You’re a writer. Each and every day, you’re learning. Why not sell what you learn and write nonfiction? As Mae West said: “Keep a diary, and someday it’ll keep you.”
I fell in love with computers the first time I read the WordStar manual cover to cover. For some 15 years, writing about computers and software added nicely to my income. Yes, we’ve been talking about writing fiction on the blog, but don’t forget about nonfiction – you can write for the Web as well as writing fiction. Not only do websites and publications pay for nonfiction, but you can also sell nonfiction ebooks.
As I point out in our new program on writing nonfiction, Nonfiction Ebook Superstar: Write and Sell In 24 Hours Or Less, you can write a nonfiction ebook in an afternoon, and sell it for the next ten years. Updating nonfiction is easy. I created the Nonfiction Superstar program because so many writers contacted me and enquired, plaintively, about writing nonfiction.
Yes, There’s a Lot of Free Information Online, but People Buy It Too.
In a world where so much information is free, do people PAY for information? Sure they do. Check out the Amazon Top 100 Paid in Nonfiction. Currently a smoothie diet book is outselling Hillary Clinton’s new memoir.
Write Nonfiction Ebooks: Keep Them Short.
Nonfiction will always sell, especially if you write from your own experience. When my kids were small, I wrote parenting articles for magazines – this was way before the Web. When I discovered computers, I wrote regularly about computer stuff for several magazines for years. Again, way before the Web.
Last week a writer contacted me about her discoveries writing her second novel. I suggested that she write a nonfiction ebook about it. You can turn knowledge and experience into income all day long. That’s what writers do. What do you know that you could (profitably) teach others?
Tip: keep your nonfiction ebooks short. Teach, persuade or entertain in 20 pages and call it good. Focus your ebooks sharply. Of course, if at topic sells for you, you can cover it in greater depth.
If Something Sells, You Can Write a Longer Ebook.
Apropos of diet books, if you find a clever diet tip that works, share it in a short ebook. Does it sell? Write a longer ebook on the same topic. You can use Amazon as your focus group. For years, whenever I got a great idea, I created a blog. Writing an ebook is faster.
Use What You Lean to Write Your Nonfiction.
You’re a writer. You can turn words into dollars. And you can do it over and over again. If you’re learning something new, chances are others will want to learn it too.
Everyone wants shortcuts – witness the green smoothie diet book. Currently it’s ranked #64 Paid in Kindle Store (scroll down the page to the Product Details.)
Amazon’s Best Sellers Rank is a handy way of estimating how many copies an ebook is selling. According to Theresa Ragan’s clever chart, since it’s ranked at #64, the green smoothie book is selling:
“Amazon Best Seller Rank 35 to 100 – selling 500 to 1,000 books a day.”
Notice? It’s selling 500 to 1,000 books a day.
Your short nonfiction ebooks may never hit those heights. Write enough of them however, and you’ll make a very nice income.
Summary of the nonfiction concept in a graphic
The graphic summarizes the “information sells” concept.
Increase Your Income: Write and Sell Nonfiction
Every writer today is in a powerful position. You’ve got the power of Amazon, and the power of the Web. ALL of the tools you need to write and sell are FREE. However, few writers make use of that power. Can you spare just 24 hours to create an ebook that will sell for ten years?
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