You want to make money self publishing, but you’re not a writer. On the contrary: write something, anything, and you’re a writer. As I tell my copywriting students, if you can write an email message and get a response, you can write copy. Similarly, if you want to write an ebook – to make money, or get leads for your business, or build your platform – you can.
Just use what you have. No matter how old or young you are, you have endless topics for nonfiction ebooks, based on your own experiences, and those of your family, friends and colleagues. You can even use the events of your life for fiction.
A BIG tip: when considering nonfiction topics, remember What’s In It For Me (WIIFM). Everyone is totally consumed with self-interest. It’s hard to get anyone to buy an ebook that’s just the story of your divorce. However, an ebook that covers what you learned from going though your divorce, and how that information can help others, can sell.
Writing Nonfiction: What Do You Want to Learn?
Writers are often told to “write what you know.” New writers approach this in a narrow fashion. The truth is, you can only write what you know. Everything you write, whether nonfiction or fiction is colored by your perceptions, and your own version of truth.
You don’t need to have an experience to be able to write about it. Thriller novelists write about serial killers; no one expects them to kill anyone… We all have the same emotions, so a thriller writer can easily use his imagination to feel himself into the skin of a serial killer.
So saying “write what you know” isn’t helpful. You can’t avoid doing that. When it comes to nonfiction, it’s more useful to suggest: “write about what you want to learn.”
Way back in the 1980s I got interested in the Internet. This was long before the Web. A Melbourne academic got me a connection, and from then on I become engrossed in the online world of BBSs. Eventually, I subscribed to CompuServe. Those early online experiences triggered an interest in tech, and for many years, I wrote tech articles for several computer magazines. I wrote what I wanted to learn.
Ask yourself what you want to learn. Maybe you want to learn online dating, or how to cook like Julia Child (a blogger blogged her Julia Child cooking experiences; that blog became a book, and then a movie), or how to home-school your children.
The Benefit of Writing What You’re Learning: Beginners’ Mind.
People want information, and they’re willing to pay for it. However, at any given period, there are many more people who want to learn the basics of a topic, rather than advanced material. You need to write what you experience as a beginner, rather than waiting until you become an “expert.”
Here’s why: you’re only a beginner once. When you achieve deep knowledge about any topic, it’s challenging to write for people who are new to a topic. You can’t wash away your experience.
So, in conclusion, if you want to make money self publishing, go for it. Use what you have, and write about your experiences learning something new.
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