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 reader needs to know before tackling the problem Offer an action plan Expand outward with advice on how to apply the new knowledge and skills in the future, during especially challenging times, and when dealing…

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THE WORD ON WORD COUNT AND LENGTH

How do you determine word count and length for a book and its chapters? First, study other successful (key word: successful!) books in your genre to discover what length they are. For example, a typical self-help book is between 60,000 and 80,000 words in length. Don’t worry about pages for now. Editors, publishers, and agents…

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