The Future

21. The future

What will the future of your niche look like? That’s the question you’ll be answering with this type of book. Think about what the professionals in your niche or industry will be capable of doing. Discuss how the average person’s experience in the niche will be different. Talk about the things that could pose potential risks to your niche. Mull over different possibilities and future things that people will be unsure about.

Questions

  • What’s going on in your niche now that will have a profound influence in the future?
  • What needs to happen for your niche to continue on the course it is now on?
  • What will the fringes and extremes of your niche look like?
  • What breakthroughs or inventions will characterize or affect your niche in the future?

Examples

22. Trends

Trends are things that are going on now that will have an impact and shape the future of a niche or industry. A book about trends in an industry could not only talk about past, present, and future trends (duh), but also about what effect they will have on the niche, how people can benefit from the trends, and how the trends might negatively affect the industry or the people in it.

You can go as broad or narrow with this as you want. At one end of the spectrum you’d have something like Trends in Automobile Design (broad). At the other end you’d have Trends in Hubcap Design (narrow).

One thing to keep in mind is the difference between a trend and a fad. Fads are usually temporary, while trends tend to have lasting influence. For example, playing Angry Birds might be a fad, but people spending more time on their mobile devices is a trend.

Questions

  • What new behaviors are you starting to see in your niche now that will become more widely adopted in the future?
  • Do you see people’s opinions or actions moving in one direction or another?
  • Do you think the future of your niche/industry is a bright one?

Examples

23. Quotes

Niche quote books are popular because frankly, they’re pretty easy to make. Just find quotes and compile them into a nice format.

The problem with these books is that their perceived value is relatively low. It’s easy to find tons of quotes on any subject online for free, so why would anyone bother reading your book, let alone pay for it? What you can do, though, is expound on each quote. That will add value. Add your own take on what the person said. You could also add context (historical, personal, industrial, etc.) to the quotes if such information is available.

Questions

  • Who are some famous and influential people in your niche that you can find quotes from?
  • What is your overarching purpose or goal with your collection of quotes? What are you trying to accomplish?
  • Have you heard any industry-related quotes that really made you stop and think?

Examples

24. Niche cookbooks

There are successful, broad-in-scope cookbooks that appeal to the masses, but in so doing, they overlook the needs of individuals. That’s where niche cookbooks come in. A niche cookbook specifically appeals and caters to the desires and needs of the people in your niche.

You can narrow your focus even more. Instead of having a Recipes for Book Lovers book, you could have Breakfast Recipes for Book Lovers or Gluten Free Recipes for Book Lovers books.

Questions

  • What special dietary needs or wants do the people in your niche have?
  • Is there some sort of niche-related theme around which you could base your cookbook?

Examples

25. Niche self-help

Self-help books have been bestsellers for ages. People have always wanted to be better and fix their shortcomings, and they always will. Why not make a self-help book tailored to people in your niche?

I’m also going to lump into this category philosophy books or books about life in general that are focused on one particular niche.

Questions

  • How can the experiences of people in your niche help them become better people?
  • What unique challenges do people in your niche face?

Examples

26. The very narrow niche

This ebook idea is all about solving as specific of a problem as possible. This type of book is usually about only one topic. Think of it this way: the very narrow niche ebook is one chapter of a “normal” book dedicated to your niche, but you expand that chapter.

Instead of a book about kayaking, you’d write a book about choosing the best paddle. Instead of a book about gardening, you’d write a book about growing cherry tomato plants in Arizona.

Questions

  • What are some very specific niche-related problems that you can solve?
  • What detail is lacking in existing instructional materials?

Examples

27. With or for kids

Kids change things. They can definitely make it harder to do the things you used to do. This ebook idea can take two different approaches. The first is all about giving people advice for doing things with kids. If you’re into rock climbing, for example, talk about how to take kids rock climbing or how to still get out and climb when you have kids.

The second approach here is an instructional book aimed at kids. The kids are the readers and intended audience. Continuing with our rock climbing example, you could write a simple and fun book for kids about the basics of rock climbing.

Questions

  • What are some unique challenges that people in your niche face when it comes to doing things with or for their kids?
  • What advice can you give to people in your niche that have kids?
  • What are some markets that are underserving children?

Examples

28. Finding things

Finding just what you want can be difficult. It can be so difficult that people are willing to pay for information to help them find that thing that they want or need. This ebook idea is all about making that process of finding what people need easier.

Think of something related to your niche that is difficult to find. Are there resources you can share to help people find that thing? What do people need to consider when trying to find that thing? What are the different steps people need to take in order to find the thing they’re looking for?

Questions

  • Is there information that is hard to come by in your niche?
  • Are there rare or no-longer-being-made items in your niche?
  • Are there any other items or things that are difficult to find in your niche?

Examples

29. For men or women

A lot of the things we do or are interested in can still largely be dominated by one gender or another. This purpose of this kind of ebook is to help the underserved or less common gender. Even if the genders are relatively equal in your niche, a guide for a specific gender can provide instruction, advice, and a point of view that would otherwise be overlooked or unknown.

Questions

  • Are there more men or women participating in your niche?
  • What unique challenges do men or women face in your niche?

Examples

30. Stories

Write several stories and compile them into an ebook. These stories can be humorous, inspirational, or instructional. The stories can be yours (i.e., ones that you experienced yourself) or other people’s (as long as you get permission to use them of course).

Let’s say your niche is mountain biking. You could write a book about rides gone wrong, or you could write one about the best rides you or others have been on. If your niche is gardening, you could solicit stories from people about how gardening has helped them in their lives, about animal encounters they’ve had in their gardens, or about the funny experiences they’ve had while gardening.

Success stories and failure stories are some of the best types of stories to turn into ebooks.

Questions

  • What are the kinds of stories that people tell in your niche?
  • What makes people’s stories interesting?
  • Do funny things happen a lot in your niche?

Examples

 

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