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

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Wrapping up a book project is always bittersweet for me. As a developmental editor, I’m like a book’s “midwife”: I’m happy to see the baby born into the world, but sad that my role in helping the author go from a book idea to a book is over. After a book is completed, I try to take some time to revel in the pleasure of having helped yet another author get that book written and ready for publication. Then, I take some time to ponder what I learned from the experience. One of my most recent projects yielded the following testimonial, which hints at five keys to making your self-help book a huge success:

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

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Whether you self-publish or work with a publisher, it’s important to know how to write effective copy for your book’s jacket or back cover that is compelling and will inspire and entice your reader to take action. There isn’t a lot of room on the back of a book, especially when you add publishing information such as ….

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THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET YOUR BOOK EDITED

Thinking of self-publishing? Should you choose the editing or editorial evaluation package from the self-publishing arm of a publisher, or from self-publishing houses? As a former in-house acquisitions editor at HarperCollins, a current ghostwriter and developmental editor, and the coauthor of several successful books, I can help you make the right choice for yourself and…

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