Ebook selling is one of my favorite passive income generation methods.
The only problem with this approach is that you have to do a fair amount of writing.
I have a day job and I create content for clients as a copywriter. As a result, I have a very limited amount of time for ebook work.
It took me approximately six months to draft, edit, format and release my first ebook about online entrepreneurship. Yep, I know it’s not something to be proud of!
eBook writing, however, doesn’t have to take this long.
If you’re strategic about it, you can accomplish the goal in as little as seven days.
You’re now probably wondering how to write an ebook in 7 days and start making money from it.
Writing ebooks for Amazon isn’t the same as creating the best work of your life. You don’t have to be Dickens or Hemingway to make it happen.
At the same time, quick writing doesn’t mean you should be making a quality compromise. An ebook that sucks isn’t going to sell, period.
So, how do you strike the balance between commercial and high quality?
Today, we’ll take a look at how to write ebooks for profit quickly and efficiently.
I firmly believe that a 20,000 to 30,000-word ebook can be written in as little as seven days. To succeed, however, you have to be focused, driven and prepared.
- How to Write an eBook in 7 Days: Have Ideas Researched in Advance
- How to Write eBooks for Profit: Draft an Outline
- Sit Down and Write
- Edit Your eBook
- Design, Format Publish
- How to Write an Ebook in 7 Days: Do Set Some Time Aside for Marketing
- Writing and Publishing an eBook in 7 Days: A Few Additional Tips
How to Write an eBook in 7 Days: Have Ideas Researched in Advance
I have a notebook that features approximately 20 ebook topic ideas.
While none of these have been drafted yet, I’m ready to get started on any given day.
Doing your research to determine the right topic is one of the most time-consuming tasks you’ll have to go through when writing ebooks for Amazon.
To write quickly and be commercially successful, you need to choose a topic that you know a lot about and that people are interested in.
Amazon provides wonderful research opportunities.
The list of Amazon best sellers is a great source of inspiration.
Visit the books on Amazon section and use the vertical menu to go to a topic that you want to write about.
Let’s say I’m a nutrition expert who wants to create a book about ending diet culture and enjoying healthy meals.
To do my research of similar topics, I’d go to the Health, Fitness and Dieting section. To narrow the search down even further, I will go to the Personal Health sub-topic and next, to Healthy Living. If there are additional sub-topics, I’ll dig even deeper until I’ve reached the theme that I want to write about.
Alternatively, type a topic-related search in the Amazon search bar.
Based on such a search, I’ve come across the following title – Unhooked: A Holistic Approach to Ending Your Struggle with Food.
It seems, however, there aren’t that many other books on the particular topic.
This is a good thing – the competition is limited.
Can such a book, however, be profitable?
You can use an Amazon book sales calculator like this one to see how many copies a particular book is selling.
Taking the title I used as an example and entering its Amazon Best Sellers Rank in the calculator, I found out that the book sells just one copy per month.
Obviously, not good!
This means that the idea has to be fine-tuned a bit.
Going back to the drawing board, let’s write about no more dieting and turning healthy eating into an everyday routine.
Here’s a popular book on the topic – No More Dieting!: Permanent Weight Loss Without Dieting and Freedom From Compulsive Eating. The calculator shows it sells a book per day, which is much better.
Get Real & Stop Dieting sells three books per day. Obviously, I’ve found a good niche that’s not too overhyped and that can still be monetized.
The same approach can be applied to any topic when you’re thinking about how to write an ebook in 7 days. A good niche is narrow, there aren’t hundreds of books already written and people are interested in.
You’re not ready to move on to the next step, which is:
How to Write eBooks for Profit: Draft an Outline
On day one of the ebook writing project, you should sit down to draft an outline.
Having an outline and the structure of the entire book makes it so much easier to move forward with the writing itself.
This is a brainstorming session. Think about what you want to say. Also, make sure that the chapters follow a logical pattern and are connected to each other. Create some notes for each chapter – what will you focus on, will there be any sub-topics?
This is also the time to do some research and add links to good sources of information. Once again – you’re doing all of this now so you don’t waste time when you sit down to write.
When drafting the outline, you will usually uncover many additional ideas and nuances you haven’t considered before. Let your mind wonder and explore all possible directions.
