20 Dumb Mistakes When Writing Your First E-book Part 3

By | July 19, 2018

 

 

#11: DON’T THROW YOUR BEST WORK IN THE BIN

 

 

A lot of authors start their edit by using the same file they used for the draft – Although it is not always a problem, it can be very frustrating if you accidentally cut something and then you realize later that you wanted to put it back in. It’s even worse, if you manage to delete, or lose, or for some unknown reason you corrupt your master file, it will mean that all your hard work could have gone for good.

 

 

Here’s the cure

 

 

Each time you write a new draft, make a backup for each new draft you make you should backup all the drafts you create, and do this at regular intervals. You could also send a E mail to yourself, and you should do this from time to time.

 

 

#12: USE A MICROSCOPE TO REVIEW YOUR E-BOOK

 

 

when you begin editing minor typos, you could miss something more significant. when you focus on the micro details, you could fail to address a major problem with your book – such as, lets say one of your chapters is way too short or perhaps you have put a chapter in the wrong place. These will require a lot of thought. (see Mistake #10).

 

 

Here’s the cure

 

 

You will need to read through your whole e-book, if possible in a.PDF form, on paper, or you could use a tablet, before you start editing. By using a PDF file you will be able to read in a format where you can make some small changes as you are going along this will force you to concentrate on your bigger goal. You will need to take note’s and if you find any issues you need to fix, things like putting a chapter in the wrong place, or you find you have repeated some information, their may be things you need to delete, or new sections you want to add.

 

 

#13: TELLING YOURSELF YOU DON’T NEED AN EDITOR

 

 

When you’ve been working away on your own for several months, seeing minor mistakes can be tough – from the big picture issues to the smallest details such has missing words or misplaced apostrophes. Lot of these first-time e-book authors are either too inexperienced, and do not know the value of an editor or they haven’t got the money to hire one. Although if you’re not in a position to pay for a full edit, it doesn’t mean you have to do it alone.

 

 

Here’s the cure

 

 

You could consider paying an editor just to look through the first few chapters of your e-book. Many of the mistakes an editor identifies, are the same throughout the e-book and you will be able to fix them yourself now you know what to look for. There is also another way, why not try recruiting members of your family or some friends to help you do the edit: try asking your readers, or if you are a member of a blogging community you are in. But be prepared to repay the favor!

 

 

#14: HIRING THE WORST PROOFREADER

 

 

Now that you’ve made any changes and you have rectified the suggestions of your editor, your book is nearly complete. But before you get ready to publish, you’ll have to do at least one final complete read-through to make sure you haven’t missed any remaining typos or errors. But, you’re probably the worst person to catch those errors. By now you should be very familiar with the content and its layout that you may miss typos were as it will be obvious to someone else.

 

 

 

Here’s the cure

 

 

when you think you can afford a professional proofreader, or you may have a talented friend who is willing to help you out, brilliant. when you have to do the proofreading alone, here’s a little secret: don’t proofread your e-book in the same place you wrote it. You can try altering the font style along with the size and print it out, or you could try reading it on a tablet. You will be surprised how errors stand out.

 

 

#15: YOUR INNER PERFECTION

 

 

You’ve heard the saying Quality matters, however if you’re onto the fifth proofread, then you’re spending a lot of time trying to decide whether a particular sentence needs a comma, you will be wasting valuable time. Even E- books that come from major publishing houses have from time to time, have mistakes. Most people may never notice this, because every reader doesn’t pause and scrutinize every word.

 

 

Here’s the cure

 

 

Have a deadline in place for finishing your editing phase, you will have to accept that catching 97% of mistakes should be good enough. Even books from major publishing houses have mistakes from time to time. You don’t have to agonize if you miss a typo because most readers aren’t likely to notice it, and if someone does happen to point out a glaring mistake after you’ve published, it will be simple to update your e-book.

