Book marketing strategies for Amazon

We recently recommended these book marketing strategies for Amazon for some authors who want to sell more ebooks on Amazon.

I strongly believe they will be of great use to you too if you also want to sell more books on Amazon KDP.

Related; What is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing price match



What are book marketing strategies?

Book marketing strategies are book marketing plans authors can follow to expose their published books to more readers. This will ultimately increase the number of book sales.

I believe authors should always design short book marketing strategies like the one in this post and long book marketing strategies that can also publicize their brands as authors.


Do you have a book marketing plan?

Do you have a book marketing plan for your published books as an author?

Most authors don’t have one and I wonder how they hope to get their books into the hands of more readers.

Well, these short book marketing strategies will help you to have an idea of good and short ebook marketing strategies that you can use to sell more books on Amazon KDP.

Now, let’s go.


Book marketing strategies: Step-by-step guide

Check out the short book marketing strategies for your published books on Amazon KDP below;

Write a free book. It can be a short book of about 20 pages. In the free ebook, you will list the links to all your other published paid books on Amazon.

Publish the free book on Amazon and Draft2digital.  List the book as free on Draft2digital too.

After publishing on Draft2digital, send an email to Amazon to make the price of the book free on Amazon (price match). Amazon does not allow you to list your book for free when you publish them.


Sell paid books through free book

When people download the free book on Amazon, they will see your paid books and may buy them. You should ensure your free book solves the problem it promised to solve effectively. This will encourage readers to buy your listed paid books on Amazon.

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Paid book marketing plan

I am also highly recommending this paid book marketing plan for your published books on Amazon KDP.


Check paid advertising options

List your book for a paid advert on the website below Written Word Media. We have used it before to promote our books.

Click to see different book advertising options


Run freebooksy ad

You can first of all run a freebooksy marketing on that website to promote your free book or promote a Kindle Select free days on your books on Amazon.


Run a Bargain Booksy ad

You can also run a bargain Booksy marketing ad after this. You will need to measure the impact of the advert to see and analyze your results.

There are other advertising sections on the website above. You can visit the website to see them.

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Amazon KDP reviews: What I do after I get reviews

Have you heard about Amazon KDP reviews (Kindle Direct Publishing)?  Do you understand how to get reviews for your books on Amazon?

Do you even understand the relevance of book reviews to the success of your ebooks on Amazon? This post will show you what we do after we get some reviews for any of our ebooks on Amazon KDP.

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What are book reviews on Amazon KDP?

Book reviews on Amazon KDP are very important factors for the success of any published books or ebooks on Amazon. Book reviews are the comments, testimonials, views, or feedback from readers of a book on Amazon.

Readers or customers have the opportunity to come back to the book review page of a book they bought to leave feedback.

Readers can also decide not to write a review but give a star rating between 1 to 5. The higher the rating given or the closer it is to 5, the more satisfied the customer is after reading the book.

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Amazon KDP reviews: What is the relevance?

The relevance of Amazon KDP reviews to the success of your book on Amazon is much. Please find below some of them:

  • It shows how customers value or hate your book.
  • It shows the quality of your book
  • It gives the signal to the Amazon system or algorithm on how to place your book in search results
  • It gives visitors to your book page the opportunity to see what others think about your book
  • It can either encourage people to buy or avoid your book

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What we do after getting reviews for our books

In our organization, we go the extra length to get book reviews. I will be using a future post to show you the creative and free ways we get reviews for our books on Amazon.

After getting some reviews for our published books on Amazon, we carry out some sales-boosting activities to leverage the reviews we have received.

I want you to watch the video below to learn about what we do after we get reviews for our books on Amazon.


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Amazon KDP for beginners

You can use this post, Amazon KDP for beginners, as a beginner to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). In our organization, we have received lots of emails from beginners on how to get started with publishing books on Amazon.

The contents of these questions made us start KdPCollege. We have also used the blog section of NowNowBooks to churn out good content for many years now.

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Is Amazon KDP for beginners?

I believe we should start from here. Is Amazon KDP for beginners? The simple answer is, yes, Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing is for beginners.

What does that mean?

Fresh beginners can publish their books on Amazon KDP without much effort. The system is built to accommodate authors at any level of experience.

Amazon KDP also has lots of helpful tutorials in place to help beginners. From the simple steps to the last stages of publishing on Amazon.

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Tutorials on Publishing on Amazon for beginners

These tutorials and blog posts will help you as a beginner with publishing on Amazon KDP. Please take your time to go through all the blog posts.

Learn what Amazon KDP is all about. Read more below.

What is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing?

Learn how to publish your books on Amazon for free. Read more below:

How to publish a book on Amazon for free

How to register for an Amazon KDP account. Read more below:

How to register for an Amazon KDP account

Pros and cons of self-publishing on Amazon KDP. Read more at:

Pros and cons of self-publishing on Amazon KDP Amazon

How to publish Kindle ebooks on Amazon. Read more below

How to publish Kindle ebooks on Amazon

How to sell lots of ebooks on Amazon. Read the post below:

How do I sell a lot of ebooks on Amazon and Amazon

Reasons why you must publish and sell books on Amazon. Read it below:

Why you must publish and sell books on Amazon

I believe you can get started with those posts and articles above.

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How to write a book readers love

Do you want yo write a book readers love? I believe every author wants to write a book readers will appreciate and pass across to their friends.

You need your readers to fall in love with your books the moment they begin to read it. There are so many benefits to you and your book if readers of your books love them.

I will be using another post to describe benefits to you and your books if readers love them. That’s going to be a future post.

Today, I want you to enjoy this pillar post on how to write a book readers will love. Enjoy it and pass this post across to your friends on social media and everywhere.

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Introduction to how to write a book readers love 

The human body when it is healthy radiates beauty and has the tendency to grow adequately. Everyone desires the beauty of a healthy person.

When a child is not growing adequately, the parents are worried and usually, they schedule a visit to see a physician. If it is found that the child lacks anything that is required for his or her normal growth, the parents go to any length to provide these required growth contents for their child.

Life materials

The human body that is not growing well and which has no outside beauty lacks what I call, “Life Materials” or growth contents that are necessary to make it grow adequately.

The same thing applies to a child that is not growing adequately; he or she lacks growth contents or life Materials.

Authors and life materials

The description above also applies to authors, their books, how readers rate their books and how their books perform in the market.

Wherever there are life materials, there will surely be normal beauty and growth. When your books have life materials or growth contents, they will surely radiate the beauty and attraction that will make them enjoy the love and patronage of readers.

Good books attract loyal readers

When readers love your book (when your book is filled with relevant life materials), they are likely to stay with you for a long time and become great fans who are ready to buy more books from you whenever you publish them.

They will also be ready to pass words around about you and your book to their friends, families, colleagues, online friends and so on.


Why I Wrote This Post on How to write a book readers love 

The main reason why I wrote this post is to make you write interesting books that your readers would love and which will ultimately sell very well in the market. When readers love your books, they will be willing to promote them by using the most potent book-selling strategy which is the word of mouth publicity.

With the word of mouth publicity, the readers who enjoy your book take it upon themselves to inform others about it. If the readers they informed love your book, they will also inform others and it goes on like that.

I know that most books which broke out from the various sales channels either with traditional or independent publishing platforms as best-sellers owe their successes to this potent strategy.

Make your book an exciting read with growth content

You can make each of your non-fiction books an exciting read for your readers if you can learn how to put these life materials or growth additions or growth elements into your books.

They are life materials because they bring life into your books. They add more excitements and originality to your books in addition to the problems it is meant to solve.

What life materials add to your book

Life materials add the following to your books:

  • help in authenticating the solutions you have provided to the problems your books is solving
  • add more benefits and bonuses to your readers
  • provide entertainment to your readers
  • give a strong voice to your book and improve your author profile in the market place
  • increase your book sales and success as an author.


