Do you want to make money from writing a book? It’s not as simple as it sounds. Here’s what you need to know to greatly improve your chances of success.

Many people dream of becoming a best selling author. They want to write a book that sells thousands, perhaps millions of copies, so that they can retire rich and famous. The truth, however, is nothing like this. There are a great many books that never sell a single copy. Before you think of starting to write a book, the following are things you should seriously consider. Take the time to prepare your topic and you have a much greater chance of success.

Firstly, is what you want to write about something that will be of interest to a lot of people? The greater the size of your potential audience the more copies you are likely to sell. No matter how good your book, and how useful or good the information, if few people are interested you simply aren’t going to attract many buyers.

Secondly, what are you offering the reader of your book? The most effective (and high selling) books actually address a particular problem or need that the reader might have, and provide a solution. The more pressing the problem or need, the more motivated the reader will be to buy your book. And if you provide a great solution, they will want to read more of your writing. You can thus create a following for any future books you might write (obviously we are talking about non-fiction books here).

Thirdly, is the subject you want to write about one in which you have a genuine interest or knowledge? It is not usually sufficient just to find a topic you think will sell well and where you gather your information from other sources such as the internet. Not only will your lack of knowledge show through in your writing, but you will find it much more difficult to write. It is hard to stay motivated when you are writing on a topic you are not particularly interested in.

Another thing you should consider is to write an ebook. These are electronic books and are much easier to produce than a traditional paper book. Not only will you be able to produce it yourself, you will make more money as you won’t have to use a publisher or distributor. Ebooks are now very successful and millions are sold on the internet on all sorts of topics.

Once you have prepared yourself, remember that your book or ebook will never be a success until you actually finish it. So make a start today!