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Non-fiction Books

160 very clever ideas that will enable you to writing unique, compelling and successful non-fiction books and get them published - faster and easier than ever before.

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This book includes:

  • Getting people to trust you, and getting known
  • Five alternative publishing options
  • The best way to write autobiographies - and four other good ways
  • All about book design
  • Branding your book
  • Combining fiction and non-fiction
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Boosting your credentials
  • Expanding the market for your work - more money, less effort
  • Easy ways to get all the expertise you need
  • How to spot gaps in the market
  • How to do a better job
  • The best ways to interview experts
  • How to get the level right
  • A simple marketing plan
  • How to meet your favourite celebrities
  • The best non-bookshop marketing opportunities
  • Turning one book into two
  • Why it pays to disagree
  • What everyone wants to know
  • A different approach to proposals - that works
  • Getting publishers to come to you
  • Rapid research ideas
  • Why you probably start your library research in the wrong room
  • All about structure and style - and how to make it easy
  • How to be a successful writer without being published
  • And much more - far too many great ideas to list here!

Sample idea 1: What are readers looking for?

Hang around outside a bookshop and notice how many people come out empty-handed. Some of them might only have gone in to kill time or to get out of the rain. But many of them will have been ready and willing to buy something, yet still come out with nothing. What were they looking for? Is such a book available? Did the shop not have it in stock? Does it even exist? To find out the answers, try talking to people as they come out.

Ask them what they were looking for, whether the shop had anything on that subject, and if so why they decided not to buy what they had. Their answers will be extremely useful to you. Not only will they give you ideas, they'll also tell you how to make your book better than any competing titles.

They'll tell you about such things as the price (too high, too low), quality (too expensive, too cheap), information (too much, too little), level of expertise (too basic, too advanced), look and feel (not enough text, not enough pictures), tone (too formal, too informal), range of information (too general, too specific), and so on.

Sample idea 2: Updating old books.

Millions of books are now well out of date. Do the authors have any intention of writing a new edition? In many cases they do not. So why not write one yourself?

Look for the best books you can find on your specialist subject that are now out of date. If they were bestsellers, market leaders or the industry standard at one time then so much the better. Write to the author (via the publisher if you can’t find him by any other means) and ask for permission to write an updated version.

If he agrees, you'll both need to sign a written agreement which details the arrangement. He might say he’s no longer interested in the book and you can do what you like with it. Or he might impose certain restrictions. He might want a share of the profits - either a half share or a proportion that depends on how much of his original text you reuse. He might want to be listed as the co-author on the cover.

The next step is to contact the original publisher to see if they would be interested in publishing a new edition. If not, you'll have to send proposals to other publishers until you find one that’s interested. Make sure you tell them you’re proposing a second edition of an existing title rather than a brand new one.

[EXTENSION] If the author is planning to update his book himself he can still be useful to you. He probably has a keen interest in your specialist subject, and a wealth of knowledge he could share with you. He might have contacts in the industry, as well as in writing and publishing.

It's well worth striking up a friendship with him and discussing what you both know about the subject, which direction things are moving in, the best books and magazines available, where there are gaps in the market, and so on. See what you can learn from him - and what he can learn from you. You should both come up with some great new ideas for books, articles and courses. You can also help edit, proofread, promote and sell each others' books  - or at least recommend them in your own books.

Alternative product:

You might prefer the complete Volume 5
(Non-fiction, Poetry and Children)

Includes: Magazine Articles, Non-fiction Books, Poetry,
Teens/Young Adult, Travel Writing, Writng for Children

935 very clever ideas, 454 pages, £19.99

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