I swear Tim Denning’s article have their own gravitational force. Try as I might to focus on smaller authors and avoid 99% of what the internet deems, ‘writing advice,’ I somehow always find myself pulled into an article by Tim Denning.
But he is having his moment (moments?) and I’m more than happy to let him. Moreover, I actually followed his wisdom this time — and I’m 14 chapters and 20,000 words heavier because of it.
Also, did I mention that it only took 3 days?
Although Tim published it back in January of this year, it wasn’t until just a week ago that I fell into the gravity of an article titled, “This Is Exactly How I Made an Extra $5,000 Writing in the Last 30 Days.”
The article is good — as always. Tim Denning knows his stuff, and I appreciate that he’s willing to share it with the rest of us. In the article, he boils his advice on writing an e-book down to these key points:
- Choose a topic
- Spend exactly one day writing
- Edit the eBook
- Have a proper illustrator create your cover
- Format the eBook
- Set up a single page to sell your eBook
- Promote the eBook
Now, one of the ways you can tell this is good advice is that Tim only suggests spending one exact day writing your e-book.
Not only does this give readers the ‘no-excuse’ kick up the arse to get a move on with their writing and block off a single day — but truth be told, having a completed e-book on your hands even when you’ve been writing for three, is such a reward in and of itself, that you don’t really have anything to hold against Tim over here.
While I’m currently around about step 4 and 5 of Tim Denning’s advice as I seek out a quality illustrator to make my cover and continue to play around with the formatting, the knowledge that I could potentially write another 3 or 4 e-books within the time it takes to design a cover for 1 feels a whole lot like a superpower.
Choosing a topic for my e-book was as simple and straightforward as scrolling through my stats page and recording the all key themes of my previously published articles. (As it turns out, I write a lot on the subject of happiness and better ways to lead a mindful, positive, and healthy lifestyle).
Writing my e-book was as painless as organizing my chapters into a book-like flow, highlighting any missing pieces of the puzzle that would need to be re-written and/or written from scratch (i.e. the introduction and conclusion, at the very least).
And, for the most part, editing my e-book was as much fun as taking a trip down memory article lane — that feeling of re-reading old top quality posts of mine and having new words to augment my former opinions. In this sense, the process of creating an e-book feels a lot like #self-growth.
All in all, I’m having a great time; I’m excited about the prospect of publishing a second book, and even more excited about how brief a period of time it took to produce. Although there are still some finishing touches I have yet to complete — and I couldn’t be more clueless when it comes to how exactly I plan to strategize the sale of my book — I’m really proud of the work I put into doing it.
I hope this article inspires you to do the same, and to give Tim’s article a thorough read, just in case. Once again — like always — I’m really glad I did.
Oh! And stay tuned for my e-book… coming soon to a screen near you.
Alexandra Walker-Jones — May 2021