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 i.e. ‘How to learn Twitter in a weekend’
  • Quotes
  • Hints and tips
  • Articles
  • Resource file


Publishing a collection of other people’s articles (with their permission and knowledge, of course) is a great way to produce a book quickly and easily.

If you’re not keen on doing a lot of writing and have a great network publishing a book based on articles written by a range of contributors is a great publishing strategy for you. The most you will need to write is a short introduction to the book introducing the authors and explaining your reasons for publishing this selection of articles.

The reason this works so well is that all the contributors to the book can use it to promote their businesses , too, even though it’s your book.

If you’re not keen on doing a lot of writing and have a great network this is a great publishing strategy for you. The most you will need to write is a short introduction to the book introducing the authors and explaining your reasons for publishing this selection of articles.

You will also need to introduce each article and author – but that may not need to be any more than a short paragraph. You could even ask your contributors to write their own introduction and simply edit the text to make sure it fits the style of the book and is consistent.

If you aim for a book of around 5-8,000 words, each article will need to be 1-2000 words long depending on how detailed you want each one to be so make sure you select articles of the correct length and level of detail.

What’s in it for the contributors of the articlescontributors

It might not seem if there is a lot of benefit to existing contributors to have their article published in your book, after all, they won’t earn any money directly from its sales. However, while you will be the author and will earn money directly from sales of the book, the contributors can gain a great amount from the opportunity as well. For example:

  • They can build their list by offering a free product or service to readers in return for their contact details.
  • They can earn revenue by offering a discount on a product or service to readers of the book
  • They can earn money from sales of the book as an Amazon Associates.
  • They will gain kudos from being selected as an article author for your book.
  • They could gain by becoming a Joint Venture partner with you and the other article authors in the book.

By allowing your contributors to place links to products and free offers they can extend their reach, gain new subscribers and sell their products and services. They only need to do minimal work (set up a web page, or create a discount code) and they can benefit from your book.

Sales and marketing

Using articles is a great way to create a book for your market on a topic you are not an expert in yourself.

Ideally, you need to put together a good marketing plan to convince your contributors that the opportunity is a good one. You will also need to have other good quality contributors so each contributor knows this is going to be a quality title. It is easiest to make this work when you have already built some kind of relationship with the authors.

Selecting the articles you want to publish

Your first job is to select the articles you want to publish. Of course, that will depend on your title and the kind of problem you want to solve for your readers. The best place to find articles is on blogs and article publishing sites, such as ezinearticles.com.

As I said before, the best contributors are those you already have a connection with. You may want to comment on a few blogs, sign up to their list, and Like the Facebook page to get to know a bit more about them. That will allow you to select the best articles.

There may be a bit of planning using the article method, but if you don’t have time to develop relationships, you have nothing to lose by making contact with your proposition and seeing what response you get.

When you do make contact, make sure you have a clear publishing plan, a sample cover and sales copy to send so the business owner gets a picture of the kind of book you are aiming to publish. Outline the benefits of the project and how they can have all the benefits of being a published author without having to produce the book themselves.

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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.