Non-fiction books are awesome. No doubt, they are priceless and awesomely helpful. It’s not coincidence that many writers are getting more enthusiastic about writing a nonfiction book.
Even loads of nonfiction writing experts also advise writers to make a difference by writing their nonfiction books now rather than later.
Overtime, there has probably been a paradigm shift from people reading lots of fictional stories to more of reading Personal development, biographies and other nonfiction books.
So what that implies is that there is massive demand for nonfiction books all over the world. The demand has surged over the years.
People want to know how to lose weight.
People want to be motivated.
They want to get their finances rightly.
I’d personally prefer to read a book teaching me about saving more and wasting less than sitting down to read some ‘interesting’ fiction stories. I’m not saying fiction books are bad, though. No, they are not. I’m just saying a lot of people have more challenges and nonfiction books have answers to these challenges. Hence, more people tend to read them now.
From a freelance writer’s perspective, I have ghostwritten several books for clients I met on Upwork and few others from Social media. At first, I tended to take up more of fiction book projects and the experiences were amazing.
Fiction would require you putting your imagination down to work and coming up with creative ideas for stories you want to author or those you take up as Ghostwriting jobs.
But then, lately, I have been more of a nonfiction book writer on Amazon and Upwork.
Now I get more clients turning to me for nonfiction projects. At same time, bulk of the books that sell so well on Amazon now are nonfiction books.
So, trust me, I am in a very good position to hint you on how to start and how to finish writing a book, especially your first nonfiction book.
Let me tell you something, there is probably no better time to write your first book than now.
Cut the procrastination thing and decide that the time is now!
But just before you begin to write your first nonfiction book, there are certain steps you must consider and there are certain things you must put in place.
Liken writing a book to building a house. At the beginning, construction people must put the layout and foundation of a building in place before the real construction works begin.
Same way, before writing your nonfiction book, you must put plans in place by taking the necessary steps towards ensuring that your book has the proper structure and content.
For a start, you don’t want to release a maiden book which only your close folks would reluctantly buy from you.
Hence, before acting on the idea of writing your nonfiction book, consider each of the following questions:
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM YOU WANT TO SOLVE WITH YOUR NONFICTION BOOK?
Nonfiction books, most of the time are targeted towards solving a particular problem.
Sometimes ago, I knew that the bad experiences around me were posing great threat to my confidence level. I had failed in some areas of my life and even though I had made up my mind to forge ahead, my confidence level had been severed and I needed to get it back to the highest level.
What I did at this point was to get Spirituality and Personal Development books and consume them. The author of the books were able to do justice to the pressing issue that was heavily affecting my self-esteem and confidence level.
These are typical illustration of the essence of writing a nonfiction book.
People who buy nonfiction books either want certain in-depth information or they want to read a book that would solve their problems.
You might have been nursing the idea of writing a book all this while, but the first of many questions you must consider is “what problem would this book solve?”
If you can vividly answer this question, then you are almost ready to begin writing your first nonfiction book.
DO YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OR KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED TO WRITE IN DEPTH ABOUT YOUR TOPIC?
Without a doubt, you also need to answer this particular question first before thinking about starting or worrying about how to finish writing a book. What is the best way to figure out a crap book? Read through few pages and you would discover the level of shallowness of the author in the pages of the book.
Likewise, you don’t want to write a book about a topic or niche you know next to nothing about. It brings down your credibility and gives a perception that your brand is mediocre. This is because people who buy and read books, most of the times, are able to spot the quality of the book they read from the first few paragraphs and chapters.
And if by chance your motivation for wanting to author a nonfiction book is for the sole aim of making profit, writing without in-depth knowledge or experience about the topic will lead to your inability to make close to no sales. Like I said earlier, nobody wants to use their hard earned money to purchase a book with very average content quality.
WHAT IS THE IDEAL WORD COUNTS OR PAGES FOR A NONFICTION BOOK?
One of the biggest dilemma for new authors is figuring out the ideal pages to write for their new books. This happens mostly in nonfiction writing, unlike fiction writings where you can choose to write a short fiction story or a long fiction story.
As far as nonfiction book is concerned, the number of pages does not matter. What matters mostly is whether the content of your book would solve problem of whoever gets a copy of it.
In case you are looking at publishing your book on Amazon, nonfiction books could be from anything 10,000 words upward; and that would be around 40 pages on Ms word – depending on the content of your book. People write up to 200,000 words and even more.
Overall, you would want your nonfiction book to be as in-depth as possible, in order to expressly convey your message to your readers without leaving any stone un-turned.
HOW DO YOU INTEND TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR NONFICTION BOOK?
Now this question is quite crucial.
If you are writing for profit, you need to figure out how to market your books and earn good amount of money on sales.
Likewise, if you are writing with the mind of only making impact without necessarily looking at earning from your first nonfiction book, you still need to figure out how to spread the wings of your book once its finally out – in order to have it in the hands and eyes of as many people as possible.
Literally, there are three aspects of book authorship anywhere in the world. There is the writing phase, the publishing phase and the marketing phase.
Many writers make the gruesome mistake of waiting until their books are finally ready for publishing before they think about how to sell their books and where to sell them.
This shouldn’t happen to you. The reason is because writers who don’t plan their marketing strategy correctly end up getting frustrated due to inability to sell their books very well.
So, as the smart writer that you are, you need to figure out how you intend to publish and market your nonfiction books.
Do I want to employ the services of a traditional publishing firm?
Do I want to self-publish my book on Amazon, Lulu, iTunes, Bookbaby, Okadabooks, etc?
Do I want to use social media to spread the news about my book?
Do I want to physically market my book and try to get it in the faces of many people?
The above are honest questions you must ponder upon before writing your nonfiction book.
You don’t need to wait until you are ready to publish and market your books before figuring out what method would work best for you.
Making your research earlier before going ahead to write would adequately prepare your mind for the processes ahead. That means by the time you are through with the writing phase of your book, you wouldn’t have to waste any more time trying to figure out how exactly to publish and market your first book.
DO YOU HAVE THE FINANCIAL BUDGET NEEDED TO PUBLISH A BOOK?
Writing a book all by yourself is just one of the phases of authoring a book, just as I’d said earlier. You still need to figure out how to publish and market it.
Now, all of these require some financial commitment from you as an intending author. Fine, you could take it upon yourself to write all the content of your book from A to Z. But how about the publishing and marketing aspects?
You would have to pay an editor to read through the length and breadth of your book in order to clean up some of your below-par expressions and other errors which wouldn’t make your book stand out.
At the same time, you would have to pay a professional Graphics designer to design a very attractive book cover for your nonfiction book, knowing too well that the quality of the cover of a book greatly determines whether people would be interested in buying and reading such book or not.
Apart from paying a traditional publisher to print your book and all, you might still need to run adverts on social media in order to create great buzz about your first book.
With all of these in mind, you must be able to sit down and count the cost before you begin to write your first nonfiction book.
If you can take critical looks at each questions above and you do justice to them, I’m quite sure you will become successful and would move from figuring how to write a first book to becoming an established author.
What steps have you been taking to ensure that your first nonfiction book comes out excellently?
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