Improve Your Productivity with Your Ultimate Productivity Checklist

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Productivity is important for everyone, including eBook authors.  In this post, Anna Fox, owner of the site HireBloggers, tells us about an eBook she’s written that will help improve productivity. 

Have you noticed lately how many blog posts around the web are dedicated to productivity ? It seems to be getting even more common these days, and you can’t help but wonder if there is a surge in frantic activity these days, or what. Are we just doing more now than we were a few years ago? Or maybe we are just trying to find a more efficient way of doing it?

Whatever the case may be, it is time to let go of all of the stress, and start to organize life a little more productively. To do that, you need the right kind of checklist to get you on the right track. The Ultimate Productivity Checklist has what you need to do just that.

Breaking it down into your personal life and your working life, the checklist gives you a list of tools that are best suited to managing your time and energy. Some of them are simple to-do list applications that will let you go through each task. Some are for better conducting collaborative projects without wasting time in face to face meetings. Still others sync up your life a bit and let you access necessary files from different devices. My personal favorites from the list are the ones that lock out distractions and strong arm you into focusing.

In addition to the tools, it talks about the importance of setting both large and small goals for your life, and balancing your productivity with off time. As the guide points out, you have to be able to relax after a long day, and to take frequent breaks, otherwise you will burn out and won’t get anything done.

Everyone can use a bit more productivity in their lives. Use this guide to help you find a bit more in your own, so you can start taking advantage of increase free time, and less stressful days.

Please download your free copy here.

 

My Favorite Books About Writing eBooks

One thing I did a lot when I wrote my first eBook, and still continue to do, is read a lot of Antique BookseBooks about writing eBooks.  This includes not only eBooks about the actual writing process, but also eBooks about other aspects of the process, such as marketing and formatting, and designing eBook covers.  In this post I’ll discuss a few eBooks that I’ve found  helpful.

How to Publish a Best-Seller on Amazon by Nicholas Black – This was the first book I read about the subject, and it is the book that got me started on this path. In this book, Nicholas Black covers everything from writing the eBook to formatting it, coming up with a title, creating a cover, pricing it and marketing it. This book was published back in 2012, so some of the information may be out of date now, but a lot of it is still valid.

Ebook Publishing 101: My Ebook Publishing Secrets for Success by Stacey Davidson – In this book Stacey Davidson discusses her tips for publishing eBooks on Amazon .  She covers a lot of the same topics Nicholas Black does in his book, but provides some additional tips for how to make a lot of money selling eBooks.

Price Rich by Von Money – In this book, Von Money discusses his secrets for success with eBook publishing on Amazon. He talks about a lot of the same topics as the other two authors, but he offers some different opinions.  For example, many of the books I’ve read suggest pricing your book at 2.99 or more so you can take advantage of the 70% royalties. However, one point that Von Money makes in this book is that if you sell 5 books that are priced at .99 cents, even at 35% royalty you’ll make more than if you don’t sell any books that are priced at 2.99 or more.

The Black Bible by Von Money – This book is the sequel to Price Rich. In this book Von Money talks about 20 of his secrets that have helped him become successful publishing ebooks. He talks about things like coming up with a title that promises something – in his words “The title of your book should create an itch a mosquito would be proud of.” He also talks more about pricing strategies, creating an effective book description, and the importance of enrolling in the KDP Giveaway, where you offer your book for free for five days every 90 days.

Self-Edit and Evaluation Checklist – This very short eBook provides a list of things you’ll want to check as you go through your eBook. You’ll probably still want to have someone else check it over, but using this check list will reduce the likelihood that there will be a lot of things that need to be corrected.

These are just a few of the books I’ve read about writing and self-publishing eBooks – there are many others. If you’re interested in following my eBook writing journey, be sure to check this blog often for new posts, or follow me on my Facebook page.

Lessons I Learned from Writing my First eBook

E-book reader and  stack of books on white background. 3dNow that I’ve published my first eBook and it’s started getting some sales, I wanted to share some lessons I learned as I went through the process of writing this first eBook. If you  haven’t written your first eBook yet, I hope you’ll keep these things in mind as you start writing.

Make it a priority – If you’re determined to write an eBook, you need to set aside time to actually work on  the process. If you work full time or go to school, this means you may have to get early or stay up late so you can put in a little time on your eBook. I often got up at 5:00 or 5:30 in the morning so I could work on writing or researching my eBook , or doing other things related to my eBook.

Have a to-do list – I always try to make a to-do list of what I want to accomplish on my eBook for the day.  That could be writing or outlining a chapter, researching a chapter, brainstorming ideas, or anything else that I need to do that’s related to my eBook. Then I would at least try to make a dent in those tasks during the time I set aside for working on my eBook.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help – If your goal is not only to write an eBook, but actually make money off of it, there’s a lot more to the process of writing an eBook than just writing it. You also have to design a book cover and find ways to market your eBook. Not everyone knows how to do all these things well though, nor do they have the time to do it, so it’s ok to enlist the help of others you might know. When I was writing “Your Work at Home Journey”, I asked a friend of mine if she could use her graphic design skills to modify a graphic that I had downloaded and was considering using in the cover. I also had people help me with editing the text of the eBook as well as my eBook description, and putting the description into the proper format so it would look good on the sales page.

If you don’t already have one, build a following while you’re working on your eBook – When I first started writing my ebook back in 2012, I did have a little bit of a following because I had been a contributing writer on Work at Home Adventures for a little over a year at that time, but I also decided to start a free blog on wordpress.com so I could let people know about the progress I was making on my ebook. Later when I had the money, I converted the free blog to a self-hosted website on WordPress.org.

Write as much as you can about your eBook’s subject so you can get the word out about it – You can write guest posts for blogs about your eBook’s subject, or even write articles for sites like Hubpages and Yahoo Contributor Network. If you have a blog or website, be sure to mention it in your article or blog post.  Here’s an example of a hub I wrote about one of the subjects I cover in my eBook.

Get the word out about the articles you wrote – You can do this by connecting with others on the sites you write on, and you can also share your articles on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Create a mailing list that people can sign up for – Mailchimp is great for this – I first found out about Mailchimp from Miranda Grimm, the owner of Work at Home Adventures. You can sign up for a free account and you’ll be able to send 12,000 emails a month to a list of 2,000 subscribers. If your list ends up being larger than that, you may want to consider upgrading to a paid account. Once you create a mailing list, you can copy and paste the code for the mailing list widget right into your WordPress website, or post a link on different social networking sites.

These are just a few of the lessons I learned from writing my first eBook. To follow my eBook’s sales progress, as well as the progress I’m making on my next eBook, be sure to check back often for updates.