– by Jim Edwards
Twenty years ago, if you couldn’t write, you couldn’t publish a book. Now, with ebooks, the Internet, and all the available tools, you CAN create an ebook even if your 11th grade English teacher would faint (or worse) at the thought. In fact, it’s easier now than ever before. There are actually over a dozen ways to write an ebook that don’t include writing. Let me share one of them with you right now.
First, let’s define an “ebook.” An ebook:
- Is a publication available online (free or paid)
- Has a beginning, middle, and end
- Is built around a central theme or a “big idea”
- Contains at least 30 pages (500 words per page) of content
- Has an author with passion and a purpose
So, with that as our definition of an “ebook” let’s go over a strategy for getting one done even if you think you don’t have writing skills.
Step #1 – Target Audience & Topic
What will your ebook be about? Who will buy it? Answer those two questions before taking another step forward. This creates focus for you AND your audience.
Next, you need a killer title. Here’s a formula that always works “TEN Questions Every ____ Needs To Know About ______” Example: “TEN Questions Every FSBO Needs To Know About Selling Your House Yourself!”
Step #2 – Questions List
Go find 10 of the most important questions your audience is asking about your topic. You can research those questions in a variety of places, including http://answers.yahoo.com and http://www.google.com/blogsearch. You need to come up with a list of 10 sexy, burning, and important questions your target audience really wants to know the answers to.
Make a list of 3-5 points that you would use to answer each question if someone asked them of you in a conversation. Don’t worry about writing out full answers. Just write down keywords and points that would guide the discussion.
Step #3 – Phone a Friend
Find a friend who likes to talk on the phone, is a good listener and is, preferably, a member of your target audience (or could be). Jump on the phone with them and explain that you’d like them to interview you for your new ebook. Explain that all they have to do is just ask you some questions and then ask you any clarifying questions they might have once you answer each question. Put them at ease and tell them that they don’t have to do anything other than talk to you on the phone.
Next, sign up for a free account at FreeConferencing.com and schedule the call with your friend. Have your friend interview you when you’re both on the conference line. Record the conference call using the free recording feature. When you’re done, download the recording of the call to your computer.
KEY: The call should last somewhere around an hour. Make sure to pace yourself so that, besides the introduction and conclusion, you spend about 5-7 minutes on each question. This creates a good balance in your content.
Step #4 – Transcribe
Take the recording of the call and have it transcribed. You can either do it yourself or hire someone to do the transcription. You can use a service like idictate.com or Fiverr.com to find a transcriptionist.
Step #5 – Edit & Publish
Tidy up your text. Look for any obvious spelling or grammar mistakes. Have a friend go through the text and give you their thoughts on content and anything you might have missed.
Voila! You now have an ebook… even if you think you can’t write. It might not win a Pulitzer, but it’s DONE and you can start using it to build your business.
By the way, if you want to get your first – or next – ebook done in a week or less, I can show you multiple strategies for doing that! You just CHOOSE the method that fits your style best, and then knock it out. Fast, simple, and easy! Check out 7 Day eBook!
Online since 1997, Jim is an Internet Marketing Expert, Author, Elite Mentor and Coach
He specializes in helping individual entrepreneurs, small business owners and authors to understand how to use technology to build your online business.
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