Size really does matter, at least when it comes to time management and eBook length. Time management is one of those paradoxical things: either have or you don’t, either you are good at it or you aren’t. If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to manage your time. You have to be able to commit to writing, whether it is an eBook or a Blog.
When you commit to writing an eBook, think not only about the formatting of the content of the book, but think about the length of the eBook you are going to write, and then manage your time according to the commitment you have made to yourself with regards to the eBook content. Here are a few things to think about:
- An eBook doesn’t have to be “book-length”. Not even close. In fact, your eBook can have just a few pages. Just find the sweet spot between delivering on the promise you made in the title, description, length, and price. If the book is very short, you may opt for charging just 99 cents, the lowest permissible price currently on Kindle. You probably won’t get rich from the royalties, but at 99 cents, your book could be a terrific impulse buy and get you lots of leads.
- Remember that e-Reader devices and Kindle pages are smaller than regular pages.Not only does your eBook not have to contain very many pages, but the pages themselves don’t hold as much text as a regular page.Simply reformat your pages to required d-Reader format, and you’ll discover that your 2000-word essay has become a lot longer!
- If you are really short on time, dictate it. Many people who consider themselves lousy writers would be the first to tell you they’ve been blessed with the gift of gab. Remember that communication is communication, and in this day and age there are many tools to help you translate your speaking skill into excellent written communication. For example, you can use speech recognition software such as Dragon and have your words transcribed directly.You could record an audio of yourself and send it to a transcriptionist (check shelancers.com or odesk.com), or you could transcribe it yourself. Many popular writers such as Scott Stratten (“Unmarketing”) use this method for writing their traditionally published books. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for you!
As you can see, you have several options to get the content of an eBook into published e-Reader or Kindle format. Just be sure you are clear about the rules for each option, you follow them carefully, and you set aside enough time to complete the job, especially the first time you create an eBook.
*I have an addendum to yesterday’s post: I mentioned that you can create an account with Amazon’s CreateSpace, but I forgot to mention that you can also publish eBooks through Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing site) found here: https://kdp.amazon.com/. You can also create accounts in both so that you can link the account management and see what eBooks may have sold in printed and in Kindle formats. I will talk more about this in another post.