How to Create a Compelling Ebook in 24 Hours

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.

Try learning more from the following sources:

  • Forums
  • 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

117 thoughts on “How to Create a Compelling Ebook in 24 Hours”

  1. Shoelaces says:

    John, great info. Thanks for sharing. I especially like the mind mapping tool you mention.


    1. So Shoelaces … do you really think that any one can create an ebook within 24 hours.

      For me this will be tough … as if I want to publish an ebook than I will make sure that this one will have quality and tips which does not discussed earlier.

      1. SportsNub says:

        Yeah, agree with you ZK. It seems hard to create an ebook in such shot time span.

        1. alice says:

          Yes,I also find it hard to create an e-book in within 24 hours.
          However i do believe and have successfully created an e-book within 7 days.

      2. Does this tool works Shoelaces?I will try this mind mapping tool…….

        1. Virtual Tour says:

          I’m not sure, let me know if it does!

      3. Murray Lunn says:

        Hey ZK and Shoelaces,

        It all depends on how much you can stay focused. For example, I was able to write nearly 20,000 words the other day for a client that requested multiple ebooks. As soon as I got up I went right to work so I wasn’t distracted, I worked in 2 hour blocks and just poouuured into the writing. When you write what you know it comes out like magic 🙂

      4. Erwin Miradi says:

        Yeah I agree with ZK. I mean, everybody can write an ebook in 24 hours. The difference is in the quality. Logically, the more time you spend to review your e-book the higher quality it would be.

  2. Jacob says:

    But is the quality of the e-book really going to be all that great? I’m great at writing quickly and getting it published, but I even took two weeks to write my 20 page e-book. If you’re giving away the e-book, sure, you can do it in a day. But, if you’re going to sell it, I wouldn’t want to buy one that I know you wrote in 24 hours. How much information did you miss? How much editing did you really get after an 18 hour day? It just doesn’t seem like a good idea.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Great tips, and very “catchy” idea of writing a book in 24 hours. Obviously it doesn’t mean a single 24 hour period, skipping sleep and life.

      Even though that’s 2.5-3 business days, I’d still say only a freebie ebook should be written that fast. If you want to make money selling an ebook, you should put a lot more effort into it.

      The example book shown, Zac’s website flipping guide, probably was in development for months, as an example of what it takes to create an actual product.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Agreed, Zac’s ebook is of such high quality. It would not be realistic to write something like that in 24 hours.

        1. SportsNub says:

          Yeah, I agree with you Ian!

          1. Erwin Miradi says:

            Yeah true. The target of writing an ebook is suppose to be the quality, and not only the time.

      2. Agree dude and early e-books were generally written for specialty areas and a limited audience, meant to be read only by small and devoted interest groups.

    2. I have to agree. I’m putting together an e-book based on 13 years of posts from one of my web sites and its taking me about a month in editing and assembling the content in InDesign. A book written in 12 hours in a field that your not familiar with will miss a great deal of relevant content. 12 hours isn’t enough time when the subject is something your well versed in.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Exactly. Maybe the 24-hour e-book should be called a 24-hour e-pamphlet. (or, “report” to sound more important) A real book needs to have a lot more content.

    3. Jacob, you are absolutely right, no one pays for a rush job.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        That’s a great point. If you rush it, you may harm your reputation with your readers and then have a really difficult time selling your next eBook!

        1. Indeed great point.

      2. Virtual Tour says:

        Depends, if you know a ton about the subject and devoted all 24 hours to this you could do it.

    4. Murray Lunn says:

      It really all depends on the subject because when you think about it, if you were to create an ebook about a single niche subject you could get the bulk work done in a very short amount of time. Rather than trying to cover every single aspect, you could treat your ebook like a niche site where you help people through a single action – you’re not trying to create a book where you’re covering every element because you’re fulfilling a single need for a single problem, ya know?

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Again, depends how deep you want to make the book. If it’s going to be worth money, I’d say it should have either solve more than one problem, or provide multiple ways of solving a problem, or both.

        Also, some problems have very complex solutions, requiring a lot more content to adequately address.

  3. Dave Baldwin says:

    Good structure. I like how you broke this down into hour-by-hour segments. I would be interested to read about any case studies of other people who used this structure to create their e-books.

    1. I would also like to go through such kind of case study … If any one tried it than please add here their view.

      1. Murray Lunn says:

        I’ve been thinking of doing a follow up to this and cover the process through live blogging which would be really cool. Sort of a ‘product iron man’ marathon.

  4. Mate Hegedus says:

    24 hours is enough for 12 pages of content, if you are not just making a trash ebook.

    1. Agreed, but for newbies should take more time

      1. In every field new bie takes time to learn and perform things 😉

        1. SportsNub says:

          Yep, take it any field the person who is new will surely take more time.

    2. Yes that is but writing a book in 24 hours was a little bit difficult before that post…

    3. 12 Pages and 24 hours are enough for those who are authoring for first time…

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        I agree with this, a 12 page ebook can be a good start. I would not recommend charging money for a 12 page ebook, but it could be great for subscriber-bait.

