I have wanted to write an ebook for months now. But every time I start, I stop after a few days. I convince myself that I don’t have the skills. That I don’t have a good topic to write about. That no one will buy my book, so why bother.
These are all excuses.
The reason why I want to write an eBook is the same as why I wanted to write on Medium.
Back in March 2020, when COVID had just struck, I wrote an article on Medium. It was an innocent attempt. I knew very well that I don’t have the skills to write on a platform like Medium and of course, no one will read it.
To my surprise, many people read the article. Some even clapped and started following me.
I felt so encouraged that I started writing more often. So much so that nine months later, I decided to write an article a day. That helped me win $500 bonus just three weeks later.
My reservations about writing eBooks are the same. And I have to counter them the same way. Just write in and publish it.
This morning I decided to write my first eBook. And I want to write it quickly. Before my left brain has a chance to talk me out of it, I want to announce it here, so that my readers keep me accountable.
Selecting a topic and a niche.
The biggest problem for writing an eBook is finding the topic. The common advice is what are you good at and what people want to read. I don’t know the answer to both of them. At times I feel I am not good at anything and I have no clue what people want to read for which they will be willing to pay money.
The second way to ask is to figure out what problem I can solve. My mind goes blank at questions like these.
So I tried the third way. What would I like to know for which I will be willing to pay money?
That made it a bit easier.
There are many things I would like to know and will pay money for them.
One of them is how I can write my first eBook quickly. I want to do that along with my other commitments. So if someone can show me the way, give me a repeatable process, I would happily pay for it.
That seems like a good enough topic to write about — how to write and publish a book quickly.
I am sure there must be many books available on the topic or the information can be collected by researching on the internet, but if I could give it a bit of twist I can write a useful eBook and learn a lot in the process.
That settles it then.
I have my topic now, what about the niche?
My niche is new writers like myself.
Writers who want to write a book but are intimidated like me.
I want to take them on a journey along with me.
If I could make the process simple and easy enough, they might be able to write their first eBook within a week too.
That’s it then.
I will be writing a book titled — How To Write And Publish An eBook In One Week, and will share the process right here with you.
The twist I am going to give it is that I will write and publish the eBook in seven days, starting from today.
I will do that to prove that it can be done.
Today is Day 1.
Wish me luck please.