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How to pick a niche or subcategory to sell in [2/4]

Today, we’re going to look at one way you can check if a category might be easy to break into.

Again, there are several ways to do this. This is how I do, when I don’t use a tool (more about tools later).

  1. First, I go to Amazon and pick “Kindle Store” in their search field.
  2. Then I would search for my topic. Let’s say that I knew anything about “isometric exercise” then I would type “isometric” into Amazon’s search field and wait for a second.
  3. If Amazon gives me possible keywords, I know that somebody is searching for “isometric” something, and Amazon will give me ideas for what they are after. Take a look at the list, and write down the relevant keywords for your search.
  4. Then check each of those that are relevant to you. In my case, I would check “isometric strength training”, “isometric exercise” and “isometric weight loss” and “isometric strength training program”.
  5. Then for each of these keywords, I would check:
    a. How many results they have (isometrics weight loss gives me 8)
    b. How well the first five results are ranking. You’ll have to click at each book and check their rank. If it’s a popular niche, the rank should be 20,000 or lower, preferable much lower.

The best you can find is keywords (topics) that have a low number of results, and a low rank, because that means that there’s a need that isn’t covered, and you can write a book here.

Like I said, there are plenty of other ways to do this manually. This is just a method I found worked for me, but nowadays I mostly use tools for this work, and I’ll tell you about them tomorrow.

A writer’s worst enemy

Who or what do you think is your worst enemy?

Based on my experience, it’s distraction.

Okay, it doesn’t help that I have ADD, but even without it, there are so many distractions around us.

How do you conquer them? How do you get things done when you’re working from home?

Check this out http://malka.biz/work-from-home-rescue-kit/

Who’s going to kick your achoo?


But really, have you thought about that?

Being your own boss, whether it’s in your spare time or you’re full time going to become a writer, means that you’re the one to crack the whip.

That means that when you’re procrastinating… sorry, reordering your desk, it means that nobody will tell you to get to work.

When you start your favorite online game or check Facebook, nobody will yell “ARBEIT!” (means “work”) at you.

That is a big problem, whether you have one hour to write daily or 10 hours. Same problem.

What do you do about it?

You learn from my experience. I quit my job in June 1995 and I’ve been kicking my own donkey* ever since.

Get the details here http://malka.biz/work-from-home-rescue-kit/

* That beast is also known under the name “domestic ass”.

Your nonfiction niche

How do you pick your niche?

Hit reply and let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ My curiosity is without limits.

How to avoid boring research

Don’t you just hate doing research?

Luckily, there are several ways you can avoid it:

  1. Wing it. Just write something. Who’s going to check your facts?
  2. Avoid it. Just write about what you know, and if you have holes in your knowledge, just skip those areas. Nobody will notice.
  3. Steal it. Just do a search and see who’s done the research you need, and then copy and paste.
  4. Outsource it. Hire someone to do the research for you. You might get cool facts if you pay for a quality researcher. Believe in your luck.
  5. Buy it done-for-you.

Of course, I was only joking about the three first ways on this list. You should neither wing it, avoid it, or steal it.

So what do you do, if you want to write a nonfiction book about self-esteem?

Outsourcing is a real possibility, but if you want it easier and cheaper, I have a great, ethical offer for you.

Get done-for-you self-esteem research here http://malka.biz/dfy-self-esteem-research/

Date: Oct 8 Event: Your novel finished

Do you have a calendar?

I use Google Calendar all the time.

How about setting up an event right now, on October 8th?

Write “My novel finished” that date.

Sweaty hands?

Don’t. Here’s help. Grab the interview I did with Lynn Johnston. It will help you finish your novel in 30 days.

>> http://malka.biz/finish-your-novel-in-30-days/ <<

Are you helping yourself?

One of my favorite quotes by Zig Ziglar is this one:

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

Not only that… It feels good to help others. ๐Ÿ™‚

So by helping others, you’re helping yourself in more than one way.

