We’ve all been there I’m sure. You’ve maybe come to the end of a short run of publishing books, and you’re faced with the question of ‘What can I publish next …?’
But really there should not be a problem about what to publish next as there is a vast array of niches and ideas that you can plunder. Once you have a few templates set up for any of the following lists, it will simply be a matter of picking one and choosing new content to add to it.
So to keep you on the straight and narrow (!), here is my round-up of the popular niches that will always have room for new LCBs.
And if you are stuck for actual content for your books, then start out at Creative Fabrica, just typing in ‘Niche (substitute name) KDP’ and see what you can find to start off with.
In all these niches there is room for activity books, coloring books, quotes style books, annual events, and more.
Not to mention taking single printables from them and selling on Etsy or your websites.
Animals – Pet Lover’s
Those who love their pets, love everything to do with them as well. So everything is fair game here. Journals/planners for different breeds. Pet passport style LCBs. Puppy records and more.
Back to School
Activity books, pre-school age, handwriting practice, numbers – there is a huge list to choose from here.
The pandemic has brought out the crafter in many people and there will be a larger target audience now looking for craft-related books. If you have a skill, why not put it to further use by teaching others?
Fantasy / SciFi
Who doesn’t love magic?! With some patient keyword research you will be able to narrow down a niche for coloring, or activity books. How about magical dogs or cats?
Some types of flowers to consider:
Use them as backgrounds, for coloring books on their own, for images in planners, and much more.
Single letters, as well as the popular names, illustrated – Consider other outlets such as Zazzle or Redbubble
Food / Cooking / Baking
Baking became THE thing to do during the pandemic. I went back to baking bread and now continue to do so! Albeit it mostly with a bread maker! Recipe books, meal planners, family recipes are a good place to start.
Front Line Workers
Produce journals aimed at the key workers who have battled through the pandemic, as well as single printables.
An annual product that can be updated with the new year and reproduced again and again.
The standard list of holiday events applies here as well as any local events that may go on:
- July 4th
- Canada Day
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- Chinese New Year
- New Year
- Summer holidays
Ideal for other sites, such as Zazzle, Redbubble and Society Six. Consider using single letter illustrations, or popular names for personalised planners.
Sheet music books is a popular one here. Or you can narrow down by targeting particular instruments, music genres, musicians. Again be careful with copyrights.
Mysticism / Spirituality
With some research to find the topic that you are comfortable with, there is a lot of potential here. Tarot, Crystals, Reiki, Meditation and much more.
There are a lot of ways you can go with the nature lover’s niche. You can design for an environmentalist, a ‘mad’ plant lady, wilderness lovers, enthusiastic hikers/campers, and gardeners!
A few sub-niches to consider:
- Eco friendly
- Water – lakes, ocean, rivers
- Wild animals
Important to niche down here as this one is fairly saturated. But with the recent global events, people are becoming more self-aware and seeking out personal development materials.
I’m not a fan of politics and tend to stay well clear! But there is potential here if you do your research.
If you are not religious then this can be a slightly awkward niche to work in, but it can also be very lucrative. You can use quotes in planners and journals as well as coloring books
Small Business / Entrepreneurship
If you niche down within these two similar niches you’ll find the audiences for your books. They need to keep organised, plan their business years, as well as stay motivated and disciplined.
With so many sports to choose from, you should never be short of ideas. Log books, score books, coaching logs – nearly all the following could use some sort of these LCBs.
- Figure Skating
- Martial Arts
- Table Tennis
- Winter Sports
With people starting to travel again, there is sure to be an upsurge in these kinds of books. You could cover different cities, states, provinces, countries. Road trips, boat trips, plane trips. Solo trips, family trips, travel journals, and many more.
Here you can create books with inspirational sayings, monograms, quotes, single words, or activities based on letters.
Bear in mind if you are using a quote or saying that it needs to be either in the public domain or you need to acquire the proper license to avoid copyright issues.
Vegetarian / Vegan
It seems there is an estimated 8% of the world population is vegetarian! That’s a huge audience. Lots of potential here, with recipe books, gardening books, and more.
If you decide to try out any of these niches remember to test and check for interest, before spending too much time going all out on a niche that perhaps is either already over-saturated or there simply is no interest. It happens!