  5. Great post on creating an ebook in less than twenty hours.I just launched an ebook about a month ago but took mean long time because I only spent a hour everyday.

    Thanks For Sharing,
    Bradley Norstrom

    1. Good evidence that quality takes time to create.

      1. Virtual Tour says:

        So true, good quality will take a while to write.

      1. SportsNub says:

        The commenter seems in much hurry, I think 😉

        1. Yes ZK is always in hurry…he is so much busy…

          1. Erwin Miradi says:

            Yeah while I’m so lazy I would need 24 hours only to design the cover lol

          2. SportsNub says:

            Well, I am talking about the first comment. ZK surely is always in hurry as well but he does not make mistakes in writing his comments. 😉

      2. Yeah Zk you don’s think so its a wonderful thing..?

    2. OOkk..Thats great that you have launched your book…Whats the name of book?

  6. PPC Ian says:

    Great post, I’m going to bookmark this. I don’t think I could finish an ebook this quickly but it’s something to shoot for.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Good idea. I should come back to this too, when I’m ready to write a smaller format ebook. And yeah, it’d probably take me a bit longer.

      But some people make a business out of selling smaller ebooks for whatever price the market will support. Maybe with practice writing an ebook this quick wouldn’t be too hard.

      1. So Kevin … on which niche you are going to write …

        Is it on tech based or … ?

        Would love to hear from you on it …

      2. Kevin Kimes says:

        My first book will probably be in the same niche that so many of us write about: Making Money Online. But, as I strive to do with my blog, I will not just give readers the “same old, same old”, but rather my unique perspectives on the online business lifestyle, and my semi-unorthodox methods.

  7. Will says:

    Good info but I really think people should avoid following it. Take the time to create a fantastic ebook. even if it take several weeks rather than write stuff like this. It might not be junk but it will never be as good as it should be.

    1. Will quite agree with you.

      Instead of creating average ebook go for quality one which everyone can recommend to other one.

      1. Virtual Tour says:

        You can only screw up once in this industry before you kinda get blacklisted… better make your ebook count!

  8. Carla E. says:

    I’m still working on an E-book that I 3 months ago. Being that the content is so intense, it would be impossible to finish it all within 1 day. These are some great tips for my next guide that I plan on implementing before the summer is out.

    1. 13 months … What are you going to add in that ebook. 13 months are a long period of time my friend …

      This is really a huge investment of time.

      1. Yes on one side you can write a book in 24 hours and on the other side 13 months there will be a huge difference…

      2. SportsNub says:

        I think he wrote 3 months there.

      3. Kevin Kimes says:

        I think she typed the letter ‘ i ‘, then the number 3. It looks like a typo which should have been “that I started 3 months ago”.

  9. Amit says:

    Great info ..Thanks for the post..

  10. Though I think creating ebook within 24 hours are hard nut to crack … but however by this step by step guide, I am sure this will minimise the time.

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yep, it will help in saving time…that’s for sure!

  11. hulucar says:

    Very useful article, thanks John. Now I can create my ebook.

    1. SportsNub says:

      It’s not by John, it’s a guest post. 🙂

  12. Nice post Murray Lunn. I really wants to create a ebook. I hope this will help me. Thanks.

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yes, surely it would be much useful for everyone.

  13. Arun says:

    wow what a great piece of information, thanks john for publishing this useful post on eBook, this article will really help to make some fast entrepreneurs.

  14. Chris says:

    Not sure how realistic doing it in 24 hours is, but the structure you lay out here is really useful and could be applied over a longer period to suit

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree. That’s the main reason I like this post so much. The structure is really helpful and it’s motivational too! Definitely a post worth referring to before writing your next eBook!

  15. You know its take at least 2 hours on each article you write to get them to be good and right, and then you know that it going to be cat shit if you write an Ebook in 24 hours.

    1. Yes if you have all the information and plan than you can create an article of around 800 words in 2 hours and creating whole ebook in 24 hours, sounding tough.

      But yes this kind of format and planning will keep you focus.

      1. Of them 24 hours are also meal break and 6-10 hours of sleep? Then it becomes even less hours than to write an fantastic amd good selling ebook. 🙂

  16. Mats says:

    Great post. For easy setting up the ebook structure you can use the mindmap linked in the post or others following this formula:

    Make the name of the ebook in the first bubble, then make two new sub bubbless with wants and needs in each. Then make 3 sub sub bubbles in each two, and then 3 sub sub sub bubbles, then make 8 questions to answer inside these 9 tripple sub bubbles, then you have 72 chapters to write about for each question you ask yourself, nicely structured in the previos bubbles for sub chapters and main chapters. Write the answers/chapters you know how to do and research the rest.

    You can do it by writing each 72 chapters as blog posts over time, and then make it into an ebook with a little more formatting and information than the posts.

  17. Shipping says:

    I would like to say something about your writings which are helping us a lot. Thanks John.

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yes, the way of writing is surely awesome. I also liked that. But, it’s not by John. It’s a Guest post!

