You’ve written a well-thought-out outline for your book, and are excited to take the next step.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to check out the competition. This is easy to do on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. See which books have been written on the topic, and when they were published. Next, delve into the books’ other features, such as the table of contents, or even the “surprise me” feature that allows you to read excerpts of a book.
How does your book hold up? Jot down how your book would differ. You’ll need these notes in your book proposal, when discussing the competition.
Some folks get discouraged if there are competing titles. It could be an indicator that this is a good subject, and a publisher that hasn’t gotten in the game yet may just view your title as the one to print. If there are few titles covering the subject, it might be an indicator that titles in this field aren’t selling well.
So, where does that leave you? More than likely, in need of some friendly advice. Luckily, Google and email make it easier than ever to find an expert who can offer insights.