Writing Successful Self-Help and How-To Books

Writing Successful Self-Help and How-To Books

by Jean Marie Stine, Jean Marie Stine
     
 

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"If you follow only a third of Jean's advice, you'll have a successful book." —Jeremy Tarcher, Publisher Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.

"After Jean reworked my first draft, paperback rights sold for $137,000." —Timmen Cermak, M.D., author of A Time to Heal: The Road to Recovery for Adult Children of Alcoholics

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"If you follow only a third of Jean's advice, you'll have a successful book." —Jeremy Tarcher, Publisher Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.

"After Jean reworked my first draft, paperback rights sold for $137,000." —Timmen Cermak, M.D., author of A Time to Heal: The Road to Recovery for Adult Children of Alcoholics

Mastering the craft and understanding the mechanics of writing self-help and how-to books is the key to getting publishers to take notice of your work. Now, in the first guide to writing self-help and how-to books, Jean Stine offers an insider's view of this growing genre. Her easy-to-follow program takes you step-by-step through the complete writing process. You'll learn the importance of:

  • Structure and Style
  • Clear, easy-to-understand exercises
  • Creating catchy and compelling titles, subtitles, and chapter headings
  • Using lists, charts, and graphs to maximum effect
  • Checklists and other interactive elements
  • Writing a proposal that sells
  • Negotiating permissions for quotations, photos, and illustrations
  • Preparing your manuscript for presentation to a publisher

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471037392
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Wiley Books for Writers Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
303,187
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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