Apr 282014

Writing a book is an exciting process but when you are writing a book you need to understand the process from start to finish. In considering how to write a non-fiction ebook, you have to take several steps. Let’s look at what these are.

First you need to research the topic. Even plotting a novel requires some research, but writing non-fiction requires a lot more.

Before any writing can begin you need to know where a good place to conduct your research is. Even if you are an expert on a topic you are still going to need additional information from other experts. Quotes are going to be needed from these experts.

The more well known the expert is the more people will be interested in what they have to say. Getting an expert to help is easier then most people think. All you have to do is ask. Not everyone is going to say yes but some will be willing to help.

You can email the expert and ask if you are allowed to quote them. You can ask the expert for a quote over email or you can ask permission to use a quote that was already published.

You can ask an expert for a phone interview. If you are new at this the phone interview may make you a little nervous. You will need to tape record the conversation. Before beginning the conversation with the expert you will have to clearly explain the conversation is being taped and get their consent to continue.

You can also use professional or government agencies to find information on the topics that will be covered in your book. There are case studies, newspapers archives, and other written articles to find information. These items can be found at the local library or online.

Before you begin writing you want to find out as much information as possible. Of course, you need to put this information in your own words so you do not plagiarize. If using the information of others be sure to properly cite this.

You’ll then want to make an outline to help gather your thoughts before writing the actual book.

When writing non fiction ebooks an outline is important so you give your book some direction. An outline is like a map of the book from chapter one until the end. You can also use this outline later as a table of contents for the book.

When writing an outline all you need to do is jot down key points and subpoints for each chapter. You should also write a one or two sentence summary about what the book is going to be about. This will help keep you on track during the writing process and you can use it later when it comes to writing a blurb, which publishers will require.

Once your research and outline is complete you are ready to write your book. When writing stay on topic. At times it can become easy to wander and jump from point to point. If something important occurs to you, write it down but save it for the chapter where it will fit best.

When writing it is also important to keep your audience in mind. Use your own voice and do not try to imitate someone else’s style. Do not box yourself in during writing.

Finished products will be more interesting to read if the author writes with emotions. This will also make people want to keep reading the book. By following this process you will understand how to write a non-fiction ebook and when you are finished you’ll have a well thought out and well researched book.

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  4 Responses to “How to Write a Non-Fiction Ebook”

  1. DId you see they now have a non-fiction EBOOK best seller list in the New York Times? http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/e-book-nonfiction/list.html I think that is awesome. Just have to get my name up there now…

    • This challenge is great timing. I am just about ready to hit Publish on my non-fiction book – How to Kick Any Habit Fast. Let’s see who makes it on the NYT bestseller list fastest! 🙂

  2. i like this article… this article teach me how to write a non fiction ebook,,, thanks

  3. How to know what will be a good subject to write about? I can research almost anything, but I don’t want to waste time writing a book that won’t sell because nobody is interested in the subject.

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