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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 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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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 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

30 review for Writing Successful Self-Help and How-To Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    I think this book is going to prove to be invaluable. Stine does an excellent job of organizing the book so that useful sections can be found when needed. The book is loaded with information and helpful stratagies. This book gives budding authors hope that their goals are not too far out of reach.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fletcher

    This is a great how-to for those of us who write how-to's. Starting with technical writing in the 90s, I have often wondered what the key elements of this expansive genre are. Stine lays them out here, clearly. I would like an updated edition addressing modern complexities; otherwise, this would've earned 5 stars. This is a great how-to for those of us who write how-to's. Starting with technical writing in the 90s, I have often wondered what the key elements of this expansive genre are. Stine lays them out here, clearly. I would like an updated edition addressing modern complexities; otherwise, this would've earned 5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Wieser

    Out of date information on how to write a How-To book. Still interesting to read because it got some great tips.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Pinson

    The essential handbook.

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    Tony Rogers Jr.

    Excellent book

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    Sue Schlesman

    Very helpful advice--great book. I highly recommend it.

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