D.M. Cherubim’s Little Black Book of Book Ideas for Writers

Book Ideas I’ve Flirted With And Just Haven’t Married… But You Might

Writing Bestsellers & Commercial Fiction Books?

Sisterhood of the Traveling t-shirt: A textile inheritance of millions given to a poor child; the only requirement is an annual reading of each previous inheritor’s diary. The girl or boy has to…

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Writing Romance Books?

The Memo: A moody kind of Romance that will remind you of Nicolas Sparks’ The Notebook. It starts off with a familiar trope: A girl falls in love with an older man, she’s about 22 he’s about 40, but both of their families don’t want this May-…

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Writing Spirituality & Religion Books?

A Buddhist monk goes against all his teachers when he has a spiritual crisis at age 82. He accepts spiritual suffering on himself, like a Christian saint. Why would he do this? What do his brothers say and do? Does the Dalai Lama intervene?

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Writing Non-Fiction Books?

Structured Loss: Julia Morgan, the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California, designed more than 700 buildings in the late 1800s of almost every type, including one of California’s most famous: The Hearst Castle. Morgan pioneered the use of reinforced concrete...

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Writing Mysteries & Thrillers Books?

The Wrong Guy is a mystery about a young man convicted of murder of a teenage girl. He confessed and has been sitting on death row. His attorney has evidence that will get him out, but he has to wait until the guy he’s taking the fall for gives him the go-ahead. He is paid to do this, but then sues for wrongful conviction when he gets out…

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Writing NA, YA & Middle Grade Books?

Diary of a Wimpy Space Cadet: Space is hotter than ever (is that a Mars pun?) so a Middle Grade kid at Space Camp likely would be an instant success. NASA has a space camp at which kids wear space suits and train in a…

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Writing Children & Picture Books?

Rosie the Rosy Maple Moth would make a colorful and informative picture book for kids. @thejumbles, an Associate Editor at Atheneum (S&S) was looking for such a book last year via the Manuscript Wish List #MSWL.

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Writing Chick Lit & Miscellaneous Books?

Princess’s Entourage could be a Chick Lit. A princess has an entourage of ten: Three communications staff (to handle press), a program coordinator (charity and social calendars?) a social media journalist (Tweets etc.) an orderly (who fluffs pillows and answers etiquette questions?), a hairdresser, and a personal assistant. How do they date? Fall in love? Do acceptable makeup?

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Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction Books?

Disappointing Clone. A clone of a genius like Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs appears to be, well, stupid. He prefers gardening and race cars to science. Is he so brilliant he’s been faking the tests since he was a child, hoping to get a life outside the lab? Or are these passions just some aspect of Einstein or Jobs that no one knew? This would also make a good YA or Commercial Fiction.

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A Note About D.M.Cherubim’s Blog

All of the book ideas on these pages are free for you to use without giving any credit. Some are my original ideas, others are culled from a variety of sources including publishers, agents, writers, the news, the Manuscript Wish List, magazines and maybe that funny guy who sells hotdogs out of a cart on the corner. As an award-winning writer and former editor, I have brainstormed story ideas for years and passed them out to award-winning writers. Here’s some ideas that don’t fit me. At least right now.

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