Writing an Ebook - DIY or Outsource?

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Hello Fellow Warriors!

I am looking hard at writing an Ebook. I like writing, but I don’t know if I am good at writing in an enticing way. You know, where the readers are salivating after every word you type. I have the key points and rough draft written. I just don’t know if I should have a “professional” do the final copy.

So my question is: DIY or have it outsourced? Are there pros and cons?

Peace.
#diy #ebook #ebook creation #outsource #writing #wso
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    • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
      Do it yourself, then hire a good editor to make sure the writing flows and is clear to the reader.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Do you have more time or money?

    Having someone else write it for you will save you time. It will also cost you more money.

    If you already have a draft; you might want to hire someone to edit or proofread it for you instead of hiring a writer.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by Looking4Mentor View Post

    Hello Fellow Warriors!

    I am looking hard at writing an Ebook. I like writing, but I don't know if I am good at writing in an enticing way. You know, where the readers a salivating after every word you type. I have the key points and rough draft written. I just don't know if I should have a "professional" do the final copy.

    So my question is: DIY or have it outsourced? Are there pros and cons?

    Peace.
    I lean toward the DIY side, myself. But then again, I'm a bit of a control freak.

    A third option would be to hire a professional editor to polish your rough draft. A good one will not only make you look good, as far as mistakes and such, they'll do it in a way that makes you sound just like you - only better...
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
    I have wrote and sell 4 different ebooks online with great success and I'm not the greatest writer in the world, so i would suggest just writing and creating your ebook yourself as it's not really that hard and if I can be of any help to you, please feel free to PM me or email me at: email4Martin@yahoo.com.

    I hope this helps,

    Martin
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    The goal is to have an ebook that people want to read all the way through, right? If you're not sure you'll be giving that to them if you write it yourself, consider hiring someone to write it for you.

    Of course, you might just be your biggest critic. If I were you, I'd let the rough draft sit for a day or two, then look it over with a fresh set of eyes. If it still doesn't seem like something you'd be comfortable passing on to clients (or using to make a good 1st impression), you can always hire an editor to work on it. Or, depending on how "rough" your rough draft is, you can give it to a writer to use as a starting point for a new version.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    If you know the topic like the palm of your hand, then outsourcing is a great idea. If you don't know the topic well enough, then outsourcing could be a bad idea since you won't have any idea whether the eBook you received is even accurate.

    -Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnieT
    Sort of related question: How much does an Ebook cost? Is it charged per-page?
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  • Profile picture of the author lioeks
    Actually from the customers point of view, it's more about the results so It doesn't really matter "professional looking or not". As long as you give the results you promised to them, The buyers gonna be happy to buy from you again. Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    I think you're putting too much pressure on yourself...

    You know, where the readers a salivating after every word you type.
    Just do it
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    • Profile picture of the author Looking4Mentor
      Originally Posted by Big Al View Post

      I think you're putting too much pressure on yourself...



      Just do it

      Thank you, friend! You're absolutely right.
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  • Profile picture of the author richjr72
    You should just write it yourself, and have someone else edit it.

    When you write it yourself, you will establish some credibility and self-accomplishment. There is no better feeling in the world, than saying, you wrote a book.
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    • Profile picture of the author edwinms
      Originally Posted by richjr72 View Post

      You should just write it yourself, and have someone else edit it.

      When you write it yourself, you will establish some credibility and self-accomplishment. There is no better feeling in the world, than saying, you wrote a book.

      hi richjr

      where do you search someone who want to edit your book?
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I actually prefer to write my ebooks myself. I want my own voice used in my ebooks. My ebooks have sold pretty well and customers have complimented me on them. I feel that outsourcing it would lose the personal touch that I put into them.

