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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Review: The 24-Hour E-Book Writing System

Recently several members of my forum at www.mywriterscircle.com have asked me about this manual, which is being promoted quite widely across the Internet. So I bought a copy myself to find out what all the fuss was about.

The 24-Hour EBook Writing System is by Melanie Mendelson. The author claims that by following her methods you can research and write a complete, money-making e-book in just 24 hours - a bold promise!

The manual is sold as an instant download in the form of a PDF file. The ordering process went smoothly, and my first impressions were favourable. The manual is well written, and clearly illustrated with screen grabs where appropriate. It is quite concise, being just 38 pages in total.

Melanie sets out a tightly structured method for researching and writing an e-book, which she claims will take 24 hours from start to finish. Thankfully, she doesn't recommend doing the whole job in one 24-hour marathon! Rather, she breaks the process down into a series of 30-minute sessions, which you can complete at whatever times suit you best. This is somewhat similar to the method I advocate in my course Write Any Book in Under 28 Days.

The manual starts by taking you through the process of generating and evaluating ideas for e-books (again, some of the methods here are similar to those set out in my course). From there, Melanie goes on to discuss preparing an outline for your e-book. She recommends a free program to help with this process that I hadn't seen before, and explains in detail (with screen-grabs) how to use it. I was particularly impressed by this section of the manual, and will definitely be trying out the software concerned myself.

Melanie then goes on to discuss how to expand your outline into a full e-book, and then turn it into a PDF file with the aid of another piece of free software. Indeed, I was quite impressed that, unlike other manuals I have seen, Melanie's guide does not try to make you buy any other software in order to put her advice into practice.

Unfortunately the manual does not say anything about how you should then go about marketing and selling your finished e-book. This is perhaps its one weakness.

There are, however, many ways of doing this. One of the easiest is to join up with the popular Clickbank service. A useful guide to selling e-books on Clickbank is Harvey Segal's ClickBank Vendor Super Tips, which tells you pretty much everything you need to know. One particular attraction of using ClickBank is that you get instant access to a huge pool of ClickBank affiliates who will sell your e-book on your behalf in exchange for a commission on sales. Using Melanie's manual to write your e-book plus Harvey's to sell it on Clickbank would be a winning recipe, I'd have thought.

Finally, The 24-Hour E-book Writing System is all about writing e-books, and it's important to understand that these are normally shorter than printed books. Also, the sort of e-books that sell online are information products that help people achieve something specific. The method would not really be relevant to fiction writers, screenplay writers or those who hope to crack the non-fiction book market. For those, you really do need my course Write Any Book in Under 28 Days!

2 Comments:

Anonymous How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book said...

Wow, I would be truly impressed if someone could do a complete and well-thought-out book in 24 hours, even via 30 minute writing sessions. I've published 12 books with a 13th just accepted. They have ranged from medical, food and health, self-help, and memoir to the most recent, a novel. Each took me a lot longer than 24 hours, but I'm still happy with them, some 10 years later (still in print). I think this might be a consideration--if you write so quickly, who will take care of the editing? Everyone makes errors on early drafts. Does Melanie cover this?

I agree about your concern on marketing--a huge consideration in today's industry.

My blog How to Plan, Develop, and Write a Book has some good links and tips for book writers of any genre, and I'll be including yours!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thank you for your kind comments about my blog.

Melanie's '24-hour' system does include editing. I just checked, and the last twelve half-hour sessions set out in her guide are devoted to this. Of course, it's worth noting that e-books are normally shorter than conventional ones (with the exception of mine!).

Finally, thanks in advance for any publicity for my blog or my courses. Just a thought, but perhaps you might be interested in signing up as an affiliate with my publishers? Please see this blog post for more info.

All good wishes,

Nick

6:57 PM  

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