Get Wiser in 10 Minutes
Throughout your education, you saw millions of examples. They were everywhere: attached to math problems, in grammar books, on worksheets. It seemed like every single day you encountered an example of some kind. Now that you want to publish an eBook, you undoubtedly feel the need to provide examples to your readers as well.
When writing lifestyle eBooks for publication here at Skill Bites, the example can be the bane of your writing career. Writers preparing to publish a eBook with us often want to fill their pages with example after example, giving the reader no cause to doubt the correct way to perform the task being described.
The problem with this is that examples can easily turn from a useful tool into disorganized fluff that wastes a reader’s time. The line between these two worlds is very slim. If you are to determine whether an example is useful or not, you must first understand what turns an example into fluff.
Fluff and filler is a waste of the reader’s time. This is found in lifestyle eBooks when the reader is bombarded with anything that has either already been stated, or is not in line with the current topic. Examples that are exceedingly long, personal stories, anecdotes, and misplaced humor all qualify as filler in the Skill Bites world. Since we only publish eBooks that are filler-free, none of these belong in any of our business or lifestyle eBooks, ever.
But there are times when an example should be given. Any time that you have presented a discussion that could be misunderstood, a single example will work wonders for clearing up the confusion. In this instance, make sure that your example is brief and to the point. It can be told in the form of a very short story, but make certain that the situation is clear, and that the point is reached in as few words as possible.
A second situation where examples can find a place in lifestyle eBooks is when you are arguing that a certain approach is better than other options. In this case, the example should take the form of a concise situation, showing that option A will result in this happening. Then show the same situation with option B instead, and its result. The following discussion should focus on the differences between the two examples, showing readers why A was a better choice than B all along.
There are some other occasional situations where an example could be useful, but these are on a case by case basis. Just remember to avoid filling your pages needlessly with examples, and your attempts to publish a eBook here at Skill Bites will go far. It is in giving the readers the fluff-free experience promised that your lifestyle eBooks will find their following. Your sales will show the results of keeping these examples to a minimum in your writing.