    Maybe not ... some writers I'm sure can put some personality into their writing, but you'd have to do some testing to find one who writes the way you want it written. I would not want an ebook that ended up sounding like a very long ezinearticle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manie Amari
    I personally lean towards DIY. You only have to get confident once after doing it the first time. One you overcome this then it should become easier. Don't over think it JUST DO IT!
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  • Profile picture of the author premiumplr
    All of the posters offered great advice so there is no need to restate. However I want to advise that you make a decision and move forward.

    It's easy to get stuck in the cycle of "should I or shouldn't I". I suggest that you try to create your own product at least once and have a pro edit it. However if you can't get started or you just don't feel right about it, then hire it out.
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    • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
      I've done both, and they can both work.

      Here are 3 tips:

      1. Even if you don't write it, you want to outline it yourself. For example, information ebooks are best organized around a set of steps, tips, stages or tasks that will help your reader achieve the desired end result (lose weight, manage stress, train their dog, etc...) So, you want to do your research and find out what system will help them achieve their desired outcome - that becomes your outline and you don't want to leave this to someone else because writers don't get this and yet it is so critical to the success of your ebook or info product

      2. Write like you talk and stick to the outline. Two things will kill an ebook - verbose writing or writing over the heads of your audience and wandering aimlessly around your topic instead of sticking to the outline. Beyond that, writing is very straightforward if you keep your points clear and concise.

      3. Use examples from your own research, experience or from 3rd party research (interviews, case studies) -- even if you outsource the writing of your ebook, you want to bring in your own opinions, experiences, knowledge where you can...it personalizes your system and makes your ebook unique.

      Finally, when you outsource look for writers that have personal experience (direct or past writing) in your field, it makes a huge difference. For example, we put together an ebook in the past around an alternative therapy and found a writer who had direct, past experience with that therapy - their experience added tremendously to the project.

      Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author andreaskam
    I'd agree with the writing too. My biggest tip: Set yourself a ridiculous tight target to have it done by. Give yourself a reward if you manage. For example I've currently set myself the target of launching a couple of sites and if I have it done by the end of this month I can go on holiday!
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  • Profile picture of the author bodegazine
    If you can write then go for it. You can also edit and modify it through time. Reading from your posts, you are saying that you are a control freak so I bet it'll drive you nuts when the paid writer isn't expressing it the way you want it to..
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Odesk and whole lot of sites. But I outsource totally. I am not good at writing and if its an ebook, I want the best one out there.

    Now for reports and tips ect. I do that myself. My ebooks are about 30,000 to 40,000 words. Costs me anywhere from upper 300's to 500 but well worth it to have my name on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    Do it yourself and then write an ebook on how to write an ebook. You see you make double gains.
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  • Profile picture of the author Webpromotion
    Like always--- both options are good.
    Writing it yourself give you ultimate control and expressions of yourself and making the ebook very personalized. But it takes a lot of your time and the cost is low.

    Outsourcing is practically the opposite. But it's not necessarily a bad thing.
    It will take some time to find the right fit of writer for you, and that is work in itself.
    If you can overcome that, then you can find several writers, and that will double or triple your production. And of course, it will take some money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Looking4Mentor
      Thank you Warrior Friends!

      Great input and advice!

      I listen good and hard when Sbucciarel and JBSmith speaks, or should I say types. They have wisdom and scars to show for it.

      Peace.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ilya Dolgikh
    If you want to create high quality product you should do it yourself. ( of course if you are expert in this niche)

    Regards.
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  • Profile picture of the author vvsingh
    Write is yourself because you are the only person who can do justice with your ideas. After finishing the articles get a proof reader to proof read and edit it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jim Guererro
      If you like writing then you must like reading. Relate to a book that kept you enhanced in an enticing way as you want to write. Writing in that fashion will help you write in the way that you want. Having an ebook written can cost a bit of money but you'll never know if you could do better.

