Wouldn't it be great to to tell people you're an author? Moreover, wouldn't it be great to create something once, and then sell it hundreds or even thousands of times again? If you'd like to become and author, and sell you're writing, then writing an e-book may be for you.
E-books are great because they cost almost nothing to make, and you can market them easily thanks to social media. An e-book won't make you a millionaire, but if you do it right, you could potentially end up making a lot.
I wrote one last fall semester, and I'm about to finish up two more. On average, it takes me anywhere from a week to a month to finish an e-book.
Anyone, even a busy college student, can write one. The trick is to find out what you're good at, reclaim lost time, and have serious work sessions.
You might think you're not an expert on anything, but you probably are. It doesn't have to be related to your major, or your job. Seriously, if you love yoyoing in your spare time then write an ebook about yoyoing. Pick something you know well, and something you could talk about all day.
Next, find other e-books on that topic. See if there's any way you can improve what's already out there. Are they missing something? Are they poorly written? Most of the time, they're not perfect, so find their weaknesses or questions they don't answer and substantiate them in your your e-book.
Now it's writing time. This is the easiest part for some and the hardest part for others. First, make an outline. Yes, like those annoying outlines you were forced to do in high school English classes. Then, start writing. Don't worry about writing badly, just write. You'll edit it later.
But, where do you find the time? All you have to do is reclaim lost time throughout your day. Take a cold, hard look at your average day. What are you doing that wastes time? Maybe you like to spend thirty minutes in the morning checking Facebook. Maybe you watch a movie every night. Or maybe you just take a long time to eat dinner.
Regardless of what you're doing, it's all still lost time, and once you identify it, you can reclaim it. If you spend thirty minutes checking Facebook in the morning, dedicate that time to writing instead. You might be surprised at how much more you accomplish. If you're having trouble putting down your phone, then try RescueTime.
Once you do find some time, work. Work in short, super focused blocks of time. I like using the Pomodoro Technique--work for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break, repeat. Find what works for you, and stick to it.
During your writing sessions, don't do anything but write. If surfing the Internet is a problem, turn it off completely. If you still get distracted, try something like Write Or Die or a dedicated program, like WriteRoom for Mac or Dark Room for PC. Do whatever it takes to stay concentrated.
Once you're done writing, you can use a program like Grammarly to catch any mistakes, and if you know any English majors, ask them for help.
Now it's time to get your e-book out there. The most popular way to sell an e-book is on the Amazon Kindle marketplace. They have a getting started page that tells you everything you need to know. Put together a simple cover, format your book and it's ready to sell.
Of course, that's not the end. You should tell everyone you know about it, share it on social media networks and reach out to social media influencers or other well-known brands to help spread the word. Just remember, writing an e-book probably won't put you on any bestseller lists, but it will put some money back into your pocket.