Is Writing An eBook Hard?

Many will find the prospect of creating an ebook quite daunting, often because the most they have ever written is 4-500 word blog posts.

There are a number of different ideas and philosophies that will help you to overcome the curtain that draws down and prevents you from attempting to create a product, but one method I read about recently really struck me as being a great way to approach this task, especially if you are struggling with the idea.

I have been reading Paul Wolfe’s blog for some time now and was particularly taken with this post that documents what Paul calls ‘the outline and bundle method‘.ย  This method involves writing what are basically short articles, or posts, and linking them together to create a longer document, or ebook.

Not long after I read this post a good friend of mine, Barry Wells, launched his latest ebook, ‘From Passion To Product‘ and I had the opportunity of reading a review copy.ย  Barry really does explain the process of creating an ebook so very clearly, with many helpful hints and suggestions, even offering to help, if you need it, at the end of his book!

If you are struggling with the thought of writing a long document just break it down into smaller chunks then link them together.ย  It makes the task much easier to handle.

25 Comments

  • Barry Wells
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    Reply Reply October 31, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    I hope that everything your end is going well ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think you may have hit the nail on the head here when you say that people find creating an eBook a daunting challenge, especially when the extent of their writing has so far only been blog posts.

    I have to agree with Paul as well. A series of blog posts would make an ideal eBook. Some would argue that the posts have already been seen, which is true, but has every post been read by the same people?

    If so include some of their comments and they’ll help you distribute the eBook, or at least tell their friends about it.. Not only that but people would prefer to read it by form of an eBook than they would skipping from one post to another.

    I still intend to create an eBook from the Journey to success series that I’ve been publishing on my blog. I just need to finish the last 2 posts first ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Huge thanks for bringing my latest product to peoples attention Mandy, I really appreciate that, thanks.

    As you stated I’m more than willing to help people get started. Quite often it’s just a little nudge that people need to overcome the self doubt that holds them back.

    That self doubt can be a dream killer, in fact the first eBook I wrote took me over a year because self doubt held me back and by the time I’d finished it eBay had changed the rules making the eBook worthless.

    As you so rightly said in your closing paragraph break it down into smaller chunks and link them together,

    Thanks again for bringing From Passion To Products to everyone’s attention Mandy and for linking to my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good to see you back Mandy,

    Take care,
    Barry
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Barry, thanks for visiting. Great idea to roll out some blog posts like the Journey To Success series as an ebook. I love your idea of including comments made as they often add to the value of the post.

      I love your product, Barry, and only ever advocate things I have an experience of so being able to review your product meant I could honestly recommend it to my readers. Your offer of support at the end really adds immense value to the product too.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Kerris Torkington
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    Reply Reply October 31, 2012

    Hi Mandy
    Great to hear from you. You always write such informative posts.
    People often struggle when they first start writing and breaking it down into smaller chunks is a great way to get started. If you believe in your subject material this should make writing easier as well.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Mandy.
    Kerris
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Kerris, thanks for visiting. You have made a very valuable point, knowing your subject and being passionate about it is so important. I have a friend who is a ghostwriter and writes about all sorts, but sometimes she struggles with the topic as it isn’t something she has a great interest in.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Pat Graham

    Reply Reply October 31, 2012

    Great info, Mandy. Newcomers to writing ebooks will appreciate your advice and references since you are a great writer yourself. Information provided by those who “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” is way more helpful than most of the supposed info moving around the Internet. Keep up the good work.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Pat, thanks for visiting. Thanks so much for the positive comments. I too find information and advice from people who have ‘been there and done that’ far more helpful than from those who write without having the experience behind them.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jeevan Jacob John
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    Reply Reply November 2, 2012

    I have tried writing short posts and then linking them together, but that doesn’t work for me (because I don’t really like the editing, it disrupts the “flow”).

    I have written eBooks in the past (I did write them, but I never fully utilized the eBooks since I shut down my blog just after I wrote the eBooks).

    Right now, I am working on a Kindle Book (I haven’t written in a while since I have decided to launch Kindle book 4-5 months after I launch my new blog). Anyways, I have finished 1 and a half chapters of the book already (I used Zenwriter for writing it; basically, I just wrote with each section in each chapter; this allows me enough time to write, without disrupting the flow).

    Anyways, I do appreciate you sharing the posts with us, Mandy! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Jeevan, thanks for visiting. I think the point isn’t so much trying to link posts together but more breaking the topic down into short bursts of writing so the whole thing doesn’t become overwhelming. I remember when I was writing my PhD, the thought of tackling a 50-100,000 word document was completely overwhelming, but I had already written a 10,000 word dissertation so it really was just 5-10 times that, so I broke it down into sections of that length and tackled each one individually.

      I’ve never written for Kindle but do want to as I have some non-IM interests I could write about very easily. I must look into that, well done for doing it!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Dawn Kay
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    Reply Reply November 7, 2012

    Hey Mandy

    Welcome back misses I’ve missed you and hope you are well.