      My suggestion is to write the ebook yourself and see what type response that you get. If there is a positive response, like ebook sales, then you know you have a winner. If you don't have a positive response then have someone critique it.
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      • Profile picture of the author paramongoose
        I would suggest you outsource if you have some money. At the end of the day if you put in some money and hire professionals, you will probably end up with a better quality product. So yes outsourcing costs money, but the roi should be far better. Hire a ghostwriter for the ebook, and a copywriter for the sales page. You can hire very talented people at reasonable prices if you go to odesk and elance.
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        • Profile picture of the author Scott Burton
          Originally Posted by fuzzyblee View Post

          You should never hire anyone for something you haven't first struggled to do on your own. ---not sure where I got this one but this was the same message to me when I started a business a few years ago and it works for me.
          You should always experience what you can of the work you're going to ask someone else to do. If you don't try to make the hamburger yourself, how are you going to tell the freelancer or employee what you expect? You don't have to be perfect, but having the experience of trying makes understanding what you are asking clearer, and it helps you to better determine if you're asking an unreasonable amount of work for the compensation you're offering.

          Originally Posted by DriveTheGoods View Post

          Write it yourself! You only get better with practice and if you can accomplish writing one then the next will be easier! By learning this skill you will have the ability to make your own income when ever you want!
          Practice makes many things easier, but you can practice forever and never become as good as you need to be. Sometimes something just won't 'click' and as a result, you never really become as good as you need to be. In such cases, it's better to have tried repeatedly and then outsource than to outsource from the start.

          Knowing what you're asking someone to do, makes it a lot easier to judge what having someone else do the work for you is worth. If you want someone to do an ebook for you that you've already poured over for 80 hours without success, you probably aren't looking to ask someone to do it for $15.

          But also, the work you did, could be useful for the person you hire, because you've done this work, and tried to achieve that result, and so you can use this in showing the ideas you were working toward, and probably have research done that will reduce the work of the freelancer, thus reducing the level of demand you place on them (and possibly affecting their charges)

          Originally Posted by paramongoose View Post

          I would suggest you outsource if you have some money. At the end of the day if you put in some money and hire professionals, you will probably end up with a better quality product. So yes outsourcing costs money, but the roi should be far better. Hire a ghostwriter for the ebook, and a copywriter for the sales page. You can hire very talented people at reasonable prices if you go to odesk and elance.
          While outsourcing can be the final answer, making the attempt yourself (at least the first few times on a particular type of work) makes for far better comprehension of the problems you encountered, and thus some of the things you want the freelancer to deal with.

          It makes for better communications, and better communication at the outset makes for clearer understanding and fewer disputes later.
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  • Profile picture of the author seogoa
    Hello,

    I am working as a support staff for a local seo company. We try to find new customers by offering a free ebooks through our websites.What we do is write a small ebooks about ten pages on a particular topic and get it edited by a professional proof reader. This way we can save money, time and get a professionally prepared ebook. I think you can follow the same.

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    • Profile picture of the author Looking4Mentor
      Hi,

      I am liking the idea of writing it myself and then have a professional editor edit my work. My fingers sometimes types faster than my brain

      There are many compelling options here. Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author DriveTheGoods
        Write it yourself! You only get better with practice and if you can accomplish writing one then the next will be easier! By learning this skill you will have the ability to make your own income when ever you want!
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  • Profile picture of the author fuzzyblee
    You should never hire anyone for something you haven’t first struggled to do on your own. ---not sure where I got this one but this was the same message to me when I started a business a few years ago and it works for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author ramdom123
    Have the money? Then have someone write it for you and just make any changes you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saito
    I would do the research and writing myself (using dictation software to make a rough draft), then get someone to edit it, add pictures, format it, table of contents, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author lassy715
    If you have the time and knowledge, then write it yourself. If you want to get it done ASAP, then outsource it:

    1. Create a title and a subheading for the book
    2. Create an outline for the book
    3. Send the outline to a good writer
    4. Get it edited, formatted, etc.
    5. Get a Cover for it
    6. Promote it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Do it yourself.

