Recently, I conducted an email interview with an ebook writer who decided to take the self-publishing route. One of her ebooks sold 541 copies in just 25 days. On Amazon, you net 70 percent of the sales price. She priced hers at $2.99, which meant she netted $2.09 for every copy that sold. Hence, she earned over $1,100 in just over three weeks.
Her ebook was a short romance story of about 65 pages, which took her just over a week to write. You have to have a good story to sell fiction, so I asked her to dispense some fiction writing tips that could have aspiring self-publishers. Following are five she gave.
Writing an Ebook That Sells: 5 Fiction Writing Tips for New Authors/Self-Publishers
I. Write: "Writers write," she said. So, the first thing you need to do is get past the idea of "I don't know what to write" and just start the ebook writing process.
It's as simple as opening a Word doc and starting to bang that book out of you. This brings me to her second tip, which is...
II. Don't stifle your characters. As in, give them free reign. "Trust me," she said, "they'll guide you. Sometimes, they'll even get you out of bed at night because they'll be 'speaking' to you."
III. Don't worry about order. She explained this by saying, if you already know the ending, for example, write it. Your ebook doesn't have to be written in order. You have to edit it anyway, so you can piece together any holes or stuff like that during the editing phase.
IV. SHOW instead of TELL. This writer had taken a writing class at the New School of Social Research in New York City years ago. She said one of the most valuable tips the instructor gave was to avoid using descriptive words that end in "ly."
To enforce this, in one exercise, she the teacher forbade the class to use LYs. For example, instead of saying he walked slowLY, students had to illustrate it in some way... (i.e., the turtle was moving faster than his feet ... ).
She advised that while this isn't always possible, in most instances, the LY can be replaced with descriptions to enhance the scene.
V. Write, first; edit later. Using the tip just above as an example, she said, use "LY" words all day long as you're writing your story. The idea is to get the story out of you first. But, she advised, when you double back to edit, obliterate as many of those pesky suckers as you can.
Read more of the fiction writing tips this self-published author gave. And, good luck with your self-publishing dreams.
About the Author: Yuwanda has written and self-published over 50 ebooks, which can be found on major sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, in addition to her freelance writing website, InkwellEditorial.com. If you found the info here insightful, get more in the complete self-publishing package on writing an ebook. It will not only teach you how to write an ebook (in just a few days!), but also tell you exactly how to market it and start getting sales within a week - really!
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