Nine year old writes dating book

by gordon_mullan

Alec Greven, author of How To Talk To Girls

Now be honest – with a headline like that, you’ve gotta read the story, right?

A nine-year old writing a ‘proper’ book is news enough, but to write one about dating

You’re thinking ‘What does he know about dating?  Shouldn’t he be out riding his bike or something?’

Well, Alec Greven, from Colorado, is the author of How To Talk To Girls.

The BBC’s Newsbeat has the full story, but here’s an extract:

The book, which started as an elementary school project, has become a New York Times best-seller.

“I just observed around the playground how boys mess up and what mistakes they make,” said Alec.

“A lot of boys made the wrong conversations or they couldn’t get over it when a girl dumped them.”

Despite his junior love-guru status, Alec says there are no ladies in his life, aside from his mother.

“I’m a little too young for all that dating and everything,” he said.

Alec is working on several follow-ups to How To Talk To Girls.

How To Talk To Moms, How To Talk To Dads and How To Talk To Grandparents are already in the pipeline.

Wow!  Not only has he written a book, it’s a bestseller and he’s even doing sequels!

I’ve often advised clients, if they’re writing articles for their website, a magazine, a newspaper, or anything else, to see if they can come up with a “How To” article. 

We all want to know “How To” do stuff, especially stuff we know we suck at but think would make us happier and more successful if we could do it.

How To Talk To Girls by Alec GrevenAlec has hit on a subject with massive appeal (how guys can talk to women/girls), but it’s a crowded market for advice.  What Alec has done is show some real personality and created a unique selling point for why you should buy his book, rather than one of the other squillion books on dating.

Hell, I’m happily married but even I was tempted to buy it and take a look, just because I was so engaged with his story!

The takeaway points are these:

  • How To articles and books are always popular.  What do you know how to do, that other people would be interested in paying to learn?
  • A crowded market doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and launch a competing product or service – it means there’s money to be made.  BUT…you have to work out a way to stand out.  Ideally, you want to be a crowd of one.
  • Once you’ve created your first book, or article, or blog post, or whatever, what other related subjects, or variations on a theme, can you talk about?

Writing a book, or an article, or anything that can get published, read and talked about is a great way to get exposure for your business.

So what are you waiting for?  Get writing!

P.S. I loved Alec’s aim, as I think it’s absolutely spot on:

“Your goal is to make sure she does most of the talking so then you can’t mess up.”

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