Homepreneurs eBook Writing Tips

Homepreneurs has decided to augment the free information we offer by creating an eBook for potential and existing home business owners.  The eBook is not a “best of” existing blog posts (though some information will carry over) but hopefully an easy to understand, comprehensive, educational and instructional guide to starting a home business.

The proposed eBook will not cover technology issues; technology changes too quickly for print.  Homepreneurs.net will continue as a free source of current business, technological, and social networking trends and information.

During the eBook creation process, this blog will post various tips and “lessons learned”.  As I’ve done in past posts, I experiment with the topic or subject and write about the experience.  My goal is to make Homepreneurs reader’s business lives a little easier.

The writing process

–        Create an outline, just like we were taught in school

–        Focus on getting words on the page, worry about formatting and editing later

–        If words are flowing easily on any given day, keep writing!  You won’t starve by missing lunch.

–        If you hit a wall or mental writing block, walk away from your computer and the project for a while.  Take a walk, go to the gym, run errands, read a book, or anything distracting.

–        Don’t worry about whether to use SmashWords, Kindle or any particular eBook distributor.  Focus on getting your thoughts out.

–        Use “insert page breaks” in MS Word for a new page.  Do not use more than 4 Hard returns (enter key) between paragraphs – this may cause formatting issues in eBooks.  Ditto for special characters.  Avoid them, if possible.

–        Remember that number of pages and page layout will change significantly in eBook format.

–        Do not use either the tab key or “———————————“to separate sections.  Both cause issues in eBooks.

–        Do not use fancy non-standard fonts, colored fonts (colors often disappear on some e-reading devices), compressed or expanded fonts, or large font sizes over 16pt

–        Consider whether you want to use a professional editor, proof readers or both.  If your work is significant in size and scope, and has potential for big sales, seriously consider investing money for a professional editor.  SmashWords will provide a list of names (if you’re having trouble getting the formatting correct after reading the Smashwords Style Guide, please consider hiring a fellow Smashwords author on “Mark’s List” by sending an email to list@smashwords.com) for assistance with formatting, but does not provide editors or editing services.

–        Create a backup!  Save to a USB drive or external hard drive!  Re-typing all the work you’ve done stinks!

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

Disclaimer

Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

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2 Responses to Homepreneurs eBook Writing Tips

  1. Charlotte says:

    This is good useful info and I fully concur as a freelance writer myself. I can’t wait for the book though which I need to help me turn a hobby into a home based business

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