Products that teach "how to make a product"?

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Anyone used any good ones?

Specifically I'm looking for a guide on how to write an ebook from start to finish. But maybe how to make an informational video course would also be interesting.

I'm just trying to see what's out there. I've been interested in making and selling my own products lately, and really want to get something built in the coming weeks if possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

    Anyone used any good ones?

    Specifically I'm looking for a guide on how to write an ebook from start to finish. But maybe how to make an informational video course would also be interesting.

    I'm just trying to see what's out there.
    Good idea, I'll get back to you in a few months when I produce that one.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    If I wrote a book called "How to Write a Book", it would be 300 pages but only 3 would have content on them. The rest would be blank so you can write down your own ideas.

    Seriously man, the best thing to do is just start writing... get all of your thoughts down, then organize it into logical chapters. Use MS Word, Google Docs, whatever you're comfortable with. That's all secondary stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rbtmarshall
      Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

      If I wrote a book called "How to Write a Book", it would be 300 pages but only 3 would have content on them. The rest would be blank so you can write down your own ideas.

      Seriously man, the best thing to do is just start writing... get all of your thoughts down, then organize it into logical chapters. Use MS Word, Google Docs, whatever you're comfortable with. That's all secondary stuff.

      Somewhat similar:


      I have a book called How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler. I haven't read it yet because I don't know how to.
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  • Profile picture of the author WarrenPeterson
    Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

    Anyone used any good ones?

    Specifically I'm looking for a guide on how to write an ebook from start to finish. But maybe how to make an informational video course would also be interesting.

    I'm just trying to see what's out there. I've been interested in making and selling my own products lately, and really want to get something built in the coming weeks if possible.
    There is a process to writing a book, unless you're writing straight fiction (actually even then there is a process). You need some sort of structure, some sort of idea of the flow, the content, etc..

    You need to know what your main objectives are, what is it that you are trying to teach/explain with the book. Then, you need to break that down into sub-objectives, with each of them clearly teaching a smaller point that is supportive of your main objective.

    The writing part is 'just' writing, for most the hardest part there is simply making yourself do it.... the work is on the back-end, knowing the structure and the content you are going to teach.
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    • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
      Originally Posted by WarrenPeterson View Post

      There is a process to writing a book, unless you're writing straight fiction (actually even then there is a process). You need some sort of structure, some sort of idea of the flow, the content, etc..

      You need to know what your main objectives are, what is it that you are trying to teach/explain with the book. Then, you need to break that down into sub-objectives, with each of them clearly teaching a smaller point that is supportive of your main objective.

      The writing part is 'just' writing, for most the hardest part there is simply making yourself do it.... the work is on the back-end, knowing the structure and the content you are going to teach.
      That's what I'm hoping to find: a proven structure that results in great ebooks.

      I've seen structures like this in the past for writing sales letters, and for writing good informational articles, and other stuff. So surely there must be a proven structure for writing a valuable ebook?
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      • Profile picture of the author WarrenPeterson
        Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

        That's what I'm hoping to find: a proven structure that results in great ebooks.

        I've seen structures like this in the past for writing sales letters, and for writing good informational articles, and other stuff. So surely there must be a proven structure for writing a valuable ebook?
        Well, you aren't going to find one single structure, different people have their own preferences, publishers have preferences, etc...

        I've written lots of non-fiction training-type books. Here is the structure my publisher and I agreed upon:

        Maximum of nine chapters (though I pushed this a few times), each chapter with a maximum of nine topics (That I didn't push). If the topics needed to be discussed in greater detail, those had at least 5 sub-topics and never greater than nine.

        The reason for this number (the minimum of five and maximum of nine) is that based on chunking, most people are comfortable learning seven things +/- two. Now, this is based on academic training situations, so it applied to the kinds of work I was writing.

        In each one of those topics, I had a specific high-level objective I was teaching, and in each sub-objective there was a specific smaller objective. In other words, every section had a point, there was no 'wandering' around.

        HTH
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Card
    As Ron said, just start writing, Put it in a Word or Open Office Doc.
    Figure out your title and sub title. Go to Fiverr get a killer graphic cover and any other graphics for in the book you'll need.
    Create your table of Contents ( chapters) and number pages.
    Get some legal pages might be a good suggestion.
    Make a footer for your pages if you would like one.

    That's about all there is to create an ebook.
    Just write it and have someone proof read it for you. Click the PDF button, and there you have it.
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  • Profile picture of the author bullfrog
    For the actual writing process ... I like "Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books" by Dan Poynter. The book is currently $7.97 for the Kindle edition at Amazon.

