Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? If you are, that’s wonderful. If it’s your first time, you’re doing what you’ve never done before, so kudos to you.
A little tip: if you’re like most new authors, you want your lead characters to be wonderfulâ€¦ Perfect. Unfortunately, this is the worst thing you can do if you want to write a great book. Make your leads imperfect.
When you’re writing a book, you’re always doing what you’ve never done before
No matter how many books you’ve written, you’ve never written THIS book before. Therefore, writing is always a challenge. That’s what makes it fun. It can be uncomfortable too.
Many writers get stuck. They usually get stuck with writing ebooks.
As I said here, Instant Product:
“Each and every writer I’ve ever worked with on ebooks got stuck because he’d never written and sold an ebook before.
This makes perfect sense. If you’ve never done it, it can be hard to believe that thousands of people will pay you $27 or $97 or more for the stuff in your head.
The ONLY way to get over that particular hump is to do it.
Once you’ve done it, a whole new world will open up to you — you’ll wonder why it took you so long.
I created the ‘instant’ ebook process to get you unstuck. I was determined to make it so fast and so easy that you could sail through it, and come out the other end with a product you could sell, right away.”
Your ebooks can be as long, or as short, as you want them to be
How long is a book? With traditional books, you’re looking at 60,000 to 100,000 words. That’s a lot of words.
If you’re writing an ebook however, your ebook can be as long or as short as you please. Generally speaking, with ebooks, shorter is better. This applies mainly to nonfiction. I may be more than ready to read a 500-page novel (there are no “pages” as such of course, with ebooks) as an ebook. However, if I’m reading nonfiction, I want and expect the writer to GET TO THE POINT, and keep the ebook as short as possible.
Over the weekend, I bought two Amazon Kindle nonfiction ebooks. One was 250 “pages” in traditional terms. The other was 17 pages. Guess which one I read first?
If you’re writing a book, the rules have changed. Now you can and should create “instant” products — short material that you can write, and sell, within hours.