3 Reasons You Should Write an E-Book

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Have you ever thought about writing a book? 

About every other week someone asks me this question. My answer is always the same: "Yeah, I've thought about it, but I simply don't have the time."

And I've also feared that I don't have the skill or the expertise. And I doubt I have the platform to really push sales. These are the voices in my head convincing me to ditch my dreams of authorship.

But now I have a a new voice in my head. At BlogHer'14 I met an awesome blogger named Ariane who blogs at The Force Expansive. When discussing self-doubt in her BlogHer recap post she gave fellow writers a charge to "Shut that noise down!"

I've decided to do just that and I've decided to write an e-book.

Here are three reasons you should too.

1. You have ideas worth spreading. You're an expert at something whether you realize it or not. You may feel you're not qualified to write about a particular topic because you don't have a degree to back up your knowledge. But sometimes passion can make up for that piece of paper. I often feel that way about blogging. I may have a two journalism degrees but I don't have an award-winning, highly profitable blog so why should anyone listen to my social media tips, I'll think. Then I'll attend a blogging workshop or a seminar on Twitter and realize I already know everything being taught. Sometimes I even know more than the presenter!

2. You have a story worth telling. As I shared yesterday, my main takeaway from this year's BlogHer conference was to write like my life depends on it. Sometimes I'm hesitant to write about feminism because I don't have a degree in women's studies. But every time I write an essay or blog post sharing my experiences as a southern fried feminist, I receive email after email from women thanking me. Women tell me they didn't know they were a feminist until they read my writing. Women tell me they weren't sure if they could be a good feminist and a good wife but after reading my work they know they can.

3. You have a blog or business worth promoting. An e-book could be what you need to take your blog or business to the next level. While blog posts are quickly pushed to your archives, an e-book can have a much longer lifespan. Simply add a graphic promoting your e-book to your website's sidebar or promote your book at speaking engagements. You can choose to give away your e-book for free as an incentive for joining your email list or simply as a way to get your name out and expand your influence and reach.  An e-book can, however, generate extra revenue, too. You could sell your e-book on Amazon, iBooks, or with a company like Shebooks, which publishes short e-books by and for women.  Shebooks is a curated collection of short fiction, memoir, essays, and long-form journalism, available by subscription or one by one. (Between now and July 30, 2014 you can get a free Shebook simply by using the promo code FREEBOOK at checkout at Shebooks.net.)

If lately you've been feeling like a writer who doesn't write, working on an e-book may be just what you need to get out of your rut.

Happy writing!


  1. I enjoyed this article and it definitely made me want to explore your site! I can't wait to read more!

  2. Call girls are quite responsive to the customers when they are thinking to find pleasure in life.
    People in the modern world are always looking for stuff related to escorts booking because they want
    to ensure sexual pleasure for the better quality of sex.There is no need to think about the quality
    of sex in the Guwahati Escorts because these call girls are too impressive for sexual performance and
    if you are thinking to track the fast results for sex life then you must check the right services
    of call girls. There is no need to worry about bad sex life when you are going to disclose the services
    of escorts.Explore more and more sex with Guwahati Escorts and the call girls are highly responsive for
    the bold moments and features.Maybe you are thinking that bold moments of the call girls the time has come
    to explore the sexy services for the bold requirement and bold requirements can do with the right services.
    Guwahati Escorts are now going to show you the ultimate cool performance of sex and this performance may never
    forget by you when you choose the ultimate services of sex.We are available the whole day and night that is
    24 hours to make sure you get the best escort service from our company in Guhawati.
    College call girls in Guwahati
    Independent call girls in Guwahati
    High profile call girls in Guwahati
    Guwahati call girls
    Assamese call girls in Guwahati
    VIP call girls in Guwahati
    Guwahati call girl
    Nepali call girls in Guwahati
    Call girl in Guwahati
    Call girls in Guwahati