Writing and selling ebooks is profitable. It's an on-going bonanza for many writers.
If you find it a challenge, here's a minimalist's guide to writing and selling your first ebook.
1. Find something you know how to do (or someone you know knows how to do)
Here's a secret: the "something" doesn't need to be earth-shattering, nor does it need to be something everyone wants to do.
Maybe you or someone else has a magic touch with dogs, or babies, or throwing a party.
Maybe you've figured out how to do something on your smartphone, or how to turn others' junk into eBay cash.
Everyone knows how to do something so well that's it's an unconscious process: you do whatever it is automatically.
Make a list of stuff you know how to do.
Choose one thing.
2. Teach others how to do it -- fast
Make a list of steps involved in doing your one thing.
If possible, take photographs. Use your phone to take them.
Describe each step, and the end result.
Write an introduction to your ebook. Think about your audience. Who would like to learn what you're teaching? Why? What benefits are there to knowing how to do whatever it is?
Close your ebook with tips -- things readers need to be aware of, and things they should avoid.
3. You've just written an ebook: now turn it into a product
There you go: you've just written a short ebook.
Next, turn your MS Word or other word processor file into a PDF. The latest versions of Word do this for you. Alternatively, you can use a free PDF creator like PrimoPDF.
Ta da -- you now have a product ready to sell.
The simplest way to pass your material on to the people who want it is by using PayPal and email. If you don't have a PayPal account, get one. People send money to your PayPal address, and you send them your ebook as an email attachment.
4. Sell your new ebook
You don't even need a website to sell.
Sell your ebook on Twitter, or on forums.
Here's the biggest benefit of getting your ebook written: it gives you confidence that you can do it.
Have fun. :-)