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100 Questions to Help You Write, Publish, and Sell Your Ebook

100 Questions to Help You Write, Publish, and Sell Your Ebook
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    Just a few years ago, if you wanted to be a published author you had to jump through a series of hoops involving literary agents and publishers. Then you faced a seemingly endless wait before your book finally hit the shelves.

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    Boy, how times have changed.

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    Now, if you have access to a computer you can write and publish an ebook and become a published author in a few short weeks.

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    However, a lot of people have set the goal of writing an ebook and yet they can’t seem to get started.

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    If you’re one of these people, it may very well be that all you need is to answer a series of important questions to help get your creative juices flowing. Doing this can also motivate you to take action.

    Below you’ll find 100 questions that will help you write, publish, and sell your ebook. I suggest that you take the time to sit down and answer each one.

    The 100 Questions

    1. Why do you want to write an ebook?
    2. What are some of the ways in which writing and publishing an ebook might help your business?
    3. How will you judge the success of your eBook?
    4. Will you write your ebook alone, or will you collaborate with someone else?
    5. Have you tried to write an ebook in the past, but failed? If so, why do you think you failed? What lessons did you learn from that failure?
    6. Have you chosen a topic that you’re passionate about?
    7. What is your deadline for publishing your ebook?
    8. How much time do you plan to devote to writing your eBook each day?
    9. How will you make the time to write your ebook?
    10. Do you have a strategy in place for dealing with procrastination?
    11. How long will your ebook be?
    12. Who are your ideal readers?
    13. What are some of your ideal readers’ characteristics?
    14. What is the specific problem that your ebook will solve for your ideal reader?
    15. What are some of the obstacles and/or challenges that your ideal reader has been confronting in relation to the subject matter of your ebook?
    16. Can you come up with ten questions your readers might be asking themselves about your topic (each question could correspond to a chapter in your ebook)?
    17. In what ways will your readers benefit when they implement the ideas in your ebook?
    18. Will you be offering any measurable results (such as lose five pounds in ten weeks, double your sales, or write an eBook in 30 days)?
    19. Do you have any special expertise in the area that you’re writing about? Is there any reason why you’re particularly credible (for example, you’re a nutritionist and you’re writing an ebook on how to lose weight)?
    20. What have you done to make sure that there’s a market for your ebook?
    21. Are you sure that there are people out there who are willing to pay for the information that you’re planning to include in your ebook?
    22. Are you giving people what they want, or what you think they want?
    23. Have you researched how much competition there is out there on your topic?
    24. Based on the law of supply and demand, is it worth the time and effort that it will take you to write the ebook?
    25. Of all the possible topics that you could be writing an ebook about, are you sure that you’ve chosen the best one?
    26. What keywords will you be targeting (for your ebook’s title, the domain name for your sales page, and your sales copy)? What are the keywords or keyword phrases that your target audience is likely to use when looking for information online on your topic?
    27. What keyword phrases are your competitors targeting?
    28. Have you broken down the process of writing an ebook into small chunks that you can knock down one at a time?
    29. Have you set interim deadlines to help you make sure that you’re going to meet your final deadline?
    30. Have you set a reward that you’re going to give yourself each time that you meet one of your interim deadlines?
    31. How will you keep yourself motivated as you write your ebook?
    32. Is there someone who can hold you accountable (someone who will make sure that you’re meeting all of your interim deadlines)?
    33. How do you intend to get ideas on what to write for your ebook?
    34. Have you already written ezine articles, blog posts, and so on that you can incorporate into the ebook?
    35. How do you plan to take notes as you conduct research for your ebook?
    36. Are you going to include anecdotes (examples from your own life or the life of others)?
    37. Can you explain concepts in a catchy way that will make people remember them (so that they’re more likely to apply them)?
    38. Will you include images and quotes?
    39. What are some examples out there of the type of ebook that you would like to write?
    40.  What are some of the ideas, strategies, tools, and tips that you intend to share in your eBook?
    41.  What are the titles of the leading books in your field?
    42. Have you read or at least skimmed the top five books in your field?
    43. What are some of the things in the leading books in your field that you agree with?
    44. What are some of the things in the leading books in your field that you disagree with?
    45. Do the books available cover your subject matter well? Is there a gap in these books?
