Brainstorming Possible Topics For Your Ebook

While brainstorming, keep in mind that your objective is to come up with as many ideas as you can (think quantity, not quality at this stage of the process), that you shouldn’t judge, evaluate, or criticize the ideas that you come up with at this point, and that you can come up with a lot of ideas that are closely related, as well as ideas that initially may seem farfetched.

Here are some ways to start brainstorming about topics you could write about:

Inventory of Your Knowledge, Skills, and Talents

  • What are your innate talents (your information product can be based on explaining a process you normally perform very well)?
  • What skills do you use in your job?
  • What did you study in college? What additional courses/seminars have you taken?
  • What do you enjoy reading or learning about? What types of magazines do you like to read?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
  • What types of major purchases have you made?
  • Do you have pets? How do you care for them?
  • Are you a parent? Can you provide valuable insight into some aspect of parenting?
  • Do your friends and family generally ask you for help in any one particular area?
  • Have you overcome a problem in your life that others may be having? For example, have you found ways to deal with a difficult boss, gotten over a cheating spouse, found the courage to back to school after age 40, and so on?

What Are Your Blog Readers Saying?

  • If you have a blog, which are your most popular blog posts? Can you elaborate on them?
  • Again, if you have a blog, what questions are your readers frequently asking you in the comments section or through emails? Consider polling your readers and asking them what they would be interested in learning more about.

Visit Clickbank and Amazon

  • Find topics for ebooks-or even printed books-that people are buying right now, and enter the market yourself. To find popular ebooks visit the Clickbank Marketplace (they let you sort by popularity). And, of course, to see which topics are selling well in printed books, visit Amazon.com.

Visit How-To Sites

  • Visit web sites people go to in order to learn how to do things, such as ehow. Which are popular topics in which you either have expertise, or you’re willing to do the necessary research to be able to write well about the subject and provide value? Here are some examples of problems people might be trying to solve:
  • How to Avoid Credit Card Scams How to Incorporate Your Small Business How to GrowYour Own Herbs How to Manage Your Time in College The Bachelor’s Guide to Cooking Quick, Healthy Meals