Fiction writers interested in opening a career in e-book writing will need to learn how to develop short-story characters. That is, if they’re interested in making this career a reality sooner, rather than later. Quitting your job and putting all your time and effort into a full-length novel would eat more time than most could afford before bills are due. To begin trafficking a sustainable commerce, you’re going to need shorter e-books released more frequently. Short stories for 90 cents it is! Now you need the reader to pay attention, because your protagonist is going to transform – due to highly-relatable-human experiences – in 20 thousand words, go!
Scheme the Pace of Your Story
One strategy is writing e-books with chapters following the character by the hour, or by the day. It’s more than a solution to your writing schedule. It’s an excellent way to shutter the pace of the story and build anticipation to carry your reader to the ‘About the Author’ page at the end. I recommend typing each chapter draft in one sitting. It helps frame the written snapshot of your character’s development and gives your itinerary an easy commitment if you make it a habit.
Plot Your Turning-Points
Jot down your favorite parts of the character’s role in your story on a map. Beneath them, write a diary using the character’s hindsight. Here, you’ll be highlighting the turning-points that define the character’s image.
After reviewing your chart take note of opportunities to flesh out unanswered questions. Questions like, ‘who is the protagonist? Who is he becoming?’ And, ‘how did he get there?’ are opportunities to add value to the character.
These are the highlights of your story and can be easily incorporated into your book description. It’s critical that these chart-entries follow the same formula for a headline: subject, angle, hook! Subject is what happens to your character during the chapter. Angle is your protagonists changing perspective. Hooks are the unexpected or ironic elements that make me want to read the next chapter. Every chapter should end with them. Your hooks for these turning-point chapters, however, should reflect the peak of your creative talent.
Plot Your Connections
Initially you wrote a list character-diary-entries reflecting on a turning-points in their life. Now you’re going to punctuate the spaces between turning-points with connections your protagonist makes with other characters. Start with the relationships that impact the character’s personality and progress. Then add details that support the story as they become relevant to your creative-cannon.
After you’ve followed the aforementioned charting, you’re looking at a writing schedule you just made for yourself! Write out the chapters in the order outlined above, and order them for publication later. This is a creative way to adjust your focus to the parts of your character that make it memorable. Of course, writers will want to include chapters dedicated to other characters and events that influence the story. Nonetheless, knowing how to develop short-story characters will back the composition of your e-book.
After you’ve published your first novel online you may be asking yourself how to write e-books faster. It makes sense. Write more e-books. Sell more e-books! It’s basic business sense and it can make the rhythm of your writing life more enjoyable. Follow these easy tips on how to write e-books faster for a sustainable long-term writing career:
Be Realistic. Write a Short Format E-Book.
Depending on your genre of specialty you’ll opt for a format that fits your niche. Bloggers tend to choose an extended list-format because it’s easy to adapt the same voice from their blogs. Include the more useful bytes that can legitimately help your reader reach a goal. This is a style of e-book you can exhibit on a page alongside the rest of your publications: expanding on different angles of your niche.
You might even consider releasing one chapter of your e-book at a time, to keep your readers coming back. Since chapter-length publications naturally have a smaller price-point and a faster release-schedule I’d recommend offering it concurrently with your full-length works, and weigh their value yourself. You may prefer only chapter-length releases if you only write fiction and/or personal works that can draw a recurring audience.
Collectible quote-books are also a useful method of adding value to purchases as a free bonus to their cart, or as a cornerstone for your brand-image. Friendly gestures, like free e-books, for signing up with a blog subscription is a classic maneuver to bring buyers back to your site when they get the mail. Given that quote-books can take a more personal tone you might consider positioning this work as a cornerstone of your blog’s voice. It’s very similar to list-type e-books, except your headers would be quotes containing insights to messages your brand agrees with, and why.
Remember to Regiment
There’s no replacing commitment to a stable writing schedule. Most of the people failing in the writing industry are failing because they don’t write regularly. You’re not likely to make a living from writing unless you invest a nearly full-time effort into your writing. At the birth of your career expect to write 5 thousand words-per-day minimum, just to maintain momentum. Writing just one book leaves a lot of money on the table. A frequently updated library of e-books frequently has a higher return on readership.
I use productivity apps, like Any.do and Evernote, to manage my time and organize my notes. Creating realistic habits – like 45 minute writing sessions broken by 15 minute breaks – fosters a natural writing environment. More importantly, you need to commit to actually writing during your writing sessions. Unless you’re writing fiction, minimize the time you spend researching by keeping an organized list of links to credible sources relevant to your subject.
Develop an outline for brainstorming to cut cost to your time. Take a formulaic approach to your titles and headlines separating the subject, angle, and hook to make content production fluid. Keep logs of all your ideas and sources, whether you like them at the moment or not. It will serve as your only creative reservoir beyond creative-commons. You never know when an old thought may fit perfectly into a new idea.
Broaden Your Distribution
The most important point of your e-book writing career is launch day. It’s going to tell you in plain math what works for you and what doesn’t by sampling all of your opportunities. On day 1 your book cover needs to be on Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Outskirts Press, and Notion Press as a minimum expectation for your own exposure. Take all of the free opportunities you can, but paying for premium self-publishing services can make your income livable sooner.
As your income stacks, measure the value of each project and judge which platforms are worth your time and effort. Your social media following will tell you what markets want more, and which e-books they’re enjoying.
Knowing how to write e-books faster is key to to producing your own career in the self-publishing industry. It isn’t impossible, but it will be difficult for a writer with a weak sense of commitment. Developing this skill requires you to assess the value of your writing career. Unless you’re prepared with a responsive audience in the millions your profit margin is going to come from the growth of your own production and marketing.