I didn’t cry. But, I definitely felt something as I hit publish on my very first eBook this past Friday.
Confessions of a 24-Year Old Thousandaire is a major milestone in my writing career. Even though it is priced at a measly $2.99, it is the first time I have had the courage to stand up and say ––
“Here is my work. I think it is valuable. Please buy it.”
Being that this experience has been so extraordinarily rewarding, I wanted to share with you some misconceptions I discovered during this eBook publishing process. Hopefully, it will inspire a few people to make the plunge and hit publish too.
1. All books (including eBooks have to be long) ––
One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to books in general is that in order to be valuable they have to be long. I don’t find this to be true. Some of the most impactful books I have ever read have been short and sweet –– The War of Art, The Dip and What Do You Do With an Idea? are a few that come to mind right off the bat.
While Confessions of a 24-Year Old Thousandaire is no where near the caliber of the books I just listed, I tried to model the less is more approach when writing it–– I wanted to give my readers something valuable that they could read quickly.
As a writer (and copywriter), I think it is extremely important to have respect for your readers time. If you can get your message across in less words I think you should.
2. Your eBook must be a block buster hit to be worth it––
When you publish your first eBook you shouldn’t have some wildly huge sales number in mind. While I have only published one eBook, I imagine that most writers don’t taste the fruits of their labor until books three, four and five –– and even this could be a bit on the optimistic side.
If you are making the decision to write an eBook, you should do so because you feel called to write (not because you want to get rich and famous). If being rich and famous is your goal, there are much easier ways. Plus, writing is horrible on your body… so don’t do it unless it brings you happiness.
I don’t know how many copies of Confessions of a 24-Year Old Thousandaire I am going to sell, but what I do know is that it’s not going to be a blockbuster hit. But, blockbuster or not… it has been worthwhile.
3. You must be a writing protege ––
This one is tricky. I would never recommend writing an eBook if you are a terrible writer. But, I am assuming that if you’re a terrible writer you won’t be writing much anyways. With that said, I don’t think you have to be the next Gary Vaynerchuk to get a lot out of writing and publishing.
You are a human, which means you have your own beautiful unique perspective on the world we live in. If you feel called to write about the world that you see and you are willing to work relentlessly to become better at writing about what you see… then I think you should publish an eBook.
By Cole Schafer.
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