SOOO, you just wrote a nonfiction manuscript. You’re excited as heck and wondering, ”Will they love it too?”

Did you know that nonfictions are great resources and references for students of all ages? Nonfictions are recommended in libraries and online for gathering information on topics students would love to write about and people, in general, want to learn more about a topic.

Before you get that resource out there, first ask yourself (evaluate) your book or e-book to determine if your information can be deemed reliable and useful. Otherwise, who’s buying or borrowing it? Your mom because she promised she would grab a copy. Right, or right?

What makes a good source of information,
either for pleasure or research purposes? 

Students (and all nonfiction lovers) will be making some judgment calls. They want to know who you are, why you wrote this, how is it compiled, is the information organized, presented, and can it help them?

Here are the top eight value determinants of what you need to identify that your book contains if you expect your nonfiction to hit a home run!

1.    Your title (and subtitle) should be short, easy to understand, and conveys the important aspects of the content. Think about why your topic will be of interest to students or others who may be looking for your valuable advice. This should be related to the reason you decided to write the topic in the first place. If your title makes this clear, it will likely attract more readers to your manuscript.

Listopia offered a list of the worst book titles. (Some titles just don’t go with the book)

Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer.

How about this one?

Birth Control Is Sinful in the Christian Marriages and Also Robbing God of Priesthood Children!! 

And my favourite bad title:

Jesus Potter Harry Christ: The astonishing relationship between two of the world’s most popular literary characters: a historical investigation into the mythology and literature of Jesus Christ and the religious symbolism in Rowling’s magical series.

Great book titles capture interest in just a few words and draw you in to open the book and read more.

Now, here are some titles that are vivid message examples are:

A smile in the mind

A vivid title for a book about graphic design.

The Power of Now

The title is the message here.

Lean In

This book was published less than a year ago and already the term ‘Lean in’ has become widely used for female empowerment and success.

2. As the author, are you an expert on the subject? Yes ___ No____ Unsure ____

3. On the back of the title page, have you included a formal Copyright date and the number of the edition?

Believe it or not, this information is critical when the researcher has to list your nonfiction as a reference. Given them all the details they need.

An example of a List of References looks like this book and website: (in author last name alphabetical order)

Campbell, Joseph. 2008. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Bollingen Series XVII, Third Edition. Novato, CA: New World Library.


4. Are there pictures and diagrams? Yes ____ (are they helpful?) No ____

Again, diagrams will be listed in a separate list at the beginning of the book before the Table of Contents.

5. Is your book convenient to use? Does it have these:

  • Index                                     Excellent ____ Fair ____ Not helpful ____
  • Table of Contents             Excellent ____ Fair ____ Not helpful ____
  • Headings                     Excellent ____ Fair ____ Not helpful ____
  • Vocabulary in Italics Excellent ____ Fair ____ Not helpful ____

6. Does the book cover the topic fully and is the information easy to understand? Why or why not? ________________________________

7. What makes your book desirable as a resource?
The Cover Graphic ____ Title ____

8. What overall rating would you give your book as a desirable resource for students or people looking to learn more about your topic?
Good information ____ Not so good ____

Be honest. What is your evaluation of your nonfiction? Is it reader quality, catchy, and of value to your specific avatar? (avatar is your ideal reader).

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