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Want To Outsource Ebook Writing? 100 Things That Nobody Will Tell You

Since 2011, eBook readership has gained 11 percent, and now more than a quarter of Americans read eBooks. Further, in 2018, digital books are forecast to account for nearly 20 billion dollars (one-quarter) of all book sales. With new programs that allow for e-reading on mobile devices, digital book readership has more than tripled on tablets and doubled on mobile phones (Pew Research Center). With numbers like these, it’s no wonder that over 140,000 eBooks were self-published in 2017. Many digital books are being outsourced to professional writers so that thought leaders can focus on delivering their ideas quickly and professionally to their audiences. Konsus makes it easy to outsource your eBook writing.

Here you will find a comprehensive guide to creating an eBook that has helpful advice whether it is your first published material or your tenth. Plus, look for the complete list of 20+ eBook writing services at the bottom of this blog once you’ve all about outsourcing your eBook.

Why eBooks?

Drafting an eBook is a decision that takes some consideration, but there are some good reasons why you should consider putting your thoughts into a digital book:

  • Sell the eBook through Kindle/other marketplaces
    You can make money directly by selling your book on Amazon, eBay, Clickbank, or through other marketing channels. You can also create a website and set up a landing page for your eBook and drive traffic to it from social networks and pay-per-click advertising.
  • Offer the eBook as a lead magnet to get customers to opt-in on your newsletter (for email marketing)
    A quality eBook is a marketing asset that you can use to draw traffic to your website. Capture leads by asking visitors to enter their email address in exchange for a free download of the eBook. Follow up with your leads through email marketing campaigns to get maximum return on your eBook investment.
  • Generate authority
    eBooks are a fantastic way to establish authority and become a trusted source of information in any industry.

Some eBook FAQs

  • How long will it take to get an eBook written?
    The average benchmark for writers is around 1 ½ pages or 500-750 words per hour. eBooks typically run between 30 and 60 pages. You can use this to estimate your time requirements. The amount of time it will take varies on several factors such as the amount of research needed, the condition of first draft/notes, and the number of rewrites or edits you require.
  • How much would it cost to outsource an eBook?
    This varies based on the quality of the writing and the number of pages in your eBook. The starting price for a high-quality eBook with 30 pages based on Konsus pricing (using fully-vetted, professional writers) is around $500.
  • How do I choose a word count for my eBook?
    There is no easy answer to this question. It depends largely on your niche and the level of detail you want in the digital book. A quick way to assess how many words you may want to use is to research other eBooks in your genre/industry. You can use Kindle to check word counts on popular eBooks and from there determine what goal you should set.

Things To Consider Before Outsourcing eBooks

Now that you understand some of the basics of digital book writing, you’re almost ready to start looking for a writer. Before you begin your hunt, you need to answer two important questions. Knowing the answers to the following will better prepare you when you speak to a writer or account/project manager:

  • Are you looking to outsource an eBook that falls under the category/niche/business where you're working now, or do you want to have someone create an eBook in a different niche?
  • To help you figure out what type of outsourcing process to use, which of the following do you want to do?
    • Put your ideas into the world
    • Be an Amazon bestseller
    • Create a book that captures your experience
    • Draft original content for a topic idea?

Tips for Outsourcing eBook Writing

  • Video your thoughts.
    If you know a lot about your subject, record a few short videos about the topics so your writer can get inspired and individualize the writing style according to your personality.
  • Inquire about current knowledge.
    Most writers are also excellent researchers. If they don’t know a subject, you can bet they are happy to look into it. With an eBook, though, it may be cheaper and easier to try to find candidates who have some pre-existing knowledge on your subject. If they are already familiar with what you want to write about, they will often deliver a well-written eBook with a quicker turnaround.
  • Get samples.
    Once you have shortlisted a few writers, pay them to create a few short write-ups on the subject of your eBook. You will gain greater insight into which writer will work with your writing style preferences and within your deadlines by getting samples, plus you can reuse the best ones in your digital book.
  • Get organized with your tasks and goals.
    Divide the process into tasks and subtasks and set goals and deadlines for each. Research is different than writing, so you may need a different person for it, or you may need to budget extra time. If you get organized with a task list and deadlines, you will give your writer something to work toward. Don’t forget to build in a little flexibility, though!
  • Check the resume and reviews.
    Your list of writers should be more than willing to share resumes or past writing experience with you. Ask what specific skill sets they have, assess their experience, and check for online reviews before making a final decision.
  • Do the research.
    You can help your writer out tremendously by researching the subject and making a list of everything you want the writer to know before writing. This will help you get started quickly and without too much back and forth. You can save even more time by creating a detailed outline including chapter titles, research, and main idea sentences.
  • Think format.
    Check the format types available for eBooks and finalize your choice before the writer begins. It is best to share this with the writer from the get-go to stay on track.
  • Follow up!
    Don’t expect to get the whole book written in one go. Since you’re getting someone else to write down what is in your head, it needs constant communication and multiple drafts. It’s best if you stay in touch at least 2-3 times a week (or a day if you have tight deadlines!) and ask for chapters to be sent as they are completed. This way, you are working on editing/commenting on the material in tandem with the writer working on a new chapter.

