Before it makes sense to give instructions and tips on how an author can write a successful non-fiction book, it probably makes sense to first define what a nonfiction book is and what it marks. Like the textbook, the non-fiction book belongs to the field of non-fiction, but has some significant differences.
While a textbook deals with a specific topic and usually appeals to a specific group of people, a nonfiction book addresses a much larger audience.
Guides and life help books
In most cases, the majority of the public is lay people, which means that the content must be generally understandable and comprehensible. The genre non-fiction book itself is wide-ranging and includes guides, books for life guides or reference books as well as guides or cookbooks. Similarly diverse are the possible themes for a non-fiction book, ranging from business and politics, to work and learning, to culture, leisure, hobbies and lifestyle.
Another characteristic feature of nonfiction books is their relevance. This means that a non-fiction book deals with topics that reflect current trends and developments or hit the nerve of the time. In contrast to a reference book, however, a non-fiction book should not only impart knowledge but also entertain it at the same time.
Both forms are usually based on scientific findings and facts, the non-fiction book ideally cares not only about the dry theory. For this reason, the knowledge in a non-fiction book is not only presented in an understandable way, but usually also conveyed only to such an extent that the reader has the feeling that they have sufficient knowledge to be able to contribute to the respective topic.
Instructions and tips for writing nonfiction
Naturally, nonfiction books contain a lot of text based on facts and facts. Nevertheless, an author can certainly write an interesting, informative and at the same time entertaining non-fiction book. To achieve this, it is important to choose an interesting topic and sort and spread the content accordingly. On the other hand, there are tips and aids that the author can use in his non-fiction book.
These tools include pictures in the form of photos, graphics, and drawings. These loosen up long-term texts and can also depict abstract concepts or more difficult contents in a clearer and more understandable way. At the same time, the reader gets the feeling that they do not have to work only through dry theory.
Paragraphs, subheadings, and bold and italics, which make the contents more comprehensible and subdivide into smaller units, have a similar effect.
It is also helpful for the reader if the most important facts are summarized in small display cases or in the form of tips. For an additional entertainment factor, for example, quotes of great personalities can provide.
As for the writing style, the author should have in mind who he wants to address with his non-fiction book. If his non-fiction book is more for savvy and experienced readers, he can certainly work with technical terms, he would like to address mainly lay people, should he pay attention to a simpler, understandable language.
Above all, if the author wants to write a non-fiction book that sees itself as a guide to everyday issues, he should also work with concrete examples. Case studies not only help to explain fact-based knowledge clearly, but often also lead to a certain identification of the readers with the described problems.
This in turn makes the nonfiction book more interesting to readers and more useful due to the recognition effect.
However, the author should pay attention to describe his case studies vividly and neutrally. Moral forefingers, instructive views or promises with the character of an advertising slogan are not appropriate for a non-fiction book.