Create an ebook in 24 hours, can it be done? Most certainly if you have the passion, dedication and know-how. This article will give you a crash-course blueprint on how to create a compelling ebook in 24 hours or less. Time is of the up most importance so let’s get started …
Hours 1 – 3: Niche Research
The first three hours of your ebook creation should be dedicated to figuring out what people want to buy. During this time, you should monitor keywords, questions and lurk on the web, tuning into conversations to understand questions, concerns, troubles and hurdles people are experiencing but can’t seem to overcome.
The basis of your ebook needs to solve a problem in order for it to be successful; it’s the basics of business. The ebook you create should answer one major problem; your communities biggest problem.
- Industry Blogs
- Twitter Search
- Facebook Fan Pages
- Niche Websites
- Chat rooms
- Video Websites
See what kind of things people are talking about. Engage with people to see if they will open up to you and directly tell you what they are willing to buy to solve their problem or obstacle.
Take all of your notes and compile them into a large list. Go through each and realistically answer, to yourself, if you have the know-how to create a product around said subject. The best course of action for creating an ebook in under 24 hours is to find a happy medium between what you know and already teach but just outside of your comfort zone so it really challenges you to create something amazing.
Hours 3 – 6: Content Research, Strategy and Structure
The next three hours is all about doing any additional research you need on the topic, creating a structure for your ebook and how it’s going to be executed through a strategy so you can make sure you’re doing the most valuable actions that need to be done for the ebook to reach completion.
Let’s break this down further:
- Content Research – Spend time to research any elements of your chosen topic that you may not fully understand. Save ever link so you can reference it in your ebook when need be. See if there are any terms or techniques that you apply to your own blog that you may not have been aware of at the current time. Use your knowledge of navigating the web to find the resources that will reinforce your ebook content.
- Ebook & Content Strategy – Write down a blueprint of how you plan to convey your content. Write the chapters you need to cover, main subjects for each and the subheadings that are included in each. Strategies how you will lead your reader through specific elements so they are more likely to take action and gain the most value out of your ebook while you gain the highest return on your investment.
- Ebook Structure – Mind map the structure of your ebook using a free tool like FreeMind. Plan out your structure at this time by breaking down each chapter into their appropriate sections; treat it as if you were writing out the chapters (and sub-chapters) of a novel. Create similar elements that can be applied to each section such as an introduction and lead-out so you can cut down in your development time.
The planning process if very important if you want to make sure that the hard work (writing) goes smoothly. The ebook is going to take time but if you’ve done your research, figure out your strategy and the structure you will tackle it with no problem.
Hours 6 – 18: Core Ebook Writing
The next six hours of your time will go toward writing your ebook. At this time, you will be doing nothing else besides writing. Turn off all distractions, lock yourself in your room or office, close out all programs, turn off the cell phone and get to work.
Space out your work so it works as if you are creating multiple blog posts. Aim to write anywhere from 5 – 7 chapters for your ebook. You already know that two of the chapters will be an introduction and ending so skip over them and work on the core content when you firs sit down.
Here are a few tips for proficient writing:
- Don’t edit yourself – Don’t edit yourself as you write; don’t go back to delete grammatical mistakes. Get everything out all at once without changing the way it sounds. You will find many areas that may go off on a tangent but it’s better to have it down to delete later than getting locked up on sections trying to form the perfect sentence.
- Don’t worry about formatting – Don’t worry about the formatting of your ebook at this time. Write giant walls of text if it helps you get all of your ideas down onto the document. You will be going back at a later time to edit your document; use your core writing time to actually write.
- Skip over parts you need to research – Skip over the parts that you may not have a complete grasp over so you can focus on the other sections. Bouncing back to the web to do the necessary research in the middle of your writing will distract you and lead to many wasted hours from casually browsing around for information. Get the main chunk done and then come back to the parts you need to work on.
Take a break every 2 hours for 15 minutes. Even if you feel like working past the 2 hours, force yourself to stop. This start and stop method allows your mind to rest but also creates excitement to get back into your work and pound out the next chapter or two.
Hours 18 – 21: Editing and Design
The following three hours, if you’re not exhausted at this point, will be the most boring point: editing. Luckily there isn’t much that you’ll need to do if you planned out and tackled your ebook strategy from the very beginning. That’s where the strategy really comes in to play so you do the right actions first and avoid doing everything twice.
At this time, you should dig back through your ebook to find any mistakes. I recommend printing out your work and manually editing the papers with a pen because this will force you to stay focused. Read your content aloud because there are many things that doesn’t make sense if you’re only reading it in your mind.
Once you’re done doing the main grammatical checks you’ll want to move onto structuring your ebook. The structure of your ebook is very important; I can’t stress this enough. Structure could spell the difference between a hit and a miss because people need to be able to easily digest your content without feeling overwhelmed or losing interest.
Take this time to add in additional design elements that reinforce your ebook such as screenshots, graphics, pictures and more. Use your images to pull the reader through your book and break up the monotony of just having text.
Hours 21 – 24: Packaging the Ebook
In the final hours of creating your ebook you’ll be doing any of the last touches on the overall design and packaging. Even though we tell ourselves not to judge a book by its cover this simply isn’t the case; the design of your ebook will greatly matter whether it pulls the attention of people.
You don’t want to cop out at this point in the design; don’t waste all your work by creating a crummy ebook cover that looks like it’s form the 90’s or comes across as unprofessional. Consider spending a bit of money for a professional designer to create the cover and any other promotional item (like badges or ad design) for the book.
You can find freelance designers that will take on this project or you could outsource it to people on sites like Fiverr for just $5. Likewise, you could use some of the resources listed below to get the job done.
Congratulations. You’ve completed your ebook. If you’ve survived this long in the marathon my hats off to you. 24 hours is a very long time to work on a single project; you should realistically break it up into a few days but if you’re the type to hammer through your work than it can certainly be done in a day if you put your mind to it.
Tools and Resources for Ebook Creation
The following are a list of miscellaneous tools and resources for ebook creation:
- DarkRoom – A minimal word processor to help you stay focused when writing.
- FreeMind – A free mind mapping tool to help develop your strategy and structure.
- Brusheezy – A collection of design resources, images and more to spice up your book.
- MyEcoverMaker – A free ebook cover creation accessible online.
These resources are bare minimum but they will help you achieve many of the tasks you need to complete in order to get your ebook up and out the door in less than 24 hours. The trick to proficient work is not to be overloaded with bloated software; go with the essentials and you’ll get done without the distraction of having to learn hefty software packages and services.
Do you think it’s possible? Create an ebook in under 24 hours if you work hard enough and poured your time and resources into the project? You be the judge. If you have other tips please share them in the comments below.
This post was guest blogged by Murray Lunn. He owns the online business PLRArticlesNow.com.