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How to Write Effective Self-Help Books

I have a keen interest in personal development and so, I passionately authored several self-help eBooks so far which appear on my website.


This article has been updated to meet Brenda’s week-42 word prompt challenge, “Writing.” I hope Brenda and other fellow writers enjoy reading it as well as get informed about self-help writing.

Why Write Self-Help Books at all?

These books teach you how you can help yourself in a crisis or even during your daily schedule at great lengths by improving your thoughts and attitude and taking actions in small steps. They are very inspirational and motivate you in various ways to make good choices, develop good habits, think positive as well as help yourself and others. Therefore, in the process you become a happier and better person, enjoying the mojo of life and looking at the bright sides of life. Yes, if you apply the tips in self-help books to your life directly, you bring about a massive positive change in your life. Once you have a grip on personal development, you can write down your own experiences and tactics in the form of a book or eBook. So, what are some of the steps in writing effective self-help books?

Find the Right Topic

First of all, do some soul-searching in order to find out which topic relevant to self-help interests you and about which you already have good ideas. It could be about health and fitness, peace of mindfulness, meditations, dissolving your worries, making decisions, being abundant or anything else relevant to self-help. Once that is done, go to the next step.

Find a Great Title

“How to…” titles are great for self-help books. For instance, “How to Make Good Decisions?”, “How to Practice Meditations”, “How to Prosper and be Abundant” are great self-help titles. Also including a number in the title is a plus such as “15 Tips on the Way to Weight Loss” or “10 Ways You Could Beat Stress” and so on. Keeping the self-help titles short and to the point make your readers crystal clear about which books they need the most to extract suitable information and apply to their lives.

Find a Good Subtitle

Giving a good subtitle along with your main title does a terrific job of attracting the right readers. These subtitles should be more descriptive giving the readers a concrete idea about what to expect from the book. You can work out great titles and subtitles for the self-help books you write by doing research and effective thinking.

Write the Chapters

Under your topic, begin to write chapters of the book and therefore, complete the book. If you struggle with writing the content of each chapter, you can convert a blog, if you own one, on a suitable self-help topic with a minimum of 15 posts into a great book.

Jotting down Ideas for Your New Self-Help Book?

Jotting down Ideas for Your New Self-Help Book?

Give Lots of Real-Life Examples

Give vivid real-life examples either from your life experiences or somebody else's in order to backup and emphasize the points you are making in each chapter. People like stories; so, giving short examples in the form of stories in your chapters wouldn't hurt.

Repeat Your Ideas

Repeat your ideas within the book so that it is easy for the reader to revive and recall his memory about the points you are making. Give different, varying examples for the same thoughts. This is necessary unlike in a novel, where if you repeat events, it would definitely turn out to be a boring one but in self-help books, it really helps to repeat ideas so that the reader stays tuned and is able to proceed smoothly with the book.

Inspire Your Readers

You should not only bombard information to your readers via your self-help books but also write content in inspiring ways so that they feel uplifted, grow and enjoy interesting reads. Once they get a hang of your books and feel confident that yes, your books teach them about self-improvement and also motivate them to a great extent, they are inclined to heed your advice. Not only they benefit, but also you get to benefit as well because they will be on the lookout when your next book is available. As a result, you get applause, become popular and well-renowned, resulting in increased sales of your book(s).


Include Quotes Inside Your Book

Look for good quotes relevant to your book title. If you have time, research for beautiful quotes for each chapter otherwise you can just begin with a powerful quote in the preface and end with another powerful one in the conclusion.

Why do I say this? Because quotes are another way as well to emphasize what you are saying. They carry deep meanings and they lead the reader to think, ponder, and dwell upon them.

Structure Your Book

Your book should be divided into front cover, copyright information, disclaimers if any, preface, table of contents, the contents of relevant chapters one after another as mentioned in the table of contents, conclusion, your biography (optional), any other information regarding references to your past relevant works, blogs, sites or products, and lastly the back cover.

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Keep up with Your Reading

Keep reading a wide range of self-help books that interest you because reading always helps you to write better. In order to continue to excel in writing self-help books, just read, read and read more of them both free and paid ones. You are likely to bloom into a wonderful and valued writer.

Enjoying Reading a Good Self-Help Book?

Enjoying Reading a Good Self-Help Book?

Edit and Proofread

The writer should edit his book such as, changing font sizes, font colors, margins etc. to give an appealing look format-wise and check for grammar and spellings to maintain consistency of sentence structures. He should proofread his entire book at least three times, checking for further errors in the book, making it ready to get published.

Publish Your Work

You should get your work in a suitable eBook format or in print or both via a Book Editing Agency. Then self-publish it on Amazon and other good retail book stores. This is the most convenient way to get your hard work recognized.

Promote Your Book

Once your book is published, you should proceed to promote it. Get the word out through the subscribers on your email list as well as followers on social media and blogs. Get great reviews on your book from influential people and insert some of those in your book and continue to promote. Determination, hard work, and perseverance will always pay off. Who knows you might as well be lucky to have your book as a bestseller on Amazon? Therefore, promotion in the above ways is necessary to enhance the huge sales of your book.

Summary, the Checklist

1) Find the right topic under self-development that interests you.

2) Find a suitable title and subtitle.

3) Write the chapters of the book.

4) Give lots of real-life examples to back up your points in each chapter.

5) Inspire your readers as you write.

6) Structure your book.

8) Self-publish your work.

9) Promote your book.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2018 Rosina S Khan

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