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Too Many Ideas to Cram into One Nonfiction Book?

Do you constantly find yourself adding ideas to your nonfiction book concept? Do you feel confused about what tools, skills, and information to offer your readers?

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Sometimes, authors feel a great deal of pressure to give their readers everything needed and to squeeze it all into one book. You may think this is a generous way to write, but the truth is, you’ll likely overwhelm your readers.

Less Can Be More

When you try to give your readers everything, they may feel overwhelmed and distracted. Then, they may give up or skim through without taking action. It may actually be more generous to leave out much of what you have to offer. You can share more information in other books, in-depth courses, consultations, and other avenues.

It can be a gift to leave readers with enough information and tools to get started and have some success, yet leave room for the relationship to develop once they complete the book. It may be more effective for them to do some steps in a course or privately with you.

Imagine, you wouldn’t pour your heart out on a second date. Think of your relationship with your readers similarly. The book is a series of the first few dates. You’re not moving in or getting engaged yet. Take things slowly and give them just what they need at the right time to experience some success.

Relax and take my book writing advice!

You May Have a Nonfiction Book Series on Your Hands

If you have several chapters that could each be a book in themselves, you may have the potential for a nonfiction book series. Publishers and agents love series because they enable you to grow your audience over time with each book.

Readers like nonfiction book series, too. They can get the specific information they need when they need it, not all at once.

Looking for more inspiration? How to Write a Book During Tumultuous Times.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

Reader Interactions


  1. Layton Payne says

    Boy, does this speak to me! I’ve got a spreadsheet chocked full of ideas and keep seeing my non-fiction book expanding its waistline.

    Sage advice, Lisa. ?

  2. Lisa Tener says

    Layton, maybe you have more than one book here! Are you writing or just collecting the ideas at this point? Maybe it’s time to start writing and you’ll get clearer what you want to put in and what is for another book, a course or a blog post.

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