      You'll have a greater level of satisfaction, you'll be able to provide support yourself and you'll be able to sell it as a WSO.
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      • Profile picture of the author Looking4Mentor
        Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

        Do it yourself.

        You'll have a greater level of satisfaction, you'll be able to provide support yourself and you'll be able to sell it as a WSO.

        Thanks Daniel!

        I have read your WSO and I enjoyed it. You know how to deliver. I am leaning on writing it myself and then having a professional proof-reader clean it up a bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You should write the ebook yourself. It'll be faster, cheaper, and will sound gramatically correct. All you need is an outline. If you want a good book on creating your ebook, PM me and i'll email it to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author jerzykaz
    If you are good at it, then do it yourself but have it checked by someone. Proofreading is reasonably cheap and can save you a lot of time if you need to make corrections and also will show you someone else's view on the issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    I would go with DIY, since at the end you'll have the satisfaction of having written your first eBook, plus you save quite some $ that you would pay to a writer to have it written for you. Not to mention, you also have complete control over how it turns out.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenJones
    Doing stuff myself gives me a good feeling. The feeling that you create value for other human beings and the happy people and positive feedback really are the things that keep me going in this IM world. I recommend you do it yourself as well, it will not cost you any money and you will get better every single time you want to write one up. I personally GUARANTEE you will find it soothing enough.

    Biggest tip I can give you is to spy on your competitors, see which eBook you like and get inspired by the way the text flows, is set up and how to create a nice and simple to read lay out.
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  • Profile picture of the author katnyc
    DIY. I am not sure that all niche's can be outsourced. IM stuff, yes, but micro niches unrelated to IM, not really.

    If it is a topic that you are passionate about, it will come easy to write about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author adammaxum
    Do it yourself

    1. save time & money
    2. if you are familiar with the e-book topic it simply makes sense to write about it yourself.
    3. you can always have your draft edited when finished
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    • Profile picture of the author sellerscompanion
      When deciding whether or not to write your own ebook, I would look at a few factors:

      1. Do you have more time or money? In other words, if you have plenty of time to write, but your budget is lacking - then you have your answer. Don't skimp on the budget and get a poor quality ebook just because that was all you could afford. Creating quality content will cost you either time or money.

      2. Does it need a certain tone? If you want your book to convey your own personality and tone, you might want to write it yourself. The other option is to hire a top-quality writer who is experienced in picking up another person's tone and weaving it into the content.

      3. Do you plan to write more in the same niche? If so, think about keeping that consistent tone.

      4. Speed of implementation is CRITICAL. You need to move forward with your business before you get bored with the topic or get sidetracked. Will outsourcing help you get momentum? Will writing it yourself slow you down too much because of other commitments? Whatever will allow you to keep moving forward may be your best choice.

      Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author weekendmarketer
    I agree with most of the views on this thread. I think it is better to write own content, primarily bcoz of two reason
    a) you understand where you stand today and can then decide on road ahead.
    b) It will work wonders on your confidence levels.

    Cheers,
    Andy
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    • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
      A writer has to research a subject to prepare an article or ebook that adequately meets your needs, and hopefully exceeds them.

      If you go with outsourcing, I highly suggest you find someone that has a solid understanding of what you want to accomplish. If you provide a first draft that contains all the necessary points, it will cut down on the total amount of research necessary and enable the writer to concentrate more fully on producing what you want. Be concise in your directions, but be sure to have them all in there when the project is requested. The draft will assist the writer to pick up on the personality you want to include in the finished product.

      I suggest you try writing it yourself, you might be surprised how well you can do if you put some time and effort into it. Do a good outline for your draft, and spend some time to make sure the outline accurately contains all the points you want made in the proper order. Then take your outline and begin to write the ebook. If the result is still not what you want, then hire someone to proofread and edit.

      When you outsource, you are still responsible for the finished product before you put it up for sale. Take the time to carefully read and even reread the ebook to be certain it is good and don't hesitate to check it with Copyscape or another decent plagiarism detector.
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