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Tips for Writing a Self-Help Book

Self-help books intend to help people through life challenges by offering good advice, often based on personal experience or academic expertise. If you’d like tips for writing a self-help book, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s dive in and discuss how to write a self-help book.

Tip #1: Connect with Your Audience

Making a connection is a key component to self-help books. A self-help book should convey to the reader – you’re not alone. If you’re writing a self-help book, you can establish a connection with a variety of means:

  • Authentic tone. Using conversational language can help engage the reader.
  • Sharing stories. Successful self-help books offer empathy while providing guidance. Stories, whether personal or hypothetical, can help convey that you understand.
  • Consistent format. For your self-help book structure, choose a format and maintain it. For example, you could begin each chapter with a topic, provide a story or anecdote, followed by bulleted lists of information and exercises.
  • Clear and concise language and format. Self-help books should be easily digestible. Some good ideas include adding bulleted or numbered lists, checklists of activities or a list of questions to consider.
  • Interactive elements. The reader wants to feel like they’re making progress and accomplishing something by reading your book. Include exercises or a workbook with activities at the end of each chapter or section.

Tip #2: Format Your Self-Help Book

When formatting your self-help book, consider these factors:

  • Page size. Choose the page size you prefer. At 48 Hour Books, the most popular page size is 5.5 x 8.5 inches. We offer standard sizes, but we can print almost any custom size. To find out what you prefer, visit a library or book store - and bring a ruler, so you can measure. And if, for instance, you like the feel of a 200-page book, but your book only has 50 pages, choose a smaller page size. The smaller page size will equal more pages.

Free Book Templates

48 Hour Books offers free book templates. If you’re looking for a self-help book template, our options work for any genre. They open in Microsoft Word (or just about any other word processing program) and come in four standard sizes:

  • 4.25 x 7
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 6 x 9
  • 8.5 x 11

Type your book directly into the template (be sure to choose the right page size). When you're done formatting your self-help book, simply convert the file to PDF format, and it’s ready to upload. Files are uploaded when you place your order.

Questions? Call our team of self-help book publishers at 800-231-0521.

Tip #3: Print Your Self-Help Book

  • Binding options. Paperback books, also known as perfect bound or softcover books, are a popular binding option. At 48 Hour Books, we print perfect bound books in just 48 hours (or faster, if needed). For self-help books, you also might consider spiral coil binding, especially if you’re using a journal format or if your book contains worksheets or activity pages. A spiral coil binding allows books to lie flat, so it’s easy to write. We print coil bound books in five business days.
  • Paper options. Paper selection can depend on the use. If readers should write in the book, consider a heavier paper, such as 70# white offset.
  • Cover options. Your self-help book cover design is one of your best marketing assets. You want a captivating cover that targets your audience. 48 Hour Books offers eye-catching special cover design options such as foil stamping, leather covers, dust jackets and Diamond 3D printing.
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Why choose 48 Hour Books to print your self-help book?

Choosing 48 Hour Books to print your self-help book is a great choice! We make it easy to start your self-publishing career. Here's how we're different:

  • Two-day turnaround. We can print books in 48 hours, guaranteed. Hardcover books and coil bound books are produced in just five days.
  • Great customer service and free help. Unlike many self-publishing printers, we answer our phones. Call us during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST) at 800-231-0521 or email us anytime at [email protected]. We also provide help via online chat.
  • Cover design options. Select our Create-A-Cover service and choose from an array of options, or have our designers make a custom cover design.
  • Easy ordering. We offer simple, step-by-step ordering, self-help book templates, and advice for book formatting and printing.
  • Prices as low as $2.50 per book.
  • Free Books. You can order as few as 10 books, but when you order 100 books or more, you receive 25 free books.

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