Once the outline is ready, close the document and go out for a walk. Come back to it in the evening. This way, you would have distanced yourself from the outline you drafted. You will find it easier to edit and modify the outline this way.
Sit Down and Write
The next few days should be dedicated to ebook writing.
I don’t have specific tips about making the process quicker and easier.
The one thing that really matters is getting rid of distractions.
If you can’t work at home, go to a café or a co-working space where nobody will bother you.
Put some music on or enjoy complete silence – it’s up to you to find your rhythm and the work environment that gives you the best results.
Even if you feel that you’re not all that inspired, you should sit down and write.
Just put the information out there and don’t try to come up with the perfect sentence or paragraph. You will enhance the text when you get started with editing.
I usually write in order, starting from the introduction but if you feel like tackling specific chapters first, do that.
Writing about 5,000 words per day (or even more) is possible if you are focused and you don’t have to deal with other tasks.
Try to finish the writing part of the ebook creation in about four to five days. That would give you a day or two for editing and some of the additional work required to put a quality product together and promote it to the right audience.
Edit Your eBook
No need to elaborate further on this one.
It’s up to you to decide if you’re going to edit on your own or if you’ll use the services of a freelance editor.
A freelance editor can do an excellent job without costing you a fortune. Still, if you’re confident in your editing and proofreading skills, tackling the task on your own may be the best approach (because you’ll get to read the book you created, add some new information or eliminate redundancies).
Design, Format Publish
I usually multitask, which means that while I’m writing, I’m also dealing with other aspects of ebook creation.
Designing the cover and formatting the ebook itself are two of the essentials I can handle while also writing.
If you don’t like multitasking, however, leave these aspects of ebook creation to the very end of the process.
I do my own cover art and formatting but once again – you can outsource those. In fact, having a professional designer working on such aspects of ebook creation is a really good idea for newbies and for those who want to make a stellar first impression.
It’s long been established that the cover plays a massive role when people are deciding whether to buy a book. Don’t underestimate the importance of standing out visually when people are browsing through hundreds of titles.
Also, there are specific formatting requirements you have to follow when preparing the document for upload and publishing.
Amazon has luckily put together a formatting guide that will help you address all text and document essentials.
At this point, you’re ready to publish your ebook.
Writing ebooks for Amazon is the way to go if you want to have access to this massive marketplace. Kindle Direct Publishing is the platform for self-published authors who want to make use of the Amazon international selling opportunities.
You’ll be taken through all of the steps in order to publish. There’s nothing tricky or difficult there.
The one thing you will need to decide is whether you’re going to enroll your ebook in KDP Select.
KDP Select is a program of exclusivity, which means you’re not going to sell your ebook through other marketplaces.
If you do so, you’ll get access to marketing tools like access to the Kindle Unlimited service, a chance to offer your book for free (a good trick in the very beginning), access to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and access to Kindle Countdown Deals.
You will also benefit from higher royalties for sales in some countries.
Personally, I do not believe that the perks of KDP Select are worth the exclusivity.
There are other popular marketplaces out there that can increase your chances of generating sales.
I do not manage each individual marketplace entry. Rather, I use a service that gives me one dashboard.
The service is called Draft2Digital. For a fee, it publishes the ebook for me, manages my account and pays out my royalties.
(side note – if you want to use such a service, do factor the fees and charges in the ebook price).
Draft2Digital can be used for ebook submissions to Barnes&Noble, Rakuten Kobo, Apple Books, Scribd, Tolino, Bibliotheca, Hoopla and others. They do support audio books, printed books and ebooks.
New stores are also added relatively frequently.
Payments are made in several forms, I prefer PayPal due to the convenience.
How to Write an Ebook in 7 Days: Do Set Some Time Aside for Marketing
You’ve already learned how to write ebooks for profit quickly but there’s one final task I believe should be addressed.
Marketing isn’t a part of the ebook writing itself and technically, it doesn’t have to happen within the seven days.
In fact, ongoing marketing efforts are the only way to continue selling in the long run.
Building the foundations immediately after (or even before) releasing the book, however, will give you a better start.
It’s a good idea to stick to the same ebook topic for marketing purposes. This way, you can set up all required accounts, grow your audience and advertise your new ebooks after they’re released.
