A Great Way to Decide What to Write About in Your Ebook

How to pick an ebook topicThere are a lot of things to think about when writing an ebook. I came across this list of 100 Questions to Help You Write, Publish, and Sell Your Ebook (hat tip: Kikolani). It’s a great list to help you address some of the issues you will undoubtedly face as you write your ebook.

But I think my favorite question was #16:

Can you come up with ten questions your readers might be asking themselves about your topic (each question could correspond to a chapter in your ebook)?

I love this question for 2 reasons:

  1. Ebooks that provide useful information tend to fare better than those written solely as an “outlet” for the author. Write something that will provide your readers with new information. Be helpful!
  2. You’re killing two birds with one stone in that you’re automatically putting together an outline in the process!


If you’ve been thinking about writing your own ebook (if not, it’s totally doable and might just be in your best interest), check out my How to Write an Ebook series and I’ll walk you right through!

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  1. says

    I have been thinking of writing an ebook Amy! I think of so many topics that I would want to start a blog about that I finally came to the conclusion that I could just write an ebook rather than start a whole new blog:) I will definately be using your “how to write an ebook” series! Love the above idea also!

  2. says

    “Urgency” to solve a problem drives ebook sales, I’ve found. I’ve been selling my ebook online since 1997 and it’s still selling today (updated annually). I’ve had buyers say “I’m meeting with my boss tomorrow to ask for a flexible work arrangement.” They need something now–that’s an eager buyer! (Working mothers of young children are my best customers.) I’ve experimented with other topics since but they don’t have the same urgency and haven’t fared well. PS. Amy, I recently migrated my site to WordPress and am learning LOTS from you. Thanks.

  3. says

    You can’t even begin to imagine how many times I’ve looked at your eBook series while writing my eBook!

    I love your blog because it lays everything out step by step. That’s what I did in my eBook as well. There are a ton of books out there about saving money at the grocery store, but I haven’t found anything out there that tells you where to begin so you don’t get overwhelmed {like I once was.}

    I should be done with it by the end of the week and then I’m moving on to the next step…how to sell it. Good thing I know where to go to get that information :-)

    Thank YOU!!!