Ellen Violette, Guest Author
The best way to get the expertise that’s in your head into an ebook is to first, figure out what your topic is going to be based on knowledge you already have. It’s a lot easier to do, when it’s something you are very familiar with.
Then, figure out how you can shine new light on the your subject that will be of interest to your readers. Otherwise, there will be no reason for them to read it! You can do this by going to forums, chat rooms, discussion boards, and social media sites and see what people are thirsty for that they aren’t finding from other experts in your field.
Next. make an outline. Think of it like a grocery list. You wouldn’t sit and fret over making out a grocery list. You’d just think about what you wanted at the market and write it down. Do the same thing with your ebook.
Most people get choked up because they think of an ebook as a big project and they are trying to get it all down at once. But, really, it’s just one thought at a time. So make your list quickly. Ask yourself, “What do I want to talk about first? What do I want to talk about next? etc. And just keep going until you’ve got all your major thoughts down.
I once did this with my husband who is NOT a great writer and who was sure he could never write an ebook, and we got his whole outline done in about 3 minutes because he absolutely KNEW what he wanted to say. He just didn’t know how to get it down on paper until I prompted him. Then, go back and do the same thing with the points you want to make in each chapter.
With this process, you can see how doing an outline helps immensely to get the knowledge out of your head onto paper in an organized and manageable way. By laying out your thoughts chapter by chapter and then the points you want to make in each chapter, you WILL develop a skeleton for your ebook.
Then, you can just go back and fill it in with the knowledge you already have. If you find this is too difficult for you to do, try doing a brain dump. Take a sheet of paper, or get on your computer, and just start writing everything you can think of on your topic. Get it all out of your head onto the paper.
Then, go back and look for the main ideas that you can turn into chapters. Then add the points you want to make in each chapter-turning your brain dump into an outline. And, if you run into spots where you don’t have the knowledge you need, you can leave them blank and come back later to fill them in with researched material. (Always do this last, so you don’t waste time on research that you may not end up using.)
Follow this process and you’ll never have a problem getting your expertise out of your head again!
This article is reprinted from The eBook Profit Secret Newsletter.
Copyright 2012 by Ellen Violette. All Rights Reserved. eBook/Self-Publishing/Internet coach, Ellen Violette, teaches people how to create a unique message and an irresistible brand through easy-to-create 72-hour ebooks, and Internet marketing strategies. Get her FREE Special Report “9 Deadly Mistakes to Avoid for Outrageous eBook Profits.”
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