There are huge misconceptions about book publishing today. But I want to talk specifically about non-fiction books, just for a minute. There has been a lot of hype around fiction writers publishing their own books, some of them even achieving a level of success they could never dream of with a traditional publisher. Most of them aren’t household names either. They’re just regular Joes and Janes who have managed to earn a full-time living doing what they love. More power to them.
What you hear a lot less of are those standout non-fiction authors who have achieved self-publishing success. Again, the ranks are small, but they’re out there.
There are reasons why you might want to self-publish a non-fiction book. I’m not saying self-publishing is for everyone, but if you understand the reasons behind doing it and have a clear goal in mind for doing so, then self-publishing your own non-fiction book can boost your business, make you an authority in your niche, and may even lead to a respectable side income. The first step is to define your goals for publishing.
Why Self-Publish a Non-fiction Book?
Let’s talk briefly about why you might want to self-publish a non-fiction book. Here are some reasons others have done so in the past:
There may be other reasons for publishing your own books. For most authors, the benefits are multiple. They gain authority and respect from their peers and customers, pick up a nice supplemental income, and they are able to promote their business. Non-fiction books–either print books or e-books–are good business tools for achieving any and all of these goals.
Different Types of Non-fiction Books You Can Publish
Once you’ve identified your goals for writing and publishing books, you can decide which type of book to publish. You may already have an idea for the type of book you want to publish. That’s okay. My best advice is to treat your non-fiction book publishing business like a business. Even if you plan to publish only one book, treat it like a business. If you want to achieve the benefits of being an author, then you should pursue those benefits the same way you’d pursue the benefits of your business–make a plan, and then work that plan.
Without further ado, here are 12 types of non-fiction books you can publish on your own:
Books can be written on virtually any topic. The key is to define your audience, do a little market research, and write a book that will sell. Make sure you define your goal for the book. Publishing is a business, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be all about the money. If you want to increase your business’s exposure through a book that you author and publish for your target audience, others have done it before you, so give it a shot!
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