You’ve been working hard on your first draft of your e-book and the last thing you want to do is have it fall apart now. After all, you’ve got time and energy involved. And, if you are being honest, you are likely getting excited about your creation. So, let’s look at some things you need to avoid so you won’t put your first draft in jeopardy.
#1 Assume You Know Which Format is Best for Your E-book
Even if you have an end goal in mind, make sure you review all your options once you are done. An e-book can start as one thing and end up being something completely different. For example, you might have started writing an e-book with the intention of using it as an incentive to increase your subscriptions. But, by the time you were done, you realized you had written a premium e-book that belongs in Amazon. If you aren’t considering all of your options, you could miss this opportunity. I want you to be aware of a number of publication options. Why? You should know what your options are so you don’t miss out on any opportunities.
#2 Pamper Your Procrastinator and Perfectionist Personalities
Quality is important, but if you are now proofreading your draft for the eighth time, and you are spending thirty minutes deciding on whether you need to put a comma here or there, then you are wasting valuable time. Even books that come from a major publisher have the occasional error. Most will never notice that comma that’s been misplaced. To stop yourself from doing this, it’s best that you create a deadline for finalizing your manuscript, and then call it good. Translation: No more edits.
#3 Don’t Use the First Title for Your Book That Seems Logical to You
It’s your e-book. Don’t give into the temptation to use the first title that comes to mind. The title of your book deserves far more than that. You need to come up with a title that is compelling and interesting—one that tweaks your potential reader’s interest. Talk about it with a friend. Write down a handful of potential titles and most importantly, do not pick the final title until the book is written. You’ll be surprised at just how it changes from your original idea.
Completing your first draft is an exciting feeling, but do remember this: It’s just that…your first draft! Don’t be afraid to make changes. Add other content, remove content, revise paragraphs, and add more details, etc. This is what drafts are all about. By keeping these three important points in mind, you’ll avoid ruining your first draft.