Writing An eBook – Your Goals Must Be Set

Everyone fails for two main reasons. The first reason is that they cannot identify what a success really is. The second reason is that they do not make a good plan enough to achieve that success.


Setting goals is one of the main tasks you need to do in order to succeed.


After all, without goals how can you identify what a success really is? Without goals how can you plan to achieve those goals?


Without goals you have set yourself up for failure.


First off, what is a goal? It’s simply a measure or description of what you are hoping to have. It needs to be specific, measurable, achievable, and time based. The first two (specific and measurable) are so that you can measure your progress and achievement. In effect you need to be able to say yes or no to having achieved the goal. There is no point in setting goals that you can’t achieve. And finally, setting a goal that isn’t time based means it will never be achieved.


There are two sets of goals that you need to address when setting your goals around writing your eBook.


The first set of goals has to do with the eBook itself. After all, no two eBooks are the same. In this case, the ultimate goal is to be able to describe the completed book so that you know when you have achieved it. This set of goals will be focused on a single outcome.


To accomplish this admittedly complex end goal, there are a number of intermediate goals you need to set. For example, you need to set a goal of how you will sell the eBook. You need to set a goal of how long the eBook will be. You need to set a goal of what solution the eBook will offer. And finally, you need to set a goal of when the eBook will be available for sale.


Once you’ve set the complex goal of what the eBook will look like, you need to set a second set of goals. This set of goals is associated with how you are going to write the eBook. Unlike the eBook goals this set is frequently long term and is focused on ongoing work rather than a specific product.


Despite this your writing goals will help you to decide if your eBook goals are reasonable. For example, if you can write about 5000 words a day, then setting a goal of a 50000 word eBook in 5 days is probably unreasonable. However, 30 days is probably reasonable (allowing for editing, planning and formatting).


There are a number of personal writing goals you need to set. For example, you need to set a goal of the number of words (or chapters) you will write in a day. You also need to set a goal for the number of hours you will write in a week. This will help you determine a goal defining your schedule for writing. For example you might set a goal of writing every day between 6 and 8 or between 8 and 12.