Newspapers and Magazines Also use Life materials 

How to write a book readers will love


I have also observed the use of life materials by newspaper and magazine editors to make readers love their publications. I am sure you have seen this application a lot of times.

The following are some of the ways Newspapers and Magazines use life materials to make readers love their publications:

  • Use of fresh images or pictures on the front pages of some newspapers showing an event that happened the previous day.
  • Report of fresh news as it happens with picture shots accompanying them.
  • Dedicating a section of their newspapers to “Photo News” which only shows picture shots of current events that will interest their readers and most importantly, to show their readers that they are current and that they have ‘life’ running through the “veins’ of their newspapers and magazines.


Books should have life materials to make readers love them

Books should have these life materials too. Your books don’t have to be boring to your readers or uninteresting to your readers.

Placing that extra information, entertainment, gifts and bonuses will surely make your book come alive to your readers.

I have described some (5) of these life materials Or growth contents or addictions in this post.

Related: If you want to read about 25 or more of these growth content, you need to get a full book I wrote about this topic. Read more here.


Life Materials Have Always Been There to make readers love books

I have, over the years, also observed how best-selling authors have used these life materials in their books. These materials have added great quality to their books and have helped them to climb up to the top of the ladder of best-selling authors.

I will be mentioning instances of the use of these materials in some of these best-selling books that I have come across. I will be picking examples from both local (those which sold well in my country) and foreign best-selling books.

I have also used these materials in my books severally and I have observed readers’ positive reactions to these additions. I will also be sharing practical examples from my various books in this post.

This secret is one of the reasons why I have very good reviews and star ratings on Amazon and other online ebook sales channels.

Using the life materials in your books

You will not be able to use all of them in a single book but you can use a combination of many of them in a single book. You will need to pick relevant ones for each book you will be writing.

I am convinced that any life material you decide to use will go a long way to add lots of qualities to your books and end up exciting your readers resulting in more sales for your books.

Benefits of adding life materials to your books

Let me bring the benefits of this post to you in bulleted points:

1. You will be able to write great books

2. You will assist readers of your books to love your books by increasing their reading appetite.

3. You will be able to sell lots of your books.

4. You will be making the solutions you have provided in your books real and workable to your readers.

5. It will make readers of your books value your author brand.

6. People will fall in love with your books and pass information around about it through word of mouth.

7. You will be able to increase your fans database.

Well, I know you can’t wait to get started so I will just roll on the dice immediately.


Make readers love your book: Bring in a Practical Story

I have read many non-fiction books where the authors have failed to include their practical personal stories and that of others in their books. Most of the books written this way are always boring and lack life contents.

People love stories, especially stories which are relevant to the solutions to problems which your book is describing.

You should ensure you strategically and intelligently put these types of stories in relevant places in your book. I am not asking you to make your book a hundred – percent story book, no, you should not do that.

If you include practical stories describing how you or others you have investigated have solved problems your book is describing, you will be making your book come alive to your readers.

People remember stories more

One of the most respected clergy man in the world, E.A Adeboye, the General Oversea of The Redeemed Christian Church of God once said , during one of his sermons, ‘I have found out that people remember more the stories you tell to illustrate your point in your sermon more the sermon itself’.

I am not surprised this man has made his books and sermon very relevant to his readers by sharing his practical stories and that of others in his books. His books are sold in the millions.

Use stories the right way in your books

Stories are powerful especially when they are rightly used in a book. It is not just enough to tell them stories about yourself alone, you can include stories about others who have done things that are relevant to the solution you are describing to a problem in your book.

This is the reason why I strongly believe that one of the best non-fiction books anyone can ever write will only be the ones he or she writes as an expert. An expert in a particular field for many years will have lots of powerful stories to tell of himself or herself or about others.

The Chicken Soup Series

Do you remember the extremely successful Chicken Soup series authored by the duo of Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Each book in the series is a compilation of heartwarming stories by different contributors. It is on record that readers fell (and are still falling) in love with the books in the series.

Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)

Celebrated author, Napoleon Hill used practical stories in relevant places in his best-selling book, Think and Grow Rich. These stories did a lot of good to this book.

The stories were well placed at relevant places. They helped the flow of the book; they added quality to the book. Mr. Hill said he spent many years investigating the stories of successful people.

I am not surprised he had lots of these stories to share with his readers in his book. In short, Think and Grow Rich is a story book of successful people.

This celebrated author also added his own practical stories at relevant places in this book. It was just a perfect blend of stories that went a long way to add life or growth contents into the book and the readers and the market reacted positively to it.

I want you to see examples below from his book, I believe you will remember these excerpts from the book if you have read it before. He picked up according to him, by permission, the first life material below from an article written by John Lowell in the New York Worldwide -Telegram.

This should show you that you should be ready to go to any extent to add a practical story to your book if you know it will add value to it. Mr. Hill did just that with this first quotation below:

“When, on the evening of December 12, 1900, some eighty of the nation’s financial mobility gathered in the banquet hall of the University Club on Fifth Avenue to do honor to a young man from out of the west, not a half a dozen of the guests realized they were to witness the most significant episode in American industrial history…”

This story was really a delight and it really imparted me. It presented Mr. Hill’s message on Faith in that chapter in graphical form. I saw the definition and application of faith and idea execution from that story alone.

This is what a good life material does to your book and to your readers. I want you to look at the second life material that really appealed to me in this book:

“While Dr. Gunsalulus was going through college, he observed many defects in our educational systems, defects which he believed he would correct if he were the head of a college…”

This was another classic story from this book that helped the readers to catch, at a glance, the message he tried to pass across in that section of the book. The immediate story above was used to describe the old saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way” under the Imagination Chapter of the book.

You shall Not Be Barren (David O. Oyedepo)

In this book authored by best-selling author and President of one of the fastest growing Pentecostal churches in the world, David Oyedepo wrote a few facts on the book theme from the Bible in the first few chapters of the book and used the remaining chapters to publish practical stories of the people who have had encounters with his ministry on issues relating to the theme of the book.

I want you to read excerpts from the book. You should look at one of the ways he introduced this life material in this popular book:

“Below are some testimonies, proofs of God’s commitment to you. Just as these people got their hearts desires, so also will you! … ‘My wife and I had believed God for the fruit of the womb for over three years. At one of the breakthrough seminars held last year, the Bishop blessed our oil and said it was for quick works…”

Sometimes the stories are called testimonies as we have seen from the book above. The man of God filled that book with stories of those who have recorded victories over childlessness using God’s Word.

I’m not surprised that book sold well in my country. It was a good use of a life material that validated his qualification to write such books and also helped his readers to love the book.


Write a book readers love: Allow Natural Mention

You can also write your books and allow lots of natural mentions of testimonials of people who have had one or two relationships with you over the theme of your book. I have seen lots of best-selling authors do this; they make these testimonials flow freely into every stage of their books where they want to use them.

For example, an author in the course of writing a chapter in his book, paused to write this:

“While I was about to write this chapter, I received an email from a reader of the first edition of this book sharing how the book helped him and also mentioned an important problem area which I will be using this chapter to solve, I will just publish the content of his email below and then continue with this chapter”.

This was an excellent addition that was used naturally in the course of passing across a message in a chapter of a book. Readers of your book will usually love and enjoy these types of stories because they validate your qualification to write the book they are reading.

It also makes your book come alive to them. The readers are reading from a practitioner and not just an ordinary story teller.

I want you to look at how I intelligently added this type of life material to a chapter of my book, You Can Stop Masturbation where I discussed ‘Check Unrelated Issues”.

“A lady after reading one of my short addiction reports, 2 Quick Ways to Stop Addiction, called me on phone and narrated how the report has helped her. She said, “Thank you sir for your report, Two Quick Ways to Cure addiction. I am (her name). I am married but I am addicted to masturbation and I want to stop it. That was why I took time to read your report…

After encouraging and praying with her on the phone, I began to wonder why she is married and yet is addicted to masturbation. After exchanging a few emails with her sharing more articles and reports with her, I perceived it’s likely she was having some unresolved issues with her husband which had made her to go the way of masturbation”.

