A majority of corporate writing revolves around blogs, articles, and press releases (PRs). However, another, lesser common type of writing is recently gaining hype – eBook writing. Therefore, content writers have now started providing eBook writing services to their clientele.
The problem is that writing an eBook is poles apart from writing a blog post or a press release. Unless you are a professional author, there are certain mistakes you are bound to make while writing an eBook (a vast majority of people do!).
The following are 20 dumb mistakes that you need to avoid while writing an eBook in 2021.
#1 Being to the Point
While writing an eBook, you need to provide thorough details of the characters’ surroundings. You need to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. You can start off by describing what the characters are thinking, the weather, the scene’s place, and what’s happening in the background – all of these details will help paint a clear picture of the scene in the reader’s mind.
#2 Don’t Turn the Story into Your Rant Session
Oftentimes you are writing a story that relates to you in some way. In such a situation, writers tend to turn the story into their own rant session, which takes away the entire essence of the story itself. You need to make sure that you stick to the storyline regardless of what happens while keeping your own feelings and experiences aside.
#3 Not Knowing What You’re Writing About
While writing an eBook, the last thing you want is to write one on a topic that you know nothing about. A lot of new writers want quick fame, which is why they tend to pick eBook topics that are far from their knowledge. It is best to avoid this hassle and write to your strengths.
In a case you plan on writing on an alien topic, you have no other option but to spend weeks or months understanding it and researching around it. Starting a book based on Google research simply won’t provide your eBook the depth it demands.
#4 Going Overboard
One of our favorite books, “The Last Samurai” is over 500 pages long. Writers often take such books as samples to write lengthy eBooks, which is a big mistake. eBooks are meant to be shorter than conventional books. It is mainly due to the fact that readers have smaller attention spans with anything they watch or read on an electronic device.
#5 Giving It All Away
Most writers today are creating eBooks for commercial purposes. They want to create their brand and make a name for being a leading eBook creator. It is why ending an entire storyline in one book is not the best solution. Instead, break it into different volumes so you are able to profit from your work.
#6 No Cliffhangers
This mistake is related to the previous pointer. If you want to create sequels of the story, you want people to come back and buy it. That is only possible if you add a cliffhanger at the end of a preceding volume. In a case otherwise, you would require a whole lot of marketing to sell the next volumes.
#7 Formatting Is Critical
One of the biggest mistakes people make while writing eBooks is during formatting. eBooks are meant to be read on multiple types of platforms, including cell phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. You need to make sure that your eBook is formatted accordingly for all screens for the best reading experience.
#8 Forgetting the Outline
Unless you can guarantee that you will remember all the significant details of the entire story, creating an outline upfront is of great importance. It keeps you maneuver the story in the right direction while creating chapters. If you don’t make an outline before starting to write, there is a very good chance that you will stray from the plot down the road.
#9 Finalizing the Intro Too Early
Of course, you would write an intro in the beginning, but no matter how good it is, you should always think of it as the first draft. Once you’ve crafted the majority of the story and know exactly what happens, go back and redo the intro to make it more captivating – it is only possible if you know precisely what happens a few chapters later.
#10 Editing On the Go
Writing an eBook requires a flow, and you cannot have a flow if you keep on editing your work on the go. The key is always to continue writing wherever the story takes you, then coming back later on to fix the objective and subjective errors. This is also important because once you lose the flow in writing, it is hard to get the same chain of thought back.
#11 Not Hiring a Professional Editor
We get it! You’re an excellent writer who knows what he’s doing, but the thing is, professional editors, know how to polish the work of writers and add those minute scenes for better connectivity and flow of the story. In short, they will prepare your eBook for the world to adore.
#12 Time Is of Essence
Another critical aspect of writing an eBook is time. A good idea might take a while to get penned down, but that doesn’t mean you take months or years on one project. Give yourself a timeline and divide it into subtasks. Make sure you follow each deadline to ensure you don’t take ages to put out one eBook.
#13 Sticking to the Title
Titles are made to be changed. When you think of a title at the start of your eBook, it is not as in-depth and well-defined as it would be if you write it after completing the book. It is because, in the latter case, you know all about what happens and when, which will enable you to produce a better, more in-depth title.
#14 Formatting for One Platform
Did you know that there are plenty of different eBook formats in which readers enjoy your content? If you only format your eBook for PDF, you are likelier to miss out on a potentially greater audience on Kindle. This is also why professional editors are required, as they can help you format your eBook for multiple platforms.
#15 Not Including Conversations
A descriptive eBook can lead to boredom more quickly than you can imagine. It is why books, in general, tend to include conversations to grasp the readers’ attention and to keep them hooked throughout. The need to keep a reader indulged is even direr in eBooks, as people are likelier to lose interest provided your text is not compelling enough.
#16 Writing Without Direction
Although people argue that one can create a story on the go, this strategy often backfires. A reliable alternative is to have a rough draft written down without details for each chapter and then polish it with in-depth scenarios.
#17 Quitting Too Early
Writing an eBook requires temperament. You need to be patient with each chapter since pacing through will only ruin your work. However, you have to define a fine line between procrastination and pacing so you can get the work done properly. As mentioned above, divide your completion date into several milestones to make sure your book is completed in time.
#18 Don’t Be a Perfectionist
You will have several chances to fix your eBook. So don’t waste time being a perfectionist while writing the first draft. It will only delay your timelines, making you linger for no reason. In short, try not to be a perfectionist while writing – that job can be left to the editing phase.
Don’t go overboard while selling your eBook. If the hype doesn’t match the work, you will likely lose potential future clients, so remain humble with your work and keep improving. It will enable you to survive the competitive market while keeping the user-based engaged.
#20 Not Following a Routine
Like in any other case, eBook writing also requires punctuality. Don’t just write whenever you feel like it. Instead, set your working hours and devote them to letting your creative juices flow and writing bestselling eBooks.
In a Nutshell
Writing an eBook is a tedious and challenging task. This is why people prefer hiring eBook writing services who can take on the project from the beginning and help you meet your deadlines with unparalleled eBook content.