If you think you have no topic and nothing to say, here are seven ideas for coming up with a book you can write fast:

  • Get interviewed
  • Interview someone else
  • Write a list of ‘ways to’ or ‘resources for’ etc.
  • How to ‘How to learn Twitter in a weekend’
  • Quotes
  • Hints and tips
  • Articles
  • Resource file

When book ideas for your business are difficult to nail down, you need to take a different approach. If you focus on the way in which you are going to deliver material, you will find that ideas start to flow because the topic will emerge from your research and preparation. Gradually, your book concept will start to come together because you’ll begin to make connections that you simply hadn’t seen before.joining pieces together

How does this happen?

If you were to go and find, say, 7 significant quotes about your area of expertise, you would probably find you suddenly had a lot to say. That could include the reason why you chose the quote, how you think it is significant, what you have learnt from it and how it can be applied.

You may have  broad idea to begin with, but as you look for good quotes or great tips or the best subject for an interview, you’ll find that ideas emerge naturally. Research will get you reading and thinking. When you do those two things, ideas are never far behind.

As your material gathers and grows, you will start to see that it falls into specific subject areas so you may discover that your struggle to find one book idea turns into a whole slew of topics that you just can’t wait to start writing about. This feels so much better and more exciting than ruminating over this idea or that idea and not being able to pick one.

So if you are stuck looking for an idea, start with a structure instead of a topic and see where it leads you.

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Deborah Taylor
Deborah Taylor

Hi, I'm Deborah Taylor and I'm a publishing consultant and book-writing mentor. I work with established business owners who want to share their message by writing a book but are struggling to get started (or finished). I help them write, publish and launch a stand-out, attention-grabbing book that will raise their profile, reach more of their ideal clients and grow their business. I am a trained editor with over 15 years' publishing experience with major blue-chip UK publishing companies such as Hodder & Stoughton, BBC Books, Cassell and Pearson. I have produced books on every subject under the sun and with professinals and experts from a wide range of professions, from chefs and gardeners to life coaches and career consultants. I would love to help you write a book you love and that will raise your profile, attract new clients and bring you exciting new business opportunities.