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Your Ebook Is Calling: 8 Reasons to Get Fired Up About Getting It Done

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Do you hear that?

It’s your ebook calling. That ebook you have inside that wants to find its way out into the world.

You’ve thought about it. You may have jotted down some ideas for topics. You may have even started writing it.

But it’s not done. Yet.

Today’s post is designed to “light a fire” under you. I want you to get excited about all the possibilities that await you once you get your ebook done!

1. Your ebook will establish you as an expert

Let’s be perfectly honest here. Writing, designing, and marketing an ebook is hard work. If it was easy, everyone would have an ebook.

If you have the guts to come up with an idea, and the persistence to see it through until it’s finished, you deserve to call yourself an expert on the topic. Because by researching and writing an ebook you will be.

Once your ebook is out in the world, you can say “I wrote the book on ___”

You can add the words “author of …” after your name. You’ll have earned them.

2. Your readers will enjoy having your wisdom in a convenient package

Blogs are great. And email newsletters are powerful.

But neither is the best vehicle for long-form information you’d like people to hold onto and refer back to for a long time.

Blog posts get lost in the mists of time. Email newsletters are filed away, never to be seen again.

An ebook, however, lives on. It stays on the hard drive, tablet, or phone it was downloaded to, ready to be brought up again at a moment’s notice.

Your readers appreciate this convenience, and they’ll be willing to pay for it.

3. Your ebook will promote your business and what it offers

Your readers commit to your ebook and begin reading. You have their full attention.

What better time to tell the story of your business, so share its philosophy, and draw people in to what motivates you?

While you’re sharing these stories, you’re building a relationship with your reader.

When your reader needs the product or service you offer in the future, will they buy from the company they’ve never heard of, or the one whose book they read?

(You know the answer to that one.)

4. Your ebook will grow your profits

Ebooks come in all different price ranges. From free ebooks and $1.99 Amazon shorts, to $297 ebooks that resemble full-blown online courses, they run the gamut.

The best price for your ebook is the one that will make you feel like you’ve been fairly compensated for your work.

And the compensation might not come directly from your ebook. You see, ebooks are an easy, low-cost, low-commitment way for prospects to sample your offerings.

Their first experience of your offerings may be a low-cost ebook. This is your opportunity to impress them with high-quality information and great customer service.

Chances are, they’ll come back ready to spend a bit more on a higher-priced offering.

Ebooks are sneaky like that: they’ll add to your bottom line where you least expect it. 😉

5. You can use your ebook to organize and crystallize your ideas

As mentioned above, ebooks aren’t easy, and they take discipline to put together.

But the very process of assembling the information needed to write your ebook will help you in ways that are difficult to imagine unless you’ve experienced it. To get our ebook done, you need to:

  • Decide on the most compelling aspect of the topic you want to cover
  • Describe the most important points about your topic
  • Organize them so they’re clear and easy-to-understand
  • Give your information an introduction, write transitions between important points, and summarize what you’ve shared at the end

Going through this process will help you clarify your thinking like nothing else. Not only will you find it easier to write about your topic in the future, you’ll find it easier to speak about it, too.

6. You’ll tap into the digital book market

Back in April, 2011, Amazon reported selling more digital books than physical books. My prediction? Digital book sales will continue to grow.

Why do I believe this? Because the big hurdle ebooks had to get past was readers becoming comfortable consuming their books on screen rather than on paper.

As time goes on, more people have tablet devices. Those devices get better, cheaper, and easier to use with every passing year.

And the newest generation of readers is growing up in a world where paper books and ebooks live side-by-side. They’re born feeling comfortable with both.

Writing your ebook means you can tap into this vast digital future, and this growing market of ebook readers.

7. Your ebook will live on … and on

Ebooks are long-lived compared to a lot of the writing you may be doing now.

Long after a blog post fades into memory, your ebook can “live” on the sidebar of your website for years. That means the time you spend now can pay off for months and years in the future.

That means that …

8. You’ll work hard once, and benefit over and over

Ebooks are excellent brand ambassadors. What does that mean?

It means they serve as “spokespeople” for your business and your brand.

Because people spend more time reading an ebook than they may reading your other kinds of writing, you’re able to build trust and authority very naturally with this captive audience.

So go forth and create that ebook!

 

Pamela Wilson

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11 thoughts on “Your Ebook Is Calling: 8 Reasons to Get Fired Up About Getting It Done”

    • Congratulations, Tom! Making your book free on Amazon for a couple of days is a great strategy for moving it up in their search results. Thanks for sharing it here.

  1. Thanks to the EBook Evolution, I had the tools I needed to get started on writing my book. It’s in second draft, ready to go into design. Thanks for all you do and for sharing your expertise. I look forward to adding an affiliate link to Big Brand System when I publish!

  2. So… it’s kind of creepy reading this, because I feel like you’ve been spying on my life recently, knowing that an ebook is in the near future for my business blog plans.

    This post is exactly what I needed to convince myself that I should write, publish, and launch my product soon after my blog is up and running.. You’re quite right that ebooks are an easy way to gain authority, boost your business sales, provide lots of value, and stick around for years to come.

    Also, I think people sometimes need to do point #5 before they even plan to sell the ebook or launch the blog/site it’ll be sold from. This is what I did — I got my idea together (how to start a geek business), interviewed 20-ish geek business owners, and then realized there was no way I was going to fit all the information into a short, 20-page email giveaway (what I’d originally intended it to be). I decided to turn it into an ebook, at the suggestion from one of my interviewees who thought I deserved at LEAST $1 per sale for all the work I was doing. But you know what? I wouldn’t have known the scope of my ideas and how they related to my upcoming blog and its future potential for sales if I hadn’t just STARTED doing the work.

    Oftentimes, we don’t know how involved our ideas are (or how broad) until we make that vital first step — action.

    • Hi Bree,

      Thanks for this fantastic comment. I agree with you: taking action is key.

      You don’t have to have it all figured out ahead of time. Sometimes action itself uncovers ideas and inspires you in ways you can’t be inspired just by thinking about your project.

      Good luck as you finish up your ebook!

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