No matter who you are, where you live, or how old you are, chances are you know more about something than most folks; and therefore possess special knowledge that other people will pay for. All you have to do is write what you know. People from all walks of life, not just professional writers, do it all the time. Here are a few examples.
1. A man who designed company symbols and did advertising layout wrote a book on logo design. He sells it as a minicourse and gets fifty bucks a crack for it.
2. A young woman successfully sued her former employer for sex discrimination. Then she documented the steps taken and made her information available to help others fight similar injustices.
3. A businessman who holds exclusive import rights to a small water pump, markets his booklet telling how to build ceramic fountains - which just happen to use his pump.
4. A plastic surgeon does a book, complete with before and after photographs, on the wonders of cosmetic surgery.
5. A woman has a mailbox full of orders, each as a result of a book she wrote following a four-month Caribbean cruise. Her cookbook for sailors gives practical boating hints, some two hundred galley-tested recipes for canned goods, and oodles of information on provisioning for long voyages.
6. After tottering on the verge of bankruptcy, one man wrote a detailed report on his findings. Not only did he not go bankrupt, but by sharing the things he learned on the subject, he sold more than 100,000 copies of his book.
The key to these types of successes is to identify where your expertise and interests lie. Write down the jobs you've had, and especially note any job functions that your particularly enjoyed or are good at. Think too about your successes - honors you've won or special recognition you've recieved.
Writing a book takes a lot of effort, but when looking for book writing ideas, a good starting place is thinking about what you know.
[This post was created, with permission, from excerpts take from The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, 5th Edition, co-authored by Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier.]