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Weight Loss Jobs Prom Dresses Travel Recipes Dogs Baby names
Now, I'm not passionate about any of those, but I can clearly see how any one of them could be turned into an information-packed special report that would sell for 10 bucks or more. Can you?
Weight Loss: What are most popular diets in America today? Go to newsgroups, find out what people are saying about them. Find two or three people who have succeeded in losing serious weight on each diet. Interview them. Package whole thing up as an 'insiders guide to today's diet plans.'
Jobs: How about a state-by state analysis of unemployment figures. A regional plan for optimizing your chances to find a new job. A directory of job- seekers resources. A book on 101 thing you can do if you are laid off. A report on 'home workers guide to surviving recession.'
Prom Dresses: Now I know nothing about dresses, and I've never been to a prom, but this subject is not only highly important to those involved, it is also emotionally charged, and perennial. What more does a business need? Subjects that could be included: this years styles and colors. How much should you pay? The best suppliers. It is highly researchable and I'd bet, very much in demand. This search term came 28th out of 500 so market is pretty big!
Travel: Where do you live? Folks come there. They want to know best places to go. You can tell them. I'm not going to labor this one, scope is so huge, but you could do a lot worse than visiting Mike McGroarty's board at www.homemadebooklets.com/boards/webbbs_config.cgi to see what he has in mind for future of travel booklets. Very exciting!
Recipes: This is a big field, but you can narrow it down. Everybody loves cook books. Take a look in any bookstore. And there is a world-wide market. The secret here is to link it with something else that people want. So, to use our example above, you could produce a series of recipe books for each of top diet plans. See where I'm going?
Dogs: Dog lovers are obsessed. If you own a dog you'll understand. If you don't, you will be baffled. Yet canine = cash. You can write about breeds, training, behavior, exercise. Just go to library, or search on google and facts will fall at your feet. Pick them up and put them in your book.
Baby names: Okay, there are books in stores with lists of names. SO WHY ARE PEOPLE SEARCHING ONLINE? There is a market. People want answers NOW. Not next Saturday when they can get to a bookshop. What can you do that is different? How about a list of all names celebrities have called their kids in last 5 years? What about a list of names with all meanings, plus numerology forecast for each one?
See what I mean? You may not be passionate about any of these things, but if I told you that when you have finished writing your book 1000 people will pay you $10 each to read it - will that spark a little passion in your belly? It does in mine!
"I can't write that well."
That is really just an excuse for not doing it.
It doesn't matter one little bit if you can't spell - software will sort most of it out for you.
So what if you don't understand grammar? Most ebooks are written in a very conversational style. Can you talk to your friends? Write like that. Totally correct grammar is often a disadvantage online.
When your book is written, give it to a few friends to read over for you. Listen to their suggestions because no matter how good at writing you are, other people will always spot your mistakes. You can even post on forums for people to review/critique your work.
"It's not that easy. I have been trying for six months or better to find something to develop and cannot seem to find that one big hit-that home run."
The problem here is that you have paralyzed yourself by wanting to see end result before you have put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). That is where you have gone wrong. If you tell yourself that you can't do it, then GUESS WHAT? You CAN'T!
The only way to finish a project is to start it.
# Create your own ideas bank. # Find out what people are interested in. # Find a subject that you like (passion is optional). # Write your 7-question outline. # Research until your eyes hurt - looking especially for facts that are not easily accessible. # Write, write, write. Don't even think about if it sounds good, or reads right. Just get words on paper. # When it is done, read it over and then put it aside for a week or two. # When you come back to it, re-read it and then start to rewrite it. # At point that you feel you can't do any more, ask other people to chip in. # Then, if you have done a little each day, you will have a product to sell.
There is an old writer's mnemonic: WRITER
Write Read Ignore Trash Edit Rewrite
Do you want to have an information product of your own to sell? Then congratulations, it is right there for you to take.
Or do you want to find more excuses for not doing anything? It is your choice.
Go and get you book started. You know you can.
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