Guest post by Margo Armstrong
If you have a burning desire to share your creative ideas with the world, there has never been a better time to do this.The exploding eBook market created more total sales worldwide in 2012 than print books. With only electricity and occasional Internet access necessary, writing that novel or cookbook while traveling in your RV can be part of the excitement.
- Develop an understanding of how the eBook publishing world works and success is right around the corner. Before starting to write in earnest, become your own publisher. It is a simple process; and the rewards are great!
Make a few hundred dollars a month or a few thousand. With complete control and, more importantly, complete ownership of your hard work, the book is yours to promote, choose to print (or not), make your own deal with the eBookstores, or keep it simple selling just through Amazon Kindle (65% of the eBook market share worldwide).
- Start writing and make a commitment to finish.
* Create an outline to help with writer's block.
* Spend two hours a day, or 14 hours a week, writing, writing, and writing.
* Review the grammar, hire an editor, and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.
* Learn the tradecraft by doing your research; attend some online classes and seminars.
* On the front of your computer monitor, stick this label: Good writing sells, sloppy writing fails.
- Research the details of promoting your book through the many avenues available, including social media channels (Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Blogs).
- Even if you decide to publish using a company that converts your book into the right format and distributes it to the eBookstores (called an "aggregator"), promoting the book is still your responsibility.
Research this area carefully before committing to an aggregator. Companies like Smashwords or BookBaby may require you to give up publisher rights and/or some profit. Read all the fine print.
- Set up a calendar to track your progress. List each chapter when complete. Use this same calendar to follow your promotional efforts as well.
With the basics covered, let the words flow and your heart lift. Go ahead, create an intriguing book of life's adventures, truth or fiction. Finish that cookbook, how-to guide, travelogue, or children's book. Share something with the world that continues to enrich you year after year. This can be your legacy.
About the Author:
These tips are an excerpt from Margo Armstrong's latest eBook, Writing & Publishing eBooks - One Person's Journey, available at Amazon.com and other fine eBookstores. Margo has been fulltiming for 18 years while writing and blogging about the fun and freedom of the RV lifestyle. Her blog, MovingOnWithMargo.com, explores all the options.