Most of the books I edit or coach people to write fall into the prescriptive nonfiction category. This means they offer guidance or direction on a particular topic. They might provide 10 steps for better sex, or 8 ways to better parenting or a guide to getting published, for example. The authors might be experts—or have interviewed experts—on how to lose weight, build a better solar home or get more business leads, for instance. If you can think of a topic, passion or interest, someone is an expert on it. I always say, everyone is an expert on something.
If you offer readers direction on a particular topic and you do so with authority, you can write a prescriptive nonfiction book. Better yet, you can blog such a book in 30 days (or less). (Blogging a book means writing, publishing and promoting it on your blog, post by post.) You can write a how-to book on anything about which you are an expert. You also can bring in outside resources, such as other experts or research, to support your case.
Here are a few ideas for prescriptive nonfiction books—all of which you could blog in 30 days or less:
- A how-to book (How to Write a Better Blog in a Week)
- A handbook (The Dog Owner’s Handbook)
- A guide book (A Guide to Pet Ownership)
- A rule book (18 Rules for a Perfect Marriage)
- A step book (18 Steps to Writing a Business Plan)
Not sure how to blog a book? Want to learn 4 steps for blogging a prescriptive nonfiction book? Read the remainder of this post, which was written during National Book Blogging Month (NaBoBloMo), here.
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