I Have An Idea

IdeaHow can you generate an idea worth writing an ebook about?

A relative of mine came over last night for one more visit before heading back out of town.  It was good to see her and get to talk to her about what is going on in her life.  As I listened to her and engaged in the conversation we quickly fell into a topic that we have a common interest in and as I have had this blog on my mind, I instantly thought about how I could turn this topic into an ebook product.

Think about it….how many conversations do you have everyday?  For those that are looking for that big idea, please don’t overthink this process.  Having a great idea is more about just keeping an open mind and having the awareness to think about things in the context of a writing project.

Here are some main category ideas:

  • Documenting a process or training topic – think about the possibility of a training guide on playing the piano, or learning the guitar or another topic that could be taught in a step by step format.
  • “How To” resources – we have all seen the guides on how to lose weight, how to easily whiten your teeth, how to work from home…etc.
  • Template resources – these are very popular ebook resources that could include a template or set of templates for reports, or documents that will save the buyer time from creating their own resource from scratch.
  • Compilation resources –  this could be a cookbook or recipe guide for a particular niche.
  • Expert resources – perhaps you have a special skill or knowledge in a particular area.  It could be that you have a job that gives you insight into a particular topic of interest to others or perhaps you have a special skill that you could show or train to others.

As you can see I have only listed a few but there are numerous formats for an ebook style resource that you can create.  Having these category ideas in mind as you have conversations or as you brainstorm will help you really focus in on something worth writing about.

Special Key Tip: if you don’t take anything else away from this post please remember this one thing – no matter what ebook, video, guide or other resource you decide to put together, IT MUST solve a problem for someone.  If your resource solves a problem, saves someone time, saves them money, helps them get rid of acne…whatever it is, if you can solve a problem for someone then your resource will have instant value for everyone with that problem.

Good luck generating those ideas!


10 thoughts on “I Have An Idea

  1. From the blogroll it looks like there were over 350 of us that actually made it this far. I am looking forward to seeing how we progress over the next 3 weeks, especially the part that wants us to write a good post every day. And as for doing a video? still it looks like you are off to a good start here.

    • Thanks Simon!!! I appreciate you stopping by. Yes I plan to get a video out there this weekend…just haven’t had any time! :)

  2. I love the focus of your blog, and the information you provide in the article is very helpful for someone who is trying to find their ebook subject.

    I also agree that there are many sources of possible inspiration, we just have to be open to receive them.

    I am working on a second eBook at the moment.

  3. Sweet, clean and natural is how I will like to describe your video.The post is valuable and I love the angle you took that has encouraged me to bookmark this blog because I intern as many in the internet marketing industry to take my ideas one day and turn them into a digital product.Keep it coming man.I love it

    • Thanks Boris! I appreciate the kind words of support. I hope to take away some of the mystery for getting a digital product put together so would love to have you come back!

  4. Hi Craig, thanks for sharing great tips on how to generate an idea to write an ebook. I’m mobile apps developer, I would like to share my idea ~ I think it’s good to convert you ebook to an Android, iOS and Amazon kindle app, so you expand your business beyond traditional ebook market.

    • Thanks Joe! Yes we should connect and discuss this idea some more. Perhaps you would consider a guest post on my site to discuss how someone could develop their product into a mobile app. I am sure my readers would be interested in that. Thanks for stopping by the site – please keep in touch! -Craig

  5. Hi Craig, great roundup of ideas – when you actually pay attention to your surroundings and listen to people when you talk to them, you actually notice much more than an average person who’s rushing by on the way to work.

    That’s where many “aha” moments happen, as you notice a problem everybody else ignores, and you’re then the first to develop a solution to it. :)

    Keeping an open mind rocks! :)

    All the best on your journey!

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