You’ve had that moment of epiphany and a story pops into your head. You see a need in the marketplace and you have just the right voice to fill it. Most writers, when struck by a great idea and desire to write will simply begin writing, but there are several things to consider when embarking on a nonfiction project in order to foster your idea into one everyone will want to read about.
Know your Audience
The idea is just the spark, it’s a great idea but you need to make sure it’s one that needs to be heard. The first thing you need to do when writing nonfiction is identify your audience. Who is your target reader? Where do they live? How many readers do you think will want to read about your idea? Is there enough target audience to justify writing a book? All of these things will tell you if there is a market for your idea and helps you decide who you are writing for. And the more you know about your audience, the better you’ll be able to craft your message for them.
Is Your Idea Unique – Does the Market Need Your book
Sure, the idea is great, but is there already a book on the market that fills that need? Obviously, there will be some work similar to what you’re doing, and you have a unique perspective, but you have to ask yourself “does your voice add anything to the subject?” Take a hard look at what other authors have written on the subject and make sure what you want to write is different enough to make someone want to read what you have to say. Consequently, if there is no book on your subject, you need to understand why – there may be no market for the topic. Make sure what you have to say is unique enough to be said and adds to the topic in a beneficial way.
What is Your Idea and Why Would Someone Want to Read About It?
You’ve established the market needs your book but you still have to be able to sell it. You need to be able to tell your readers – and potential publishers – why your idea benefits the marketplace, and why you’re the person to write this book. Hone your topic and angle and know every argument for and against your book and how to respond. Come up with a one sentence description that would persuade someone to pick up your book and take it to the register to purchase. Be able to pitch your book to anyone and you’ll be able to sell your book to everyone.
Do You Have Enough To Fill a Book?
Knowing the difference between enough content for a full book and enough for an article or series of articles is crucial. Trying to stretch content into a full book can leave your manuscript scattered and rambling or you could leave out important information and even miss making your point completely. All of these things will make your writing seem unprofessional and unpublishable. If you’ve gotten to this point, it’s time to look at the book proposal.
The Nonfiction Book Proposal
There are many great resources for style and even templates of proposals available on the internet, but there are three basic questions every proposal needs to clearly address. They are:
What is the reason for this book – what set’s your book apart from the rest of the books on the market;
Who is your target market – and this needs to be detail as possible – you need to include demographics and show your market;
And lastly, Why are you the person to write this book – do you have authority or credentials to write this book – why should people want to listen to what you say on the subject.
Describe Your Book’s Content
Part of any good book proposal is a chapter-by-chapter synopsis and table of contents. The helps you create a guide for writing your book, making sure you cover all the topics you want to cover and make your points. And when you’ve finished this step, you’ll have a clear picture of your book in your mind. Now you’re idea is transformed from thought to paper and you’re on your way.
Why You’re The Best Person to Write This Book
It’s no secret that most nonfiction books are written by experts, but don’t let a lack of initials at the end of your name stop you from creating your masterpiece. If your idea is viable and your work is good, readers will see you as an expert in your chosen subject. Yes, having credentials to back up your work helps sell your work to a publisher and the marketplace, but there are options to adding gravitas to your book. You can bring in other experts, like a co-author, or even interview experts in the field. Lending an accredited name to your work will help establish your own expertise in the area. Do you have a fan base or loyal following? If so, you can leverage a solid platform into helping you establish marketability for your work. If the work is personal and contains a powerful message on the subject, people will respond.
How to Ensure You and Your Book Will Succeed
Every author – whether traditionally or self-published – will have to promote their work. Promotion doesn’t begin when the finished book lands in your hands, it starts from the moment the idea pops into your head. During the writing process every writer should spend time to help build awareness both for yourself and your work. This helps create buzz for the finished project long before it’s done and creates a marketplace you need to be a success. If you follow these guidelines, you can easily turn your great idea into a great book!
About the Book
Title: Sexual Confessional: Confidential Admissions from Social Media
Author: Nicole Delacroix
Genre: Non-Fiction Humor / Essay
Discovering secrets is titillating.
Everyone wants to peek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects.
It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most intimate secrets about sex.
One part social experiment – one part personal journey mixed with a little shock value, a whole lot of confession, laugh-out-loud comedy, deceptively thought-provoking questions and answers, all in the name of self-awareness. A foray into the inappropriate Sexual Confessional is a brash, unfiltered look at sex in the new millennium as seen by social media. A cautionary tale that warns “be careful what you ask the internet for, you may just get it…”
Nicole Delacroix was raised with a deep love for words and literature. This appetite for reading was the foundation fuelling her creative passion for writing. With a strong will and precocious nature, she is the atypical Texan Southern belle, preferring the fantastical, science and reason. Growing up in the buckle of the Bible Belt, writing was her saving grace.
A fan of all genres, she will most often be found buried in fantasy, science fiction or nonfiction, favoring George RR Martin, Douglas Adams and Michio Kaku, while Joan Rivers, Mae West, Madonna and Audrey Hepburn are personal role-models, each possessing a strength she admires. Diversity extends to her writing as well, as she writes about anything that strikes her interest, with a keen eye for character and the absurd.
A blogger, author, and IT professional for a major ISP, she is consistently sought out to provide guest blogs and the oft-maligned tech manual, and receives many requests to review new works from fellow authors. She believes life is about possibilities, which challenges her to write outside her comfort zone, trying new projects and meeting new people.
Fiercely loyal to friends, family and pets, she is a proud member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, avid Tweeter, and closet Anglophile with addictions to British Tea, Doctor Who and Soccer. Above all, she maintains sarcasm is a legitimate art form and strives to challenge conventional thinking.
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