Now is the right time for you to schedule an afternoon or evening of research at your local library. Far from being an outdated, dying resource, your library holds the most obvious clues to your success as a writer: Published books and the librarian who know the people who love them most.
Ten days ago, prior to the idea to write this ebook, I was traveling and had a few hours: Guess where I went? I spent nearly three hours in a local library, studying the new release, non-fiction book titles, subjects, colorful jackets (front, back and inlays) and tables of contents.
Why? Because I am a writer and I am bent on being published repeatedly. I have no time to write for pleasure, although I find it thoroughly enjoyable.
I write to share information: To take what is inside my head, and at my fingertips, and pass it along to the thousands of women around the world who call me “Mentor” and to the others who happen to find me.
So, I am constantly studying the market:
· Which topics are hottest right now? How are they being addressed?
· What authors are at the top? Why?
· What do readers require (book jackets are your clue)?
· What book formats are popular right now? Like shoes, styles change.
· Of all the new books in my niches, which ones attract me most?
Amazon and other online resources can suffice, but a library is the perfect place for you to “feel” what your customers feel when they are browsing for a book. Consider camping out at the library for a few hours. Do some research, laying out your chapter titles and adding your appendices. Libraries rock because they have:
· No cell-phones allowed and no other distractions for you personally
· Comfortable work spaces
· Computers and computer support people
· Books galore
Marnie Swedberg is a speaker, author, radio show host, and international leadership mentor specializing in growth and expansion campaigns based on perspective transformation.