It's not enough to write your book, the goal is to write a GREAT book! Content is #1.
Finding Your Audience
With millions of books already in publication, you need to find a topic, story idea, or a solution that is unique. The most popular nonfiction categories in publication are Business and Money, Reference, and Religion and Spirituality. The most popular fiction category is Romance. This means that there are several readers who desire content in these areas. However, it does not mean that there are not untapped areas that could be equally as popular.
Amazon specifically has categories and sub-categories and sub-sub categories. It is important to know the categories that exist in your specific genre and that define your specific book concept. (For example: Category = Biography and Memoir > Arts and Literature or Business and Money > Marketing and Sales > Advertising)
Finding Your Niche
niche - (n.) a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one's niche in the book world.
(adj.) pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal. (dicitionary.com)
The key is to find a topic that you are passionate about or speaks to a specific problem that you have the solution for. If you have the solution, your audience will want your book to discover the answer.
The following are questions you can ask yourself in preparation before writing:
Who can relate to my story and is it relevant?
Who has had a similar experience?
Has it already been done?
Is there a need for my perspective on the subject?
Who do I want to inspire, help or entertain?
What elements of my own past or experience can I incorporate into my writing?
What competition exists in my space?
Have others found success writing about my topic?
Do I need to narrow my topic?
Where do I want my books to be sold?
Is my topic time sensitive? Will it be relevant for years to come or is this something I will have to continue to update with new editions?
With the answers to the above questions you will well on your way to determine the genre and content that will go into your manuscript. The beauty is that you do not have to be a great writer to write a great book. Don't get too caught up in the written portion because the editing will make the difference. The most important aspect is to get all of your thoughts and ideas down on paper. Once you have your ideas ready to go, it is time to write.
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