How To Find An Author For Your Niche Ebook

By Owen Jones


If you would like to tackle a niche market, you have two choices really. Firstly, you could compile a website on the issue or secondly, you could write an ebook on it. If the niche turns out to be profitable, you could do both and sell the ebook on your web site. However, developing a web site and writing an ebook involve comparable but slightly different skills.

A niche web site usually begins life fairly small and does not become a large site because most niches that are useful to the sole Internet trader are very focused. In this case, you need between, say, five and twenty pages of 500-1,000 words each. Writing an piece of this length is not particularly a problem, however, writing an ebook of say, 10,000 - 20,000 words is more intimidating.

If you decide on the ebook, you will have to choose your chapters and the order they appear carefully. So what can you do if you are not assured enough to compose your own ebook or if you simply do not have the time to do it yourself? Well, you could hire someone else to write it for you. This is called outsourcing.

If you have selected your niche topic because you are passionate about it, you will probably know more concerning the issue than your ghost-author. Therefore, you should outline the book for the writer.

Set out the list of contents and state how many words you would like in every chapter. You could set the tone of the ebook by writing the introduction and enclosing it with the outline. Once the chapters come back, be prepared to have to edit or even rewrite sections of them.

Do not regard this as a difficultly, but rather as an opportunity to stamp your own style on something that was written by someone else. It is far easier to make wording and phraseology your own than it is to compose with merely a blank screen before you.

If you decide to have the ebook written for you, the next step will be to find a author. You can go to an agency or find your own author, which might be cheaper but less secure. In any case, you will have to ascertain the competence of the writer or writers and fix a deadline and a price with or without price penalties for delay.

This is the most difficult part, but if you find a suitable writer, you may be able to use him or her again on a different ebook, which will save you time, One strategy at this stage is to select three likely candidates and conduct interviews. This is not as hard as it appears. Prepare a set of questions and have the candidates answer them 'live' on line. This should make the final selection easier.

It is a sensible idea to encourage your selected author to contact you, if they run into difficulties with a term or idea. There is no problem with you keeping in touch, but do not be a nuisance. You could also require the chapters as they are finished in order to keep an eye on progress and quality.




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