Writing An Ebook and Bringing It Before The Public

By Owen Jones

We all have skills, whether they be occupational skills like construction or welding; or managerial skills like working in or running an office; or sales or public relations skills like working in a shop or the front desk of an office. There are also other skills or experiences like parenting or having studied how to cope with a serious illness, whether it is your own or someone else's.

Everybody has experiences that are either shared or unique. Like growing up - if you look, you will be able to find both universal common experiences and also (quite) unique individual life experiences. The key is unravelling all of these experiences and working out what people would be interested in reading (or paying to read).

So, if you would like to write a book or, to a lesser degree, a short story, you have to endeavour to determine what interests people. There are at least two ideas at this stage. You could:

1] simply write about what you are interested in and hope for the best or

2] do some investigation to find out which is the topic that you know most about that will have the best chance of selling to a (fairly) wide public

It appears that most people who compose short pieces adopt the first approach, but successful writers of larger works tend to adopt the latter. This is of course because of the amount of time that it takes to write a book likened with an article.

Nevertheless, lots of people in both the book and short story markets are probably doomed to failure because they have chosen the wrong approach. For instance, spend weeks researching a book that may take you a year to write, but why spend the same length of time researching an piece that will only take you an hour to compose?

You can go too far and not far enough in your research and if common sense does not counsel you, then you will have to wait for experience to tell you instead.

Once you have chosen your topic and written your ebook (or had it ghost written for you - do not forget that alternative), you have to think of marketing it - bringing it to the public. This used to be the hardest part, but now you can sell it through quite a number of online bookstores including Amazon.

These firms will promote your book, deliver it to your customers, collect the money and pay you out after they have taken their percentage of about 30%. There has never been a less risky or / and easier manner for a writer to get going than now and if you want to sell hard copies like paperbacks or hardbacks, Amazon, through their associates, can take charge of that too.

This is a magnificent time for non-established writers. Once you have done your research and written your book, it costs nothing to get it out there on immediate download in front of billions of potential customers!

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