tips for eBook Authors”. Basically, you go down the alphabet and think of events, people, items, and verbs that start with each letter. For example, if you’re writing a book on “How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night” you could list the following:

  • A – Atmosphere
  • B – Bath
  • C – Consistent bedtime routine
  • D – Diaper change
  • E – Eating/Nursing

eBay Auction Home Business Tutorial: Creating Ebooks With Ebook Pro

In past eBay tutorials, we talked about how people on eBay are willing to pay to learn what you already know – and the best way to convey (and sell!) that information to them is through an electronically delivered book, or “ebook”. When a customer purchases your ebook, you just email it to them, and you’re done!

We talked about using Microsoft Word and Adobe Professional to create ebooks, and the pros and cons of each. I’ve been writing ebooks for almost three years, and while these two products are good, they have their limitations. The best program I’ve come across yet to write your own ebooks is a product called eBook Pro.

For those who are concerned that an ebook program will be too complicated for them to learn, fear not! eBook Pro is about as simple a program as there is. All you have to do is click on a button or two, name your ebook, and start writing!

eBook Pro also allows easy insertion of images, charts, and just about anything else you want to put into your ebook. And whether you’re writing about soup or nuts, you’ll want to put some simple illustrations into your ebook to make it more interesting to your readers.

The best feature of eBook Pro, even better than its simplicity, is the username and password feature. You simply have to have some kind of password protection on your ebooks, or they’re going to be heavily pirated – that is, someone will take your ebook and post it on a site where others can post it for free. That takes money out of your pocket!

While some ebook programs will allow only a single password to be assigned to your ebook, eBook Pro will create different username and passwords for every single purchaser of your ebook! It just doesn’t get any better than that. And once your ebook really takes off, eBook Pro will even help you automate the distribution of your ebooks. It’s a great product to get started with and grows with you as your business grows.

eBook Pro is also quite affordable, as it’s less than half the price of Adobe Professional. Having used MS Word, Adobe Pro, and eBook Pro to create and sell ebooks on eBay, I can say that I’ve been using eBook Pro since the first day I bought it and have never gone back to the other programs. I know you’ll be just as happy as I am with my copy.

Regardless of which program you choose to create your ebooks with, the important part is to get started! In future eBay tutorials, I’ll share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way that will help put more money in your pocket. Until then, get to writing, and give yourself a raise by selling your ebooks on eBay!