Using AI to Write a Book: Guide to Self-Publishing eBooks

The thought of super-intelligent computers can be scary, but ethical AI involves using artificial intelligence as more of a co-pilot, or co-author in this case. See how writing a full novel and making an income online is possible for anyone with the help of an AI tool. And no, you don't have to be a writer to be successful.

Using AI to Write a Book: Guide to Self-Publishing eBooks
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the buzz these days, but it's still pretty misunderstood. The truth is we've been using AI in our daily lives for years. Auto-correct, Alexa, Siri...they're all powered by artificial intelligence. This has been a pattern for humanity. New technology like cameras and locomotive trains have always caused hot-button discussions and panic, but we wouldn't be where we are today as a society without them.

Hopefully, by the end of this article, you'll see why there's nothing to fear about using AI for writing and self-publishing your eBook. We'll address some of the most common concerns about using AI tools in the writing process and how to overcome them.

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What Is Artificial Intelligence and What Does It Have to Do with Writing?

First, let's talk about what AI is and how it works. AI refers to computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as learning, reasoning, and problem-solving. In the context of writing, AI can assist you by generating ideas, suggesting edits, and even writing entire paragraphs or chapters. With the help of the right AI writing tool, you can streamline the writing process and produce high-quality content in a fraction of the time it would take to write everything manually.

How fast? Many AI Chatbots can generate text in minutes, right before your very eyes. This means you can generate entire books and write novels in days or weeks, unlike in the past, when authors would spend years writing their books or give up altogether.

Some other words you may hear in the AI space are natural language processing, machine learning, and large language models. Unless you're an engineer or developer, all you really need to know is that each AI system is built to be a helpful tool. Whether you want it to help you with writing articles or book writing, you're in charge.

Common Concerns and Ethical AI Writing

If you've been skeptical about using AI book writing software, you're not alone. But just like any tool, there will always be people who use it in good and bad ways. Here are some of the most common concerns people have about AI tools (and what you can do about them):


One concern is the potential for plagiarism, as AI algorithms can generate content that closely resembles existing written content. This is easily avoidable by properly citing sources and using AI-generated content as a starting point rather than a finished product.


Another concern is the potential for bias in AI algorithms, which can lead to discriminatory or offensive content. At the end of the day, we control the inputs and what we do with the outputs. By carefully reviewing and editing AI-generated content, we can ensure that it aligns with our values and beliefs.

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Another concern is the potential for AI to replace human workers. While AI can certainly make certain tasks more efficient, it cannot entirely replace the creativity and nuance that come with human writing and editing (among thousands of other jobs). AI is simply a tool to augment human work rather than replace it entirely.

At the end of the day, readers want books with value. Whether that value comes from AI writing, human writing, or a mix of both, the entire book should answer their questions and keep them engaged. Overall, the future of ethical AI and publishing is one that is constantly evolving, and it is up to all of us to ensure that it is used in a responsible and ethical manner. The point of using artificial intelligence in content creation and writing isn't to make a quick buck, it's to make our lives better.

We care deeply about ethical AI, and you should, too!

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Planning Your eBook

Writing a book is no small feat, and planning is an essential step in the process. While it may seem daunting, modern tools have made it easier than ever. In our AIA Academy: Self-Publishing Course, we walk you through how to leverage AI tools to conduct thorough research and outline your book.

Here are some additional AI tools you can use to conduct research and outline your book without losing that key element of human creativity:

Brainstorming Book Ideas with AI

With AI, anyone can be an author, and writer's block is a thing of the past. 

Think about it: Five years ago, if you were experiencing writer's block, you would have to go for a walk, listen to a new podcast, or read a new book to get inspiration. Now, you can simply engage an AI chatbot in a conversation and produce dozens of ideas at the click of a button.

It's never been easier to plan out plot points or practice world-building as an author. There are several AI-powered tools available that can help you generate ideas based on your interests and niche. Some popular AI-powered tools for brainstorming include:

  • AnswerThePublic: This tool generates a list of questions and topics related to your subject.
  • ChatGPT: This tool generates unlimited ideas for any niche. The free version is decent, but the paid version is 10x more powerful.