 

 

#16: DO YOU KNOW WHAT FORMAT IS BEST

 

 

When you started out with that specific end goal in mind, always try to review your options now that you have finished your e-book. An e-book that may have started life as an incentive may in fact make a good premium product, or it could serve as an authority-building book in some Kindle Shop. But if you don’t at least consider other options, you might miss out on a huge opportunity.

 

 

Heres the cure

 

 

Wherever you decide the final destination of your E-book, their is a range of options that are available to you to consider. when you ‘ve decided to give your e-book as an incentive for joining your email list, then, use a.PDF file-it is simple and straightforward. when you are thinking of positioning your e-book as a premium product, you just have created a.PDF you might also want to offer e pub and mobi formats. You could include multimedia bonuses on a password-protected web page. when you ’re going to publish the e-book on a major retailers site, you’ll need a low price (usually £6.99 or less) you will also have to publish your file in the shop’s format. And don’t think that a particular option is right for your e-book because some other bloggers are doing it.

 

 

#17: USE A TITLE THAT MAKES A IMPACT

 

 

Just as a blog post title, the e-book title must also grab people’s attention. It will be the first thing they will see and quite possibly it could be the only thing your potential e-book reader see. when you can write a catchy title you will give substance to your E-book/blog.

 

 

Here’s the cure

 

 

when you had a working title in your mind since your planning stage, now would be the time to find out whether it is truly good enough. You might want to ask your blog readers to vote on different titles, to find out which is the most compelling.

 

 

The same goes for the headline on your sales page — you’ll probably want to put something a bit more intriguing than just the title of your e-book.

 

 

#18: DESIGNING THE COVER

 

 

 

 

You’ve heard the saying, always judge a book by its cover. when you are a professional designer, creating your own cover would be a damaging mistake. It may make your e-book look amateurish, and your readers will be put off from buying it. This is true if you plan on selling the e-book on Amazon or any other e-retailer sites because your readers will not have any prior knowledge of you. By doing some research on the internet, you will find a lot of examples of good and bad covers, take a look and see what I mean.

 

 

 

Here’s the cure

 

 

when you have the money, hire a designer. This will be a crucial investment, you will find that by selling extra copies, it will more than pay for the use of the designer. But if you what to create the cover yourself, keep this in mind and keep it simple and straightforward, and remember to look at all the examples of good and bad designs. Then you can begin, to create your own awesome E-book cover.

 

 

#19: REMEMBER TO LINK BACK TO YOUR BLOG

 

 

Your e-book will be the first contact with your readers even if they have bought it from Amazon for example. Also, even those who may download your e-book from your blog, could forget where they found it. when you fail to link the e-book back to your blog you will find this is a big mistake. You are missing a great opportunity to get new subscribers to your email list or you may have a separate list that tells your current e-book readers about when you intend to put out your next book.

 

 

Here’s the cure

 

 

Put a page at the back of your e-book – and tell your readers about yourself – and let your readers know where they can find you online. Always make sure you link to your landing page, for your next book’s sales page, or anywhere else you want to send them – it could be your your social media profile. Also, you will need to give your readers an easy way to give you feedback for your book, this could be an email address or a link to a contact page. And don’t be afraid to link to relevant blog content within the body of the e-book itself.

 

 

#20: COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

 

 

Although a reader already knows you, it doesn’t mean that they would necessarily trust you that your e-book is any good, it should have at least one review or endorsement. Put your E-BOOK on as many Social Media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

 

 

HERE’S THE CURE

 

 

Always keep active — send review copies to bloggers who are in your niche, and people who read your blog posts and have commented regularly or emailed you recently. Remember to send your positive reviews to your sales page and, if you can, use some photos of the reviewers so you can boost credibility. when you won’t, send review copies before the launch you can do this preferably at least a few weeks before. This will give readers the chance to read the book and write a review ready for the launch day.

 

 

I hope this will help those first time E- book writers to avoid the pitfalls of writing that E-book, and making these Dumb mistakes.

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