Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ebook Writing?

During the hours in my schedule for business (figuring out careers, start ups, and passive income streams that might work for me), I thought more about writing ebooks.  What's been holding me back to date is that I've never felt qualified to write an ebook on a single subject.  This is one of the problems with being a generalist. 

This evening I had a different idea.  Why not write a series of ebooks directed at students?  Each ebook would be short, 20-30 pages, and focus on a single topic that you might see in high school or an undergraduate course.  For instance, if you're having trouble with solving quadratic equations, you can pop onto my site, the repurposed www.crosstrainedmind.com, and find the ebook for it.  In the ebook, you would find the formula, how it works, how it solves sample problems, practice exercises, and the solutions to those exercises. 

Other ebooks would feature area formula, the laws of thermodynamics, US state capitols, the main points of the Battle of Gettysburg, or a selection of crochet patterns.  With that last one, who said it had to be a traditional school subject.  If possible, I would add ebooks on underwater basket weaving.

Some ebooks would be longer than others, and the prices would reflect that.  They would range from $2.99 to $5.99, depending on the length and file size (due to graphics).  I could bring in others to write on a very wide range of subjects and increase the selection.

What do you see as the pros or cons?  I'm going to develop the overall layout and a few courses over the next few months, and we'll see how they turn out.

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