Here’s how I wrote, formatted and published an ebook in one day.
“Write an ebook” was one of my 2022 goals.
I thought it was going to be this big production and take up loads of my time.
I was wrong!
I knew what topic I wanted to cover for my first, short and simple guide in the motherhood space.
I decided to just write my outline as a way to get started on my New Year’s goal.
Well, a few hours later that little outline was finished and up for sale on Amazon!
I knuckled down and did the work, and it turns out the process was not nearly as complicated as I thought it would be!
What is an ebook
An ebook is a digital book, simple as that! Ebooks can be as long or as short as the author desires.
Who can write an ebook?
Literally anyone can write an ebook. All it takes is content, some formatting, and a KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) account.
Why should I write an ebook?
Writing an ebook is a great way to draw in readers or grow your audience.
eBooks are great because they can deliver information to the reader in a close-packed and convenient way.
The best ebook to write is the one that answers a readers question. Just like with a blog post, having that central question that you can repeatedly come back to will lead to content that is focused, helpful, and valuable.
How did I choose what to write about?
I’m a big fan of the good ol’ “write about what you know” because it’s worked for me over and over again.
I don’t write about cars or crypto because they don’t interest me.
I write about motherhood and living because that’s what interests me and more importantly, that’s what I know.
I know my reputable resources, I know a little bit about each topic I write about because I’ve already researched it in my free time.
I know how to write for other moms.
Write what you know. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and you’ll actually enjoy what you’re writing.
How long does it take to write an ebook?
Again, because an ebook can be as long or short as the author desires, there’s no telling how long it will take.
I was able to write my ebook in a day because of these reasons:
- I knew my topic
- I knew who I was writing for
- I was able to answer my “reader’s question” succinctly
Here’s what my day look like – granted these hours were spread out!
Hour 1 – Taking notes and brainstorming
Hour 2 – Writing
Hour 3 – Editing
Hour 4 – Cover design
Hour 5 – Formatting
Hour 6 – Submitting to KDP
Hour 7 – Published
Here’s how I did it:
Taking notes and brainstorming
I always do this in a Google drive document.
I did headers and bullet points to organize my thoughts.
I then came up with a title.
This was the hardest part. It’s easy to get caught up in the title and cover art and forget that the most important part is actually writing and answering that question.
This one is pretty self-explanatory! Edit, edit, edit!
I designed my cover in Canva.
This part took the longest time because of the pixel dimension requirements for Kindle Direct Publishing (1000×625).
You cannot download a file that size in Canva, and I spent a good portion of that time trying to resize the file.
I ended up just upgrading my Canva account so that I could download a larger jpg!
The formatting was easy because you want your ebook writing to be as clear and easy to read as possible.
I went with Times New Roman black 19pt font on a white background. I steered clear of too many graphics or fancy headers. I also avoided page numbers or embellishments.
Submitting to KDP
- Create an account
- Select the correct category
- Select the right keywords (this takes some research)
- Upload the manuscript
- Upload the cover art
- Price the ebook
- Submit for review!
I decided to price my piece at $.99.
I chose this price because my ebook is very short and that’s what I would be willing to pay for the information in it.
I hit submit and that was that!
It takes Amazon up to 72 hours to review your book and put it up for sale.
I believe it took 3 hours for mine to be approved – I was pleasantly surprised!
The last piece to writing an ebook is promotion!
There are hundreds of thousands of books for sale online.
How do you set yours apart?
Use your social media or blog to promote your work!
So, I sat down to write my rough draft in the morning and my book was LIVE and up for sale within hours.
I was surprised by how quick and painless the process was once I figured out what I was doing.
The hardest part was pairing down my content so that it was a helpful to the reader as possible.
Here’s my finished product!
Have you ever written an ebook? Do you read informational ebooks? Let me know below!