  18. Monica says:

    Hi John
    Thank you for making what could be daunting to a newbie, look easy. I like the straightforward and logical layout of the framework.
    The ebook cover is especially useful.

  19. When it comes to writing, it is important to “get the momentum going”. Once you have the points in place, just keep on writing and forget about grammar checking or editing. Just put down all the words and your confidence will grow as you see your masterpiece slowly evolving. Once done, you can go back and edit your work and add any additional points.
    BTW, if your eBook has hyperlinks, make sure that your PDF converter can convert them into workable hyperlinks as some of them don’t. This post has a lot of good advice on creating an eBook fast!.

  20. Erwin Miradi says:

    Unfortunately, my English sucks. So it’s gonna be hard for someone like me to write an E-book..
    But this is a very good guide so I’ll bookmark it. Thanks for the article.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Perhaps you could hire someone on Elance to write the eBook for you?

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Yeah I think I should that. But I need to find out a nice topic first. Thanks anyway Ian.

  21. Leif says:

    Thanks for the great resources!

  22. stargaterich says:

    It is a pretty interesting post and I must say that I wouldn’t want to force myself into such situation. Anyway, the key point I guess is not insofar much as to really create and eBook within 24 hours but rather the ability to create a stretch goal that will help you to develop the necessary skill set and discipline to create eBook in tight timeline.
    Regardless, this is a great post and I guess the tips and suggestions are quite logical and practical indeed.

  23. fas says:

    Excellent tips there John, but I doubt anyone can work 24 hours.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      It would be a crazy goal! Honestly, I might be able to do it if I worked 24 hours straight but then I’d need a few days to recover. 🙂

  24. Alan Chin says:

    it’s quite a good plan , and technically ebook is the most simple form of info product that helps the customers to know the info that they want. Well, the good thing is , it is 24/7 available to you. Cool right ?

  25. Olefin says:

    wow if anyone can get an ebook finished in 24 hours that would be something! you would need a day off the next day to recover!

  26. Virtual Tour says:

    Thanks for the great tips. A great ebook does take time and knowledge of the subject though. That part really takes time.

    1. Yes writing a good book always take time…and knowledge…more the knowledge and time you spent on your book..ore you will get back…

  27. fazal mayar says:

    nice post murray, i think creating ebooks can be very profitable if we can market it well .

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yes, surely marketing is must for anything.

  28. Mats says:

    For those who are overwelmed with writing a long ebook, look at this link I found, 16 pages ebook got $500.000 to the writer… Everything is possible.


    1. SportsNub says:

      That depends on your niche and how you have marketed it!

  29. I have not done this before will create an new one thanks for the tips

    1. SportsNub says:

      It is surely a good business, you should try it out.

      1. Thanks will work it out

  30. Creating an ebook will help us to generate some traffic

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yes, if you manage to provide your link inside the ebook.

  31. I have an ebook but receiving only less traffic

    1. SportsNub says:

      That depends upon how you are marketing it.

  32. Great post.
    I really feel different. Thanks for providing the information.

  33. Its a new information for me i could not imagine that’s possibility in 24 hours ….

    1. SportsNub says:

      That depends upon how much content you are including in it.

  34. craig says:

    in my endeavour to monetize my blog, i’ve come across the advice to write an ebook(s). With no idea on where to start, this article is quite the goldmine. Thanks!

  35. Ari Laksemi says:

    24 hours but not in one day, 4 days would be perfect, I mean 6 hours each day.
    Nice share!

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yeah, that’s true. But, not 6 hours a day I feel 8 hours would be a good option.

  36. nice tips to sell ebook with in a day

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yes, will you try them out?

  37. One of the best guides i have read on the subject. i created my own ebook in 120 hours though 😛

    1. SportsNub says:

      Hmm..that’s interesting. How much content was there in your ebook?

  38. huy le says:

    Thank John, I hope I can do something like you.

  39. Simon says:

    Great post thanks for sharing – I know what I’ll be doing tonight.
    Is amazon the best place to sell ebooks or should I look into clickbank?

  40. Adie says:

    I really liked this post, I am planning on a WSO so this will help me to structure it and focus. I love the darkroom software, that is going to help me so much as I get distracted easily!

    Thanks! 🙂

  41. drezebella says:

    For me 1 week is the minimum time to get one e book. But after reading your post. It is achievable in one day. But with a lot of stress for me. But the outcome will be fabolous.

  42. Gift Ideas says:

    Here is a good guide about promoting the new e-book.

  43. Thanks for sharing an great post about ebook

  44. Essays says:

    I would prefer to spend 2 hours a day to achieve my goal of e-book writing in 12 days.

  45. Bob says:

    I am starting my ebook now and hope soon to share with you guys.


  46. Technary says:

    Nice post. It will take time for me to make one of the best ebook in the market. 🙂

  47. Hey john
    I have you bookmarked this page – thanks for your insights – I will write my first eBook this week so these tips will definitely come in handy then.

  48. Gift Ideas says:

    Such free ebook may by build by collecting the posted articles.

  49. who2india says:

    Amazing guide, never found a better tutorial to create ebook.

Comments are closed.