If you are writing non-fiction books, you should read non-fiction books. Why? You could ask and you know I’m going to tell you … If you’re writing nonfiction, you’ll want to read in the area you’re writing, to make sure your content is fresh, different, and valuable.
Don’t copy your books. That is NEVER a good idea.
But use your books for inspiration, publishing style, concept delivery, and comparison. Other writers in your industry are a direct link and connection to other readers in your industry. Connect and befriend writers who are actively promoting information in the industry! They will be your best assets.
Check your books –
Did you know that writers read all reviews? They do. They may say no, or they don’t care about bad reviews, but they do. And even more, they read and remember good reviews, and good reviews. They will think of the words and thoughts of a good critic and often even mention them on their blog. But THAT is not why you are writing the review.
The reason you should write reviews for other writers in your industry is to improve your ability to recognize and understand good information. The better the information in your book, the better your review should be. I even encourage you not to write a bad review, even if the book is really bad, but to find something good to write about. If it’s really bad, you can focus on the good part and mention that you found some parts to be redundant or overwritten, etc. but look for and point out the GOOD first. Make sure your review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble includes at least 100 words; seriously, you are a writer, you should be able to write at least 100 words on ANYTHING.
Visit their blogs –
Does this writer have a blog? Or a discussion on Amazon? Visit his blog, add comments to blog posts, mention that you’ve read his books, and add to the conversation on blogging. Ask questions. Do you have any experience with other writers of this genre? Do you recommend other writers? Is there anything you would do differently now that your book is published? Find a quantifiable question and ask it.
Hopefully, they’ll respond to your comment, maybe even visit your blog! The interaction creates a connection and you could make a new friend.
Invite them to review your books and visit your blogs –
Do you remember the basis of your interest? Building connections. Growing relationships. Doing whatever it takes to build an audience in your industry means connecting with other writers. Don’t loosen …