You don’t want to sell yourself so low, do you? An eBook is taken more seriously than a normal blog post, no matter how long it is. An eBook got some gravitas within it. And given the fact that it carries your name, you would want to avoid anything that will degrade your authorship brand. To successfully write your first eBook, you need to avoid these mistakes.
- Being Your Own Proofreader.
As a writer, you are the world’s worst proofreader for your own work. Do not hire yourself as your own proofreader. Find an experienced proofreader, or sweet talk an expert friend. A third eye will be able to spot mistakes which you couldn’t tell as writer.
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- Thinking as a Writer and not a Publisher.
As an independent author, you will need to do everything that a publishing house does. Think of how you want your book to perform in the market. Come up with a great team… Cover designer, content editor, managerial editor, copy editor, testimonials in-charge, marketing in-charge, hard-core critique, launch facilitator, etc.
For a writer who wants to write your first eBook, you need to deliver great and competitive product to the market. There are millions of books already published on amazon Kindle alone, how do you stand out?
- Choosing a Topic You Think Will Sell Yet You Know Nothing about it.
The rule of the thumb remains: Go for something you are passionate about, otherwise you are going to doom your book before it is even written. Which topics do you often write about on your blog? What interests do you normally post on social media? You get the gist, right?
If your blog is about relationships, why would you go for something like, “Earning Money Trading Forex?”
- Convincing Yourself That you are Good Enough, and that you do not need an editor.
Every writer needs an editor. We are rarely 50% when it comes to our grammar and work flow. Some newbies are eager to have their books online, and also want to get away with some editorial fees!
I understand that editing can sometimes be very expensive, especially if you go for the experts in the field. But sometimes you do not necessarily need money. You need connections and good relationships. This way, you can have a pro do it for you for free.
- Not Editing and Rewriting their own Work.
Before you submit your book to an editor, you need to review your book a couple of times until you are convinced that your book is worth someone’s time.
Cut off meaningless sentences or even paragraphs. Reorder headlines and chapters until your book gets the flow you desire.
By reviewing and editing your book severally, the content gets to stick to your head, and the message becomes even more clearer.
- Being Your Own Book Cover Designer.