3 Easy Ways to Get Ideas for Nonfiction Ebooks

3 Easy Ways to Get Ideas for Nonfiction Ebooks

I’ve been advising my students to “write short” when it comes to ebooks; this means writing short stories, and short nonfiction ebooks. A short ebook at $2.99 is an easy sale. A longer ebook is a much harder sale at $9.99, especially for a new author.

If you’re wondering how long your short ebooks could be, I suggest around 20 pages. Since the concept of “pages” is meaningless in ebook terms, around 5,000 words – the length of a couple of articles.

Writers have asked how to get lot of ideas for ebooks you can write quickly. We cover that in detail in Sizzling Success from Short Reports and Short Stories, but here are three of my favorite ways.

1. News Websites: Become a News Junkie.

I’m a news junkie. I spend way too much time browsing news websites each day, but it does have a benefit. You learn to spot trends, and see what people are talking about. Once you get into the habit, you can spot dozens of ideas for short ebooks in a few minutes.

You can just browse news stories, or you can enter a broad topic. I used to write a lot about weight loss, so I entered that into the search query field in Google News.

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Here’s the key: don’t bother clicking through to the stories. It’s distracting. You just want a broad sense of what’s new today. So, in the above image, you can see “woman says her weight loss photos were stolen.”

Excellent. (Not for the woman, obviously…) You could certainly write a short ebook on weight loss photos: how taking snaps of yourself daily in a weight loss journal is an effective way to stay on track with a weight loss diet, or similar.

Think broadly when you brainstorm. How about a nonfiction ebook on how to look great in wedding or other special-event photos?

2. Amazon: Look at the Top 100 Bestsellers in Nonfiction.

If it’s in Amazon’s Top 100, in any category, it’s selling a LOT. So cast your eyes over what people want to learn more about today: Amazon’s top 100, paid and free.

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Again, don’t bother clicking through: focus on the book’s titles. You just need a kickoff point for your own brainstorming, so you can come up with great ideas.

3. Pinterest: Images Stimulate Your Creative Mind.

I adore Pinterest. It’s an amazing site, particularly if you’re hunting for ideas. Check out the Popular category; that’s what’s trending on Pinterest right now.

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OK, maybe you don’t want to write about bow ties, or candles, or popsicles. :-) Or maybe you do. Scroll down the page. Let yourself muse about what people need, that you could write about.

There’s always something new on Pinterest. You’re sure to find topics you’d enjoy covering in a nonfiction ebook.

So, there you have it. Three easy ways to get great ideas for nonfiction ebooks. Happy idea hunting. :-)

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Ebooks: A 3-Minute Strategy to Write and Sell

If you’re getting into self-publishing, you need a strategy which you can put to use immediately.

I’ve created an easy one for my book marketing students. You can understand and memorize this simple presentation in three minutes. Then put it to use — use your creativity.

Here’s a quick transcript of the slides.

1. Kindle Ebooks in 3 Minutes Write Your Ebooks FAST

Presentation: Angela Booth angelabooth.com

Twitter: @angee

Writing Genii: writinggenii.com

2. 3-Minute Strategy • Select a topic that sells • Decide on an angle • Define your “hook”

For nonfiction

3. 3-Minute Strategy • Choose a genre • Character, setting and plot • Theme and meaning

For short stories

4. Create a List Outline

5. Write!

6. Publish on Amazon Kindle

7. Promote…• Review copies• Twitter, Facebook• Blog• Blog tour• GoodReads, LibraryThing• Reader list

8. The Easiest Promotional Method: Book Two

Each book sells the next, so write your next book.

9. Cherish Your Readers (Build Platform)

10. Survey: What Did Your Readers Love?

11. Give Your Readers What TheyWant in Books Two and Three

• Is your ebook selling? • Write a series. • Talk to your readers… • Give them what pleases them… and • Magic happens. You’ll sell more ebooks.

12. The Ebook Revolution Is Here: Get Help Now

• Want help writing and selling your ebooks? • Angela’s been doing it for years. • Get help now…

13. Contact Angela Booth: get help with your ebooks today.

Ebook Creation and Sales: 5 Easy Ways to Sell Your Ebooks

Write AND Sell Your Ebooks With Angela's No-Fail Ebook Sales Formula

You’ve written a book, or an ebook. Or perhaps you’ve written several. Either way, you want to sell them. You’ve got lots of options, and in this article, we’ll look at some of them.

Many people are making big money from ebooks. Some are making a few hundred dollars a month, others like Mike Geary make millions. Either way, you need to promote your ebooks. If you’re clever (see my ebook sales formula), you’ll do both at the same time.

Before we get started, a little hint. There’s no magic bullet when it comes to sales. I know some people advise hammering your social media connections with sales messages. Please don’t do this. The people who tell you that it works as a solo strategy are lying. You need an integrated marketing program.

Here are five easy ways to sell your ebooks.

1. Create a Website Page and a Mailing List

Basic, and boring, right? Yes, it is. However, it’s also the foundation of your ebook writing and selling success. It’s VERY difficult to get attention in the online world. Once a reader is interested in your ebooks, you need a way to communicate with them again; your list helps you to do that.

I’ve used aweber (affiliate link) to create my mailing lists for many years. I heartily recommend them.

2. Create a Blog: Use It to Feed Traffic

Next, create a blog, and feed the traffic from that blog to your website, using links.

You can blog about anything you like, however make sure it’s relevant to your ebooks, in some way.

For example, if you’ve written an ebook about dating and romance, blog about those topics.

If you’re writing fiction, then stick to blogging about your genre (mystery, romance, thrillers, whatever.) You can throw in the occasional off-topic post, but don’t make a habit of it, unless you’re JK Rowling.

3. Goodreads’ Author Program

Use this program. It’s excellent. Authors do very well with it; you can too.

4. Social Media: Broadcast, and Interact

Now we get to social media. The key word is “social.” Use social media to feed traffic to your blog and website. Don’t try to sell on social media, you’ll only annoy people.

Create pages for your ebooks on Facebook, and on Google+.

5. Press Releases: Get Attention

You can’t get more old-fashioned than press releases. However, these days, you’re writing online press releases, and you’re writing them for your readers, rather than for the media.

Of course, if the media pick up on your press releases, that’s great. It’s not essential however.

There you have it — five easy ways to sell your ebooks. Use them all. They work.

If you’d like personal coaching in your ebooks business, please get in touch. I’ve been writing and selling ebooks for more than a decade.