Market Research with AI

Market research shows you if there's a demand for your topic, AKA whether your book idea can be profitable. AI can help you with this by analyzing search data and social media trends. This step is so important, our coaches always check our students' work before they spend all their time and energy taking their book ideas through the outline and manuscript process for an idea that won't generate any income for them.

Some popular AI-powered tools for market research include:

  • Google Trends: This tool shows you how popular a keyword is over time and in different regions.
  • ChatGPT: This tool generates customer profiles to help you better understand your potential audience.

Choosing a Title with AI

Once you have done your market research, it's time to choose a title for your eBook. AI can help you come up with a catchy and relevant title that makes people want to know more about and actually buy your book. You might be noticing a pattern here, but a great AI tool for title generation is:

  • ChatGPT: This tool generates unlimited title ideas optimized for each platform, such as Amazon's KDP.

Using AI to Write a Book

Writing an eBook is a great way to share your expertise or tell your story, and with AI writing software, it doesn't have to be complicated. Once you've got a rock-solid plan and outline, it's time to write a book! Here's how to make content creation as seamless as possible:

Crafting Your Content with AI

Once you've chosen your AI writing software, it's time to start crafting your content. AI can continue to help you generate ideas, create an outline, and even write entire sections of your eBook. The current AI systems aren't perfect and may require some editing and tweaking to get the final product just right, but more sophisticated large language models and AI software are being developed by the day. There's no telling what this tech will look like in the years to come.

When using AI to craft your content, consider the following:

  • Use specific prompts: The more specific your prompts, the better the AI will be at generating relevant content and writing in the style you'd like.
  • Stay on topic: AI can sometimes generate content that is off-topic or irrelevant, so make sure to keep your prompts focused.
  • Fact-check: Don't rely solely on AI-generated content. Take the time to fact-check everything.

Whether you're using artificial intelligence to help you out with the whole book or just to get some words down on the page for your first draft, fiction and non-fiction writers alike can benefit from trying out new ideas.

Prompting, like any skill, takes practice. By using AI over time, you'll become more and more familiar with what works (and what doesn't).

Proofreading and Editing with AI

AI doesn't just write content for you, it can also help you edit your eBook and ensure that it's ready for publishing. AI can be a great tool for proofreading, catching spelling errors, and suggesting improvements you may have missed, such as changing your sentence structure for clarity. One of our favorite AI hacks is asking the system to re-write a paragraph with a different tone and writing style, i.e., playful, silly, serious, academic, etc.

A few AI tools for proofreading and editing include:

  • Grammarly: This tool uses AI to catch grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. It also has a plagiarism checker that scans the internet for potentially stolen content and a style guide feature that allows you to format citations properly.
  • Hemingway Editor: Hemingway Editor uses AI to analyze your writing and suggest improvements for clarity and readability.
  • ProWritingAid: This tool uses AI to analyze your writing for grammar, style, and readability.

Designing Your eBook

Once you've written your eBook, it's time to design it. This is where you can use AI to create professional and visually appealing images for both the inside and outside of your book.

Cover Design using AI

Your cover is the first thing that readers will see, so it's important to make it stand out. AI can help you create a unique and eye-catching cover design. There are many AI-powered tools available that can generate a cover design based on your book's genre, title, and author name. These tools analyze thousands of existing book covers to come up with a design that is both visually appealing and relevant to your book but, more importantly, still unique.

Our favorite AI tool for cover design is currently MidJourney.

Interior Design using AI

Interior design is just as important as the cover design, though it's often overlooked. You might consider using AI tools to generate photographs, graphs, and charts to add a personal touch to each of your chapters. Many readers appreciate visual aids throughout the entire book.

Publishing Your eBook

Once you have finished writing your eBook with the help of AI, it's time to publish it. Self-publishing is a great way to get your work out there and reach a wider audience. There are several platforms you can use to publish your eBook, including Amazon KDP, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble Press. By now, the hard part is over, and you're just a few clicks away from sharing your stories with the world.

