Ninety-nine out of a hundred self-help manuscripts, she says, are rejected by publishers because of the same, oft-repeated writing mistakes. And, even if the books are accepted, these mistakes keep books from reaching the bestseller lists. Her book shows readers how to identify and avoid the 69 most deadly mistakes a self-help writer can make. While having a doctorate from a prestigious university certainly won’t hurt, some of the best self-help books are written by those with a Ph.D. in the school of hard knocks. To write a self-help book, you do need to have experience, provided it’s professional or personal. On the other hand, you could sell 100,000 copies of your book by selling a couple hundred copies per week over the course of a decade and never be considered an official “bestseller.” That seems wrong. Most book marketing experts believe that this way of thinking about best-selling books is at best outdated and at worst, misleading. I agree.
Each ‘rule’ is a piece of advice which will help self-help authors to give their readers the very best. Taken together they provide a framework for how to write a self-help book. Whether, notwithstanding, you’re pushed for time, there is a single secret to writing self-help that’s at the core of any good advice on the subject. That secret is efficacy. In this article best selling author Jerry Gillies reveals his own personal secrets on how to write a best selling book. Jerry wrote the best seller MONEYLOVE back in 1978 [with throughout 2 Million in sales] – in the days before the Internet and Amazon. At a time when you could not fake your book onto a best selling book list. In this unique book, author-editor Jean Marie Stine shows writers how to avoid the errors that keep most self-help books from finding publishers and off the bestseller lists whether they are published. From the author: “Before starting this book, I carefully reviewed stacks of rejected self-help manuscripts from aspiring authors.
The 1 Thing You Need to Do to Write a’New York Times’ Best-Selling Book An analysis of 272 books that hit the New York Times’ bestseller list reveals a significant trend.