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Finding Ebook Ideas That Sell

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by Patrick Toerner on March 5, 2010

This entry is part 2 in the series Creating, Writing, and Selling an Ebook

Ebook ideas are not the easiest things to think of.  In fact, sometimes, finding the right subject on which to write is one of the most difficult parts of writing the ebook.  But it doesn’t have to be!  While choosing your ebook topic, consider the following:

Things you are passionate about. Writing an ebook shouldn’t be a chore, but if you choose a topic you dislike, it will certainly become just that.  Choose something you absolutely love doing and the ebook will almost flow from your fingertips.  Do you love woodworking?  Write about some easy, fun crafts you can make.  Or maybe you love decorating.  You could write you ebook on 100 ways to improve your bathroom decor.

Make a list of 5 things you truly enjoy doing.  When you are done, evaluate each and see if you can help someone solve a problem in any of these areas.  If so, you have got yourself an ebook.

Things you are really good at doing. If you are an expert on something, people will pay you money to know what you know.  Even if you aren’t an expert but you can honestly help someone do something better, or fix their problem, you will be of great value to them.  So what are you good at?  Do you know how to cure athlete’s foot in a day?  Can you save someone $200 in taxes?  Do you know how to make a buck on the internet?  Or maybe you are an expert botanist.

By doing what you are good at, you will greatly reduce your amount of research and your breadth of knowledge will come through in your writing.

Things people want. This one is a bit harder, but valuable nonetheless.  If you can think of an ebook in which people would want, undoubtedly they will pay money for it.  The best way to find ebook ideas that people want?  Think of an ebook you would want.

Say for example, you have always wanted to know how to grow massive watermelons.  I’m sure you aren’t the only person in the world who would like to have this information.  If you want to know something, nine out of ten times you aren’t alone.  So do the research, make the product, and people will pay you for it.

Niche ebooks. Instead of going for the big picture, focus in one something specific.  For example, instead of writing a book on fishing techniques, write a book on salmon fishing techniques.  Or you can go even deeper and write a book on salmon fishing techniques for Oregon.  That might be a dumb one, but you get the point.

Go only as deep into a niche until you are nearly the only one writing about that subject (but you still want the subject to appeal to a lot of people).  If you are the only person writing on the subject and someone wants to know more about it, they will buy your ebook.

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1 TheInfoPreneur March 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Things you know about and things that people could want, that’s my angle brother


2 Patrick Toerner March 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

That is the way to go. You can’t go wrong with those!


3 Steve Scott Site March 11, 2010 at 7:02 am

I believe in a simple formula:


If you can have a product that solves a major problem in these 4 fundamental human drives.

We all want to look better, or feel better, or improve our relationships, or get better at something you love. When creating an infoproduct if you can help a person with one of these problems, you’ll have a bestseller.
.-= Steve Scott Site´s last blog ..Embark on Your Hero’s Journey =-.


4 Patrick Toerner March 11, 2010 at 9:34 am

Agreed! You have to create something that people really want. If you can accomplish that, many people will buy your ebook. It sounds dumb and obvious but many people write ebooks without their customers in mind.


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