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Create your eBook Plan

If you have decided you want to make and distribute an ebook you have to have a plan and set goals to have a successful selling campaign. And if it’s just for friends or as a promotion you still need a plan.

Planning is Guessing
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Depending on the size of the project and your technical skills the time and goals may vary. By setting a daily task or journal you can meet your timeline and get that eBook out.

If you pick up an eBook with a rebrander and only make a few changes you can have an eBook out in a few hours. But you should also consider how to distribute the book. Will it have its own website. I highly recommend your own site to promote the book.

Many people have made an eBook and put it online but they don’t have sales. With your own site and traffic you can create a bond with your readers and easily promote the eBook.

Your eBook could be entirely your own work. This type of eBook takes longer and you may fall into the trap of not getting it out as fast as you wanted. (This is experience talking here 😉 ) So a plan is twice as important for you.

With you own eBook you need to assemble the information, have it proofed, have graphics to match the book and a way to sell the finished project.

So to create an ebook plan you need to:

  • Select your ebook topic
  • See if your topic has demand
  • Set up a website or have someone promote your eBook
  • Create a plan for sales set goals for its day of completion and public launch.
  • Have a friend, mentor or look for help online for the areas you need assistance in.

I have an eBook project called Easy Backyard Oasis Projects. This is the site I have set for information on the books, for sales and to help create traffic: Backyard Oasis Projects. And in the next several days I will be launching my eCourse that relates to the book. It’s my hope the eCourse will create interest in my eBooks that relate to creating a backyard oasis easily and at a reasonable price.

This plan will work for any niche.

So my eBook plan so far has been:
1.  Select my eBook topics
2.  Get the books assembled.
3.  Set up my website to promote the eBook
4.  Start to create traffic and a buzz for the book
5.  Set up a form of delivery for the eBook
6.  Work on my sales page. It’s not done yet! So this is my top priority right now.
7.  Promote the eBook with my website and my other relates sites, ezine articles and forums.
8.  And most important for me, ask my friends many questions! They have done these projects before and their advice is invaluable.

Check back at Create an eBook now to see the progress and steps taken to get an ebook created and out for people to read.

NOTE: in the next few days there will be a free mini eBook that will help you with your eBook project.

Goal setting in eBook creation

Goal setting is one of the more important steps in creating an eBook. You need the technical ability to put an eBook together or to know where to go to get help. But you also have to be able to set down and create a plan and a set of goals to get you started.

I have set my date for my eBook launch and have a plan on paper but I also know I need to get myself motivated and clear my thoughts for the challenges ahead. In the next day or so I will set a complete list of goals for my project but for today a motivational video has helped to put the last few days behind me and set the stage for the next three weeks of my eBook launch.

I found this you tube relaxing, both in images, words and music.

Here are basic steps for goal setting. It is a start but as a project moves along the goals change to fit the progress you make. And of all the goals, number six is the most important.

1. Choose a goal
2. Make a plan
3. Set a time line
4. Follow a plan
5. Evaluate your progress
6. Never give up

Creating an Ebook: Information Overload

Information overload is easy to pick up when working on a project.

Creating an eBook has several steps from learning how to assemble one to getting the graphics done and in place. And if you are doing the eBooks to sell you have a sales, page and setting up a campaign to market the eBook. It makes for a busy schedule that you need to keep on top of.

There are many places to gather information to use to create an eBook and it’s like anything else. Some sources are reliable and some you should avoid.

So, when it comes to information overload I try only to use sources I trust. And people whom I have dealt with in the past. There is a lot of valuable great information out there but if it sits in a folder on your desktop or makes it harder to make decisions I tend to delete it or push it aside.

If I feel that I am taking in too much information I just get up and take a walk. The time away from the computer clears my mind. I will also reach out to my trusted friends and ask for assistance.

Today’s EBook Creation steps

I organized my project so that it is ready for proofing, set up my rough draft to be proofed for an ecourse and worked on reports to add to the books. If you’re not familiar with an ecourse its somewhat like a small class offered online that is sent through email.

By offering an ecourse people will be able to see a small selection of what’s in the Backyard Oasis Project I am creating.

Tomorrow I know I have to start to finalize my sales page so that it can be proofed and gather up photos and ideas for graphics for the eBook project. This will be a new area where I have to learn new software so the next few days will be challenging.

It doesn’t seem like I accomplished much today but I know I did. I’m where I wanted to be on my goal list so maybe I should take a break and relax before tomorrow comes. It’s been a busy day