That’s my son, Vincent, on the right.
I get to see him grow up and enjoy life, all because of the kind of business I’ve built.
And he’s a perfect example of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect to do what you love.
He didn’t pop out running. The first few months he spent all his time sleeping and eating.
Gradually he started paying attention to the world, sitting, crawling, and now he’s eating and trying to stand up.
Nothing happens in an instant. But that’s what we learn when we become adults.
We learn that we have to be perfect and if it’s not perfect right away, we might as well not even try.
This is something we’ve picked up, and it’s complete crap.
It’s through sheer stubbornness that you discover how to write and sell ebooks, and eventually get paid to do what you love.
So, What Does This Have to Do With Ebooks?
It’s got everything to do with ebooks.
You see, the biggest problem my clients have is that they’re paralyzed.
They think they have to be world-renowned experts, great writers, and they have all these crazy expectations.
Obviously, you don’t want to put out bad stuff, but you also don’t want to get stuck in perfectionism and never get anything done.
Get your ebook good enough, get it out there, gather feedback from real people, and then improve it. It’s all about baby steps.
Vincent keeps exploring, trying, falling, and trying again, and so should you.
Success takes effort. If at first you don’t succeed, you keep going until you do.
So, how do you get started selling ebooks?
How to Get Started Selling Ebooks
You start by finding the intersection between what you are passionate about, what you know and what people are willing to pay for.
You have to find a problem to solve that people are willing to pay for, not something you think is a good idea.
And I’m not talking about something big like weight loss. I’m talking about one highly specific problem.
Don’t think weight loss, think weight loss dinner recipes in under 10 minutes.
You don’t have to create a 200-page ebook. Everything you think is stopping you from taking action, isn’t. All you have to do is start.
Right about here you might go, “well, I don’t know anything well enough that I deserve to get paid.”
You don’t have to know everything to teach someone something. You just have to know more than they do. You just have to be one step ahead.
A fifth grader can teach a fourth grader some pretty cool new tricks. In fact, for most fourth graders, fifth graders are gods. At least they were when I was in fourth grade ;).
Stop Letting Your Life Slip Away
If there’s anything my mission is, it’s to wake you up to your potential.
You have to stop letting things stand in your way.
It wasn’t until I went from focusing on why I couldn’t do things to how I could do them that things turned around for me.
From there it’s been one step after another of moving forward and learning.
I’m not perfect now, nor will I ever be, yet I get paid to do what you love, and you can, too. I think Vincent would agree with me on that. Perfection is not necessary for success.
Learning to get paid to do what you love doesn’t happen overnight.
It’ll probably take longer than you want, but it will happen when you keep taking one step after the other.
You don’t have to know it all. You don’t need an original idea. You don’t have to be or have anything other than what you have now.
All you have to do is start.
Find the intersection, and start writing.
That photo of Vincent has melted my heart and inspired me.
If he is happy to keep going taking those baby steps even when life gets a little messy, so am I.
Vincent is a constant reminder for me to just experiment and enjoy stuff 😉
Neal Martin says
Excellent advice as always, Henri. Writing e-books is a road I am definitely going to go down. I’m in the process of writing a free one at the moment as an incentive to get people to subscribe. Would you say a sizable email list is essential to selling e-books?
That really depends on your goals. You could start selling an ebook with a small list and then get steady sales as you build your list.
I’d say that a list is definitely necessary if you’re serious about building an online business.
But nothing is an excuse to not get something out there and take action! 😉
Annabel Candy, Successful Blogging says
I didn’t know you had a baby! He looks a lot like you:) The writing tips are true – you’ve just got to get started and improve as you go along.
And yes, just start!