SELF-HELP BOOK CONTENTS AND STRUCTURE: A HANDY GUIDE

layout of how to structure a self-help book

YouTube video on structuring a self-help book, I described the parts of a self-help book. Each of these parts helps you, the author, to take the reader on a journey, keeping them engaged and oriented as they go through a process of transformation (which is why self-help books are often called transformational nonfiction books). When you divide those parts of the self-help book into chapters, you are likely to end up with more than one chapter per part.

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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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WAITING FOR AN AGENT OR EDITOR TO RESPOND? GET BUSY!

The dog days of August can be the most frustrating for a writer because it’s next to impossible to get the attention of an agent or, if a proposal is on submission, an editor. Rather than drive yourself crazy waiting for a response to your e-mail or snail mail, here’s what to keep yourself from…

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Be True to Your Vision As an Author

Cinematherapy book jacket illustrating the idea that it's important to be true to your vision as an author.

a writer, you have to accept that to be true to your vision may mean saying no to a potential book publishing deal. It may mean that a literary agent will drop you from her roster. My advice is to feel your fear and then, let it go. You might need to make many submissions to get an agent or in-house editor who shares your vision, so don’t give up prematurely.

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