Is it possible to know what kind of non-fiction books editors are looking for? The exciting answer is, “Yes, it is!” But, let’s face it: there are non-fiction books available on the market today on just about every topic imaginable.
Because of this, it can seem as though it is becoming more and more difficult to know what editors really want and to have a non-fiction manuscript published.
Editors often think, “Why would I publish yet another book on this specific topic when we already have several very similar ones on the market?”
This is why, for your manuscript to stand out from all the rest, you must find a way to bring something new to the table. That is what every single non-fiction book editor is looking for as they pour through the piles of manuscripts on their desks each day. Something new and different. That’s it!
We are sorry to say that there is no one right or easy way to do this. It takes hard work, creativity, the ability to think outside the box and determination! But the following tips may help get you started….
1. Spend time reading current published books within the field you would like to write and find a way to expand on, not just rephrase information that is already available. If you are able to do this it will greatly enhance an editor’s interest as you have shed new light on the topic at hand.
2. Make sure to consider each editor’s current requests for what they would like to see more of and then provide the information in a way that has never been presented before or has a new element or angle. Again, if you can successfully pull this off, it is sure to get an editor’s attention!
3. New things are being done all the time. New games are invented, new technology comes out, new research studies are done, new ways of life are replacing old ones. Identify what is brand new in your area of expertise and JUMP ON IT!
By using these tips you will be able to craft a non-fiction book that has never been done before. And that is what every editor loves to see land on their desk.