The question is now: How can you help others today?

How about solving a major problem like lack of self-esteem? This category is popular on Amazon for a good reason. It’s a problem many people have.

Now, there’s an easy way and a hard way to write such a book. The hard way is to do a lot of research and then write.

The easy way is to get this done-for-you self-esteem research.

Take a look here http://malka.biz/dfy-self-esteem-research/

Why fast is good

Yesterday, I read about an author who’d taken his time to write a novel… And somewhere between chapter 1 and chapter 30, his main character changed name from Mark to Anthony.


Because he’d written way too slowly. He’d forgotten who his hero was. He didn’t have all his backstory fresh in mind. He didn’t remember the color of his eyes. Even his name, he got wrong.

The author admitted that fast was better, because it keeps you in the flow. You know your characters. You remember details about them, and those are the tiny things that make them come to life.

If you want more tips about how to write and finish your stories faster, you should pick up the interview I made with Lynn Johnston. We call it “How to Finish Your Novel in 30 Days”, and you can use it any time of the year, not just November.

>> http://malka.biz/finish-your-novel-in-30-days/ <<

Unboxing “Connect the Dots”

I got an email yesterday evening with a great question. Here it is:

“What do the think about Mike’s new connect the dots course? I have several of his products and was wondering what made this one different….thanks…”

Before I answer, I have two blushing confessions to make:

  1. I hadn’t gone through Mike Nielsen’s “Connect the Dots Story Ideas”… I vaguely remembered having seen somebody mention it, but that was all, and I’d been too busy with my own products and writing fiction so I hadn’t checked it out.
  2. I haven’t gone through all Mike’s products. Only the ones I’ve promoted.

Today, I reached out to Mike to get a copy.

Here’s me unboxing it:

Unboxing Connect the Dots

The .mp4 file is a short (ten minutes) video in which Mike explains the system he’s named “Connect the Dots Story Ideas”.

The cheatsheet consists of a list of sites you can use to help you find more ideas, and in the video Mike uses one of these sites. (Note to self: Neat place to find ideas for mails, too.)

The second .pdf file is a checklist with the three simple steps you can go through to come up with ideas for stories.

What do I think about it?

I like it. It’s definitely a method I can see myself use. Pretty clever little method. You’ll learn how you can come up with unique ideas. Ideas you can then turn into premises and into plots.

What makes this one different?

Mike says in the video that he’s mentioned this method in one of his previous products and that people wanted him to go in-depths with it and explain in details how to use it. So that’s what he does with this product.

Are there upsells?

Yes. The main product is very low-priced (less than $7 from memory), and there are two upsells, neither of them necessary to make the connect the dots course work. The first one is “10-Minute Plots” for $14.95 and the second one is “Fast Fiction Outlines For Amateur Authors” for $17.64. The latter is a great product for beginning writers. It will tell you what you need to look at before you write, whether you’re a pantser or a plotter.

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask me if you like. And of course, you can find out more by going here:

>> http://malka.im/connectthedots <<

Still learning

When I made “How to Finish Your Novel in 30 Days” with Lynn Johnston, I still hadn’t written a novel. Novellas, yes, short stories, yes, but a novel? Nope.

As I wrote my first novel, I swore that I would never do it again, and guess what?

One of my work-in-progress right now is a novel planned at 135,000 words, and I’m making great progress (at 61K right now).

Every time I finish a story, I wish I’d had that knowledge and experience previously, but that’s not how life works.

For every new story, I learn.

And while writing, I read books about the craft, and I watch videos about the craft.

Still learning.

I laughed yesterday, when I read an article by an experienced writer, who said that for 20 years he’d gotten the concept of scenes and sequels all wrong. If that can happen to an expert, no wonder it can happen to all of us ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, if you want to write and finish a story, you might want to pick up my interview with Lynn Johnston here. She offers plenty of advice on how to make it.

>> http://malka.biz/finish-your-novel-in-30-days/ <<