from idea to e-book {week 1}

from-idea-to-ebookWoohoo, friends! Here we go! 10 weeks to write, publish, and sell your own e-book! If you missed my post about this two weeks ago, go ahead and read it now.

The bad news: the course is no longer available for just $10. The good news: it’s still available! (for $17) And you can easily catch up with us! (I promise) That’s less than $2/week (it’s a 10-week course), and you get lifetime access to the content.

And you can take a sneak peek at that content here.

AND you get the bonus of a FREE discussion about each week’s module right here on my blog. And I’ll answer as many questions (in the comments or via e-mail) as I have time for.

Win win win!

If you don’t feel like you’re ready to invest $17 in the course right now, I totally get that. And you’re more than welcome to listen in on (or even join in) our discussion anyway. Just know that I’ll only be sharing snippets of the content to be fair to Mandi (the owner/producer of the course).

Diving right in.

First of all, if you registered for the course, I’d love for you to leave a comment and introduce yourself. You don’t have to share your great e-book idea with us (or admit that you don’t have one). Just tell us your name and why you decided to take the plunge.

For example: Hi, I’m Marla. I’ve written three e-books already, but I have ideas for TONS more. And I can always use LOTS of help marketing my e-books and getting them in the hands of people who would benefit from reading them.

Second, here are some questions to get the discussion rolling. Feel free to answer one or two or all of them (or ask some questions of your own).

1.) Mandi says the 3 biggest obstacles to writing an e-book are 1.) time, 2.) process overwhelm, and 3.) fear. Which one of these resonates with you most, and why?

2.) She also gives lists of pros/cons of traditional publishing (as opposed to self-publishing an e-book). As a traditionally-published-turned-self-published author, I can attest to the truth of her lists. What stood out to you? She also mentions e-books as a door to traditional publishing. What do you think of that?

3.) She mentioned blogging being a good platform for your e-book. Are you blogging? If not, is it something you’d consider doing?

And this is just something I’m curious about.

4.) Do you want to write an e-book more because you have a burning desire to write, or because you have a specific idea you’re dying to share?

And one last thing:

5.) This first module doesn’t give a lot of how-to info (mostly just covers the why of e-books), but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump start on your e-book. What’s something you can do TODAY to get the ball rolling?

(I’m going to do a giant round of edits on my new e-book about Cambodia.)

Okay, I’ll stop talking now and let you take a turn! Answer a question, ask a question, start a discussion, whatever floats your sailboat. So excited you’re taking this plunge, friends!!

9 thoughts on “from idea to e-book {week 1}

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  2. Christi McGuire

    Hi, I’m Christi, and I’m a freelance writer and editor. I’ve written tons of magazine articles and units of Vacation Bible School curriculum for a major religious publisher, but so far, no book. I had an agent request my book proposal, but I’m not sure I want to play “the game” that traditionally-published authors do. I just want to help and encourage others without being stressed about how many hits on my blog, how many FB fans, etc. So I’m really considering doing an ebook–especially after reading two of Marla’s ebooks!
    1. Yep, all three of those apply! Time to fit another project in my schedule. Fear that no one will buy it or like it. And the actual process–how do I do it? What if I don’t do it right?
    2. I think the cons of traditional publishing can be sometimes too big to hurdle. Nowadays, it’s all about platform, platform, platform. That’s why I’m thinking self-publishing is more for me. But if it opens a door to traditional publishing, then great. Whatever and wherever God leads!
    3. Yes, I’m blogging–for two years now. I go through a love/hate relationship with it. I think it’s taken 2 years to find my “voice.” I’ve been wanting to please everybody else to grow my platform, and it’s falling flat. So now I’m finding my passion and going to focus on that!
    4. Both. I have a book fully outlined and 1/3 written.
    5. Hmmmm….keep writing, I guess!

    This is fun! Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

    1. Marla Taviano

      Hi, Christi! I’m so glad you’re joining us!! I’m with you on the platform thing. I hated the fakeness of trying to get more readers. It’s so much more freeing just writing what I’m passionate about, what God lays on my heart. Of course I want more people to hear what I have to say (especially when I talk about Cambodia), but I think (I know) he knows how much I can handle at any given time. Excited to read your e-book!

  3. Rachelle

    Hi, I’m Rachelle and I am a closet writer. I’ve been blogging since 2006 but have kept my blog quiet, so it’s mostly read by my family and a few friends. This past weekend I attended a speakers and writers conference in NC, I am from New Mexico, and I decided before I left to just sign up and do this thing. I am stepping away from my audience of one, in front of the mirror, and stepping out onto the proverbial water.

    1) Um, yeah, I love fear. It has held me safe for a long time and kept me from failure. But this year, I am finally living in the freedom that failure in something is not failure in life.
    4) Neither. Honestly, I have continued to fear that I have nothing to say. Except, I love Jesus. I was standing in the checkout line at Walmart a couple of weeks ago observing those around me and an overwhelming sense of love flooded me for every woman in my view. I thought to myself that if there was a way for them to know that they are cherished and dearly loved then I would want to be in on sharing that love with them. I’m just here. Willing and taking steps with no idea where I am going.

    5) Just getting into the word and really trying to be sensitive to God’s leading. Whenever.Wherever. Whatever.Send Me.


    1. Marla Taviano

      I love this so much, Rachelle. Thank you for sharing!! And I just want you to know that you’ve been blessing me behind the scenes for a long time now. I’m ready to share you with the world. I believe in you, girl. With God, you’ll be unstoppable. I love the vision he’s given you. xoxoxoxo

  4. Jenn

    Hey, I’m Jenn, and I’ve published two ebooks (Christian chick lit) so far. I have a shorter novella set to publish on Monday (eeee!!!) and a third, full novel set to publish on September 1st. I’m really new to all of this, though, and am always looking for more information, particularly when it comes to marketing and promoting my stories. I just registered this morning, so I need to go back and actually read and catch up before I answer any of your questions. So excited, though, and can’t wait to learn more!

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