26 Creative & Nerdy Book Ideas for Online Teachers and Coaches

Sep 21, 2018 | 4 comments

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
forget about it.


Charles Bukowski: so you want to be a writer? (excerpt, read the whole poem here)

This poem comes to my mind each time I read that you should write a book because:

  • self-publishing is easy,
  • it will be a source of passive income,
  • it will help you position yourself as an expert,
  • it will help you get traffic, leads, clients, speaking gigs, an Oprah invitation, and all you ever wanted.

I mean, you should write a book. But if you are doing it for these reasons, don’t do it. 

Do it because you are a Teacher, and sharing your passion with others is your way of living. Do it because you have a hard time not talking about the thing you teach. Do it because you care, because you believe, because you can’t help yourself. Do it because you have to, or don’t do it at all.

Here are a few writing ideas to get you started.


Book ideas for people who love to teach 

Story-based (fiction or non-fiction)

★ A travel book/memoir

★ A book of case studies inspired by your clients

★ A book of interviews with other experts in your field (example: Monika Kanokova: My creative (Side) Business

★ A book of inspirational or motivational stories 

★ Simplified short stories for language learners (with audio) (example: Silvia Perrone: Profumo di zagara)

★ A collection of stories for advanced language learners to pick up natural language

★ A memoir combined with advice on the topic of your expertise (like Stephen King’s On Writing or Elena Mutonono’s Flowers in the Frost)


Textbooks and guides

★ A book of tutorials combining two areas (e.g. learn Italian while learning to cook Italian food)

★ A specialized travel guide (e.g. a guide to Prague pubs, London for theater lovers, …)

★ Mindmaps and tools for visual learners (like Vocabulary Maps by Tom & Suzi)

★ An illustrated textbook or guide

★ A graphic textbook (like The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry by Larry Gonick and Craig Criddle)

★ A book of scripts or templates

★ A creative phrasebook

★ A how-to guide as an introduction to your topic (like our Opted Out of the *Real Job*)


Activity books and workbooks

★ A creative workbook with a specific outcome (like my Brand Manifesto Workbook)

★ A book of writing (drawing, speaking, …) prompts (like Art Doodle Love by Dawn DeVries Sokol)

★ Reflection questions for self-coaching

★ Guided practice (with daily activities, motivational quotes, and progress tracker)

★ A journal (with prompts or reflection questions) (like our Opted Out Journal)

★ Planner or organizer

★ An exercise a day


Special books for clients

★ A custom workbook for clients

★ A custom action plan for clients

★ A textbook for clients

★ A textbook/workbook for your workshop or online course


Got inspired?

Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

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  1. Trisha Traughber

    I love this–and I want to buy some of these books. This will be a great resource for brainstorming new ideas. And it’s very inspirational. Thanks, Veronika.

    • Veronika

      Haha yes! I think you’d love Art Doodle Love. Thanks for the comment, Trisha, I’m glad you find it inspirational. Looking forward to your new book!

  2. Elena Mutonono

    Wow. My name next to Stephen King 🙂 Thank you, Veronika! Thank you for this helpful post, I think many will find a lot of inspiration. Your resources, as always, are so helpful!

    • Veronika

      Thank you so much! <3


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