Being a writer is hard. I utter those words at least once a week. No joke! Racking my brain for beautifully written prose ain't even the hard part. For me it's consistency. CONSISTENCY is key to writing and publishing your book in 60 days. I did it. And so can you.
Below are 7 tips that will help you write and publish an ebook in 60 days.
1. Research Your Target Market (2-3 days)
KNOW. YOUR. AUDIENCE. This is so important because you need to know who you're writing the story for. Narrow your gaze. Ask yourself who is most likely to read what you want to write. Use Google Search to help with this. Type in the genre/topic you want to write about into Google Search and it will give you a list of the most searched topics.
This will give you an idea what people are looking for - what's hot. Once you pick a topice/genre, go a step further and isolate the type of people the content will interest. Identify other books that are comparable to your book and look at the profiles of those book's readers.
2. Come Up With A Dope @ss Story (about 2-3 days)
One important thing to note is that writing a good book is as much about you as it is your target audience. Why? Because you're the one that is writing, promoting, and selling it. Unless you're passionate about what you're writing, you gon' fail before you start. For example, don't write a sci-fi novel if your not into sci-fi. In fact, you should be reading books in the genre you want to write. So pick a topic that you're really into and jot down a synopsis or outline. I prefer a synopsis as it does a good job of keeping me focused on the whole picture of what I'm writing. It tells me the beginning, middle and and I just have to fill in the spaces in between.
3. Write the book (40 days)
Ebooks tend to be a tad shorter than traditional novels. Traditional novels range from 80k-100k words however ebooks average anywhere from 40k-50k words. If you write about 1250 words/day you can have the 1st draft of the book done in 40 days. Now remember CONSISTENCY is key. You have to be committed to writing everyday. Set aside a time dedicated solely for working on your book. That means no cell phone, no social media. I know it's hard but you gotta stick to it if you want get your book done within your set time frame. Hot Tip: If you have a Mac, write the book in Pages. It's super easy to use, has an EPub template and you can export it to EPub right from Pages.
4. Edit the book (4 days)
You can go about editing your book a couple of ways. You can hire a private freelance editor, use a book editing service like Bookbaby or eBook Launch. I prefer to use a private freelance editor because I found that they're schedule is flexible, they work quickly and you get that real-time human interaction which a chic like me needs. Better yet, if you have a friend who's an English major, they would be perfect to edit your book. They love correcting folks grammar anyway so it's a win-win. lololol!
5. Come Up With a Dope Title (3-5 days)
How you title your book is super important. You should spend quite a bit of time coming up with a title because the title will be detrimental to helping you market your book. The title should be Attention Grabbing, Memorable, Informative, and Easy To Say.
6. Create a sick @ss cover yourself or head over to Fiverr and have someone do it for you (3-5 days)
There are so many free tools out there that you can use to create your book cover yourself. I use Canva. It's super easy and has built-in book cover templates. But if you don't want to do it yourself you can use Fiverr where you can choose someone who offers a quick 24-48hr turnaround.
7. Convert to an EPub File and upload to your website or choosen medium (30 minutes)
The final step in the process is to convert your book to an EPub File then upload it to wherever you plan to offer it. This is super simple and fast. If your using Pages there is a built-in option to ePub your book. EPub is the most common way to convert your book to an ebook and it's supported by many eReaders.
As with anything you want to do, create a plan on how to achieve it and stick to it. Use my tips to write your first or next ebook then hit me up and let me know how it went.
Be Consistent & Stay Motivated!
XO ~ Rowdy