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Onward to book writing help step 3!
Here’s the truth: a book is just a series of small bits of writing, strung together. To write a book, simply break down the whole into smaller parts. Then complete each small part, one at a time.
Now that you’ve identified the problem your book will solve and identified who will read you’re book, you want to drill down what makes your book one-of-a-kind.
What makes your book unique?
This step takes some detective work. Tens of thousands of books flood the marketplace, both in print and online. You need to identify what makes your book different from others.
This is an important step to complete during the early stages of writing your book. If someone has already written a book similar to your own, then you need to find a special slant, niche, or approach so yours stands out and solves the problem in a different way or meets an unmet need in the marketplace. What will your book will cover about your topic that is not been covered in other books?
By studying books that are already in circulation, you can position your book to fill a gap in the marketplace. You will use this information when writing your book, but also when pitching your book to a publishing house or when promoting your book online.
Do this by checking out other books about your topic available right now.
Spend time at the largest bookstore on the planet, Amazon (www.amazon.com), to search for books about your topic and written for your genre. Select “Books” from the department drop-down list, type in parameters, and look at the results.
Books In Print (BIP) is the go-to listing of books published and distributed in the U.S. It is produced in a variety of formats (print, CD, online), listing books by title and by subject. You can see why this is a valuable resource to tap. But be aware that BIP is big and it’s pricey. You can sign up for a free trial membership online or you can request access through your local library or nearby college or university library.
As you study the books on Amazon and Books In Print, list the book titles that you see may be similar to your own. Identify what slant or approach each book takes to this topic. How does a particular book replicate your idea? How is it different? Take notes. Use this checklist to help you identify what makes each book unique.
As you study each book and takes notes, you are working to identify a need in the marketplace for your book, whether it is in content, genre, readership, or format. Your goal is simple: you want to find a special niche for your book by defining how it will be different from others already on the market.
If you cannot find a single book (or very few) about your topic, ask yourself why. Perhaps there is not a big enough market for your book to be saleable.
Fill in the blanks.
My book is the only one on the market that
(solves the problem)
(your unique niche, slant, or approach).
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