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8 Reasons Every Freelance Writer Should Write an eBook
By William Ballard, Freelance Writer and Author
Writing a book makes good business sense. As a published author, you’ll find it easier to pick up new freelance writing clients. Read on to find out how.
Most aspiring freelance writers and authors I know would love to write a book. Yes, writing blog posts makes us happy, but books are closest to our hearts. Many writers think that to be a real writer, you must author a book, or have written an article in a very prestigious magazine.
While I believe there are all kinds of writers, I also believe that writers should pursue their dreams. If you long to write a book, then chase that rainbow!
Does that sound like you? If so, I think you’ll find this article interesting. I’m going to show you one route you can use to reach the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I also have a question for you at the end.
Why don’t you go ahead and just write your book?
Honestly, why not? Think about it for a moment, and see what comes up for you.
(And if you can’t find a single reason, then pick up a pen and paper right now and start writing. There’s nothing stopping you.)
There are all kinds of reasons why writers fail to follow through on their dream of writing a book. Or having their name printed in some prestigious magazine. Perhaps you find the idea of writing so many words daunting. After all, a typical paperback is 80,000 words. That’s no small feat. Perhaps you’re afraid your writing skills aren’t good enough. Don’t you need years of experience to write a book? Or maybe you’re unsure about how you’ll find a publisher. We’ve all heard the nightmare stories of how even the most famous authors were rejected over and over again. Moreover, none of us likes the idea of rejection.
All these reasons can hold you back from starting your book. I’m not saying they’re good reasons. However, they’re there.
Fortunately, there’s another way!
Why not write an ebook instead? Ebooks are great for aspiring writers because:
How can you get started writing your eBook?
Choosing a topic is easier than you think.
If you plan to use your eBook as a marketing tool, then you’ll write a nonfiction book.
If you want your nonfiction eBook to sell, then you’re best to write a book that helps readers solve a specific problem. If you can draw on your personal experience to help them, that’s even better.
To decide the topic of your book, ask yourself:
What are some of the biggest problems and difficulties I’ve faced and overcome?
This could be moving to a new country. It could be potty training your child. It could be bringing back your marriage from the brink of divorce into a loving, flourishing relationship. It could be growing a beautiful garden in a hot climate. It could be acing all the tests you took in college.
Write down as many ideas as you can!
Next, for each idea, note how you did it. List the specific tools and strategies you used. Be as detailed as possible and don’t leave anything out because you think it’s mundane. What’s obvious to you could be a revelation to someone else.
You already have outlines for several books! Now you just have to choose which book to write, and get writing. It really is that easy.
What if you want to use your book to attract freelance writing clients? Any book you write shows your expertise as a writer, especially if it gets good reviews. That said, if you plan to be a specialist writer in a particular niche, then it’s a good idea to write your book about a common problem in that niche.
You want to write a book? Now you know exactly how to get started. Happy writing!
About the Author
William Ballard is the author of, “My List of 21 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing” and "3 Steps to Blogging Success: Discovering Your Passion, Finding Your Audience, and Developing an Income Stream (Article Series)".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.