CONCEPTUALIZE A MEMOIR OR SELF-HELP BOOK BASED ON YOUR STORY OF OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

“What’s in it for me?” That’s a key question on the mind of a potential follower/book buyer who is interested in mind/body/spirit nonfiction, ...

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR AL DESETTA ON WRITING A MEMOIR

Have you completed a memoir, or written a lot of material, and become stuck? A developmental editor can help you figure ...

SELF-HELP BOOK CONTENTS AND STRUCTURE: A HANDY GUIDE

In my YouTube video on structuring a self-help book, I described the parts of a self-help book. Each of these parts ...

WRITING AN INSPIRATIONAL MEMOIR: KARIN VOLO AND 1,352 DAYS

How can life go from perfect to insane in a matter of seconds? We all know how the loss of ...

HOW TO STRUCTURE A SELF-HELP BOOK: PARTS AND CHAPTERS

Writing a self-help book? Start with this structure: Define the problem Give the history of the problem Explain what the ...

BOOK TITLES THAT ARE MINDBLOWING: THREE TIPS FOR TITLING YOUR NONFICTION BOOK

“Don’t judge a book by its title”—but that’s what we do when we’re looking at books and considering whether to ...

FIVE KEYS TO MAKING YOUR SELF-HELP BOOK A HUGE SUCCESS

Wrapping up a book project is always bittersweet for me. As a developmental editor, I’m like a book’s “midwife”: I’m ...

FIND A LITERARY AGENT WHO IS RIGHT FOR YOU (AND YOUR BOOK): THREE TIPS

Most larger book publishers insist that you submit your book through a literary agent, although many smaller publishers do not. ...

11 LESSONS ON WRITING A BESTSELLER FROM JOHN GRAY’S BLOCKBUSTER HIT MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS

Twenty years ago, I had the honor of being involved in a cultural phenomenon called Men Are from Mars, Women Are ...

WRITE EFFECTIVE COPY FOR YOUR BOOK’S JACKET OR BACK COVER

Whether you self-publish or work with a publisher, it’s important to know how to create copy for your book cover ...