Everyone’s writing nonfiction ebooks today, with varying degrees of success. One writer surprised me when he maintained that he was too late to the party.
He said there was no point in writing ebooks because:
- The web. Everyone can find all the information they need, on anything;
- He doesn’t have a blog, nor does he have an email list. Hence, no customers;
- He’s late to the party — the golden age of self-publishing has come and gone;
- He doesn’t know what to write about.
I’m not touching the first three comments. If I did, I’d be an idiot — which reminds me of a funny cartoon. You may have seen it. A man’s hunched over his computer late at night. He says to his wife: “I can’t come to bed yet, someone on the Internet is wrong.”
Let’s look at the “doesn’t know what to write about” comment.
You can write a nonfiction ebook about anything you like, within reason — check Amazon’s Terms of Service for verboten topics. No matter how esoteric your subject matter, other people — even if it’s a tiny group — are interested.
Ideas for ebooks: consider the people you know (yes, social media counts)
Want an ebook idea?
Here you go:
- Make a list of what you want to know, or things you’d like to learn more about. Do it now, go on… Make the list as a long as you can.
- Next, pick up the phone, and call a few people. Ask them what they want to know. Add their topics to your list.
- Finally, hie yourself over to your favorite online group or forum, and ask those good folk what they’d like to learn more about.
You should have a long list of topics by now.
Don’t lose the list. Add to your list over the next coming week. Ask everyone you know — even your hairdresser. Welcome all input, and please, DO NOT censor your list unduly. You’ll get the occasional wit who’ll want to know more about some totally unsuitable topics. Ignore those. 🙂
The big marketplace: ideas for ebooks for the online retailers
It’s a week later. You have your BIG list. You should have over 500 ideas on it by now. Excellent.
Now go through your list, and find ten possible ideas for ebooks that you might be interested in writing. No need to make a choice yet. Choose an idea that you think you could write quickly — say within a day, if you did nothing else for the day, or within a couple of weeks.
Your next step is to investigate Amazon. Who’s written about this topic? Can you find a slant that no one else has used? In other words, what’s missing from the published ebooks (self-published, and traditionally published)?
You should now have an idea for an ebook you can write. If not, go back to your big list.
Ideas for ebooks are everywhere. Chances are you’re ignoring a goldmine. Here’s a friend’s story.
Ebooks for custom markets can be a goldmine
My friend’s been selling a 50-page ebook to her clients for three years, for $299 a copy. Yep, three hundred dollars. The ebook’s a tutorial for professional practice software which is used by health companies. Considering that the software’s $400 a month, no one quibbles at $299 for a practical ebook which will get them up to speed on the software fast.
B2B (business to business) professionals have many needs, and they have money to spend too. Whenever you write for clients, pay attention.
Without looking too hard, you’ll find topics you can cover.
Ideas for ebooks are everywhere you look, so look
You’re still reading?
Stop reading and start making your list right now. You’re minutes away from an idea which could pay your mortgage for years to come.
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