I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog. Everytime he posts something I get an email. On Friday I received one that piqued my interest. It was titled “A catastrophe journal“. It immediately gave me an idea. I read through the article and then promptly created four journals and submitted them to Createspace

It got me thinking. What other routes could I use to generate new journal ideas.

Find best selling motivational and personal growth authors

There are some very popular personal growth books out in the market place. What if you read the book, distilled the pertinent points and turned them into a personal growth journal? Go and search Amazon for the best sellers in the various categories like the following:

  • Success Self-Help
  • Personal Finance
  • Job Hunting & Career Guides
  • Motivation & Self-Improvement
  • Motivational Management & Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Motivational Self-Help
  • Self-Help
  • Self-Esteem

For this example I used Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People“. This is a very popular book that has sold millions of copies. Buy the book and then read it. What are the key points he discusses? Jot them down as you are reading. 

Go through the chapter headings and work out how you could convert the idea to a journal page. Alternatively you can list all the principles he discusses and then give the reader space to jot down their thoughts on the various principles. Think of ways that your reader will get the most benefit out of the journal in conjunction with reading the book.

Because titles are not copyrighted, you could create a journal that looks something like this:

Title: Personal Growth Journal

The sub-title could contain the following sentence:

Journal workbook summarizing Dale Carnegie’s best selling book, Winning Friends and Influencing People 

The use of part of his title in your sub-title is legal. It’s classified as “Fair Use”. You are not plagiarizing. 

You could create thousands of journals using this technique.

So why you ask am I sharing this information with you? It boils down to my principle belief that there is enough business out there for everyone.

So go forth and publish.

What other ways could you generate journal and planners ideas? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

Happy Publishing.

Di Heuser

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I decided to take Di Heuser’s coaching offer as I had been away from the publishing scene for a number of years and wanted to get back into it. Di was extremely knowlegable and helpful on the entire topic. She helped point me in the right direction, making a few changes to my business model and we worked out the best way I could target both business to business and business to customers.

Having just completed our sessions I now have a vision of where I want to go with my publishing and how to get there. I went from having only 3 books on Amazon to now just over 36 with a lot more in the pipeline.

I highly recommend taking Di up on her coaching offer if you are feeling confused, overwhelmed or just not sure of what path to take on your publishing journey.

Sue Fleckenstein

Owner, Createful Journals

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