I’ve written a handful of books.
And I sell hundreds of copies each and every month.
Naturally, people ask me how I come up with ideas for my books.
I thought I’d cover that today.
My method (if you want to call it that) is extremely simple.
And at the base of it is inspiration. I do what I love, so I follow my heart, and I ultimately write what wants to be written.
Now, I also include practical elements, such as what people want, because I’m here to help, and to be able to help, I have to pay attention to what people want.
Find Bestselling Book Ideas
Here’s a 15-minute tutorial where I show you exactly how I find topics for my books.
There is a condensed text version of the video below, but I highly recommend you watch the video if you want to learn this.
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(Note: Watch the video in full screen as the text may be too small otherwise.)
The 3 Keys to Great Book Ideas
Discovering great book ideas is about answering the following questions:
- What problem are you solving?
- What do people want?
- What do you want to write?
But what’s important is that you write what you feel inspired to write. That’s when you will write books that touch hearts.
If you’re just writing to make money, with no passion or care, you won’t get very far, and even if you do, you won’t feel fulfilled, because money is like candy, it gives you a high but it is devoid of nutrition.
1. Solve a Problem
Start by brainstorming the problems you’ve solved. If you work with clients or customers, what problems have you solved for them?
What problems can you solve?
For example, my first book, Find Your Passion, came out of the fact that I was getting the same questions via email over and over again.
I’d written dozens of post on the topic, and I knew that this was something people wanted, and something they needed. Armed with that knowledge, I proceeded to think about how I’ve found my passion, and how I’ve helped others do it.
The answer wasn’t a formula, but 25 questions that would help you access you inner wisdom.
Finding a problem to solve can be that simple. And it’s always easier when you build an audience first, and listen to them.
2. Uncover What People Want
Once I had identified a problem, I began looking at if people wanted to know about finding their passion.
The truth is that I already knew. I knew from running my blog, and being in this space since 2009.
But I went on Amazon and I began looking at other books. I found a few on finding your passion. But I also find a book called The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson.
There were many books that at their core were about finding your passion, and doing what you love, but they worded it differently.
I also saw people conducting online courses on the topic. And I knew that career advice was basically about finding something you enjoy but are also good at (or want to become good at).
3. Follow Your Inspiration
Last, but not least, what do you feel inspired to write about?
What both excites you and scares you?
When I work with clients, a big part of it is helping people unravel the thoughts that hold them back. I help you see that you can do what you love, no matter if you doubt yourself or not.
So what excites you? What do you secretly wish you could help people with?
You have to be careful here, because it’s easy to forget about what people want. You need to find the intersection between what excites you and what people want.
Learning to discern between the two took me years (YouTube video on it here). Hopefully it doesn’t take you as long.
But even though it took time, I don’t regret that time. It’s not time wasted, because I learned so much. And today I can pass that knowledge on to my customers and clients, which helps them dramatically reduce their learning curve.
Coming up with a bestselling idea for your book isn’t rocket science.
At the same time, there is no formula that guarantees success.
I’ve given you my 3-step process, but that doesn’t mean it’s foolproof. Use what resonate with you. Then go out there and experiment.
You’ll uncover your own process.
Write. Publish. Learn.
Even if only one person reads your book, it will have been worth it.
And in the meantime, you will have learned how to put your ideas into book form.
Don’t underestimate the power of tiny steps.
Now start writing!
P.S. Want to learn more? Here are two things you could do:
1) If you want more on my writing process, check out my book: How to Write Nonfiction eBooks: A Proven 17-Step Plan for Beginners.
2) If you want more training on how to build an online business around your passion, and how to publish Kindle books, check out the Lifestyle Liberation Academy.