Do You Have Enough Content for a Book?

When you talk to most people, they’ll confirm they have awesome ideas for a book. To be honest, a good book begins with an idea. Having an idea only is not sufficient. When Robert Kiosaki created his Rich Dad, Poor Dad book, it was only a simple idea that educated people about money issues. But that is not sufficient for a book as there are many other things that are involved.

So how do you determine you have sufficient information for a book? Let’s see how you can transform a book idea into a published book.

Do you possess the Information, Knowledge and Experience to Write a Book?

You can get ideas from numerous places. Topics often come to mind in no specific order. For instance, if you want to write a book about home décor and you’re not familiar with the topic, you may have to do extra research to compile your content. Choosing a topic you might not be fully knowledgeable in is perfectly fine so long as you have great content. Always be realistic especially at the beginning as you may be required to put in more time and resources to come up with your published book.

What’s Unique about Your Book?

What makes people want to read your book? How entertaining, interesting and unique is your book? Remember, to have your book get the desired attention, you must provide valuable and informative information that will make readers want to buy your book. It’s good to have an idea of what you want to write about. If you are unsure how to make your book stand out, keep thinking until you determine the best strategy to use.

How Do You Intend to Write Your Book?

The best way to ask this question is “How much planning is required before commencing to write?” These are some of the issues you need to consider.

  • Are these ideas  firmly in your mind and can you consistently have them in your mind throughout?
  • Have you determined how your book will provide value?
  • Do you know the Unique Selling Point (USP)?
  • What are you hoping to achieve from writing a book?
  • Who is your target audience and what kind of information do they value?

Some writers have the entire information at their fingertips before they begin writing a book. Others have a sketchy idea on paper or in their mind and use it as a starting point. There are people who prefer to write chapters as they get to them and later combine them together. However, others like to have an elaborate outline or plan in place for their content before beginning to write.

There is no specific way to approach your book idea. However, it’s good to come up with an approach before beginning to write. Don’t get alarmed if you cannot come up with an entire book plan at the beginning; it’s normal. You can always plan based on what you have and figure out the rest of the details as you continue writing your book. During revisions and second drafts, you get a chance to fix all the pending issues. For now, begin putting down your idea and don’t let it go!

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The Importance of Editing

One of the biggest mistakes an author can make is to publish a book they’ve edited themselves. Sounds harsh, but it’s true. It’s essential to hire an editor for your book so that you get the results that you want.

Your Reputation Is at Stake
Credible Reputation

If there are spelling, grammar, and formatting mistakes in your book you can absolutely bet that at least a dozen people will publicly call you out. They’ll talk about it in your book reviews. They’ll reach out to you and tell you about the mistakes.

And those aren’t even the people that you want to worry about. What may concern you most are the people that don’t say anything. The people that would have appreciated your information and value, your customers and readers, will doubt your information.

While the simple spelling and grammar errors may not seem like much, they do impact your credibility. If you’re going to sell books, you want your readers to trust the information that you’re sharing. You want them to turn to you for more information and resources.

You’ll Lose Sales

Another thing that can happen when your readers find errors is that they’ll return the book. Buyers of digital, audio, and print books can return them and they do. And digital book readers are particularly finicky. They expect digital books to be top quality.

If You Can’t Edit It Yourself, How Do You Edit It?

You might be wondering why you can’t edit it yourself – why your eyes

editing

aren’t good enough to find the mistakes. The truth is that you know your material so well that you’re just going to miss mistakes. A fresh reader and someone that is a professional editor and knows what to look for and how to make it better, is the best approach.

You can find a number of professional readers available online. However, don’t just take their word for it that they’re a great editor. Check references, ask for recommendations, and check into their experience. You don’t want to hire an editor, trust in their abilities, publish your book and then find out that they missed key mistakes.

Beta Readers

After editing and before you launch your book, ask a few trusted people to

Beta Reader

read your book. These readers are called beta readers. They can read your book not only for content but also for errors and clarity. Beta readers can also be the first folks to leave reviews once you publish your book.

Editing your book is the last step to take before you publish. You put a lot of time, energy, and money into creating your book, so it’s important that the book represents you in the way you want to be represented.

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