This life material showed my reader that I have written short reports on the topic of the book before. It shows them how people have benefited from these short reports before.

It shows them how I have been involved in a conversation with a satisfied reader of these past reports. It ends up introducing the main topic of discussion for that chapter of the book, how unrelated issues can cause the problem of addiction. This singular act would surely show my readers my qualification to write the book and also help them to fall in love with my book.

Just like I said, let these types of additions flow freely into your discussion in any section of your book where you want to use them.


Make readers love your books: Use ‘Parablic’ Stories

In my book, Jesus and Your Success, I started with this relevant story:

“Johnson Idiok (not real name) was trained as an agriculturalist in a city university and returned to his village to set up a modern farm. After some years of consistent hard work, his organization grew in leaps and bounds; he became very wealthy. He worked harder and amassed more wealth and properties in the community.

Johnson Idiok was contented to see his personal fortune grow on a regular basis and loved the cult-figure image the people of the village accorded him. On the other hand, Timothy Anderson (not real name) was trained as a production engineer. He left the city to set up a manufacturing firm in his village. He also worked very hard to take his business to the next level recording outstanding breakthroughs in the process. After some years, he had also amassed lots of wealth and properties.

However, Timothy Anderson felt very uncomfortable with the fact that he was the only one making significant progress in his little village. He took a decision to do something about it and approached God for what to do about the situation.

He was inspired to set up a second organization in his village that would inspire and educate the youths and other members of the village on how they can go ahead to achieve what he has achieved and even surpass his achievements. This free service also involved the award of scholarships to those who were finding it difficult financing their education”.

My simple plan for my readers

My plan was to introduce my readers to the reason why I wrote the book right from the introduction page of the book. It was also meant to be a life material – to show my readers the relevance of the book to them and also sustain their interest in the book until they have read the last word in the book.

I call these types of stories, ‘parablic’ stories because sometimes you can follow the Jesus’ story-telling strategies (parables) where you make up a story to describe a point you want to make in any part of your book.

The stories of Johnson Idiok and Timothy Anderson in the story above were made up by me to act as a life material at the beginning of this book.

Rich Dad and Poor Dad book

I want to believe the popular Rich Dad and Poor Dad story of Best-selling author Robert Kiyosaki is a ‘parablic’ story. I am sure you will agree with me that this strategy is one of the reasons why that book and the others after it are best-sellers since it was first released.

People fell in love with the wise narration of the story around his two ‘fathers’ and the provision of solutions to the problems the book was solving. It was a great life material indeed!

Look at Another Story Innovation

I want you to look at another story addition from the book, Just for Girls by Elizabeth M. Hoe and M.Beth Cutaiar. They intelligently introduced the stories of four young females who told their practical stories all through the book. Look at the intelligent introduction of this life material by these authors:

“We’d like to introduce you to four young women from whom we will be hearing throughout this book. Each is based on a real person – a young woman similar to you! Please meet Lori, Sara, Ellen, and Betsy…”

These four young women end up introducing their stories and went on to tell their stories at relevant places throughout the book.

Stories can be powerful and they can be great additions to your books that will make your readers fall in love with them and you.


Write a book readers love: Include Research Results

Have you seen these types of research results below in some books?

“The suicide rate has skyrocketed in the ’80s. For children 10 – 14 the suicide rate has tripled in the last ten years. Leadership magazines estimate that half a million people attempt suicide annually.

In 1981 more people died by suicide than by homicide” This quote was taken from Billy Graham’s best-selling book, Peace with God.

Did you observe the extra work the author did to give his readers quality content? He quoted a research result from a credible organisation that was relevant to that section of his book.

You will agree with me that this was indeed a life material for that book. That book contains many of such quotations.

The research quotations were included at the right places in the book to give more voice to the claims of the author in order to adequately educate his readers. When readers are adequately educated, they will surely fall in love with you and your book and pass information around about it.

Survey results in my book

I want you to look at how I also included such life material in my book, You Can Stop Masturbation:

“Survey results show that “86% of American high school students said that some class mates drink, use drugs and smoke during school day. 44 % of high school students knew students who sold drugs like marijuana, cocaine and their likes at their schools. 52% of high school students said that there was a place on school ground or near school where .students can go to use drugs.

Now the dangerous part of this is that 36% said that it was easy for students to use drugs, drink or smoke during the school day without getting caught”.

I brought in this quotation at a point when I was trying to educate parents on how it is dangerous to leave the moral, spiritual and even academic well-being of their children entirely in the hands of schools or educational institutions.

I wanted them to understand the relevance of getting actively involved in these areas of their children’s development. Therefore, the quoted research result was to help them understand the relevance of my claims.

George B Eager, in his exciting book, Love. Dating and Marriage, wanted to show his readers how it is possible for teenagers and tweenagers to say no to sex before marriage, he quoted a survey result:

“In a survey of over 11,000 teens in grades eight through ten, 94 percent of the girls and 76 percent of the guys said that it’s acceptable to say no to sex”. Again, the research result added at the right place for his readers.

Best-selling authors usually carry out lots of researches while in the process of writing their books. While doing this, they have always come across polls, surveys and researches that have been published by others on the topic.

Smart ones among them have always gone ahead to include these research results in appropriate places in their books quoting the sources of their quotations.

Give credible and verifiable results

You should understand that it is not enough for you to bring up research results from questionable sources. You should take the pain to look for great sources of research results.

Nowadays, you can obtain lots of these online. You can also do a search on the search engines for, “(Your topic) + polls surveys”. For example, if I am writing a book on how to stop addiction, I can search for, “Addiction+ polls surveys”.

Quoting credible research results at appropriate places in your books will show your readers that you have gone to a great extent to produce the book they have in their hands. Every reader wants to get the best of information from every book they read.

If you can share credible polls, surveys and research results that substantiate your claims in your book with them, they will be happy to read more from your book and from you.

I have always included some nice research results in my books and I have also seen how best-selling authors have also done that, in fact I learnt the use of this particular life-material strategy from them.

Good results from this life material

You saw one of the examples in my book, You Can Stop Masturbation. That research result was used at an appropriate place in that book to show parents reading the book that even our schools can’t be totally relied upon to mould our children’s character alone. These types of additions will show readers of your books that you are really worth listening to on the theme of your book.

Relevant results mention

Let me warn again that you are not expected to flood your book with copied research results from surveys, polls and scatter them throughput your book. The research results you are using must flow appropriately with any section of your book where you have decided to use them.

These results are to act as life materials in your book – to make your book come alive to your readers. When you use them carelessly, they do the opposite.

Readers will find out that you are only trying to impress them by using them at places where they are not relevant. This will surely present you as a novice and make the people lose interest in your book and your author brand.


Make readers love your books: Quote Experts

Best-selling authors are also fond of quoting experts in their books. I have also quoted experts in my books at very relevant places.

Quoting other experts in your books as you try to make a valid point to your readers will help to give a strong voice to your point in the mind of your readers. When you use other well-known experts to corroborate your argument in your book, you are giving your readers the opportunity to read the minds of two or more experts on the same topic in a single book.

Some authors have even gone ahead to quote 2 or 3 more experts on the same message and at the same part of the book in order to give more information to their readers.


10Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing (Joel Friedlander)

I want you to look at the way Joel Friedlander brought in an expert’s quote in a section of his book where he wanted to show his readers why they must not patronize Vanity publishers:

You will agree with me that this was extra information from another expert to support his claims in that section of the book. The readers did not only read his own views about the topic but they also read from another expert he had interacted with.

I want you to look at a good use of this life material in some best-selling books. This first one was taken from Robert Allen’s very successful book, Multiple Streams of Income:

“As an example, let me offer you Susan Powter, who appeared out of nowhere in the early 1990s with her bleached crew cut … This is the marketing blurb about her book: Susan tells how depression led to her 260 – pound “fat coma” and how she overcame ‘the insanity’ of the diet and fitness industry to develop her own wellness plan”

Fantastic inclusion!

