Ahhh, our love for vintage! Admit it. You’ve thought about writing an ebook about something vintage and realized that there’s more to it than just the text. Transforming the vintage lifestyle into a readable content is a bit tricky and needs a lot of research and field experience but don’t let these minute things keep you from pursuing your dream of becoming a vintage writer. Everything starts from somewhere- and where you are right now is the perfect place to start your writing career. And when you see it in your mind’s eye, you feel a ripple of pride!
Primping the Pump Is Tough
Does your email list grow s-l-o-w-l-y, with perhaps one or two new subscribers each week at best? The truth is that readers are reluctant to hand over their email addresses – even if they love your content. So, they may need a little extra nudge to sign up; you could even call it a bribe.
An ebook packed full of valuable content makes a great incentive. If you can offer free information your audience would gladly pay for, you’ll see dramatic improvements in your sign-up rates.
A hard truth about starting your first ebook is the fact nobody knows you in the ebook business. If you want to build a name for yourself in your field, an ebook is a great way to boost your credibility and authority. By publishing ebooks via online stores like Shopify or Amazon, you can appear literally alongside some of the biggest names in your industry. In fact, by placing your ebook on popular online stores and making it available in a number of formats, you gain visibility without needing to prime the pump.
Coming Up with Your Topic
On the surface, writing about vintage seems relatively easy. Lots of bloggers seem to be doing it, so how hard can it be? But in reality, most vintage blogs that see the light of day are horrible. They are embarrassingly bad and lacks depth and practical content. That’s because your average vintage writer doesn’t have a clue about the vintage lifestyle. And they don’t have any of the support that a traditional vintage author would be given by the community.
Yes, producing a quality vintage article is almost as hard as publishing an actual book. The basic tasks are the same. It’s just that you have to do them all yourself. Which is why avoiding the mistakes that catch most first-time vintage writers have is critically important. And one way to improve your ability to create amazing vintage content is by making ebooks.
If you want to create a premium ebook , you can be tempted to pick a “hot topic” thinking that’s where the money is. Likewise, when creating a sign-up “bribe,” you might think you need to entice readers with the latest information about an emerging topic. And if you’re publishing on Amazon, it’s easy to think you need to target one of the most popular categories.
In truth, picking a topic by general likeability alone is a BIG mistake. If you know little or nothing about your chosen topic, creating an ebook will be a huge amount of work. You’ll have to do a ton of research, interview experts, and perhaps even pay a real guru to get you up to speed.
Here’s how to fix it. Write about something you actually know about – which almost certainly means tying your ebook to your blog’s core topic. You’ll not only save a ton of time on research, you’ll also have a ready-made audience for your writing.
There are other issues you may run into while writing your first ebook, but the ecommerce market is wide open and ready for you. Take these things into consideration and take a shot!