    46. Do you have a Unique Selling Proposition that would make your ebook standout from the books that are already available on your topic?
    47. Why would a book buyer prefer your ebook over what’s already out there?
    48. How do you plan to organize your ebook? (For example, if you’re going to explain a series of steps, it makes sense if each step is explained in a separate chapter. As another example, you could answer the 100 most commonly asked questions in your field, and you could devote a page to each question and answer. As a last example, you could expose and debunk the top ten myths in your field, or offer ten tips to solve a particular problem. Again, each myth or tip could be a separate chapter.)
    49. Does each chapter in your ebook open with a hook that grabs your readers’ attention?
    50. Does each chapter in your ebook solve a particular problem related to your topic?
    51. Does each chapter clearly convey the information that your readers need? Is the information incomplete? Do any ideas need to be fleshed out further? Would an example make the ideas in the chapter easier to understand?
    52. Have you made sure that every chapter in your ebook serves a purpose and provides value?
    53. Have you expressed your ideas clearly?
    54. Are you making the reading experience enjoyable for your readers?
    55. Are you giving others credit when you use their ideas?
    56. Does each chapter have a title that’s clear, concise, and compelling?
    57. Is your subject too broad? Do you need to narrow it down?
    58. As you read each chapter, think of someone who has just had a meal. Are your readers still hungry; meaning that you didn’t answer their most important questions or you didn’t explain things clearly? Are your readers satisfied; meaning that you did a good job and your readers are happy with the amount of information that you provided? Are your readers uncomfortably full; meaning that the chapter is too long and complex?
    59. Do you have a title and subtitle in mind for your ebook?
    60. Have you put together a focus group to test your ebook’s title and subtitle?
    61.  Are you going to conduct interviews (for example, interview a successful internet marketer on how to conduct keyword research)?
    62. Are you going to conduct experiments (for example, teach your brother how to set up a blog and start making money in 60 days)?
    63. How do you plan to format your eBook?
    64. Are you going to include bonuses with your ebook?
    65. Will you include audio or video?
    66. Can you include spreadsheets or templates?
    67. Can you include checklists?
    68. Are you going to have exercises at the end of each chapter so that people apply what they learned in each chapter?
    69. Can you include worksheets?
    70. Have you put your first draft aside for a few days so that you can look at it again with fresh eyes?
    71. Do you have someone who can help you proofread your ebook to make sure that it doesn’t have any spelling or grammatical mistakes?
    72. How do you plan to compile your eBook (for example, .EXE or .PDF)?
    73. What file-formats will your ebook be available in? Which devices will your readers be able to use to read your eBook
    74. Are you going to create a cover yourself, or are you going to hire someone to do it for you?
    75. Are you going to send an advance copy of your ebook to a few people in order to get testimonials?
    76. Where will you sell your ebook?
    77. Do you currently have a platform (such as a blog) from which you can sell your ebook?
    78. Do you have a social media presence (such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook)? If so, how do you plan to use social media in order to promote your ebook?
    79. Do you plan to build a Squidoo lens about your ebook?
    80. Do you plan to write ezine articles to promote your ebook? If so, which ezines will you be sending articles to?
    81. Will you be writing guest posts to promote your ebook (if so, what blogs will you be targeting)?
    82. Do you plan to participate in forums and leave comments on popular blogs about your topic in order to promote your ebook?
    83. Have you set any email alerts in order to track your topic?
    84. Are you going to offer free chapters of your ebook in order to entice people to buy your ebook?
    85. Are you going to offer a free mini-ecourse so that people are exposed to your message at least 7 times (marketers argue that people need to be exposed to your message 7 times before they’ll buy your product)?
    86. Can you begin to grow interest in your ebook while you’re writing it (publish excerpts or write blog posts that are related to your topic)?
    87. Will you be offering an affiliate program so that others sell your ebook for you?
    88. Are you going to set up a separate website to sell your ebook?
    89. Are you planning to buy the domain for your ebook’s title?
    90. Do you have a template for your sales page?
    91. Are you going to offer free coaching to those who buy your ebook (or free email support)?
    92. Are you going to offer a time-limited offer (such as offering your ebook at half price for a few days as soon as you launch it)?
    93. What’s your pricing strategy? Are you going to sell your ebook at the same price as your competition?
    94. Have you conducted a survey in order to determine what people would be willing to pay for your ebook?
    95. Are you going to have any back-end products?
    96. How will you deliver the ebook to those who purchase it?
    97. How will you be paid? What forms of payment will you accept?
    98. Will you get an ISBN?
    99. Are you going to offer a money-back guarantee?
    100. Are you planning to publish a hard copy version of your ebook?

