Writing Your eBook in the Time of Covid

Writing Your eBook in the Time of Covid

There are many Covid stories to tell.

In addition, there are many narrators ready to recount just what happened when news of the global pandemic spread. Although it was and still is a time of great anxiety, sorrow, and fear such a global event does spark creativity.

Historically, there have been many books published about plague and pestilence

Literature such as The Plague by Albert Camus, A Journal of the Plague Year Jonathan Swift (1722) The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, Stephen King’s The Standing and Ammonite by Nichola Griffith stand out. Being a truculent soul, I deliberately stopped my journal and picked up literature for children instead. I decided that my creative efforts would be better placed to focus on tales of growing and magic realism than pestilence. As a brief aside BBC Radio 4 is dramatizing The Plague at the end of July in the UK.

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However, that has not stopped a large number of writers and artists using the additional time to start being creative. As a consequence, there will be an increasing trend to publish what was achieved in that unexpected life hiatus. In fact, ebooks have been booming since the lockdown. After all, a good book is one of the best ways to escape from an unpleasant present.

Book sales are up but it’s online sales that are the winner

People self-isolating made the decision to buy books they had always meant to read. Longer titles gained traction as people finally had something they had been missing for ages: time. NeilsenBookScan that charts book sales in the UK noted that ‘doorstop’ books were back in vogue with War and Peace by Tolstoy and Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings being very popular.

If you dig further into the data, you can see that non-fiction is not doing so well

Although home learning titles have exploded showing a 212% increase. This proves there is a real appetite for books and ebooks are very much part of the new tech world we inhabit. Therefore, now is the time to think about publishing your own. Do not think that traditional publishers are the only route for your book. Many readers say that the title, book cover, and synopsis, amazon recommendation is enough to get them buying. They might only discover the ebook is self-published when they have finished it and want to know more about the author.

In the same way that life has changed in ways, we could have barely imagined, book buying and publishing are following suit

Therefore, it really is a good idea to keep an eye on what’s selling. I’m personally not sure if now is the time to release your Covid trilogy and certainly if you do decide to pursue this it had better be original and creative. Yet with the change in the way we read, live, and work there are plenty of trends that will work well in a novel or even a non-fiction, self-help title.

We would recommend looking at lists of ebooks that sell

Think about how you might want to position your book. How would you like to categorise it? Are you wanting to publish as a form of a memoir, to become a part of the family’s history? Are you looking to write, publish, then market a title that sells shed loads (wish we could just dial one of those up!), or do you want to publish for the quiet satisfaction of saying, ‘I had a book in me and here it is!’ Do remember that 50 Shades of Grey started off as a self-published title and look at it now!

I guess what I would say is that publishing an ebook form is the cleanest, quickest and most virus-free way of delivering your book to a customer

If you are feeling prolific then an ebook can be created relatively quickly and we know that readers that fall in love with a writer’s work love it when new titles come thick and fast. The most reliable way to make money as an author is to publish regularly.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for a book to while away the hours may we recommend The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams. It has humour and mischief and centres around two lexicographers. These two people live centuries apart and the contemporary lexicographer is charged with uncovering the ‘made up’ words the shy Victorian inserted into the dictionary for fun. Another title that is based around a dictionary is The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester which combines madness, murder, and the Oxford English Dictionary.

Happy Reading and more importantly, happy writing. If you would like to discuss your potential ebook journey or are even looking for a writing coach, proof-reader or editor then do book a call on +44 (0) 1302 272056.

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