Yes, we start this blog with a positive thought. But just like other positive things in life, this thought needs commitment and taking little steps a day, to build an eventual positive outcome. Developing an e-book is no different. Many authors may get a bit rattled at the thought of investing significant time in developing an e-book. With the scale of research and constant collaboration with client involved, content producers may not be absolutely thrilled at the prospect of developing e-book.
The good news
The good news is that e-book content can be completed in as less as 30 days. Yes you heard that right. With discipline and commitment, this can be accomplished pretty easily. Let’s go through how the schedule will look like when you get down to wrap up the e-book content development in just 30 days.
1. Day 0 – Get a brainstorming session done with client to understand the objective behind the e-book
2. Day 1, 2 – Fine tune the idea further. Keep in mind that the subject of the e-book should NOT be what you like writing, but what the users want to read. Having a specific idea will make sure that you do not veer off the topic. This is the only way you would get the desired visibility and get the e-book to sell well.
3. Day 3, 4 – Organize your train of thoughts before getting down to actual content development. It can be as simple as using Evernote to list down the thoughts, or as elaborate as using a mindmap. Jotting these points is like setting milestones towards your journey to completing the e-book.
4. Day 5 to 26 – Write! That’s correct. A very substantial portion of the time has to be allotted to writing the actual content. Break up the entire task into smaller portions and you will know for sure on how many words needs to be crafted per day. Take the below instance
No. of chapters = 6
Pages in each chapter = 6
Words in each page = 250
Total words = 9000
Words per day (to be completed in 20 days) = 450
If you can churn out 300 words in an hour, then a couple of hours daily is all it takes to complete your endeavor by the 26th of the month.
5. Day 27 – Take a break!
6. Day 28-29 – Now disassociate yourself from your hard work and take up the blunt copy editing and proofreading work. The break in between will help you with this disassociation process. Correlate the actual content with the outline developed initially for a broad level understand of content covered. Then take a deep dive and check for
- Spelling and Punctuation
- Sentence Structuring
- Logical Flow of Content
- Duplication of Content
- Any left out material yet to be included
7. Day 30 – Do a final round of check and send it out for publishing.
Get a close peer’s review about the ebook on the last day, to help sort out any glaring problems before its publishing to the world. An unbiased neutral view will help you release a much better content.
To wrap up, take care of these critical pointers and get going on your
- Time-bound plan is an absolute must
- Keep writing daily in smaller amounts so that you don’t remain unproductive for your other commitments
- Initial scoping will encourage you to finish faster
About the author
Hanif Hasan is the co-founder and managing partner of Textuar Communications LLP. He specializes in helping client businesses to communicate with their intended audience, by crafting the right message conveyed in a purpose-driven manner. He helps companies and marketing teams target their customers better by connecting with them in an appealing and engaging way.