    Now that you’ve answered these questions, you just might end up with the first draft of your ebook, along with a strategy detailing how you’re going to publish it — and then sell it.

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    Last Updated on January 2, 2019

    How Personal Finance Software Helps You Get More Out of Your Money

    How Personal Finance Software Helps You Get More Out of Your Money

    Do you know what mental health experts point to as the biggest cause of stress in the United States today? If you said “money,” then ding, ding, we have a winner!

    Three out of four adults today report feeling stressed out about money at least part of the time. People are either worried about not having enough money or whether they’re putting the money they do have to use in the best possible way.

    Your money is either in charge of you or you’re in charge of it, there’s no middle ground. Using some type of personal finance software can help alleviate some of that money stress and better allow you to manage your money effectively. Without it, you may just be setting yourself up for constant financial worry. Life is already tough enough and there’s no need to make it more difficult by simply hoping your money issues will all work out in your favor. Hint: they won’t.

    This guide will help you to understand how personal finance software can better assist with both accomplishing long term financial goals and managing day-to-day aspects of life.

    Whether it’s tracking the savings plan for your child’s college fund or making sure you won’t be in the red with the month’s grocery budget, personal finance software keeps all this information in one convenient place.

    What Exactly is Personal Finance Software?

    Think of it like the dashboard in your car. You have a speedometer to tell you how fast you’re going, an odometer to tell you how far you’ve traveled, and then other gauges to tell you things like how much gas is in the tank and your engine temperature. Personal finance software is essentially the same thing for your money.

    When you install this software on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, it helps to track your money — how much is going in, how much is going out, and its growth. Most personal finance software programs will display your budget, spending, investments, bills, savings accounts, and even retirement plans, levels of debt, and credit score.

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    How It Leads to Financial Improvement

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but people who regularly monitor their finances end up wealthier than those who don’t. When you were a kid, keeping track of all of your money in a porcelain piggy bank was pretty easy. As we get older, though, our money becomes spread out across things like car payments, mortgages, retirement funds, taxes, and other investments and debts. All of these things make keeping track of our money a lot more complicated.

    Some types of personal finance software can help make things a little less complicated, setting you up to meet financial goals and taking away some of the stress associated with money.

    Even if you already have a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) some type of personal finance software can be of great benefit. Whereas CFPs focus on the big picture of your money, they don’t handle the day-to-day aspects that determine your overall financial health.

    It’s also not nearly as complicated as you might think and can take out a lot of the tedium that comes with doing everything on an Excel spreadsheet or with a pad and pencil.

    Types of Personal Finance Software

    When it comes to personal finance software, it generally fits into two categories: tax preparation and money management.

    Tax preparation software such as Turbo Tax and H&R Block’s software can help with everything from filing income taxes to IRS rules and regulations and even estate plans. Plus, there’s the benefit of filing online and getting your refund check a lot faster than if you were to mail off your forms after waiting in line at the post office.

    For the purpose of this article, however, will be focusing more on the personal finance software that aids with money management.

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    Money management personal finance software will help you to see the health of your cash flow, pay down debt, forecast for expenses and savings, track investments, pay bills, and do a host of other things that 30 years ago would have practically required a team of accountants.

