Readers are always asking authors and other creative people where they come up with their ideas. As if there was one big secret being hidden away from the rest of the world. Some method of accessing the ether and drawing out the next great idea. And in many ways, it's understandable. One of the hardest things when creating a business from learning content products is coming up with the ideas for eBooks and related products.
So how do you do it?
How do you come up with ideas for your next eBook?
Here you are and you've just finished your first eBook. Now you need to create the next one. And guess what? You're as stuck coming up with an idea as a those people who keep asking where you came up with the idea. So what do you do?
You ask a seasoned author and get the "ideas are everywhere" response. Which doesn't help a lot. I feel for you but it's really not the fault of the people you're asking.
So here are 9 tips for coming up with ideas for your next eBook. Now these are focused on nonfiction eBooks based on learning content. But with a bit of effort you should be able to make them work for fiction.
1. Open your mind . No, I'm not going all new age on you. We're bombarded all day long with ideas. To survive mentally we've learned to filter them out. So if you want to find ideas, you need to stop filtering and open your mind. Actively looking is one way, but relaxing is actually more effective.
2. Look deeper into your subject . Your first eBook will have most likely only skimmed the surface of your subject. So spend some time looking closer at your subject. What could you expand upon? What didn't get covered well? Where will people experience difficulties in applying your first book?
3. Look across your subject . Are there other related subjects that you could write on? You wrote an eBook on separating fighting dogs for dog lovers? What about a book on building dog houses?
4. Ask your audience . I know that would be cheating. But it's also the best way to sell your customers on what they want to know.
5. Look to other audiences . Although you specifically targeted your eBook to a particular audience (you did didn't you?), Other audiences may be interested in the same information if presented in their format. You wrote a book on separating fighting dogs for dog lovers? What about a book on separating fighting cats for cat owners? Or separating fighting cows for dairy farmers?
6. Look within your audience . What else might your audience be interested in? Not problems within the subject but other subjects. You wrote an eBook on separating fighting dogs for dog lovers? What about a book on decorating your house since most dog owners live in houses?
7. Read a book . Now this definitely is a case of keeping your mind open to ideas. Read a book in a related field. Is there anything that you could use to create another eBook from? This works particularly well when the book you read is either science fiction or a future trends book.
8. Read a magazine . Magazines are devourers of ideas. They solve problems and produce multiple articles on subjects their readers are interested in. If they survive they soon learn to identify what interests their readers. Borrow some of that knowledge.
9. Read a blog . Actually read multiple blogs. Bloggers need to produce articles on a regular basis in order to attract their readers. Plus many of them encourage discussion. Those discussions can be a goldmine for eBook ideas.
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