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Booklet Tips From Paulette

Writing, producing, and promoting tips booklets for marketing, motivating, and making money.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fiction Books Can Become Tips Booklets, Too

"My topic doesn't fit into a how-to tips format."

That comment shows up periodically, and did again this week. Even when a person has written a novel, there are ways to create a tips booklet that can help market that novel plus become its own new source of revenue. THOSE are the purposes of a booklet.

A booklet is a way for the reader to test out the information of the author, to see if it's something that leads to wanting more of what the author's got. It's a way to gently approach a topic that may be otherwise overwhelming or brand new. It's one format of the material, which can then be embellished, expanded, or otherwise modified by the author.

A booklet is NOT the consummate reference on a given topic. A tips booklet, in particular, is NOT a narrative philosophical statement or observation of something. It's a tips booklet, with how-to's in it.

Let's say you wrote an historical novel about native Americans in the Midwest and you want to sell lots of copies of that novel, which common wisdom says is a challenge to do. One of the many ways to do it could be by writing a tips booklet about life lessons the characters learned (tips!) that are still relevant today. That would certainly give the reader of your book more of a connection to what your book is about, wouldn't it? That is especially true when you include some specific invitation that looks something like "for more about how humans find ways to adapt in life throughout history, you'll enjoy reading our book, "Tales of a Father and His Sons on the Prairie."

A similar approach would work if you are interested in featuring the accomplishments of some noteable people of current or historical times. Instead of a treatise about them, it could be very useful to create a tips booklet that includes guidance based on what those people did to accomplish what they accomplished, again, for others to mirror in their own lives.

Once in a rare while there is a topic that simply does not lend itself to a tips booklet. It's usually something in science or math and focused on theory. It's at that moment you'll see a glaze come onto my face. Otherwise, let's talk about what your tips booklet is and can be.

Until next time,

Paulette - who can usually find tips in just about anything


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