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Writing Successful Self-help and How-to Books
by Jean Marie Stine
1997, John Wiley & Sons
208 Pages

An industry Insider shares her expertise In the first book on writing for this growing market. This book offers detailed tips and guidelines covering the entire process, from creating a proposal that gets you through the door to preparing your manuscript for publication. Successful how-to book editor and author Jean Stine provides writers with the tried-and-true strategies bestselling authors use, including clearly identifying your audience; writing effective chapter titles, heads, and subheads; and using illustrations and charts to enhance the text.

  • Draws on examples from actual editorial notes sent to published authors
  • Ideas can be used to write a self-help or how-to book on any subject, including health, home improvement, business, psychology, math, travel, and more

Publisher Comments:

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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