10 ideas for a successful non-fiction book

Some of the best book ideas are very simple. Starting with a proven format will make the writing process much less overwhelming.

Let’s take a look at the 10 most successful non-fiction book ideas to get you inspired:

1. The memoir or biography

Record your own story or that of a family member and share the lessons learned.

2. The ‘how-to’ book

Help readers achieve something that you are good at, by providing step-by-step guidance and examples.

3. The mistakes book

Help readers to avoid commonly made mistakes by giving examples and solutions.

4. The book of interviews

Interview thought leaders about a topic you want to learn about or want to be seen as a though leader.

5. The question and answer book

Record the frequently asked questions and answers about a popular topic.

6. The __ ways to do something book

List the many different approaches to a certain topic, so that you will be seen as the expert on this subject.

7. The how to hire someone book

Most people have no experience hiring, for example a nanny or a contractor. Why should they reinvent the wheel? Write a guide about something that you have done many times and that will give them guidance.

8. The joke or quotation book

Collect all jokes or quotes about a certain profession and your target group for sales of this book is clearly defined…

9. The collection of stories

Aks others to contribute their best stories around a certain theme and select the best for your book.

10. The collection of your previous stories

Do you have a blog, do you write columns? How about bundling the best ones around a certain subject in a book?

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Esther Jacobs – the NO EXCUSES LADY: speaker, author, book writing coach, digital nomad

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