Where Is Your F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) Book?
by Bart Smith
Was there ever a topic you had a lot of questions about but didn’t know where to find the answers? Sure, you could search online for what you want to learn, but what if there was a book dedicated to answering the top 20-100 questions of whatever it was you wanted to learn? You might buy that book/eBook, right? Besides, what are books for, but written pieces of work to help fulfill (answer) our curiosities about a given subject!
Well, allow me to introduce to you the F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) book. Not long ago, I was thinking about writing my next book, How To Prepare, Pitch & Become A TV Guest. What was funny about it was I struggled with how I was going to write it. The content I had in mind to write just didn’t fit well into your typical chapter/part/section laid out book. Having previously written 15 books, you’d think how to write my next one would come easy. Not so.
So, I thought about it for a few days, and then it HIT ME! I’ll just come up with 25+ questions people have about getting on TV and answer them in book format. I’ll toss in a bonus report on how to improve your interviewing skills and BAM … I’ve got a hot new book to promote and sell for extra income!
So, I did just that … I sat down and listed 25 of the most pressing questions someone might have and I answered them with plenty of detail. I actually wrote the book in one week. I then passed it around to some friends of mine in the TV/media business. They were floored (1) that I wrote it that fast, (2) the topics I covered were relevant. They never would have thought to cover them and I seemed to cover them all and with more content than they thought of, and (3) it opened up my eyes to a brand new way to write books. Everyone appreciates a F.A.Q. book and mine was a hit!
So, what do you know that you have people asking you about all the time; how do XYZ or 123? Make a list of those questions, answer them all with solid detail, add a front/back cover on it and you’ve got your first/next book. Yes, it’s just that easy.
An F.A.Q. book is the type of book you could easily write in 30 days if you put the time into it. Come up with a great cover, insert a nice Message From The Author up front, add your bio in the back along with some upsell pages in the back to promote what you sell, and to me that spells D.O.N.E. Print it!
VIDEO BOOK TOUR
Watch the video tour below to get a peek inside my F.A.Q. book. Get ideas for your own F.A.Q. book while you’re at it.
So, what do you think? What kind of ideas are coming to you now that you’ve seen what a good F.A.Q. books looks like? Make your notes and act on it. Open up a Microsoft Word or a Google Document and start writing away. Make your list of 10+ questions and you’re on your way to finishing your first/next book.