Robert was teaching how anyone can turn their life stories into money. He had to include Susan’s story (using the life material I discussed in chapter 1).

He went further to include Susan’s quotes in the marketing blurb of her book. One other good way I have observed Authors’ use of this life material is from the example I am showing below. Still I will be picking a quote from Robert’s book, Multiple Streams of Income:

“Remember the old Chinese saying? Man who chases two rabbits loses both. If Confucius were alive today. He’d probably say: Man must chase ten rabbits in order to catch three”.

He quoted a Chinese proverb. Some other authors have quoted African proverbs or whichever that will add more value to their claims at any part of their books. Your readers don’t have to be natives of the countries you are picking your sayings or proverbs from; it even gives them an additional, free opportunity to learn about the cultures and sayings of other tribes and nations.

Quote from Times News Magazine

I want you to look at the way I used a quotation from the Times News Magazine in my book, Bible Secrets for Effective School Teaching.

I wanted my readers to understand why the teachers of the infamous Adolf Hitler, who wickedly ruined a certain percentage of the population of Jews, will not be exempted from blame and punishment due to their negative influence over this dictator right from his childhood days. To buttress this fact, I found and used the quote below from this respected News organisation:

” …he (Adolph Hitler) was raised a spoiled child by a doting mother, Klara… he grew up a half – educated young man , untrained for any trade or profession, seemingly doomed to failure… Soon Hitler’s researches revealed to him that the Jews is the enemy of all mankind…”

I used this quote to show why the teachers who had taught and negatively influenced him wrongly since his childhood days through books, journals and reports should also come up for mention and blame. This life material has really helped lots of people to agree with my claim even at the various teachers’ seminars that we have organized. It has also helped the readers of that book to agree with my submission on this topic.

How Do You Obtain Great Quotes

You can pick up great quotes from the following sources:

  • From the books and teachings of experts in an industry where your book is solving a problem.
  • From sermons (if the expert is a clergy).
  • During seminars. I look out for these types of quotes when I attend seminars of my mentors.
  • From the newspapers.
  • On radio and television.
  • From the newsletters of experts. I am subscribed to newsletters (ezines) of experts in my industry.
  • From their blogs. Most experts now have blogs and online presence where they post and share their thoughts on a regular basis.

Other strategies to get quotes

Usually, these quotes are short statements of these experts. I always underline great quotes from books whenever I read them.

If I am writing a book on a particular theme, I usually consult a book I have which have a similar theme with the book that I want to write.

I have also written out some of these quotes on a plain sheet of paper and then try to plug in quotes from this list at relevant places as I write my book. I believe every author should have this type of quote document.

There are also books on this that you can purchase online. You should do a search on any of the search engines.

This life material has been in use for years now; it’s about one of the oldest life materials that are still in use today. Let me inform you that it will always be a relevant material if it is used appropriately.


Write a book readers love : Attach a CD or DVD

While in High School, I noticed authors of the popular New Engineering Mathematics added a free CD to the book. Then, as students, we were excited about this free and quality addition.

We were always ready to buy a copy of this book because of this extra gift. Other smart authors have also sold their books with a CD/Dvd attached.

The practice has really improved the perceived values of their works. Prospective customers will go for these types of works because they believe they are getting something extra for their money.

Most times, the extra gift can just be a cd containing the content of the book in Microsoft Word or PDF format. It can also be an audio CD containing an important message that is closely related to the message of the book.

Sometimes, it can even be a Dvd containing video shots of one of the trainings or workshops of the author of the book. This extra gift can also be a CD containing free e-book on topics that are closely related to the topic of the book.

Extra gifts on websites for book readers

Whatever they are, they are life materials that will help to move your book into the heart of your readers. I have also seen authors that have placed these extra gifts on their websites.

For example, Robert Kiyosaki had an audio that can be downloaded free on his website by readers of his best-selling book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I want you to look at the way he used it in several places in his book:

“For a Free Audio Report, What My Rich Dad Taught About Money all you have to do is visit our special website at … and the report is yours for free”

Some authors have also included a coupon in their books for readers to detach, fill and send to them to receive these extra gifts.

The covers of these types of books usually look like what I have below:

How to Overcome Disappointment

…report reveal step by step guide on how you can overcome disappointment


A Training DVD Attached.

Author Name.

All of these practices by authors are meant to add life to their books. It makes the readers have the feeling that they are reading the book of an author who is real and cares for them even before they bought the book.


How to write a book readers love:  Include Tables And Graphs

Just like I shared with you under above under the section on ‘Include Research Results’, tables and graph showing the research results are also good life Materials that you can include in your books.

As usual, you should ensure the results on the tables and graphs are related to any message you are trying to pass across at any part of the book. You don’t just include them just for the sake of doing so. They must give your readers clearer information about your message at that part of the book.

I want you to look at practical examples below.

Mark Coker, Author of The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success and Founder of used this life material severally in his book. I want you to look at examples below:

Did you see the way he introduced a relevant chart that is expected to give graphic illustration of the message he was trying to pass across? After the chart, he continued with his explanation using the information from the same chart.

Include tables and charts where they are useful

Smart authors usually include these tables and graphs at places where they are just necessary. Tables and graphs will add to your book what they have always added to where they are rightly used – clearer information, visual and graphic information about a message you are trying to pass across.

Your readers will be happy with this extra effort from you and will ensure they read your book with more excitement and appetite. Let me inform you that you can go online to search for these types of life materials.

You should search for ‘graphs and tables + your topic of discourse’. This should bring you any available information on the internet.

You can also go directly to the individual websites where this information is domiciled if you know them already. I want you to look again at what Mark Coker did in this same book:

He drew upon data from the Association of American Publishers. The tip here for you is that you can search online for the website of any association, agency that has relationships with your topic of discourse in your book.


Write a book readers love: Include Real-Life Pictures

Publishers of the popular New General Math Book series in Africa used pictures to illustrate some math principle in their book. These additions really added lots of life to this legendary book series.

The pictures used were not just cartoon pictures; they were real pictures of real people. I believe most of these pictures were specially taken for the purpose of the book series.

Author of 10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

Joel Friedlander used these real pictures severally to illustrate important messages in his book. Look at one of them below on the right hand side of a page in his book where he was describing the necessity of having a good cover for books. He actually included real book covers to illustrate his point.

Dave Chesson (

Dave Chesson, author of Amazon Kindle Rankings and owner of also used this life material severally in his book. Look at an example below:

He also used cartoons in some parts of his book. Let me also add that well-drawn cartoons can also be used in books as Life materials.

Real pictures will do a good job but cartoon can also stand in for these real pictures. You may also combine the two.

Most times, pictures tell a story more than words. It will however be to the advantage of your book and your author brand if you know how to use both life materials (pictures and stories) in your books.

I also used this life material extensively in my own book, Money Making Secrets in the Education Industry. Look at an example below:

I used this life material under a chapter where I described How to Make Great Profits as a Book Author and Publisher. I wanted the readers of my book to see a picture of my first self-published book which did very well in the local market and which qualified me to write that chapter.

In that same book, I used pictures of athletes, top society people and others at places where their pictures would help my readers to see the graphic representation of what I was describing.

Pictures on sales pages

David Stewart, owner of explained how he experienced a big turnaround in his profits when he decided to include pictures on the sales page of his dog training information product. There are also countless numbers of online marketers who have testified to the huge relevance of real-life images on sales copies.

Some have even gone to the extent of including videos describing their products or services. Real-life pictures are even important life materials on sales copies.

The real-life pictures should be relevant and must aid the readers to understand a message you want to pass across in any section of your book where they are used. If they are not going to do this, please don’t use them at all.

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There are lots of life materials you can begin to add to your books to make then

  In Your Book

I will be highlighting below some of the advantages of using a special Direct Response Page in your book.

