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So if you don’t know by now, I wrote my first for-profit ebook 30 Days To $5k and released it this month. I’ve written quite a few free ebooks (you can view them by signing up for my email list), but I’d never written an ebook to sell. Part of my Q1 and Q2 goals was to create in-depth products and services that I could offer for affordable prices to mothers who were ready to take the leap into part-time or full-time entrepreneurship. I’m happy to report that I was able to do that by offering 30 Days To $5k.
But it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. If you’re thinking about writing an ebook for profit, read below to see everything I’ve learned!
I was able to write my ebook in two months. I wanted it to be complete in one month, but life and my business had other plans.
My process started with creating a project in Asana, creating sections to divide up my tasks (for example, I had a writing section, an editing section, a promotion section, etc). Within each section, I wrote out every single task that I wanted to get done. For example, each chapter got it’s own task and subtasks in the writing section. My cover and thank you page got their own tasks in the graphics section. Whenever I would think about something else, I would create a task for it in its designated section. This helped keep me focused and on track to finish my book in Q2, which was my ultimate goal.
Every single day, I had 1-3 tasks that needed to be finished. There were days where I didn’t get them all done, and I worked quite a few nights and weekends to make it happen. Now, on to the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I Was Organized
Being organized kept me from straying and saying “F*** it” on the ebook. With everything going on the last few months, I had every excuse NOT to finish the book. But keeping organized and seeing those deadlines pass by lit a fire in me to finish. There’s no way I would have been able to finish my ebook as quickly as I did if I wasn’t organized.
It Was Easier Than I Thought
Along with being organized, having all of my tasks laid out in front of me made the process of writing my ebook a lot easier than I thought! While there were some difficulties, writing my ebook was just like writing the ebooks I’ve completed before. I expected it to be more challenging since I was writing it as a product I would eventually sell vs. give away for free, but in reality, it was exactly the same.
I Loved Creating It
I’ll be honest when I say that I was worried that writing an ebook for profit scared me a little bit. I’ve been an entrepreneur for two years. I’ve helped dozens of women, and I’ve been able to build a really great life for myself and my family. But at first, it felt a little wrong to sell an ebook. I’ve written them before and expected nothing in return. So would it be bad to ask for money?
The truth is, even though I was writing an ebook for profit, doesn’t mean I had any less fun creating it. Helping women run better businesses is what I do. Helping moms quit their 9-to-5s and become their own CEO is my mission. Yes, I wrote this ebook with the intent to sell it. But hey, that’s part of being an entrepreneur (which I also talk about in the book!).
I Had Help
This was HUGE for me. As you may know (and if you don’t, click here for more details), I hired a virtual assistant to help me with my business and website. She’s been a terrific help, and I’m so grateful to have her on my team. While I couldn’t hire an editor or publishing team, I did have her! She read through my book — twice! — and gave me really helpful advice and criticism. My process may have taken twice as long had I not had her help.
I Got It Completed
Of course, this was the best part of writing my ebook! Completing my ebook felt SO GOOD. I was able to look back on all of my rough drafts and then back to the finished product to see how far I’d come. It was so nice to see a finished project and not some half done mess that I would never complete.
It Took A Lot Of Time
While I had my deadlines, I didn’t realize how much time each task would really take me to do. I’m a perfectionist, so I will typically spend 2x as much time on a task to make sure it is up to my standards. This was hard when I was trying to write and publish a book in 6 weeks. I would ask myself if what I was doing was right, if I could be doing better, if I needed more or less.
It took so much time to answer those questions, and even longer to do the work. This made for a stressful time when it came to the business side of my brain. While I loved creating the book, I wasn’t expecting the huge time commitment it would take me to make it exactly how I wanted it to be.
I Had To Do Things I Didn’t Want To
Because I have a hard time letting go of control, it’s always been hard for me to let go of responsibility. The same goes for my ebook. Instead of outsourcing more than what I gave to my virtual assistant, I just took on the extra projects. I did everything from the cover, to the thank you page, to setting it up on a selling platform. In the, future I may outsource the tasks I really didn’t want to do this time around, but this was a big learning experience and really nailed into my head that you either do things you don’t want to do, or bite the bullet and pay for someone else to do them.
Canva Kept Shutting Down
The next time I start writing an ebook for profit, I will NOT use Canva as my major designing source. I love Canva. Canva was the first tool I started using when I created my blog. It’s my jam. But it is not good for someone who’s trying to be serious about creating info-products. At one point, it completely spazzed out on me, which brings me to my next point.
I Deleted Everything (By Accident)
Yep. As I was working in Canva, it shut down, and all my copying and pasting, formatting, cover photo, and more was lost. I tried getting it back. I tried contacting customer service. It was all a no-go. I was so upset that I put the project on pause for a few days so I could get myself together. And I was so mad because I had spent a whole day just getting everything to look good, all for nothing.
I finally got myself together and started over, and the second time went okay. I still had a few hiccups, but not nearly as bad as the first time around. In the future though, I will invest in Photoshop and InDesign. Both require a bit more learning, but I’m willing to do that so I’m not accidentally deleting my products.
Resources I Used
Now that you know the good, the bad, and the ugly, let’s talk about what I used! Besides my virtual assistant, here are the tools and resources I used to create my ebook from start to finish.
My ebook started as a measly little rough draft in Evernote. I kept adding to it, and created the entire first draft inside of Evernote, which I then converted to Canva to format.
As I mentioned before, I used Asana as my task management system to keep me from missing my deadlines.
I used Canva to make the book look pretty and add links and other items that I wouldn’t have been able to do in Evernote. While Canva is fine for my freebie products and graphics (since those don’t take long to do), I will never again use it for such an in-depth product.
I use Gumroad as my selling platform! I highly recommend it, and I know a ton of my clients, friends, and favorite entrepreneurs use it as well. It’s amazing, and it’s only $10 a month. Even the cheapest entrepreneur can afford that.
Where You Can Get It
If you’ve read this far, I’m so excited to announce to you that my ebook 30 Days To $5k is up for grabs RIGHT NOW. This is an evergreen product, which means I will continue to add to it for years to come. I feel so grateful and honored to announce that this is my first for-profit info product, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it! To buy it, all you have to do is check it out below!