E-books are a wonderful business-building tool. They can be the foundation of an information marketing business. Or they can help you grow your business and profits. Many people resist this amazing profit-building tool because they think it’s too hard. However, writing an e-book can be a quick and simple process. Here are five easy steps to create a top-notch e-book.

Step #1 Create a plan

The very first thing you want to do is create a plan for your e-book. Part of your initial planning will be to find a profitable topic. Look to keyword research and your own audience for an in-demand topic.

Once you have a topic the next step is to create an outline. There’s a really easy way to outline an e-book that’ll take you less than a day to create.

The outline process works like this. Write ten basic questions that you’re going to answer in your e-book. Each question will be a chapter. Then write a list of questions that are relevant to or support your chapter topic. Each supporting question will be a page in your book.

For example, chapter titles for a photography e-book might be:

Chapter One:

What type of camera do I need?
What is a DSLR camera?
What is a point and shoot camera?
What type of camera is best for outdoor use?
What type of camera is best for action shots?

Chapter Two:

How do I choose the right lens?
What is a wide angle lens?
What is a telephoto lens?

Chapter Three:

How do I photograph people?

You get the picture. By formatting your book as a series of questions, all you have to do is answer them. Answering a question is easy.

Step #2 Write

Once you have a plan, the next step is to sit down and begin answering questions. Set goals for yourself. Answer five questions a day. Each answer will likely be about a page. That’s five pages a day. At the end of twenty days you’ll have a 100-page book.

Here’s the key to writing an e-book quickly. Don’t stop to edit, format or research. Make notes where you want to add more information. Then go back later and fill them in. That way you’re not wasting time researching a broad topic. You’re able to research for specific information.

Step #3 Edit and polish

The next step will be to go back and edit your book for clarity, grammar and spelling. If you aren’t confident in your editing skills, hire a proofreader to do it for you.

Step #4 Format for easy reading

Before you’re ready to launch your book, format it for reading online. This means plenty of white space. Use lots of headings and subheadings to break up the content visually. Use formatting like bullet points when it makes sense. Add pictures and graphics.

Step #5 Getting it ready for publication

Now it’s time to add any graphics like a book cover. You’ll also want to add your copyright, disclaimer, introduction and other elements that make it a complete package. You can also hire someone to add the cover graphic.

Your book is ready to go. Five quick and easy steps to get you from inspiration to completion. You now have a top-notch e-book to sell and build your business. To your success!