How To Evaluate Your Book Idea

Do you have an idea for a book? Do you know if your idea will work? Do you have enough material to create a book worth publishing? In this post, I’ll share some things to consider when evaluating your book idea.

How To Evaluate Your Book Idea

All things start with an idea. Whether that idea makes it out into the world depends on the quality of the idea and the determination to see it to fruition.

It is easy to come up with an idea for a book, but not all ideas are created equal. Some ideas for a book might actually end up being enough for only a chapter. Others might be too big for a single book.

When evaluating your idea for book, you will need to consider these things:

Do You Have the Information, Experience, and Knowledge to Write This Book?

When you are well-versed in your topic, writing a book is a lot easier. Therefore having knowledge and experience can be very helpful.

Barring that, do you have access to the information you need to write the book? Yes, the Internet can be very helpful with initial research, but you’re going to need to dig deeper than that if you want your book to good.

How much time are you willing to spend creating your book? The more you know up-front, the less time it will take to write. For example, I was able to write two of my books pretty much in less than a week because I had the information at my fingertips and in my head. It was just a matter of plunking my butt in the seat and typing away. However, my other three books took a bit of research to supplement my innate knowledge and therefore took a bit longer to write.

Only you can judge whether this idea is a good use of your time to develop.

Why Should Someone Read Your Tome?

Before you begin writing, you need to understand your readers and their motivations for wanting to read your book. Will it solve a problem that other books don’t solve? Will it be more accessible or entertaining than other books on the topic? What is your book’s unique hook that will attract readers?

To answer these questions you need to have a clear idea of who your reader is. This is called Reader or Audience Avatar. When you understand the demographics and psychographics of your ideal reader, you can develop a book that speaks to them directly. The book will attract them and keep them engaged because they will relate to your content in some way.

Do you have a feasible game plan for developing your project?

It is one thing to have an idea for a book. It is another to have an idea of how to make it happen. Writing a book takes a bit more preparation than writing a report or a blog post.

Is your idea solid enough to create a plan? Vague ideas turn into unfocused, unreadable prose. Make sure you have a clear focus for your book before you write.

What value will your book deliver? Readers only buy and read books that provide them some sort of value or benefit. What benefit does your book have to offer? Knowing this upfront will help make sure you deliver on your book’s promise.

What is your book’s Unique Selling Point (USP)? What makes your book different? For example, Public Speaking Super Powers uses the superhero metaphor to teach speaking skills. Other books may have used a superhero title or cover, but only my book fully embraced the metaphor throughout.

What is your goal for the book? Do you want to attract clients? Do you want to be a bestseller? Do you want to have something to share at networking events? You need to be clear on what you want to achieve with your book before you start writing so that everything from beginning to end moves you toward that goal.

Who is your audience?

I’m touching on this again because it is that important. You have to know who your readers are before you write your book…unless all you want to do is say you’re an author and don’t care if anyone reads it. That is a valid goal, but it probably isn’t yours.

Did Your Book Idea Make the Cut?

Now that you’ve evaluated your idea through the lens of these questions, are you ready to start writing? If you’ve done the pre-work, the writing phase is much easier.

There is no right way to write a book. Some authors know every detail before they sit down at their computer. Others have a sketchy idea in their mind, or on paper, and they use that as a starting point. Still other write chapters as they come to them and weave them together later. Find a process that works for you and your project. (I’ve used a different process for each of my books!)

Don’t worry if you can’t see the whole picture from the start. More than likely, even if you planned your book from beginning to end, things will change as the project evolves. When I first outlined Public Speaking Super Powers, I thought I had my Table of Contents down. However, as I was writing it, I realized I had totally forgotten to include a key chapter!

If your book idea passed your evaluation process, start writing it. Second and third drafts are where the polished prose will emerge. The goal of the first draft is to just get it done and out of your head.

Ready? Grab your writing tool of choice and go!

Would You Like Me to Help You with Your Book?

Would you like to write a book that supports and grows your business?
Would you like to write a book and build a business around it?
Would you like guidance and accountability while you write your book so that it gets done?

a book on a pedestal in the middle of a forest path Then keep reading.

This summer, I invite you to join an intrepid group of entrepreneurs (and budding entrepreneurs) as they take their Authorship Superhero’s Journey.

I will personally guide you through the process of writing, publishing and marketing your book, as well as planning for related products and services. You will learn:

  • How to identify your audience so that your book speaks to them and inspires them to work with you.
  • How to plan your book in advance so that it practically writes itself and meets the goals you have for it.
  • How to market and sell your book effectively so that you are seen as an expert and grow your business.

And so much more! I will address all aspects of the book writing process, from writing skills to how to organize your thoughts to planning your book, business and marketing and beyond.

I have successfully published five books, all of them meeting the goals that I intended for them. I will show you how you can do that too!

Become a Founding Member of the Authorship Superhero’s Journey

authorship superhero's journey founding member seal As part of this Founding member group, you’ll gain lifetime access to a special learning portal, a private Facebook group, and direct access to me. Future groups will not have as much personalized guidance.

This program is not for everyone, however. You need to

  • Be prepared to work on your book project for at least one to two hours a week.
  • Attend weekly group meetings (held on weekends to accommodate those who have day jobs).
  • Commit to completing assignments in a timely manner.
  • Invest six months to a year on this project.
  • Provide feedback so that the program can give you better results.

You will also need to be able to invest in yourself and your project. Although this first group will receive a reduced fee for the program, it is still not inexpensive. In addition, the Founding Members’ group is open to the first 20 people who are accepted into the program. After those seats are filled, you can be put on a waiting list for next year’s group.

If you have heard your authorship call to adventure and are ready to start your quest to become a published author, I invite you to set up your application call today. You don’t need to do this alone. Let me guide you on your quest.

NOTE: To make sure that you are serious about this opportunity, there is a $50 fee for scheduling this appointment. If you are accepted into the program, that fee will be applied to your total tuition. If this is not a good fit for you, I will happily refund the fee. If you miss your appointment, your fee is forfeit.

Don’t let your book go unwritten.
Schedule your call today!


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About the author

Carma Spence is an international best selling author and award-winning speaker who helps women, introverts and shy people vanquish Mind Goblins, unleash their content creation superpowers and communicate their message with confidence so that they can create meaningful and fulfilling legacies.

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