Formatting Your eBook

Formatting your eBook is an important step in preparing it for publication. You can use software and other AI tools to format your eBook. With tools like Reedsy, you can choose from a range of templates, customize your eBook's layout, and add images and graphics to your eBook to make it ready to publish. They also have options for adding an author bio, a dedication page, and various outline styles for the Table of Contents.

Formatting can be frustrating because Amazon KDP only allows certain file formats to be uploaded, but tools like Reedsy generate text files that are 100% ready for publication, making it super simple.

Publishing on Amazon KDP

Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is one of the most popular platforms for self-publishing eBooks. It allows you to publish your eBook on the Amazon Kindle store, where millions of readers can discover and purchase your work.

With such a vast audience at your fingertips, It’s worth giving Amazon publishing a try.

To publish your eBook on Amazon KDP, you will need to create an account and follow the steps provided. You will need to provide details such as the title, author name, description, and cover image. 

How to Use AI to Write an eBook

Does Amazon KDP Allow Content Written by AI?

Many publishing platforms are receptive to the evolving role of AI in the publishing industry–including Amazon. Yes, Amazon KDP allows eBooks created with AI technology as long as the writer abides by their kindle publishing guidelines. This means that the eBook must not contain offensive or illegal content, and it must not violate any copyright laws.

They will ask you whether you used AI-generated or AI-assisted content before you click the final "publish" button, but this is just so they can conduct research on their end. It will not affect whether or not your book is accepted on the platform.

Ultimately, what they care about most is that your eBook is relevant to the audience that will read it. Poorly written or low-quality content can result in negative reviews and low sales or even the closure of the account in extreme cases.

Note: This is a lot of information. If you'd like to see a step-by-step breakdown of our proven formula for success, join our free webinar! You'll meet people from all over the world who have gotten more income, more free time, and more fulfillment directly from publishing online.

Marketing Your eBook with the Help of AI

Once you've written and self-published your eBook, it's time to market your book on Amazon. With the help of AI, you can better understand your target audience, promote your eBook on social media, and improve your SEO.

Using AI to Better Understand Your Target Audience

One of the biggest challenges of marketing your eBook is understanding your target audience. With AI, you can analyze data to better understand your audience's interests, demographics, and behavior. This can help you tailor your marketing efforts to reach your ideal readers.

AI-powered tools like Jasper's Audience Insights can help you gather data on your audience. You can use this data to create targeted ads, email campaigns, and social media posts that resonate with your audience.

Using AI to Help with Social Media Promotion

Social media is a powerful tool for promoting your eBook. But with so many platforms and users, it can be overwhelming to manage your social media presence. AI-powered tools like Hootsuite and Buffer can help you manage your social media accounts and schedule posts in advance. AI-powered tools can also help you analyze your social media performance and optimize your strategy as you go. 

Using AI to Find Keywords for SEO

Search engine optimization is crucial for getting your eBook in front of your target audience. One of the key elements of SEO is using the right keywords. With AI-powered tools, you can find the best keywords to use in your eBook's title, description, and content so it shows up when people are searching for it across Google, Amazon, etc.

Tools like SEMrush and Ahrefs analyze search data to find the most popular and relevant keywords for your niche.

The Future of Ethical AI and Publishing

Hopefully, by now, it's clear that an AI chatbot can be just the co-pilot you need to make the process of writing a book as quick and painless as possible. Whether you use it to overcome writer's block or analyze your own writing for areas of growth, AI isn't the future. It's already here now.

There are companies out there that are using AI for all the wrong reasons and will suggest that you publish as many books as humanly possible to squeeze out as much money as possible. The team doesn't roll that way.

We do teach you how to write books, and we'll even show you our favorite AI writing tool, but we teach you how to infuse quality throughout the entire book process, from the idea and book outline to publishing and marketing.

Our co-founders have been writing books for years and have helped thousands of people turn their stories into profit. Check out our Student Success Hub here!

To discover more about ethical AI writing and how you can write a book in less time than you ever thought possible, join our free webinar now!

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