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.