To start marketing your ebook, you need a website and a social media marketing strategy.
The website should be content-based and focused within the topic. This approach will give you a chance to explore a couple of additional monetization methods like affiliate marketing, for example.
As far as website/blog creation goes, WordPress is my top choice.
WordPress offers many products. If you don’t want to go for separate hosting, the WordPress blog or website plans will be ideal for you.
The blog plans start at four euro per month, giving you access to a free domain name for a period of one year, a pre-installed SSL security certificate, hosting, no WordPress ads, 6GB of storage space and live 24/7 support.
Alternatively, you can opt for another hosting service provider and install WordPress as your content management platform.
Bluehost has excellent choices for bloggers and ebook authors. Hosting starts at 3.59 euro per month, giving you access to a free domain name for a period of one year, a free SSL certificate, effortless WordPress installation and 24/7 support.
Once you’ve dealt with the essentials, begin populating your website with content that’s optimized for the right keywords. A content marketing strategy allows you to reach a highly targeted crowd that will be interested in your books right from the start.
You should also consider setting up separate landing pages for new ebooks and linking those via social media.
Which brings us to the next marketing essential – social media marketing.
Start building your reputation on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Setting up a YouTube channels is another great option for personalized marketing that will reach many people.
Obviously, you can’t accomplish all of these in the seven days dedicated to ebook creation. Setting up a basic website and signing up for social media accounts will be sufficient. You can continue working on your marketing in the days after releasing the ebook.
After you have a portfolio of ebook out there, you can use them for the purpose of cross-promotion, as well.
Writing and Publishing an eBook in 7 Days: A Few Additional Tips
There are some courses and questionable digital products out there supposed to teach you how to write an ebook in 7 days and begin selling.
I think there isn’t that much of a secret.
The one thing needed to make it happen is… hard work.
Setting such a short deadline forces you to focus and be productive.
Do your preliminary work and have several topics prepared and ready to go (it would be even more awesome if you have the outlines written). The next step would be to sit down and write.
Many of the courses will tell you to write 3,000 to 5,000-word texts and call that an ebook.
In most cases, this isn’t enough to offer your readers something substantial.
Instead of churning out dozens of 5,000-word ebooks, attempt to write something a little bit longer. Your readers will be grateful and they’ll potentially buy your coming releases. Quality is your number one priority, not pushing out a new ebook every three days.
The final thing I’d like to focus on is the administrative and legal side of ebook writing.
If you’re not registered as a self-employed professional or you don’t have a company, the time may be right to go through these essentials.
A person who’s serious about starting an online business will be willing to stick to the rules and the laws.
Having a company and paying taxes will give you peace of mind. With administrative issues out of the way, you can concentrate on growing your business and making more money.
Finally, there’s bookkeeping and getting paid for the books you sell.
I believe that outsourcing bookkeeping is the smartest thing to do. It doesn’t cost a fortune, all of your accounting documents will be in order and you’ll be free to work on your ebooks.
You can get paid for your ebooks in several ways.
A standard bank transfer is common – it’s the one approach Amazon employs to pay you royalties.
PayPal is also popular among ebook writers.
I’d like to suggest two more payment solutions (you can link your PayPal account to those in order to withdraw and use the money).
These options are Monese and Revolut.
Monese is a mobile app that allows for money management and withdrawals from other payment methods. You will be issued a prepaid card that works with local ATM machines to help you get your money. The card can also be used for in-store payments.
I will be doing a Monese review very soon.
If you sign up for a Monese account now and use the code VIOLE010 during the process, you will receive a 15-euro gift (or the equivalent in another currency) upon the completion of your first transaction.
I have already reviewed Revolut and the service is very reminiscent of Monese.
Signing up now will give you access to a free Revolut card.
Revolut also provides opportunities for setting up a business account with its perks. You can get started here.
And that’s it.
What matters the most is going through the process, publishing a book and repeating.
Soon, you’ll have an entire portfolio that together with the promo website will be bringing in money on a monthly basis.
Is there something I missed? Do you have questions about writing an ebook in 7 days and starting to sell? Don’t hesitate to leave a question in the comments below and I’ll answer as soon as possible.