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Today I’m going to share with you how you can plan your ebook seriously fast. I’m going to share with you how to get it ready, and how to structure that outline.
It is essential that you understand that this outline is usually for non-fiction based books. In other words, it’s for anything like how-to or guides. It isn’t perfect if you’re trying to apply this to fiction and it may not work as you wish.
The First Step – Make Things Going
This is how you can plan your book outline and do it quickly. You have to start thinking about the question words (what, how, who, where, when, why).
Anything that’s got a question-based concept note is a good idea. You can also do comparing and contrasting some ideas, products, and concepts.
We’re going to take this one for example – How To Make Money With Your Blog.
Well, this is our big topic and big picture concept. Now you need to spread this into other areas. Think about the person that’s going to read this book. They want to know how to start, what to do, what not to do.
Primary Topics we may cover in the outline:
- Starting blog
- Building the website
- Getting traffic
- E-mail lists
Here you have topics that are creating this mind map. If you make one on your own, this is going to open your horizons, and you’ll get a much clearer picture.
This is what we do next – we’re looking at these question words and start creating and filling out the gaps. You can modify these topics into chapters and you can structure a great piece of content using this strategy.
How Does it Work With – Starting a Blog?
If you use question words in this example this is what you can get:
- What are the things that you need to start an online blog?
- How do I get started?
- Who is it that should start a blog?
You already have three chapters just in the starting section.
That’s not all. You can make new ideas, such as:
- When is it a good time to start a blog?
This is the beginning concept, and you can come up with nine or ten chapters quickly.
How Does it Work With – Building a Website?
Let’s say you go into building a website. You have to repeat the same process to create your chapters.
Depending on what tactic you want to use, you can end up with something like this:
- Blogging versus YouTube?
- What are the tools that I need to start a blog?
- Who should I go to build a website?
- How long does it take to build a website?
- When would I expect to see results?
- What are the struggles that I may face?
You could keep this going, and you can figure out at least four or five chapters.
How Does it Work With – Getting a Traffic?
The principle is the same. You need to use question words that are most interesting to your audience.
If you brainstorm a little bit, this is what you can start with:
- What tools can I use to increase my traffic?
- How do I get more traffic?
- Where can I find my analytics or statistics for my traffic?
- When should I expect results?
Take a look at how I’m planning this. You can use this principle and build your original outline depending on your niche.
How Does it Work With – Email Lists?
All you need is take these essential concepts, and you start expanding on these questions. In no time you will produce brand new ideas like this:
- Which email service provider is the best?
- How do I create catchy newsletters?
- How do I get more signups?
- How do I create a lead magnet?
I believe you’re starting to see how this starts to expand. You’ll be thrilled when you see how you can apply all of this in your business.
How Does it Work With – Customers?
Put things together in the same way you’ve finished other chapters. This is something you can use for your brainstorming:
- How do I acquire the customers?
- How long does it take to get a customer?
- Where can I find customers?
- Why would customers sign up for you?
- How do you add value to your customers?
Your customer will love the fact that you know all the answers to these questions. Be aware of the need of your customer, use question words and you will come up with stunning results.
Look at all these things. Until now, you have at least 20-25 chapters. It all starts to add up, and now you’ve created an outline to creating a book. It is useful, not just fast, but the speed is an enormous plus.
That’s how you create an outline very quickly in just a handful of minutes. You could go ahead and do more chapters for each segment if you want a more comprehensive book. Or maybe you want to create separate books on each topic. The choice is yours.
If you’re looking to expand your book, you have to invest a little bit more time in brainstorming. Go more into details and break down one of the chapters into subchapters. I hope you found this video helpful in planning out and outlining your book.