Self-help books are intended to help readers through some of life' challenges by guiding them with good advice, and giving them an understanding that they're not alone. Therefore, it is important to establish a relationship with your reader. Here are some ways to accomplish this:
Tone of voice: There should be a specific tone to your writing style that the reader can easily pick up on. Use conversational language to engage the reader and make them feel like they are building a relationship with you. First and foremost, you need to establish yourself as an expert and earn their trust.
Stories: You want to be able to empathize with your readers while also providing guidance. Tell stories that relate to the issue you are addressing. They can be highly personal stories that happened to you or to a loved one, or they can be hypothetical characters and events. The purpose is to illustrate a point in the clearest possible way. Encourage the reader throughout the book. One great method to use is recapping each paragraph, and giving the reader a quick glimpse into the next chapter. Show them what they've accomplished so far, and what lies ahead. This will not only keep your reader focused on their goals, but it will also motivate them to keep going.
Structure and Content: There are a lot of different elements that can be included in a self-help book, so it is important to organize your book so that it is clear and concise. It is best to keep the format of each chapter or section the same throughout the book. For example, you might decide to begin each chapter with a specific topic, then provide a story or anecdote to go with the topic, followed by bulleted lists of information and exercises. Once you establish the order, try not to deviate from that order throughout the book.
Lists: Self-help books are meant to be instructional, so bulleted or numbered lists are great to include. They can help make material clear and concise, make it look less intimidating on the page, and make it more easily digestible by the reader.
Exercises: Make your book interactive. The reader wants to feel like they are accomplishing something by reading your book. Help them to feel like they are making progress. Include exercises or a workbook with activities at the end of each chapter or section that the reader can do. This can come in the form of a checklist with activities to do that week, or questions the reader must answer and evaluate. If you plan on having sections where the reader is meant to write in your book, consider using a heavier paper type, such as our 70# White Offset paper, as opposed to the standard 60# White Offset paper.
Research: Research the issue you are writing about and provide references to your findings in your book. This will enhance your credibility and shows that you are an expert on the subject.
The size of your book is completely up to you! We have standard sizes but can print almost any custom size as well. We recommend visiting your local library or book store (bring a ruler!) and getting your hands on a few books to get an idea of how big you'd like your book to be. Our most popular book size is 5.5 x 8.5 inches, which is a great size for a self-help book. While you're there, take note of how many pages the books you're reviewing have. If you like the feel of a 200-page book, but your book only has 50 pages, you may want to choose a smaller page size. The smaller your page size, the more pages you'll end up with! You don't have to use them, but if needed, 48 Hour Books offers Free Book Templates that you can use to format your book. They'll open in Microsoft Word or just about any other word processing program, and they come in four standard sizes:
You can type your book directly into the template and set it up any way you choose. Be sure to choose the right page size, and when you're done formatting, simply convert the file to PDF format, and the resulting PDF file will be ready to upload to us. You'll upload your files directly to your order, so you'll need to place an order first on our website. If you get stuck or have any questions, remember, our team of self help books publishers are just a phone call away ... 800-231-0521.
Paperback books (also known as perfect bound books) continue to be an industry standard and our most popular binding option – and they take just 48 hours to print (or faster, if needed)! You might also choose spiral coil binding, especially if your self-help book is a journal or has worksheets or activity pages that you want your readers to write on. Both coil bound and casebound (hard cover) books take 5 business days to produce.
Your book cover is one of the biggest assets you have when trying to market your book. Make sure your cover is captivating, while also appealing to the audience you are targeting. 48 Hour Books offers a range of special cover options such as foil stamping, leather covers, dust jackets, and Diamond 3D printing.
If you plan on having sections where the reader is meant to write in your book, consider using a heavier paper type such as our 70# White Offset paper.
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