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How To Choose A Topic For Your Book

Jul 19, 2008
Difficulty in choosing a topic for your book is one of the dilemmas faced by an aspiring writer. It is in a way similar to the condition of accomplished writers having a writer's block. As an aspiring writer, you may be full of evangelical zeal to change the world or solve some of the most difficult problems facing the society or the community you live in. However, when it comes to selecting a topic for your book, there are so many choices that you could get lost for choices in deciding the topic for your book and thus be unable to zero in on one particular topic.

List making will help you get started with the creative process of writing a book. Take some time to reflect on issues you and your acquaintances resolved successfully and derived great joy and satisfaction from. Given the stressful and fast paced times we live in, people have very little time to dwell on the problems they have and are always eagerly looking forward to someone addressing their plight. Such people could be your potential readers. List all the things of interest to you and in which you have considerable expertise - it could be self-improvement, house repairs, resolving marital discord, photography, dealing with job loss etc.

List issues that you want to resolve in your life, community, county etc. If you have an unresolved issue, chances are that there are thousands of other people grappling with the same problem.

The issue you choose should be an open issue with various approaches to resolve. It is not important that you know all the answers before you write the book.

The Internet is a great place to find what people are reading or are looking for at any point in time. A Google, Yahoo, or Mamma search will be able to generate hundreds of topics, if you enter phrases such as "best selling fiction" and "non-fiction topics", "how to manuals", "challenges 2008" etc.

Non-fiction books can be discovered on Amazon, Google, or leading newspaper's bestsellers lists. This should help you in determining the current hot topics preferred by readers. It has been established that more people who buy on Amazon buy non-fiction books on subjects ranging from self-help to quickest ways to make a million dollars. It is now a known fact that E-books on non-fiction topics make profits faster than fiction. Fiction readers prefer to buy books of authors known to them or authors they have heard about before. Fiction readers prefer to lounge around and read. Fiction is also difficult to write and deliver. Fictional classics available on the Internet are free and downloadable. Non-fiction books are a safe option, unless you prefer to take risks.

Thankfully ideas do not have copyright protection. You could easily build on an idea you read about in an E-book to write your very own E-book. This effectively means you can write E-books on ideas already on the Amazon bestsellers list. Also non-fiction readers do not care so much about the author's reputation and are open to buying books of unknown or lesser-known authors.

Copyright law protects presentation of ideas. This means you shall not copy the text straight from the original book. The title will also have to be reworded. The subject is not copyright protected and you can write without fear of committing any illegalities.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant about books. When shopping for books, we recommend you shop only at the best bookstores for used books, autographed books, and vedic books.
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