Anyone can self-publish an EBook. The advances of technology and the rise of the digital book have brought some great authors and content into the world. It has also brought some really bad EBooks into existence.
In the good old days of book publishing there was at least some quality control because your book had to be accepted by a traditional publisher, or it would never see the light of day. Now anyone can publish an EBook. How do you make sure that the EBook that you want to write doesn’t suck and fall into publishing oblivion? Here are some ways that you can avoid that fate for your EBook:
1) Be Interesting
Everything that could be written about, has been written about. You don’t need to come up with something completely original (everything has been done before), but you do need to be interesting. Standing out from the crowd is becoming increasingly difficult in a very overcrowded digital world where everyone is vying for attention. Always be thinking of ways that you can distinguish yourself and stand out.
2) Write Well
This is pretty obvious point, but anyone who has ever spent time reading EBooks knows that good writing skills are not a requirement to be published. There are some incredibly badly written books out there. Make sure that you learn your craft and constantly strive to improve as a writer.
3) The Planning Stage is Vital
Always have a plan. It doesn’t have to be a huge document, but it will help you enormously at every stage of writing. Take some time to sit down and plan a coherent outline. You may well find that half way into the book you realize that Chapter 7 belongs after Chapter 10, but this is fine. You can deal with that. An EBook without a plan will be difficult to write and unless you do something to fix it before it is published, the reader is going to know that you really didn’t think this through at all.
4) Have Character Outlines
If you are writing a fiction book you will find that as you get to know your characters they will develop. It really can be a process of getting to know the characters in your book. However, it is essential that you get basic details correct.
You do not have to do extensive character outlines at the start, but take the time to put down some basic thing about your characters. It is surprising how easy it is to get things wrong if you don’t. Believe me your readers will notice the smallest things. You can start will basic things such as height, age, hair color, eye color, siblings and family details. If you do not work out these things at the start you are likely to make mistakes. Your blond character becomes brunette. The minor character who had two children in the first book now has none in the fifth book in the series. These are all avoidable mistakes, but they do happen.