A Profitable Idea for Writers

Written by Mary Anne Hahn

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You say that this information is already readily available for free? You're right, much of it is. But if you write engagingly and well, and if you can save people hours of searching and sifting through useless information in order to find what will help them, then you can sell your ebook. Dorepparttar research for them, includerepparttar 129608 best links in your ebook, and you have something of great value to offer.

Let's take a look at a real life example: Matthew Lesko. For those who haven't heard of him, he has put together over 70 books on how individuals and businesses can find free US government money, grants and cash loans to finance nearly any venture you can imagine. His books sell like hotcakes, and I daresay he lives comfortably because of that.

Could people have found this information on their own? Absolutely. But are they willing to buy Mr. Lesko's books if it will save them hours and hours of trial and error research? You bet they will.

Ifrepparttar 129609 idea of writing ebooks for fun and profit appeals to you,repparttar 129610 absolute best guide onrepparttar 129611 Web for how to create, publish and sell your own ebook is "Make Your Knowledge Sell!" This ebook is so packed with information, you'll be biting atrepparttar 129612 bit to start writing before you're even a quarter of repparttar 129613 way through it. Even visitingrepparttar 129614 product's Web site alone will provide you with ideas. You can check out "MYKS!" here: http://myks.sitesell.com/writeangles.html

Another *excellent* resource on this topic is Neil Shearing's "Internet Success Blueprint." Written for Internet marketers, it is a superb step-by-step guide to developing and writing ebooks that we non-marketing type writers could definitely learn from. From selecting topics to choosing an electronic publishing format for your books--plus guiding you throughrepparttar 129615 ebook marketing process--this one's about as complete as you'll find online. Plus, it's a fun read. Read more about Neil's book here: http://scamfreezone.com .cgi/176198

If you love to write and want to make your living from it, I strongly believe that ebooks are a fantastic way to go.

Here's to your writing success!


Mary Anne Hahn is editor and publisher of WriteSuccess, the free biweekly ezine of ideas, information and inspiration for people who want to pursue SUCCESSFUL full-time writing careers. To subscribe, mailto:writesuccess-subscribe@yahoogroups.com .

Navel Gazing: How to Edit Yourself

Written by Heather Reimer

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-Checkrepparttar math. In economics stories especially, it's easy to drop a zero and even easier to duplicate somebody else's mistakes.

-Double check for double meanings. For example,repparttar 129607 following site description recently turned up in an ad for casinograpevine.com: "The Casino News Portal for Women that Men Can't Resist!" So it's a portal for women who are irresistible torepparttar 129608 opposite sex or... ?

-Keep an eagle eye open forrepparttar 129609 little oopsy-daisies we all make. Typing "you" instead of "your" is a common one. So is using "that" instead of "who". Example: "Allrepparttar 129610 people THAT proofread their stories carefully win Pulitzer Prizes." If you need a grammar booster shot, visit any of these sites:

http://www.webgrammar.com http://ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ http://www.grammarlady.com/faq.html http://englishplus.com/grammar/

-Find out what style manual/guidelines are used byrepparttar 129611 publication you're writing for and be sure your piece agrees with them.

-Now dorepparttar 129612 first item on this list again. I can't tell you how many times I've caught my own bloopers or found a better way to phrase something onrepparttar 129613 15th or 20th pass!

So that's how, in an emergency, you can do your own editing. Sure, working without an editor can have its upside. It means never having to say, "You corrupted my work, you creep!" Butrepparttar 129614 downside is that you will probably overlook mistakes thatrepparttar 129615 "village" would have caught.

Whenever possible, get a talented friend or a professional editor or even an English major to lend an eyeball. Believe me, they aren't nearly as in love with your words as you are!

Heather Reimer has been a professional writer for 16 years. She now specializes in writing and editing e-zine and web content, sales letters, ads and articles. For fast, effective and memorable e- content, mailto:heatherreimer@codetel.net.do

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