Have You Identified the 5 Core Ideas of Your Book?

Have You Identified the 5 Core Ideas of Your Book?

You should. It will shortcut your writing. It will expedite getting to your market. It will be huge in communicating your message.

As in real estate: location, location, location, it is time to think core idea, core idea, CORE IDEA.

Ask yourself what the five principle themes in your book are. Of the five, which is the “core, core”  … your number one?

An example is my book How to Create a Million Dollar Speech. When I first wrote it, I had more than 40 different ideas I wanted to share with readers. It wasn’t until I could prioritize and reduce them that I was able to “push” it out of me … to complete the organization … the writing … and then publish.

The five core ideas I narrowed from the 40 I had originally identified were:

  1. In 99% of the time, you don’t need academic degrees … what you need to be is G.O.O.D. in delivering your message and connecting with the audience.
  2. You’ve got to use stories that can create the visuals in your reader’s mind.
  3. You need to persist. The more you speak, the better you get.
  4. Don’t show up, speak and split.
  5. Speaking is the #1 way to sell books.

And the #1 core idea was: Speaking is the #1 way to sell books.

Once I got down to those five core ideas, the whole book around them flowed. They became like a module. Within each, I could expand my know-how and how to. And from that, it sped up my writing and what I will be doing with marketing!

It’s your turn … think about the five core ideas around the book that you have published. What about the one you are currently writing. What are they? Which is the #1?



Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. Often, she must roll up her writing sleeves and become a Book Doctor, juicing up storylines and author words. She empowers authors and works directly with authors who want to be seriously successful and has been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the ’80s. Judith is the author of 44 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book PlatformsSnappy Sassy Salty: Success for Authors and Writers, and How to Create a Million Dollar Speech. Her personal memoir When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and her historical fiction debut Secret Journey. Collectively, her books have earned over 45 book awards. Judith speaks throughout the year at publishing conferences. 

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