1. It brings life into your book. 2. It shows the readers they are actually reading the book of someone who is real and who is ready to give more benefits to them. They are reading from a ‘real author’ who has a lively book. 3. With your gifts, it shows the readers that you actually appreciate them for buying your books in the first place. 4. It allows your gift to make room for you. Your readers go into the body of your book with a positive mind towards you. 5. You will have the opportunity of building a database of phone numbers or email addresses of readers or customers of your book over time. 6. You can sell your books directly to this database in the future by sending emails or text messages to them. 7. You will have the opportunity of having a database of readers that can be of good use to you and your book-selling business anytime you want to research a new book title or do a simple market research. 8. You can use it to know how far your book has gone. In my book sample above, I asked for the location of the reader.

These are just some of the many advantages of using a special direct response page in your book. Out of all these, I have come to love the number five advantage the most. A good business must have a means of building a database of customers so that it can sell to them over and over again. It is always very easy to sell to a customer who has bought from you (and is satisfied about your service) than a new person who has not had any business relationship with you in the past.

Tools That You Will Need To Create A Direct Response Page

The following tools will help you to create a direct response page.

1. Your phone number: Just like the way I used one above in my book (shown in the image above). There are also now phone numbers which have auto response messages set up with them. A subscriber receives an auto response from you when he or she subscribes as requested. There are also voicemail services that you can use for this purpose. The voice mail services make it possible for people to instantly pass detailed information from one party to another without directly speaking to them.

2. Your email address: I believe everyone should have an email address now. You may decide to ask your readers to send the information to an email address instead of a phone number. I showed an example from Fred Gleeck’s book earlier. Just like the case with a phone number, this email address can have an autoresponder set up for it where pre-written reply messages can be sent to readers who subscribe as requested.

3. A website (optional): This is optional but you can have a web page set up for this purpose where you can direct your readers to supply their contact information to receive their gifts. The use of website adds more professionalism to the whole thing. It adds more life to it and gain you more respect from your readers.

Your autoresponse phone number and email address can also be a good tool to you. You should also extract the email addresses and phone numbers and keep them in a record. You can also use auto responder services for this purpose for convenience sake. This will give an instant response to the request of your readers and also store their email address for your future use. This way you will not have to manually respond to every request for your gifts. There are many of these free services online today. You can also ask a webmaster to create a special autoresponse email for you from the Cpanel of your website if you own one. For example, when I launched the free report of my book, You Can Stop Masturbation several years ago, I created and autoresponse email, for it (it is disabled now). I asked anyone who desire to receive the free version of the book to send a blank email to this email address. Many did and they received a link to download the free version, a little sales message and a link to buy the full version. I must also add that I also received lots of relevant email messages from users of this free report which has helped me to improve the product on the three occasions I have done so.

Can you see how this life material helped to kick start a relationship between me and my readers and also led to tips which helped me to improve the product on three occasions? Life materials are indeed good materials!

Google Form to the Rescue

You can create a form from the free Google form services available on the internet. You will give the link to your form in your direct response page and when visitors have filled this form, you will be able to retrieve their submitted information in your account. This is a valuable service from the guys at Google. You can visit to use this form. It will only cost you a free registration for a goolge account and I bet you have that already. In case you don’t have one, you should register for one and then create your direct response form using the link above.

I want you to look at how Sam Adeyemi used it in his book, What I Would Have Done Differently. Though this message appeared on the third page, it still serves the same purpose.

The form at that page was created using Google form. He showed his readers how lives have been touched positively through his coaching programme and offered them the opportunity to subscribe to the coaching programme. I believe the readers did not bargain for this when they picked up the book to read. This is what life materials add to your book and to your readers. Your readers are won over by the surprise gift and extra information they did not bargain for.

I believe this type of life material should appear very early in your book so that you can catch the attention of your readers very early. Some readers don’t read books up to the last page. Though, if well used and crafted out, direct response pages can appear anywhere in a book and still achieve the same purpose.


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Book promotion websites

These book promotion websites will greatly help your Kindle ebook sales if you learn to do things right. We have used some of these book promotion websites to promote some of our books on Amazon.

I must confess we have not used them of late the way we did in the past. This should not stop you from exploring some of them to promote your Amazon Kindle eBooks.


What are book promotion websites?

Book promotion websites are ebook marketing and promotional platforms where authors and publishers can get their published ebooks promoted to the right audience.

The promotional services are not limited to only published ebooks on Amazon. You can also use some of these book promotion websites to promote your published ebooks on Apple, Barnes, and Noble, Kobo, etc.


Book promotion websites: Are they legit?

Book promotion websites are legit. Well, I believe I can stand solidly behind this direct answer.

Agreed, there are fakes, and there are some who will not deliver what they promised to deliver. But this does not rule out the fact that there are a lot of them that are legit and who deliver their promises.

So the onus lies on you to carry out your due diligence before you do business with any of them. You must also do this for any website link we are going to show in this post.


How do book promotion websites operate?

Book promotion websites operate in the following ways:

  • They have a segmented email list to which they promote your books.
  • They also promote your ebooks on their websites whether on the home page or wherever they believe you will get good traffic to your ebooks.


Are they free services?

Most of these book promotion websites have both free and paid services. Some of them will ask you to submit your ebook and its details for free promotion but will add a caveat for you to speed up the chance of your ebook being accepted and promoted by paying a certain amount of money.

From experience, some of the free promotions we submitted don’t get accepted by these websites. But there are some exceptions like Awesome Gang and Ebook Angel. You will find some of the other links in the list in this post.

We also find the FreeBooksy and BargainBooksy services from Written Word Media very useful and valuable. Bookbub is also another service that will give you value for money. Though your ebook has to pass through a rigorous check to get accepted.

Some book promotion websites will reuiyyour ebook on Amazon to have a certain number of reviews before it can qualify to be promoted on their platforms. I believe they put this requirement in place to ensure they only promote quality ebooks to their highly esteemed subscribers.

Related: How do I sell a lot of ebooks on Amazon 


Powerful ebook marketing tools

No matter how we look at it, these book promotion websites are very powerful marketing tools for authors especially if you can find out one or two or three that can deliver good service to you.

Getting your ebook featured on some of these top book promotion websites can bring hundreds and even thousands of eBook sales in a single day!

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List of book promotion websites: Group A

The list of book promotion websites for paid book promotions. When your book is priced at $0.99 and higher.

Please find a comprehensive list here.

List of ebook promotion websites: Group B

The following is the list of ebook promotion websites when you are running a free promotion.

Please find a comprehensive list here.


Record your results

You must take inventory as you make use of these ebook promotion websites. You need to know what’s working for both free and paid promotions.

This way, you can concentrate your efforts on what’s working and leave out what’s not working.

If you find anything or any website that’s working effectively, please share your experience with us. Share this post with your friends on social media.





How to write nonfiction books for beginners

How to write nonfiction books for beginners. Every beginner author will find this post valuable. Experienced authors can also find this guide on writing nonfiction ebooks useful.

I have included my practical experience in this guide. I have written and sold lots on nonfiction books online and offline over the years. You can check out our sales results at our About page on this blog 

Related: What is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing? 


What are nonfiction books?

According to Wikipedia, Nonfiction (also spelled non-fiction) is any document or media content that attempts, in good faith, to provide accurate information regarding a real-world topic.[1] Nonfictional content may be presented either objectively or subjectively.

How to write nonfiction books for beginners: A do-It-Yourself Guide

I receive lots of emails and I see the question being asked by different beginners authors about how to write nonfiction books they can publish and sell on Amazon.

There was one particular chat I had with a young guy. We have been chatting for many minutes and I could feel the excitement in his chat and conversation with me.

But then while I was about rounding the chat with him, he asked this line of question: “How do I write a book I can sell on Amazon?

I was surprised to read that question from him. I taught he already had a book written and he was looking for how to get it published on Amazon.

