Online writing is a career as lucrative as any other freelance profession out there, with the appropriate exposure, time, and skill. There are many different types of content to choose from, for example article writing, blog writing, press release writing, and sales copy writing, and then there’s the less common, yet equally lucrative e-book writing. Many job providers are looking for e-books to use them as an information product, or to use as a marketing tool, and if you can demonstrate some experience at writing e-books, you stand more chances to get selected as compared to other writers bidding for the job. However, you need to remember following points.
1. Know your potential
I’m listing this as the first step not to sound like a cheesy motivator, and pushing you towards a line of work that you’re not really good at. If you believe in yourself, only then will you be able to sell yourself to a prospective client. Otherwise you’d simply end up selling yourself short. You may not find the break you need to move forward or even end up getting far less work than what you deserve.
2. All the rules of writing apply
Remember that E-book writing is plain web writing at the core and all the rules and requirements of writing apply here as well. These include impeccable English, professional style, and knowledge of the niche, copyrights, and so on. The research, responsibility, time and every other factor magnifies in importance. So you don’t only need impeccable English, but a lot of expressions, skill and sense of responsibility to manage a larger project on a single topic or subject.
3. Build a portfolio
Since it’s a bigger project as compared to normal writing assignments, you need an impressive portfolio with some e-book writing experience. This would show that you have experience writing, and the more relevant experience you have, the better are the chances for you to bag a client. Although clients would be looking for experience in e-book writing, one has to get started somewhere. You can offer dirt cheap rates to get your first clients, or try writing some e-book for yourself.
4.How to land a client and make it permanent
Landing the first client is admittedly the hardest part of the whole experience. But having completed all the steps mentioned above, it should be considerably easier for you now. Once you get a client, try to make them a permanent one going by the principle of give and take. You give good quality work, you will get more and more work. Continue to build up your portfolio and work will begin to flow.
5. Follow the guidelines
Remember that most of the time you’ll have an outline to work on, which is better because (and I say this with experience) deciding on what to write and where to start is the hardest step. You’ll have to learn to follow the guidelines, something you may not have been familiar with as a freelancer.
Working on different themes at a time can really take a toll on the mind and things might get muddled up. Learn to handle this as you see fit. Many people find it easier to work one project at a time, while others try to assign days for each project that they’ve taken on.
Please the client and he will please you by more work and even a raise. Miss cut-off dates, provide poor quality, don’t show up for meetings, deviate from the outline, put in too many of your own views that conflict with the clients perspective, and you’ll be given the elbow in next to no time.
7. Beware of scams
If you’ve been a freelance writer, you may well have been scammed at least once. Imagine getting scammed for as huge a project as an entire e-book. Beware.