    The thought of writing a full ebook is a bit daunting and it is soooooooo much easier if you break it down into smaller manageable chunks…

    That’s what I’ve been doing and writing for about 20 minutes a day so I dont get fed up lol

    From Passion to Products is a good product to buy if you want help getting your ideas into writing and Barry’s always on hand with fab customer support.

    Take care

    Dawn
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi Dawn, thanks for visiting. We should do lunch sometime, missed you too! I agree that a full ebook when you haven’t been used to writing that quantity of words is daunting. The outline and bundle method mentioned is a great way to work in small manageable chunks, and Barry’s product is a brilliant tool to help anyone starting out, he’s a real gem.

      20 minutes writing a day – great idea, I should do that too, sometimes my time gets swallowed up with other things, it’s a great way to manage time to break it into timed tasks.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Pat Graham

    Reply Reply November 10, 2012

    I believe that newcomers to writing ebooks or even long “short” reports will be terrified when they have to create their first ebook. I’ve been ghostwriting for years and I still can remember my first one for an Internet marketer. I almost got sick when I thought about actually writing a 40-page ebook.

    But, what I learned very quickly is to research and research until I knew as much about the client’s topic as I could stuff in my mind. While I was researching, I got several ideas about what to put in the ebook and that gave me something to research some more.

    It has been my experience that you can’t research a new topic enough. Just gathering information and saving it in a folder will carry you through your first ebook. While you are reading your research, you are learning a lot about what to write, even if you don’t know it at the time.

    Hope that helps someone who is facing their first scary ebook.

  • Philip A.
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    Reply Reply November 10, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    I have to say that the thought of writing an ebook kinda scares me, I just started blogging a month ago so that takes up a lot of my time. But in the future when I will gain more experience on this topic I’ll probably give it a shoot.

    Thanks for sharing this information here, cheers.

    ~Philip
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  • Yetunde
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    Reply Reply November 12, 2012

    Thanks Mandy, for sharing this. I have to admit I have found the thought of publishing an e-book inundating. I have however met people who have said it should not be so. I will be taking the recommended tips on board. Hopefully soon, I’ll be able to publish my many articles as an e-book.
    Regards
    Yetunde
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hi Yetunde, thanks for visiting. Small bites can make it much easier to digest, give me a shout if you need help at all.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Riaan Saaiman
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    Reply Reply November 13, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    I’ve been meaning to write an e-book for the past 6 months, but I just can’t get motivated to write so much content.

    I will follow your advise and write a few articles and create my e-book from that.

    Great post.

    Riaan
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hi Riaan, thanks for visiting. It’s really an easy way to start as you are not dunated by a huge document in the begining.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • George Park
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    Reply Reply November 13, 2012

    I think the advice of breaking things down into smaller chunks can be used in most things that we might find a bit daunting to do.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hi George, thanks for visiting. I agree with you, breaking anything down makes it easier to deal with.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jon Barry
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    Reply Reply November 13, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    Thanks for the article, and recommendations.

    Useful stuff.

    I had not thought of writing an ebook, then someone commented about a blog post (in chat, or a hangout) that the (material) would be great in my first ebook!

    Just matter of fact, just straight out with it! It may well have been a seed….

    Sadly, while out and about, I had a flash – a great idea, a great title, a great first ebook! Not near anything to make a note, not even the tablet, or for some reason including not use it, and it was gone….. Shame!

    Posted By Jon Barry of http://JonBarry.co.uk
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hi Jon, thanks for visiting. It’s always the way, we get our inspiration at the oddest times and should always have something to either scribble on or record into. That’s why I love modern mobile phones, they all have a voice record feature, great for when you are driving and haven’t a pen and paper.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Robert Corrigan

    Reply Reply November 15, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    I suppose different people use differnet methods, I plan out mine on a large peice of paper just headings mostly. I then just start somewhere and then fill in the gaps as I go along.

    Mostly it’s a non linear process for me. When I wrote Plugin Auction Profits I did not have a clue where to start I thought it maybe 25 pages or so but turned out at 124, most of the content was expanded blog posts with me filling in the gaps.

    Cheers
    Rob
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  • Theuns

    Reply Reply November 15, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    Thx for this book it is almost a month now that I did complete my
    first E-Book about the history of my game and about thing you need
    to apply to become success full in life.

    I just get a great idea last week about my next book and that is to use my
    Blog post to great one, small bits that link with one another, and here you just
    inspire me to do that.

    Thanks
    Theuns
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 18, 2012

      Hi Theuns, thanks for visiting. There, just what you were thinking all the time! Good luck with it!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • richa

    Reply Reply November 19, 2012

    Thanks for these great resources, Mandy. I will go through Barry’s post. I always thought it must be a tedious and tiresome process.

  • fatima

    Reply Reply November 21, 2012

    Thanks for sharing the helpful information. Nice one.

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