Writing Successful Self-Help and How-To Books

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Wiley Books for Writers Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 686,649
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN MARIE STINE has edited over 50 self-help titles, including such bestsellers as Women Who Love Too Much, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life. She has held numerous editorial positions, most recently Editor in Chief at Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.
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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

WRITING AND SELLING SELF-HELP/HOW-TO BOOKS.

What You Should Know about Writing Self-Help/How-To Books.

Selling Your Self-Help/How-To Book Made Easy.

THE BASICS: TITLE AND OUTLINE.

Finalizing Your Title and Subtitle.

WRITING A SELF-HELP/HOW-TO PROPOSAL.

How to Write a Proposal That Sells.

WRITING THE SAMPLE CHAPTER.

Chapter Writing Step by Step.

Style Made Easy.

Lists Made Easy.

SELF-EDITING SELF-HELP/HOW-TO BOOKS.

Editing Your Manuscripts the Lazy Writer's Way.

Getting Friends to Troubleshoot and Edit Your Manuscript.

SELLING SELF-HELP/HOW-TO BOOKS MADE EASY.

Submitting Your Book for Publication.

SIMPLIFYING PERMISSIONS, CROSS-REFERENCES, ILLUSTRATIONS, CHARTS, TABLES, AND FRONT AND BACK MATTER.

Permissions to Quote and Reprint.

Appendices, Resources, and the Index.

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