This conversation further propelled me to do this pillar post in the topic of how to write nonfiction books for authors.

You can write your own sellable nonfiction ebook

From experience and due to the many ways I have interacted with books over the years, I have discovered how lots of people value authors who have published books and they wished they could have books published to their names too.

Well, most times for most of these people, their ambitions have remained on the wish list for so long and may just remain there throughout their lifetime on this earth!

This guide is a great guide and it is a do-it-yourself manual. It is meant to give you step-by-step instructions on how you can write your first non-fiction book.

Everyone has a nonfiction book Inside

I believe everyone has a book in himself or herself. If you have been involved in a vocation for four or more years, you can push out a book to the world. There are people who want to know what you know and are even ready to pay you for it.

One of the cheapest and simplest ways to teach the precious treasures you carry in you is through the medium of books.

This guide will help you to get up and begin to do something about giving the world your first book. Even if you have written your first book, this guide will help you to keep on writing more books.

Related: Hie to publish Kindle books on Amazon 


How to write nonfiction books for beginners: Important Things To Note

Relax, it’s easy: Yes you can do it. When you write the first book, and then the second, and then the third, you will get better and will always find it easy to write lots of other books. This was how I garnered my book-writing experience.

Don’t worry about spelling or grammar errors: You will be using your word processor spelling and grammar tool to correct a lot of these. An Editor will do all the other corrections that are needed. I use Grammarly tool extensively.

It is your experience or what you know that you are required to put on paper.

Whatever will be necessary to enhance the beauty of what you have written on paper will be done by these agents I mentioned above.

You have what it takes: Yes, you have the experience. This post is primarily built to help people to write books in the area where they have experience. Though you can write a book in an area where you don’t have experience, this guide will not cover this aspect of the book-writing practice.

You should look out for my upcoming book, 20 Ways To Write and Publish a Book In Any Niche of Your Choice. Join our free email newsletter to learn more.

I will be using my book examples all through this post: As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I will be using my deep and many years experience all through this post.

This is to show you practical ways I have used the writing instructions I will be sharing with you. I have written so many books. You can visit my website at All my books

I will also be using these examples of mine to show you how you can carry out some of the steps I will be showing you. This makes it easy for you to grasp the message I will be passing across to you.

Now let us go straightaway to the book-writing steps.


Writing your first nonfiction ebook: What is Your Experience?

How write nonfiction books for beginners

This is what I mean. I was a math teacher for many years and I wrote a book called Silly Mistakes in Mathematics. What have you been involved in for some years now?

Please write this down. I know of someone who has been actively involved in the children department of her church for many years who wrote a book, How To Train A Teenager In The Way Of God.

You will be able to ‘think up’ book ideas by the time you get to the end of this guide. But first, you should write down all that you have been involved in for some years now.

Have you done that?


Now let us go to the next thing you have to do.

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Write Book Ideas

This is how you can discover good book ideas where you can pick your first book title for your first book. You will need to answer some of these questions:

What are the issues that have given you much concern in your vocation for many years now? Please use a two or three-word phrase to write these down.

For example, in my case, the problem of common errors in mathematics on the part of students was one of the major concerns.

I noticed my students were always making some silly errors whenever it was time to solve questions in some of the foundational topics like BODMAS, Directed Numbers, Division of Decimals and the rest to solve questions at the higher classes.

You can write down as many concerns and issues as possible.

What are the specific problems you have solved personally or as a group in your vocation or industry over the years?

What are the various ways you have carried out your duties all these years. There are some people who desire books or information products that will describe how you carry out your duties.

For example, I wrote a book, Bible Secrets for Effective School Teaching. I was good in the class as a math teacher and I was helped by God to pick up good teaching secrets from the bible that described how I carried out my duties when I was in the classroom teaching math.

What major successes have you recorded in your vocation over the years? When you write these, you should not forget to write in front of these successes, the problems you solved.

You can also use the internet to obtain good book ideas. I will be listing below the various ways you can do this.

Watch video on how we research keywords for our titles on Amazon



Use keywords research tools

Visit and use online keyword research tools (You can search online for ‘free online keywords research tools’): Input the main keyword or key phrase that describe your vocation into the keyword box and search for key phrases that are related to your vocation.

I use this wonderful Amazon keywords research tool.

With these results you can pick out good ones that you can write down as book ideas. I have also used the google adwords keyword research tool for this purpose. You must register for a free google adwords account to have access to this.

There are many others but most of them put limitations into how many key phrases you can obtain from your search results except you subscribe to a premium service. I also use

The key phrases results you obtained represent the different searches search engine users have made over time. I am sure you know that most people use search engines to search for solutions to their various problems. This is where this tool can be useful to you. You want exactly the phrases they have searched for over time which were meant to solve their problems. These can be great book ideas for you.

Visit online forums

Go to online forums that are related to your niche or vocation and look at the various topics of discussions on these forums. Most users of forums come on board to ask questions or deliberate on matters that are giving them problems.

You can get lots of ideas in these types of forums. I wrote me best-selling book, You Can Stop Masturbation as a result of such visit to a Christian online forum.

I noticed this long thread on the topic and I took the decision to write a book on it which describes how addicts can use their mind resources to put an end to this practice by reading a simple story.

Go to the Amazon search box at Amazon has great control over the ebook publishing world. Any author who wants to earn passive income from ebook sales must be on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

If you are selling on this platform, you must learn to use the search box on the website to research keywords and book titles and book projects. When you type the main keywords, the search box will give other variations of search phrases that are used on the platform.

There are many other ways to find book ideas that you can work upon online. I will only stop here and may, in a future book, write a comprehensive book or post on this topic.


Start Work on Your First Book Idea

You can now pick the first book idea that you will work upon using this guide among the many you wrote down from the last section of this post. I want you to understand that there is a difference between a book idea and a book title.

You have only succeeded in putting together book ideas that you can work upon now and in the future and not the book titles.

Though the phrases you wrote down as book ideas may eventually become the book titles of the different book ideas without alterations.

However, sometimes, you may need to refine some of them.

For example, for my book, You Can Break Addiction, the book idea was a guide that will teach how addicts can end addiction. I ended picking this title, You Can Break Addiction after putting many things into consideration.

Have you picked one?

Define the Purpose of Your Book

What is the main problem your book is coming to solve? You need to write this out very clearly.

The step to do this started from the time you were researching the book ideas. Now that you have picked the first book idea, you need to write out very clearly the main purpose why you are writing the book.

Who Are You Writing For?

Who are you targeting or solving their problems. Who will be most interested in your book? You can have about three groups in order of relevance in this case. For example, for my book, Silly Mistakes in Mathematics, the main target are the parents of the students; the second are the schools while the third are the students themselves.

Note: The two immediate tips above will be extremely useful when you begin to write. They make you write effectively.

You will be using the right tone and the right language. You will also be using the inspiration you will be receiving appropriately.

Can You Coin a Title or Sub Title Now?

Coining out a good book title can also help you to write an effective book. A description of the purpose of your book and your target audience can really help you to write a good title and subtitle.

You may also have to play with lots of options before you can pick a final one. Before i picked the final title for my book I played with Common Mistakes in Mathematics, Silly Mistakes in Mathematics and How to Solve Students Errors in Mathematics as titles for the book.

There are many books out there on how to craft out a great book title. A good book cover attracts people to your book while a good book title must tell them at a glance what your book is all about and make them to take further steps to purchase your book.

Silly Mistakes in Mathematics is a great title that shows my would-be customers clearly what the book is all about and encourage them to take a buying decision.

Some people have also argued for and against short book title or long book title but this guide will not be going into this debate.

Though I have my favorite (you need to look at the titles of most of my books to find out my favorite), I believe a long or short book title will do very well if it satisfies the basic requirements of a good book title.

Let me give you this suggestion: look through the popular, best -selling books you have at home and study how the author crafted their book titles.

