Elements of an Effective Non-Fiction Book

Elements of an Effective Non-Fiction Book

Internationally-known author – Robert W. Lucas

For over four decades, I have led workshops and given presentations to thousands of people. Since 1994, I have captured key points of my research and training session content in more than thirty non-fiction books. The following are two approaches that I have learned to be effective in providing content to my readers and that you may also want to consider using.

Focus book content to your desired audience or readers. Most people who pick up a non-fiction book have a specific purpose in mind. They are often looking for ideas and strategies that they can immediately apply in some area of their own personal or professional life. By providing current and useful ideas and resources, you are more likely to capture and hold your reader’s attention and help them make a buying decision related to your book.

Engage your readers. Decide your author voice or how you will address readers through your writing style. I prefer to write to my readers rather than simply providing dull statistics or lists of information. To accomplish this, I write in second person (e.g. you) and try to speak as is we are having a discussion and they are listeners. I also provide suggested ways that they might apply what I have provided as ideas, tips or strategies in order to help them visualize application of content. I try not to assume that they will recognize ways to use my information on their own.

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About Robert W. Lucas

Bob Lucas has been a trainer, presenter and adult educator for over four decades. He who has written hundreds of articles on training, writing, self-publishing and workplace learning skills and issues. He is also an award-winning author who has written thirty-seven books on topics such as, writing, relationships, customer service, brain based learning and creative training strategies, interpersonal communication, diversity, and supervisory skills. Additionally, he has contributed articles, chapters and activities to eighteen compilation books. Bob retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1991 after twenty-two years of active and reserve service.
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