Preparation Tips for the E-book Challenge

I don't know about you, but I'm super-duper excited about next week's e-book challenge. I didn't get to participate in the last one because I was computerless. Because I let a friend borrow my laptop, I am computerless again (they destroyed my hard drive!) but luckily I have the hubby's computer and I'll be doing a lot of the work on paper.

As the resident neat freak, I'm equally excited about preparing and organizing myself for the e-book challenge. Excited about the prep work or not, it can be simple. Here are some simple organization and productivity tips for the e-book challenge:

  • If you aren't already, get into a regular writing groove by writing something every day, even if it is just a journal entry.
  • Read / scan over the last e-book challenge's material, especially the pre-challenge reading, to get an idea of what you'll be doing.
  • If paper is your thing, get together a binder or a notebook to work the challenge in.
  • If digital is more your style, create a folder on your computer and plan how to back up your docs.
  • Schedule appointments with yourself for each day in the challenge.
  • Decide how you'll participate-will you:
  1. Work on each day's task(s) until they are completed?
  2. Work for an allotted time each day, regardless of completion?
  3. Take note and notice but participate in the challenge later if this isn't a good time for you? (Definitely check out the e-book writing challenge e-book if you opt for this path.)

Any specific concerns about preparing for the e-book challenge? Leave a comment and Jenn and I will do our best to help you out.

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  1. Kathleen K. O'Connor April 8, 2010 Reply


    When does this start? I want to do it!!

    • Jennifer Mattern April 8, 2010 Reply

      It starts on Monday. We’ll be using the free e-book as a guide (it’s based on our original 14 day e-book writing challenge, and you can find it by visiting the freebies page — linked in the big green bar at the top of the site). 🙂

      And don’t worry if you don’t want to start a new e-book. I’ll try to offer tips on adapting it to finish existing e-book projects if you’re in the middle of a larger one. In fact, that’s how I’ll be using the challenge myself.

  2. Kathleen K. O'Connor April 9, 2010 Reply

    Sweet, thanks! I just need to write one to give away as a freebie on my site. I’d better get my work done so I can start by Monday!!! 😀

  3. Jake P April 9, 2010 Reply

    This is a very cool idea, and Jenn’s ebook is (not surprisingly) a very nice way to frame things up.

    Plus, this is not nearly as arduous a task as NaNoRiMo…so, count me in!

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