A subtitle is sometimes used to show some more information about your book apart from what the book title has given. For example, with my book, You Can Stop Masturbation…Simple Story Illustration Shows You How. I discovered that the subtitle of this book, Simple Story Illustration Shows You How sold it more to the readers than the title itself.

I obtained this information when I changed the cover and left out the subtitle from the new cover at (now KDP Print). The rate of the books sales stalled until I re-designed the cover again with the subtitle included again.

People love stories and they would love to read a simple story to solve such a problem, so the subtitle attracted them to the book.

I want you to look at another example:

‘Mathematics Therapy… How Parents Can Guide Their Children at Home in Mathematics.’ Every parent would love to learn how to guide their children at home in the subject. The subtitle gave further, attractive information to would-be customers.

Now based on these facts, I want you to take some time off to think up a title and subtitle for your book idea. Remember to put into consideration the problem you are solving and the audience you are targeting.

Note: Avoid professional terms or jargons except when you are writing a professional book that will be read majorly by professionals in a certain field.

Have you been able to put something down? Well, if you have not, don’t worry, you can still go ahead with your book-writing exercise and get the title-picking task done later.

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How to write nonfiction books for beginners: Get to the Body of your Book

This is just a practice that will help you to start your book from the ‘foundation’ to the final stage of it. It is like a building project which builders start from the foundation to the final stages of the building. You will be developing the working skeleton of the book with this step. With the main problem in your mind, begin to think of some related sub-problems and write them down. Do this freely and write as many as possible. You will still be able to pick the important or relevant ones later.

Let me show you an example from my book ‘You Can Stop Masturbation’

I want you to look at the sub topics I developed which later became the different book chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Just What Is Masturbation? 3 Parts Of Man
  • This Will Help Your % Score This Is Also Important
  • Reasons Why People Indulge In It Why It is Not Right
  • Read This Story With All Your Heart! Solution Charts
  • Your Mind is a Workshop Start a Relationship with God
  • Clear Out “Wastes” From Your Mind Replace With Useful Things
  • Begin Work Immediately
  • Package the “Product” and Sell to the Public

It started with the Introduction (most books start with this) and then build its case up to the last stage in order to solve the problem it promised to solve with the book title.

Your experience will be relevant here.

Apart from the Introduction and probably the next one or two chapters which I will advise must contain carefully selected contents which should encourage your readers to read on (I will show what you write under these chapters later), other chapters should contain descriptions of solutions to identified sub-problems under the main problem your book is solving.

For example, if you want to write, How to Publish a Newspaper, you can have subtopics like:

  • How to Get Trained
  • How to Register ISSN
  • How to Source Articles
  • How to Obtain Cheap Printing Materials
  • How to Find Good Freelance Writers etc.

Can you get the gist?

Note: You can also further use free internet keyword research tools to carry the step I described immediately above, for example, if you are writing how to publish a newspaper, you can type Publish Newspaper in the search box on these websites. Pick the relevant ones to the goal of your book.

You can also visit and search for “publish newspaper + blogs” to see results of blogs that write on your topic. When you get to the blogs, try to look at the various categories they write on. You don’t have to copy anything here, just use these blogs contents to get ideas about the sub topics.

You should now pick the relevant ones from the various options you have written down. You can pick 8 or 10 more depending on how big you want your book to be and ensure you arrange them in a proper way that will show you are building a case for the problem you are trying to solve.

You should look again at the example for my book, You Can Stop Masturbation which I shared earlier:

This is how the chapters of your book will be arranged. This step will help your readers to get organized in their learning when they are reading your book.


Your Introduction And The First One Or Two Chapters

The Introduction section is what it is, an introduction! You are telling or summarizing the reason why you took a decision to write your book. You are building on what the title and subtitle did to the readers.

Tell a short story

Tell a short story on your personal experience that shows the problem. For example, for my book, Money Making Secrets in the Education Industry, look at the way I started the Introduction section:

“Only God could describe my feelings as I opened the letter that was handed over to me by the principal of the last school where I worked as a math teacher. The ever-smiling principal kept her eyes on me as I scanned through the contents of the appointment letter she just handed over to me and said, “I hope you are okay with the employment terms in the letter?”

“I am okay with it ma,” I replied trying as much as possible to conceal my excitement. “I may not be able to resume work until three days after the date specified in this letter ma, I hope this is okay with you?”

“It‟s okay Mr. Oguntade, we will be expecting you”, she replied”

I secured an appointment with one of the leading private secondary school in Nigerian and I was blown away by the package, which tripled the stipends I was earning before the new job offer.

It was my second (and the first big) appointment since I finished youth service (the first one, secured six months earlier was also a teaching appointment in a secondary school) and then I was surprised to see a school pay that much to an almost fresh graduate like me and a new intake for that matter.

Well, this first “appointment letter” experience and subsequent work experience in this school and in the education industry at large opened up my understanding to the large amount of money that goes in and out of the education industry on a yearly basis. Even the pay package that got me excited was just a minute percentage of what comes in and out of this school.

The good thing is that this “cake” is begging to be cut by anybody who cares to dare. This book has been prepared to push you to “sharpen your knife for the cake cutting experience in the education industry”.

This story was meant to sustain the interest of readers of my book. The story described in a conversational story style what the book is all about.

Though you can decide not to use a story. It depends on you. I believe a practical story captures the attention of the readers and they want to read more.

I have seen bookstore visitors scan through the Introduction section of a book before they take a buying decision. With a practical story related to the main problem your book is solving, you will capture the attention of the people and that is more book sales for you.

Show your qualificationsl to write the book

After your practical story, you can then show how you are qualified to write the book. One paragraph is okay for this. For example for my book ‘Silly Mistakes in Mathematics’, I included this:

“Having taught Mathematics for many years at all levels…”.

I believe that apart from the practical story you started with, your readers also want to know whether you are capable of writing a solution to the problem your book is solving.

I want you to look at another example from my book, Bible Secrets for Effective School Teaching:

“Some years after taking up this teaching job, the Lord began to open my eyes to problem areas in the education industry and leading me to provide solutions to them. This development led to the compilation of the following materials to address some problem areas in the industry:

  • Silly Mistakes in Mathematics (a paperback published book).
  • Money Making Secrets in The Education Industry (a paperback published book).
  • Mathematics Therapy – How parent can Guide their Children at Home in mathematics (an ebook).
  • 20 ways to Parent Your Child in the Boarding School (an ebook).
  • 15 ways to Avoid Cultism Traps in the university (an ebook).
  • How Schools Can Make More Money In the School Business (a paperback published book)”

The statement above was included under the introduction section to pass a simple message across to the readers of my book and that message was: I’m capable and qualified to write the book you are holding in your hands!

Summarize main contents of other chapters in your book

Describe or summarize the main contents of each chapter that should interest the reader. This is optional though. You may decide to go to the first chapter of your book after completing the first two steps above. However, if you can include this, go ahead and do it.


Writing The First Chapter

The first chapter can share more practical stories. This time around it can be the story of others that are related to the problem your book is solving.

It can be the story of a problem you solved for someone and which you have obtained their due permission to share in your book. Even if you have not obtained any permission, you can still share the story but you should change the names of the characters involved in the story.

I want you to look at the story I shared in the second chapter of my book, You Can Break An Addiction:

Please Read This Story:

“I have been with my boyfriend for about a year now, I found out about three months ago he has a problem with a hard drug. I was troubled when I found this out. I love him and he is intelligent and funny, I see past his disease and the person he is.

I tried to help him but I don‟t want to encourage him.

First, he denied it then finally confessed. Recently he entered a medical detox place and they gave him saboxin for 10 days. The first few days he was home, he was fine and this morning I caught him doing it again.

As much as it hurts me I feel like I can‟t take him back in here, its full time job watching him. I want him to get the help he needs but am I wrong to tell him to go or should I let him stay until he finds a bed open? I know it‟s a sickness but it‟s so hard to trust him right now”.

