what type of ebook should I publish?

This month I decided to start work on writing a book. I’ve always wanted to publish a book, and decided the only way to get it done was just to bite the bullet and write! The problem is, I have several ideas in my head for a book, and I can’t decide which one to actually write. I’ve made a start on a few different books so far, but not managed to actually complete them – which is a bit pants, and kind of feels like I may as well not have bothered with any of them!

So far I’ve started a book about my breakdown,¬†another about my life in general which would have to be marketed as fiction, and several non-fiction, how-to type books. I know I need to prioritise one, write it, edit it, publish it and promote it before I even look at the others… the problem is that I can’t prioritise one! My decision changes by the day: some days I feel like going through old diaries to find content for a book about my breakdown or the other about my life; other days I want to research and write how-to books. The result is chaos, and precious little in the way of achievement.

And so I turn to you, dear reader! Since you’re likely to be the people I try to sell my book to once it’s written, which would you prefer to read? Which are you more likely to read? Do please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Elizabeth Rebecca · 24/07/2015 at 22:59

Great guide – I can’t wait to read this.

Lizzie Dripping

    Vicky Charles · 25/07/2015 at 11:40

    Thanks, I think I find it easy to write the “guide” part of it, but actually putting in detail, I tend to get a bit bored!

Thismummylark · 25/07/2015 at 11:36

I would go with the breakdown then your life now and then the how to’s assuming the how to’s are based on dealing with issues you’ve overcome and topics that are relevant to your life and progress now :) hope that helps. Good luck!

Amanda · 27/07/2015 at 22:17

I know this isn’t super helpful (or even helpful in the slightest) but I’d be tempted to just keep writing bits as and when you feel inspired and see which one starts to take shape quicker and easier and go with that!

I say this because I wrote a fiction novel in 2010 in a matter of months, and it was a real joy… I then wrote a non fiction book that was self published last year but took 3 years to write. The latter is changing lives, the former was just for fun, and I found the non fiction one so hard going as it had to be just right, and I didn’t allow myself to work on anything else until it was complete, meaning I came to lose my passion for the process by the end. Had I given myself time to occasionally edit the fiction book, or work on the second part of it, I might have enjoyed it more.

Hope that makes sense? Basically, if you can’t prioritise then don’t try… Just go with it :) eventually you’ll have multiple books written, the end result is the same but the journey there can be more fun if you go with the creative flow rather than trying to find too rigid an order to work to.

    Vicky Charles · 28/07/2015 at 08:43

    Very interesting insight thank you! I think my problem is that I don’t have the discipline to make myself just sit and write – so I find I can only do it when I’m in the mood!
    I like your thinking though; I thought my inability to prioritise was a lack of discipline – which it is, but it might also be a good thing!

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