Here are three reasons to create an e-book:
Many people prefer print books over e-books, but the convenience and potential profits are hard for authors to ignore. Putting together an e-book can be a very simple process, although it gets a bit more difficult when a book contains images or has other special layout needs. The cover art is far simpler for an e-book, since no binding text or back cover is needed. And it's a great way to make money while you sleep.
Here are three reasons to create a print book:
While print books can require a bit more effort to put together than e-books, many people do not have the capability to access them. Among those who can access them, there are still many who prefer print books.
If you are torn between creating a print or e-book, why not make both and get all the benefits mentioned above?
The road to becoming a successful self-published author can be a long one. There may be a lot of ups and downs, kudos and criticisms, proud moments and embarrassing failures along the way. It's important to keep your eye on the goal and not be dissuaded by setbacks or diverted by accolades. It's also essential to have a clear purpose in mind about why you decided to take this journey in the first place.
Most successful writers work hard for years to achieve a measure of success, and those who are in the game looking to "get rich quick" are likely going to drop out long before the rewards come.
In the beginning, writing itself must be its own reward. It's a labor of love at this stage, and there are no guarantees. But the longer you persist, the better the odds, because you will be honing your craft, experimenting with new approaches and creating a network of supporters.
Write down your purpose, the reason you are doing this. Put it somewhere you can see it often. It will strengthen your resolve and deepen your commitment. It will help you find joy in the journey and give you a reason to keep moving forward even when a part of you feels like giving up.
You may have heard the term "finding your voice" as it relates to your writing endeavors, but what exactly does it mean and how do you do it?
In my view, finding your voice is really about finding the right combination of authenticity and marketability that will get you noticed and help you feel fulfilled.
The opposite of finding your voice is trying to sound like someone else. If you're writing in a genre that has no appeal for you just because it's popular and potentially marketable, long-term satisfaction is unlikely -- even if you achieve a measure of monetary success.
Similarly, if you write what you love and can't market it, you may have found your voice in one sense, but no one is listening.
Finding your voice is a process of trial and error as you search for the intersection of what you love, what you're good at, and what appeals to your audience.
Some experts advise choosing a single genre and sticking with it, which can be a good idea once you get to a certain point in your career. But in the beginning, I recommend experimenting with a variety of genres and formats as you search for the one that will best meet your needs.
Once you've found your voice, let it be heard over and over again.