This strategy will build the interest of the reader. You shared a practical story that involved you and that showed you as an authority on the problem your book is solving under the Introduction section.

You have also followed it up with a practical story of another person that is related to the theme of your book. You are already getting your readers in the mood to read the remaining part of your book.

Note: You may also decide not to use another story in this part of your book. You can just go straightaway to provide solutions to the problem your book is meant to solve using the subtopics you have written down.

The choice is yours. Remember that it is your book!

The next chapter will share how you can develop the various sub topics or chapters of your book.


Now Write The Contents Of The Sub Topics

You should now begin to write the contents of the various sub topics you listed earlier one by one. Remember that these are the chapters of your book. Since you are an expert, you should have a lot to write here.

Steps to Write These Sub Topics:

Write out the sub topic on a plain sheet of paper. For example, How to Get Trained as a Newspaper Publisher.

Take this sheet of paper with you everywhere you go and roll over the subtopic in your mind all through the day. If you can find a quiet place during the day, you should be able to put down ideas as they flow through your mind. Even if you can’t find a quiet place, ideas can still flow through your mind at any time during the day.

You should ensure you write them down immediately on paper under the written subtopic. It is like you are developing the subtopic as a book itself. Subtopics or chapter contents are books under a book themselves.

When you get home and alone you can look at what you have written down under the subtopic. For example under the subtopic above, I can have

  • Why you must be trained
  • Where you can be trained
  • The training requirements
  • The duration of training Can you get the gist?

You should now begin to develop these points one by one. You can write one at a time when your mind and thoughts are in a good condition to put facts on paper.

I love to carry out this step in the morning before 12 pm or in the middle of the night or in a place where there is less noise. You should find out the best time that is okay with you.

Learn to Write Freely

There is nothing to be scared of. It’s easy, remember that you are an expert. The editor with the help of other tools will polish your book and make it a treasure the people will love.

You should just ensure the contents you are putting down actually solve the problem your book is solving. Of what use is a properly written book if it is not solving the problem it is meant to solve? Do the same to develop other subtopics of the book.

“Marry” Your Points

When you have finished the step above, you should now go over your work from the introduction to the last chapter to bring the contents together. I call it; ‘Marry’ your points.

At this stage, you may find out you have unnecessarily repeated the same idea twice or thrice under the same chapter. You may even find out some points that are completely irrelevant which you have to delete.

If you carry out this step, you will be able to do a lot of refining to your book contents before you send it to the editor. I usually carry out this “marrying” duty twice (and sometimes thrice) on some of my books before it is sent to the editor.

Get it typed, print and read through again. You may still need to delete or add some points.

Write the Conclusion of your book

This is usually not a big deal except for the fact that you have to say thank you to your readers for reading your book. You can also ask them to contact you if they have any comment or suggestion for your book.

You will be surprised to see the number of people that will send their comments to you. Some will even go to your blog or website to give their comments. These comments can really help you to write an improved version of your book or to write a new book.


The Promotion Pages

About the Author

As much as possible, write about what you are and who you are. This should, as much as possible, promote your brand. I want you to look at my ‘About the Author’ page for my Christian books:

“Sesan Oguntade is an insightful teacher of the word, bible success researcher and author of many books amongst which is the popular “Jesus and Your Success” (available free at He believes that the solution to ANY problem lies in the WORD of GOD. His central message to the world is “without Jesus, you cannot succeed” (John 15:5b).

He presides over Success Christian Home, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, a Christian organisation with the vision of raising problem solvers in the society.

He is also the founder of The Success laboratory International Seminars, a platform where pure bible principles that solve practical societal problems are taught.

You can add him on Facebook:

You can follow him on twitter, @SesanOguntade

He is married to Olutoke Success Oguntade and they are blessed with children”.

Our Other Books Section

If you don’t have another published book, you can state the services you render. If you don’t have a service or services you render, you can include a website you own. If you don’t have a website, you should describe a future book you hope to write.

If you don‟t want to share this or you don‟t have one already, you should promote good and relevant affiliate products (affiliate products are products of other people which you can promote and earn a commission on any sale you make).

You can search on for “popular affiliate products + (your topic)” for options. You should carry out your due diligence before you sign up to promote any affiliate product.



Thank you for going through this post in how to write nonfiction books for beginners. I hope it helped you.

Just like I said earlier, it is easy to have your name to a book. You have what it takes because there is an experience you have that can be sold in a book format.

Some people are out there who wants to pay you for these treasured ideas and experience you possess.

I want to read from you and I would love to see a copy of the book you will write as a result of your encounter with this book.

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How do you choose a book title to sell on Amazon?

How do you choose a book title to sell on Amazon? Authors and publishers ask this question more often. The truth is that many factors must be considered to choose a book title to sell on Amazon or an ebook topic you must work on to sell on Amazon.

I am using this post to show one of the factors you must consider if you want to choose a good book title to sell on Amazon.


How to choose a book title to sell on Amazon

Choosing a book title to sell on Amazon requires as much attention from authors just like the writing of their books itself. I hope authors can understand this.

It’s not going to be a good one if you write a book, publish it on Amazon, and don’t find anyone reading or buying it. Finding the right book project to work on in the first place is as important as writing or producing the book itself.


The publisher status

This blog is dedicated to helping authors write, publish and sell more ebooks on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. So we find a way to tell you some of the little things that matter that can help you in this regard.

I wrote a good post on why authors should change to a publisher status to sell more ebooks on Amazon. I will still be leaning upon the knowledge from that post to show you another important factor today.

Now, let me show you exactly what you have to do below


Give the market what it wants

How do you give the market what it wants? Let me do this simple illustration.

Two guys decided to pay a visit to kids in a kindergarten class on different occasions. The first got to the class empty-handed while the second guy had a pack of chocolate with him.

You can guess what the reaction of these kids will be to the presence of these two guys. Of course, they will rush and embrace the guy with the chocolate. That guy had what they loved and wanted – chocolate.

When you operate at the publisher level or with the publisher status, you will always want to give the market what it wanted. You want to always take your research lens into the different niches to find out what the market in those niches wanted.

In other words, you want to give out the ‘chocolates’ to the people in that niche always. This lays the solid foundation for the book or publisher business.

As a publisher, you produce books because you want to sell or make profits, so you give the market what it wants.

In s future post, I will walk you through the simple ways we carry out our research and how we feed the markets with relevant books consistently.

Related: How to publish a book on Amazon for free 

How do you choose a book title to sell:Evergreen topics

You can always use your research lens to find hot topics and published books on them. You should also take it a step further sometimes by writing and publishing books on evergreen topics.

Evergreen topics are topics that have been hot and will always be hot for a long time. You should look out for these types of topics so that you can sell books and make profits on them for many years.

Good examples of these types of topics are topics on:

  • Weight loss
  • Stopping stress
  • Overcoming anxiety
  • Make Money
  • Reducing or eliminating debt
  • Starting a business with no money

Your digital portfolio should have a good book or books on some of these topics to have them deliver the sales and the profits to you regularly for a long time.


Choose a good book topic on Amazon: what about published books?

Just before I write the final lines in this post, someone once asked me if there is anything he can do about the books he had published already on Amazon without carrying out the proper research.

This is always my simple answer to that question.

Usually, most authors write in their areas of specialization. So most of the titles they have published have solved one problem or the other.

It’s just that proper research was not carried out before they embarked on the book project. But that doesn’t mean the books did not solve any problems. It doesn’t mean the market does not need them.

However, proper research would have helped them to write a better book. It would have helped them to use the right Keywords in the titles and subtitles and the description of the books.

So if you want to help your old, published books on Amazon, take the time to carry out proper research work using a main keyword that represents the already published book.

If you have to add some content to your book or change the title, you may have to do these to serve the market well and also to help the discoverability of the book on Amazon.

I will do a more detailed analysis in a future post. You can’t do well on Amazon these days selling ebooks if you don’t learn to give the market what it wants.

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