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Start Small--with an eBook

by Diane Eble and Jimmy D. Brown


If the thought of a full-length book scares you, why not start out with something much smaller?


Such as, for instance, an electronic book, or eBook. You can test out your idea, get your feet wet with marketing, and make some money. (Sometimes, alas, even more money than you'd make with a traditionally published book.)


Your eBook doesn't even have to be large. Jimmy D. Brown talks about creating and marketing "Small Reports"—less than 20 pages long!


In fact, I will let Jimmy take it away, because he has a great article on where to find ideas for your eBook. I suggest you read this article, and then get the free Special Report when you're through.


Idea Hangouts: 

Where to Find Hot Product Ideas to Use For Creating Your Best-Selling eBook


by Jimmy D. Brown of "Small Reports Fortune"




That’s how many times I’ve been asked “Where can I find hot product ideas to write about in my next eBook?”


Really.  I’ve been keeping count. <g>


OK, so it’s probably not quite that many times, but you get the idea.


I get asked that question a LOT.


And so, I’ve decided to share my favorite “idea hangouts.” That’s right … “idea hangouts.”  It’s been my experience  that there are specific places where hot product ideas are always gathered.  I call them “idea hangouts.”


Idea Hangout #1


One of the “idea hangouts” that I’ve identified is Amazon.com.


Amazon.com is the web’s largest bookstore. 


It’s also a community center for new product ideas.  I use it as one of my top brainstorming resources.  Again and again I visit this site to come up with topics to write about.


What makes Amazon.com so useful as a research tool for getting new ideas is their searchable database of books.  There are thousands of great ideas lurking in there if you just know how to use it.


And that’s what I’m here for.


I’m going to show you how to find hot product ideas with Amazon.com anytime you want.


It’s really a matter of three simple steps …


Step 1: Decide Upon A Broad Category.  When brainstorming ideas, you must begin with a broad category to work with.  Some examples might be:  weight loss, marketing, dating, travel, baseball.


So, you need that ahead of time.  Figure out a broad subject that you know is popular (e.g., you know that losing weight is ALWAYS going to be a popular subject, as is “making money”).


As an example for this article, I’m going to choose GOLF.


STEP 2: Search Amazon’s database. After picking your broad topic to research, it’s time to visit Amazon.com. 


Specifically, you’re going to SEARCH their database of books they are selling.


Upon arriving at their site, locate their SEARCH form.  At the time of this writing, it was in the upper left hand corner of their main page.  Pull the menu down and select BOOKS from the options.


In the space provided, type in whatever broad category you chose.  I’d type in “Golf.” (You don’t need quotation marks.)


If you did indeed start with a broad category, then hundreds (or even thousands) of book listings should appear as a result of the search.


STEP 3 : Brainstorm ideas from the listings.  Let the brainstorming session begin!  Now it’s time to look at the books that are listed and write down as many possible ideas as you can find.


Look for the different TYPES of books written about the subject, identifying different THEMES, STYLES and SUBCATEGORIES.


Let’s look at an example.…


When I searched for “Golf,” I was able to immediately spot dozens of great ideas.  Here are a handful …


1. Becoming a better golfer.  There are many golf books available in this area, covering everything from “A-Z of Golf Shots” to specific topics such as “Improving Your Short Game.”  There were lots of different themes from “learning to break 100” to “shaving 10 shots off your score” to “7 shots that will change your golf game forever.”


2. Guides to Golf Courses.  Again, we have many different ideas here.  Specific golf guides like “Florida golfing,” “golfing in Tennessee,” and “golfing the Robert Trent Jones trail” appear, as well as books on “the best golf courses in America,” “best-kept secrets:  great golf courses you’ve probably never played,” and “golf vacation guides.”


3. Profiting from Golf.  More ideas pour in with “opening a golf repair business,” “becoming a golf retailer,” “learning how to caddy,” and “buying & selling used golf clubs.” 


What about “running an online golf auction,” “organizing a golf tournament for profit,” or even, “writing information products about golf”!


4. Golf and Business. There are millions of dollars in business deals negotiated on the golf course every single year.  And there are books available to teach folks how to get it done.  “How to negotiate business deals during golf outings,” “Legal golf tax deductions for businesspeople,” and “Business seminars and golf:  How to mix training and fun for maximum profit” are just a few more ideas worth exploring.


5. Golf Products.  My, my, my there are so many ideas floating around in here!  Everything ranging from reviews of the latest golf equipment to ratings of golf courses to discounts on golf packages.  Resource guides to finding the best deals on golfing products, how to negotiate discounts, and how to find the best products for your specific golf game also come to mind as product ideas.


One Broad Category (Golf) + Amazon.com Searchable Database of Books = 28 Potential Product Ideas!


See how easy that was?  I found TWENTY-EIGHT potential new product ideas (and there were MANY MORE that I didn’t mention in this article) from a simple brainstorming exercise using ONE “idea hangout.”


There’s got to be a best-seller in that bunch somewhere.  And certainly with a little “mix -n- match” I can come up with a hit product with these ideas.


Not bad, eh?


So, now it’s YOUR turn.  It’s a simple system for coming up with product ideas anytime you want.


Like right now.


Recommended Resource …


Jimmy D. Brown has written a terrific report, called "Small Reports Fortune," that shows how if you can write 7-15 page small reports, you can earn a living online working just a few hours each week from your home. I encourage you to get this free, Special Report right now  In it Jimmy reveals his exclusive, simple formula for "creating a six-figure Income with small reports."


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