What You Need to Know Before Writing Your First Book

Self-publishing has been around for ages. In fact, many authors self-published as early as 1400’s, the era when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press.

But it’s only now that more and more authors are self-publishing. It’s mainly because we live in the times when writing a book and making money from it is easier than ever.

Did you know that some writers earn millions out of their eBooks? Take, for example, online marketer Jeremy Schoemaker, who earned $1 million from his 99-cent eBook. Then there’s Nathan Barry who made $12,000 in just 24 hours from his “App Design Handbook.”

If you want to be successful like Schoemaker or Barry, here are some things you need to know before diving in the self-publishing industry.

1. Find a problem. Then solve it.

There are two book categories: fiction and nonfiction. Fiction, as we know it, involves a lot of creativity and imagination. If you’re not the type of writer who could create fiction stories, why not share something you know and publish that as a non-fiction work?

Self-help books are the best type of non-fiction books.

Below are some of the self-help books to tackle in your book:

-personal development
-getting more done or productivity
-self-care and loving yourself

2. You don’t need to write a lengthy novel.

You don’t necessarily have to publish a 200-page book to be approved. Indeed, it’s all about quality than quantity.

Is there a correct length to follow when writing an eBook?

Magnolia Media Network says an average nonfiction book contains around 50,000 to 75,000 words. Self-help books only have around 40,000 words while adult novels have more than 100,000 words in average.

But you can still make short eBooks if you wish to since many readers prefer shorter books. There are short eBooks worth $.99 that actually sell and make thousands of dollars in the long run.

3. The self-publishing industry has some dirty little secrets.

And those “dirty little secrets” are not as bad as you think. It’s no secret that there are authors (some of them are well-known) who use ghostwriters.

Hiring a ghostwriter does not mean you cannot write beautifully on your own. As the adage goes, two heads are better than one.

You can hire a ghostwriter if you want to focus on other things concerning your business such as promotions. According to Catherine MacCoun, a literary collaborator, a skilled ghost may sound more like you than you do yourself.

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I believe those who want to be successful eBook writers should start blogging! Seriously, it improves your writing and researching skills. You can also compile all your popular blog posts into one eBook. I know bloggers who earn some good cash just compiling their previous blog posts in one book.


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