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diligent research

Diligent research will add meat to the bare bones of your ebook.
A book of value will sell to a bigger audience and last on the shelves for a long time to come. Presumably, you already know your subject well and you have tons of experience in your field. So, you may think – why waste your time researching a subject that you already know so well? Well, why indeed?
Because your ebook, whether it’s your first or one in a long series is a personal branding tool. Your reputation as a domain expert rests on it. It depends upon how well you share your expertise with your readers. Can they trust you to shell out reliable, valuable, insightful information to them that they cannot easily find from any other source?
Can you live up to that expectation?
With research you can. Research is both quality control and risk management tool. Your research will answer the following questions.

  • Is all the information in my eBook accurate?
  • Is it current and complete?
  • Is it interesting and useful to my readers?

Think of what you are going to write from things happening around you; from what you know and care about. It doesn’t matter what kind of book you eventually decide to write. There are no rules other than the single most important rule – your story must be gripping and engaging. Period.
Beyond that it can be a satire, a drama, romantic fiction – whatever genre it may fall under – it must, first and foremost be a gripping tale that readers want to bite and buy into.
Take inspiration from your favorite book. Read it a few times to understand the author’s style, quality and based on your assessment, draw up action sheets on what would be your strategy. Pin it over your writing desk.