    I bought it years ago and break it open several times at least each time I build anything longer than a short report.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew D
      If what you wish is a product that will teach you creating an ebook about how to teach people do something, or solve their daily problem, then, there are many ebooks about that. Just like Pat Flyn in his first newsletter, he will teach you how to make an ebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author sethalexander
    I basically agree with everyone here. You can combine the "just get started" and "have a plan" methods though.

    Just start writing, get a good stream of consciousness going and go for it. Don't worry about structure or organizing.

    Then write your outline afterwards. I don't know how old you are but like you had to do to write papers in High School or College. Headings, sub headings etc.

    Take your writing and now craft it in order and structure it.

    That's the way I do things.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    There's not a lot to it.
    Break up your subject into headings for each aspect and write around those headings.
    Flesh it out with your own or stock photos and before long you will have something.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyber Star
    It is easy to make a concrete product if you have connection with Chinese industry company :p . But if you want something simple to sell, you should write your own ebook.
    Writing an ebook is difficult at the beginning, you have to provide valuable and informative content or you will get a bad reputation for it. because people will spend money to buy it, they will eventually want to speak about it. It is either get bad reputation and get a good reputation to your pen name.Think a pen name that is easy to remember, and then find an ebook cover template.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeac
    Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

    Anyone used any good ones?

    Specifically I'm looking for a guide on how to write an ebook from start to finish. But maybe how to make an informational video course would also be interesting.

    I'm just trying to see what's out there. I've been interested in making and selling my own products lately, and really want to get something built in the coming weeks if possible.
    If your looking for a complete guide to writing a ebook, go over to Patt Flynn's site www.smartpassiveincome.com and opt-in for his free gift "Ebooks the Smart Way". It is a comprehensive and very detailed guide on how to write and structure your ebook from start to finish.
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  • Profile picture of the author KuhNoodle
    There are a bunch of product creation wso's on this forum that were made for that very purpose. If I was you I'd check some out and take action.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberdad
    Curtis2011, I would suggest re-thinking your question. eBooks are niche products, and you should know your niche (thus, your audience) before you write your eBook. Different audiences will respond differently. You need to understand your audience and what turns them on before you can settle on how to write your eBook.

    Sure, there are basics, like, first grab your prospect's attention, then describe their need (thus the niche), then fulfill their need (the bulk of the eBook), then summarize, and lastly guide them into your funnel, but those are just the basic guidelines. The mechanics of writing are common to most any discipline. The details are not so easily defined.

    Asking "How to make a product" is like asking "How to paint a picture." It's more a creative question than an assembly line question.

    HTH

    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author Toby Couchman
    I love the "just start writing" tips :-)

    Ain't it better to start writing with a target in mind.

    Here's a good tip to get the creative juices flowing (I'm going to assume your passionate about the IM niche):

    1) Write down these sub niches on a piece of paper
    - Wordpress
    - Traffic (paid)
    - Video
    - PLR
    - List Building
    - Traffic (free)
    There's a bunch more you could write about and you even drill down further. It's a good start though.

    2) number them 1-6 and roll a dice. Whatever number comes up is the topic of your ebook.

    3) Now you know what to write about go forth on to net and find as many tips or trick as you can on your topic. Limit your research to only 1 or 2 hours otherwise you may get stuck in analysis paralysis.

    If you got some loose change around you can always pay someone at fiverr.com to find the top ten tips on your topic.

    4) Assemble your tipsheet and organize each tip into a chapter. I find a mind map tool very handy for this - see xmind or freemind.

    5) Here's a handy template you can use to pump out short reports:

    Title page
    Disclaimer
    Author bio
    Introduction
    Tip 1
    Tip 2
    Tip 3...
    Resources

    Don't forget to link to your site in the footer and include some aff links in your resource section.

    Hope that helps!
    TC
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  • Profile picture of the author SusanHarrison
    Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

    Anyone used any good ones?

    Specifically I'm looking for a guide on how to write an ebook from start to finish. But maybe how to make an informational video course would also be interesting.

    I'm just trying to see what's out there. I've been interested in making and selling my own products lately, and really want to get something built in the coming weeks if possible.
    Hello I can help you with that , I will pm you with more details
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  • Profile picture of the author Nate A
    Look,

    If you have an idea for a book or product, why haven't you written it yet?

    Take IMPERFECT action.

    waiting to find the right product or template or whatever is nothing more than an excuse for not taking action and getting it done.

    Legendary copywriter John Carlton said something like:

    What if someone put a gun to your head and told you to write an ad?

    Would you say something like "Oh, I need to figure out blah, blah, blah"

    NO!

    If you have above average or expert knowledge of a topic that people want to learn about or that solves a problem, then present your unique solution.

    If you have no special knowledge, then get some trough reading, research, practical experience, and education.

    Take action and get after it!

    Good luck,

    Nate
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