Quick and Easy Ways to Select Your Perfect Book Topic- Part 2 of 3

This is the second in a series of 3 articles on selecting your perfect book topic. Young student studying homework

If you missed the first one, you can read it here :http://businessbuildingbooks.com/quick-and-easy-ways-to-select-the-perfect-book-topic-part-1-of-3/

Step 2: Once you have a clear idea of what problem your book solves for your readers, write down the steps you will teach in your book. Then put them in a logical order for the reader from easy to more difficult or from start to finish. This sequence is the learning path you will share with your readers in your book.

For example, for the book on interviewing skills for managers, the learning path could look like this:

  1. How to screen applications so you select the top candidates for interviews
  2. Preparing a set of standard questions before the interview
  3. How to read applicant’s body language for clues about her attitude
  4. Asking follow-up questions to probe for initiative and responsibility
  5. Checking references to get the real scoop on workplace behavior

Notice how this learning path follows a logical progression with the information presented in the same sequence someone would use to prepare for an interview.  It’s important that the steps you present in your learning path follow a logical, step-by-step progression so that it is easy for your reader to implement the steps.  A confused reader won’t finish your book.

Your problem/benefit statement and learning path should fit easily on one piece of paper. It is designed to be a visual guide to help you stay true to the purpose of your book while you are writing it. It will also become the bones of your table of contents.

Once you’ve finished this exercise and have a one page summary of your book, post it where you can see it as you write.  Use it as a guide to help you sort your ideas as they develop.  The next time you are overwhelmed with a myriad of ideas for your book, you can compare each idea to the learning path and see if that idea belongs in the book or if you want to save it for another purpose.

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