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Finding Success as a Nonfiction Author

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Publisher Services

If you’re an expert in your field or have a passion for a topic, you may want to consider passing on some of your knowledge and experience on in the form of a book.  Writing a nonfiction book is a vastly different process than fiction since your work will be based on personal experience, facts, research and interviews.  Don’t let that scare you off though, there is plenty of success to be had as a nonfiction author.  Here are some tips to help you succeed:

Pick a Topic

Before you can start writing, you need to know what you want to write about.  Choose something that you are passionate about, that passion will become your voice in your writing.  On the flip side, if you write about something you personally are not interested in, that will also translate into your writing and will prevents other from caring about it either.

Once you choose a topic, narrow it down to something that will help or interest your target audience.  Some examples of ways to draw in potential readers would be if your book addresses a specific problem, explains information different or simplifies a problem.

Make a Plan

Unlike fiction stories that can take on a mind of their own, it is important to stay on topic to achieve your purpose.  Before you start writing, make a plan chapter by chapter of the topics you will cover, then further break down each chapter into subtopics.  This plan will be vital in helping you stay on track once you are writing.

Write Quickly

Today, information is constantly evolving and changing.  To have the greatest impact, you need to make sure the information you put out is current and still relevant.  Unlike fiction authors who have the luxury of taking as long as needed to write a single story, nonfiction authors are on a much shorter timeline.

Use your Book as a Platform

For nonfiction authors, writing a book is often a way to open doors to other endeavors.  Keep this in mind when considering what success looks like.  A published nonfiction book on a particular topic can help establish you as an expert in that field, can lead to speaking engagements, future writing or job opportunities and new clients/customers.


Not everything is different about publishing a nonfiction book though.  Do not inore certain aspects of publishing that are vital for all authors.  This includes the importance of a solid book cover and hiring a professional editor and proofreader.