If you’re writing non-fiction books, you should be reading non-fiction books. Why? You might ask, and you know I’m going to tell you… If you’re writing non-fiction, you’ll want to read in the area you’re writing, to make sure your content is fresh, different, and valuable.
Don’t copy their books. That’s NEVER a good idea.
But do use their books for inspiration, for publication style, concept delivery, and comparison. Other writers in your industry are a direct link and connection to other readers in your industry. Connect, and befriend writers who actively promote information in the industry! They will be your best assets.
Review Their Books –
Did you know that writers read every review? They do. They may say they don’t, or tell you they don’t care about bad reviews, but they do. And even moreso, they read and remember good reviews – and good reviewers. They’ll think about the words and thoughts from a good reviewer, and quite often even mention them on their blog. But THAT isn’t why you’re writing the review.
The reason you should write reviews for other writers in your industry is to improve your ability to recognize and understand good information. The better the information in their book, the better your review should be. I would even encourage you to not write a bad review – even if the book is really bad – but to find something good to write about. If it’s really bad, you can focus on the good part and mention that you found some parts to be redundant or overwritten, etc. but find and point out the GOOD first. Be sure your review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble includes at least a 100 words – seriously, you’re a writer, you should be able to write at least 100 words about ANYTHING.
Visit Their Blogs –
Does this writer have a blog? Or a discussion going on Amazon? Visit their blog, add comments to blog posts, mention that you’ve read their books, and add to the conversation on the blogs. Ask questions. Do you have any experience with other writers in this genre? Do you recommend other writers? Is there one thing you’d do differently now that your book is published? Find a quantifiable question and ask it.
Hopefully, they’ll respond to your comment, maybe even visit your blog! Interacting builds connection, and you could make a new friend.
Invite Them to Review Your Books and Visit Your Blogs –
Remember the basis for your interest? Building connections. Growing relationships. Doing whatever it takes to build an audience in your industry means actually connecting with other writers. Don’t slack off…