11 questions to ask before you hire an eBook writer

Preparing for the writer is critical to a smooth writing process, but you also need to be informed about the writer you’re employing. We suggest the following, though there may be more information you need! Don’t be afraid to ask questions of a candidate for your own peace of mind. Remember! To a freelance writer, this is the same as interviewing for a job.

  1. What rates do you charge and is it per page, per hour, or per word?
  2. How much time will it take for you to complete the eBook? (The candidates will require an estimated word/page count.)
  3. What is covered (research, proofreading, multiple drafts, etc.) with your eBook writing service?
  4. How comfortable and experienced are you with the topic? If you need researched material, what would it include?
  5. How many drafts or big revisions will you provide?
  6. What is your experience with eBook writing? How many books have you previously written?
  7. How often will you send me progress reports?
  8. Will any of your services cost me extra?
  9. Do you require any funds upfront?
  10. What do you need to get started?
  11. How soon can you get started?

Comprehensive List Of 50+ Websites to Find eBook Writers

Konsus

Konsus

Konsus provides fully-vetted, professional writers 24/7. You can begin creating your eBook with Konsus right away for a flat rate of only $29/hour. Plus, we provide dedicated account managers to handle communication and perform quality checks.

Upwork

Upwork

Price: Varies

Upwork provides a platform for freelancers and projects to come together. You work directly with the freelancer to determine goals, expectations, and pricing.

Fiverr

Fiverr

Price: Varies

This freelance marketplace operates similarly to Upwork. On-demand freelance services based on your pricing.

Writeraccess

Writeraccess

Price: $80 per 1000 words

Writingwizards

Writingwizards

Price: Starts at $0.02 per word

Hire Writers

Hire Writers

Price: Divided into 4 plans: Beginner, General, Skilled, Expert. Start from $80 per 5000 words

Godot Media

Godot Media

Price: $4 per page

Articlez

Articlez

Price: $0.09 per word

The Skilled Writer

The Skilled Writer

Price: $350 for 10-page eBook

Rightly Written

Rightly Written

Price: Starts at $25 for 500 words and a 14-day turnaround

Crowd Content

Crowd Content

Price: Starts at 2.2 cents per word

Express Writers

Express Writers

Price: Starts at $225 per 3-pages or request a quote by filling their quote form on their website

Textun

Textun

Price: 3.5 cents per word

Ghost eBook Writers

Ghost eBook Writers

Price: Starts at $15 per page for 25 pages or less. Pricing gets less with more pages.

Script Baron

Script Baron

Price: Starts at $4 per 100 words.

Brafton

Brafton

Price: Fill out form to obtain customized pricing.

The Writers for Hire

The Writers for Hire

Price: First 10-pages (up to 3500 words) starts at $2250

Writing Content Services

Writing Content Services

Price: Starts at $0.02 per word

iStudiotech

iStudiotech

Price: Contact their support team for a customized quote based on topic and number of pages.

Contents Alive

Contents Alive

Price: $30 per 1500 words

Webtextpro

Webtextpro

Price: Starts at $2 per 100 words

Next Steps: What to Do After Your eBook is Written

  • Editing and Proofreading
    In most cases, you will need a fresh pair of eyes to catch errors in the writing. Some writing services may include this in their package, but in other cases, it is a good idea to hire an editor/proofreader. Grammar and spelling mistakes can cause your eBook to look amateurish and unprofessional. Check out Konsus’ editing and proofreading services for professional, timely feedback on your document.
  • Graphic Designing Layout and Cover
    To take your eBook to the next level, hire a designer to create a customized cover and layout for your eBook. After all, books are often judged by their covers, regardless of what the saying is.
  • Publishing
    Once you have everything ready, it is time for publishing. Kindle by Amazon is the biggest eBook publisher available on the market. You should also consider perusing some lesser known publications where you might have lower competition.
  • Getting Reviews
    Here are some quick and easy ways to get reviews on your eBook and get it flying off the shelf.
  • Marketing
    A little marketing goes a long way. How well you market your eBook plays a huge part in your sales numbers. Here are some quick tips on successfully marketing your digital book once it is published.

Still need help? Check out these other blogs with helpful resources for writing, publishing and selling eBooks:

With Konsus, you can begin writing your eBook within minutes. Get your ideas onto “paper” and into the hands of experienced, professional writers. You can start building your brand as a thought leader in your industry with a few simple clicks and a conversation with a dedicated account manager.

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