Non-Fiction Authors: Opportunities Abound

I have bookshelves everywhere in my home. If you look at my shelves, you will see I have a lot of literary classics, poetry books, art, reference, and science books, among others.

I also have a lot of popular books with wide market appeal. Like everyone, I’m interested in books that will instruct me on how to save time, make money, stay healthy, have a fulfilling career, and improve myself in some ways.

If you’re interested in writing a non-fiction book, remember that  people want to learn about the above topics and a host of other ones of instructional nature. These types of books are marketable because they help people solve problems.

You must choose a marketable topic for your book. With the millions of books being sold today, every subject has been written about. However, that’s okay. As a non-fiction author, you can find a different angle or fresh approach. People are hungry for information. Write about what you know. But first, ask yourself if there is a need or desire for your book.

Remember, no matter who you are,  you know some topic better than most people. Consider your hobbies, interests, jobs you’ve  held, accomplishments or honors.

“Books In Print” and “Forthcoming Books In Print”  will tell you what books are already in print or scheduled for publication, respectively. Inquire through your local library about these valuable resources and whether they are available  online.

Read some of the books in your subject area that you discover. Can you fill a gap that they haven’t covered? You can if you think hard enough.

Consider trends. You want to write a book that will not become obsolete in a year. Consider the difference between a trend and just a fad. You want your book to sell for many years to come. Don’t think so much in terms of what’s hot now, but of what will be hot a year or more from now.  If you don’t think ahead, your book’s topic could even be obsolete on the day it’s published.

Below, are some books on my shelves, some that were written long ago, but are timeless.

1)   The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, by Dale Carnegie

2)  Mary Gilliatt’s Shortcuts to Great Decorating

3) What Should I Do with My Life, by Po Bronson

4) Cooking Can Be Fun, by Zoe Shippen

5) What to Say and How to Say It For All Occasions, by David Belson

6) Dealing with People You Can’t Stand, by Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner

7) Success, by J. Pincott, ed.

8) Get a Life Without Sacrificing Your Career, by Dianna Booher

9) 101 Ways to Promote Yourself, by Raleigh Pinskey

10) The Older Cat: Recognizing Decline & Extending Life, by Dan Poynter and Stephen G. Lewis

11) Making Decisions, by Dean Francis Juniper

Be savvy, like the authors of the books above. Planning ahead and thinking things through will make you a successful non-fiction author.

Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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2 Responses to Non-Fiction Authors: Opportunities Abound

  1. Don Baird says:

    Another solid post. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks, Don! You’re a night owl, too, I see. Hope you’re writing haiku. I just got my “Frogpond.”

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