Today’s guest post is by Roger. C. Parker. It is reprinted with permission from his Published & Profitable blog.
If you’re looking for a simple book title & content idea for blogging a book in your field, take a look at 100 Ideas that Changed Photography.
Often, startlingly simple, effective ideas provide the foundation for highly-successful book series–successful in terms of the number of books sold as well as the number of titles in a series.
In a previous blog post, I discussed highly-successful series titles based on simple, resonate, ideas–like 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die.
You may also like reading another post on Dan Schawbel’s Personal Branding Blog, 7 Book Title Ideas for Easy to Write Books.
100 Ideas That Changed Photography presents an even more practical approach to blogging a book!
An efficient approach to blogging a book
Best of all, this approach simplifies your writing and provides a simple framework for writing your book.
Write just 2 short blog posts a week about each of the 100 most important changes in your field, and in less than a year you’ll have a book ready to publish next year!
Best of all, your blog posts–and the 100 chapters that make up your book–don’t have to be extended treatments of each change.
The value of your book is in curating its content–identifying the 100 big changes in your field and their relevance.
You’re likely to find that selecting the changes in your field may be more time-consuming than actually writing the individual posts and chapters.
Content & design formula
Three or four paragraphs may be enough for you to:
- Describe the change that took place as simply as possible.
- Tell an engaging story about the change, i.e., the people, the technology, or the trends that contributed to the change.
- Explain the relevance of the change, and how it changed the field and relates to today’s world.
This content curation-driven approach is especially appropriate for books designed and written using a one-idea-per-page, or one-idea-per-spread (or facing-pages) approaches, as I discussed in this illustrated article, Plan To Make Your Book Special.
The 100 Ideas that Changed… approach also speeds organizing your ideas into a coherent table of contents, as you can organize the ideas chronologically, although you could also group the ideas into categories.
Expanding your original idea
Best of all, once you come up with a book title and content idea for blogging your book, you may find it practical to expand your original title into a series. Already, Laurence King has expanded the 100 Ideas that Changed… series to include:
- 100 Ideas that Changed Art
- 100 Ideas that Changed Design
- 100 Ideas that Changed Architecture
- 100 Ideas that Changed Film
- 100 Ideas that Changed Fashion
Does this approach to blogging a book appeal to you?
What do you think of the idea of blogging a book about the changes in your field by choosing a title and content focused on the important ideas that changed your field? How does the idea compare to other topics you may be considering for blogging a book?
About the Author
Before you start to write and blog your book, Roger C. Parker invites you to download his free 99 Questions to Ask Before You Write and Self-Publish a Brand-Building Book. This handy workbook will save you time and provide a new perspective on planning, writing, promoting, and profiting from your book. You can also preview answers to the first 25 questions, and ask Roger a question here.
Roger is a bestselling nonfiction author and book coach who has written 41 books, including #BookTitleTweet: Creating Compelling Titles for Articles, Books, and Events . Over 1.2 million copies of Roger’s books have been sold around the world in over 37 countries.