    When to Use Personal Finance Software

    So far we’ve gone over what exactly personal finance software is and how it can be a benefit to your money. The next logical step in this whole equation is determining when it should be used and how is the best way to go about getting started using it.

    Below are four of the most common and practical ways to use personal finance software. If all or any of these apply to you and your money, then downloading some type of personal finance software is going to be a smart move.

    1. You Have Multiple Accounts

    There’s a good chance that when it comes to your money, it’s in more than one place. Sure, you probably have a checking account, but you may also have a savings account, money market account, and retirement accounts such as an IRA or 401k.

    If you’re like the average American, you probably have two to three credit cards as well. Fifty percent of Americans also don’t have loyalty to just one bank and spread their money across multiple banks.

    Rather than spending hours typing in every detail of every account you have into a spreadsheet, many programs allow you to easily import your account information. This will help to eliminate any mistakes and give you a bird’s eye view of everything at once.

    2. You Want to Automate Some or All of Your Payments

    Please don’t say that you’re still writing out paper checks and dropping each bill in the mailbox. While it’s noble that you’re doing your part to keep postal workers employed, we’re 18 years into the 21st century and you can literally pay every bill online now.

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    There’s no need to log into every account you have and type in your routing number either.

    With personal finance software you can schedule automatic payments and transfers between all of your imported accounts. Automatic transfers will help to make sure you have the necessary funds in the right account to ensure all bills are paid on the appropriate date. Late fees are annoying and do nothing but cost you money. It’s time that you said goodbye to them once and for all.

    3. You Need to Streamline Your Budget

    Perhaps the best feature of personal finance software is that it allows you track everything going in and out of your virtual wallet.

    Nearly every brand of personal finance software out there has easy-to-read graphs and charts that allow you track every cent you spend or earn, should you choose. You might be pretty amazed when you see just how much you spent on eating out last month or if you splurged a little more than you should have on Christmas gifts last year.

    Every successful business on the planet has a budget and using personal finance software can help you trim the fat on your spending in ways that affect your everyday life.

    4. You Have Specific Goals to Meet

    Maybe it’s paying off debt or saving for up something like a European vacation. Whatever your financial goal is, whether it’s long-term or short-term, personal finance software programs are one of the savviest ways to go about reaching those goals.

    You can do everything from set spending alerts to notify you when you’re over budget to automating what percentage of your paycheck goes to things like retirement investments. The personal finance software that you choose should show you exactly how close you are to hitting those goals at any given time.

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    How to Get Started

    From AceMoney to Mint and Quicken, there ’s no shortage of personal finance software apps out there. Many of these programs are free to download and will allow you to pay bills, invest, monitor your net worth and credit profile, and even get a loan with the swipe of a finger.

    Other programs may only offer you limited services and will require a one-time fee or subscription to unlock all that they offer. These fees can often vary from as little as two dollars to 50 bucks a month.

    It’s best to start off with the free version and then gauge whether you’re able to accomplish everything you’d like or if it’s worth exploring one of the paid options. Often times the subscription programs come with assistance from financial planning and investment experts — so that can be a real benefit.

    When deciding which personal finance software program to use, it’s also important to look at how many accounts you wish to monitor. Certain programs limit the number of accounts you can add. Be sure that if you have checking, credit card, and investment accounts to monitor, that you choose a service that can monitor them all.

    Finally, when looking around for the right personal finance software that meets your needs, make sure that you’re comfortable with the program’s interface. It shouldn’t be expected that you recognize every single feature instantly, but if the features don’t seem readable and manageable to you, then you’re not as likely to use it and get the full benefits.

    Final Thoughts

    Personal finance software can go a long way in helping you to take control of your money and meeting your financial goals. It’s important to note, however, that some focus more on budgeting and expense tracking while others prioritize investing portfolios and income taxes. Explore several different programs and read reviews to find the one that’s right for you.

    In this day and age, managing one’s personal finances in a secure manner that allows the user to have a real-time visual representation of their money is easier than ever before. With the numerous applications that are out there — both free and subscription-based — there’s no reason that every person can’t take control of their money and ensure they’re making smart money moves.

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