Simple Steps To Test Your Book Idea

By Hazel Lau | amazon kindle publishing

A potential author wrote to me:


I believe good books exist for a reason. The primary reason is not about you but your readers.

You may want to make money, get fame, brand yourself, or become an expert in your field by writing and publishing a book. Fair Enough.

But most — if not all of us — write because we want to help someone solve something.

That one person.

The process of writing and publishing a book is tedious. It’s not rocket science but certainly cost you fair amount of time and money.

Unless you really like writing for no reason, you should care if anyone would be reading it.

(In that case, you probably don’t want to go through all the hassles in putting out a book. Just sign up a free account at and start blogging for free.)

Otherwise, I assume you do want people to read your book after you’ve gone through all the hard work. Period.

Even though you might think you have the greatest idea to share, the questions that come to your mind is probably this:

How do I know then?

  • How do I know if my book would sell?
  • How do I know if there is a demand for it?
  • How do I know if it would help that ONE person?

Here is a simple “no-cost” test for your book idea before you invest in time and resources.

  1. Find that ONE person you want to help, from your own circle or wherever possible.
  2. Ask that person the challenges he or she has, the ones you’re intending to answer in your book.
  3. Listen.
  4. Talk to ​him or her about your book idea. Say something brief like, “I’ve thinking of writing a book about [your topic], what do think?”
  5. Again, listen. Ask good questions to dig more stories. Don’t judge.
  6. Ask this question: “If this book is available at [this price], will you buy it?” Don’t skip. This is very important​ to help determine if your book is going to sell or not.​
  7. If you get a “Hell yeah!” You know you’re able to sell to at least one person.
  8. If you get a “No.” Ask why and listen. Ask what can you do to make the book better, so he or she thinks it’s a good buy.
  9. Before you end the conversation, ask if that someone knows anyone who has similar problems, and ask if you can have a conversation with them.
  10. Repeat the entire process. Talk to at least 3 persons.

This process should give you enough confidence and ideas about your “coming soon” book.

  • If you get great responses from this exercise, you know you’ve to write.
  • If you get some mixed responses, you’ll be in a better position to find out why the book idea isn’t as great.
  • If you get rejected by others, you save yourself good amount of time and money.

Of course, the above test may work better for writing and publishing non-fiction books. If you’re planning to write a fiction book, you are not solving a problem but rather, you are satisfying a need for entertainment.

Use your imagination and add in your own twist to this test.

For example, you want to write a sci-fantasy book. Then find someone you know who is an avid reader and ask him questions like:

  1. What he thinks is the best 10 books of this genre?
  2. How about the worst 10 books he ever read?
  3. Who are his favourite authors?
  4. Where he usually hangout with other readers online/ offline? (Hint: potential readers for you)
  5. What else he looks forward in this genre etc?

I bet he will have a lot more to tell you.

Your Turn

So you want to write an intelligent book?

What is the brilliant ideas that you have been wanting to share and help more people?

Tell me more in the comment below!

If you know someone who has been thinking of getting that book out of them, help forward this article on to them!

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