Have you ever wanted to write an e-book? Oh, really? You have? what about? Oh, I see. You like the idea of writing and publishing an e-book. But you just can’t figure out what to write about. But don’t let that stop you. There are lots of ways to brainstorm ideas for your e-book. Here are seven.
1– Ask your audience.
If you already have regular readers on your blog, a social media following, or an e-mail list, you can ask them. Just write a blog post, a social media post, or an email that asks what they want to know. You can do it formally through a survey or informally by soliciting comments or a return e-mail.
This works well for a couple of reasons. First, it allows you to put the power of multiple minds to work for you. Second, it ensures you will have people interested in purchasing the final product. After all, it will practically be made-to-order.
2 – Think “how to avoid _____”
Then fill in the blank with something that applies to your area of interest, blog or marketplace. How to avoid “gaining weight on the holidays”, “re-gaining weight after losing it” or “cheating on my diet” are all great ideas if you have a weight loss blog.
Google “how to avoid” and see what comes up as a suggested sequence. If the first set of suggestions aren’t helpful, start your search with “how to avoid a” and see what words that start with the letter “a” get suggested by Google. For more ideas, keep going through the alphabet.
3 – Cheat.
Let successful writers do all the work for you. Check out a magazine stand, a bookstore or library. Look for titles that relate to your blog or online business, change the title but keep the topic of the book or magazine, and get to work.
4 – Browse online groups and communities.
Forums, chat rooms, and social media sites are great places to look for free information regarding your area of expertise. Type “your niche forum” into Google, obviously replacing the phrase “your niche” with the focus of your blog or website. Keep the same strategy and do more searches, replacing the word “forum” with chat rooms, social media sites, Facebook pages and other phrases that describe where people hang out and talk about their problems and interests.
See what questions come up again and again. Or what questions generate the most responses. This is very powerful information because you see exactly what’s on people’s minds.
5 – Reread old blog posts.
Your blog posts and web pages contain a lot of information. This is a simple way to brainstorm ideas for a possible e-book. In addition to checking out your content, have a look at the comments. See what blog topics get the most comments, the most passionate comments, or comments that ask the most questions. Your book topic? The answer to those questions.
6 – Think short term.
When you plan your business, you want to think long-term. But when you brainstorm ideas for your e-book, not so much. Think about what problems you can solve in your marketplace or field of knowledge in a short period of time. E-books that promise results in 7, 14, 21 or 30 days sell extremely well.
And another thing. There’s no need to be too wordy. E-book readers who are looking for information want it short and to the point.
7 – Write about something you recently did in your business.
Did you just start building an email list? Are you good at giving webinars? Have you tried a new social media platform, a plug-in, or a new way of getting traffic? Bloggers and other online business owners looking for ideas to write an e-book about need look no further than their own online presence.
So there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from writing your e-book. Try one or more of these ways to brainstorm ideas for your e-book. You’re sure to come up with lots of ideas — and one will be just right.