The best self-help books start with a solid book idea. And if you are writing a self-help book, this may seem like a fairly obvious assertion. Nevertheless, many people who write about their own trials and tribulations are surprised when they don’t get an immediate and overwhelming reaction from the general reading public.
Why is this? Shouldn’t everyone be interested if you have overcome something like a terminal illness? Or survived a personal crisis? Or paid off an overwhelming amount of debt? They probably should be, but the problem lies in the fact that the general masses, while moved by your story, don’t identify with your situation for some reason. Your story, somehow, isn’t resonating with the large numbers of people who should be reading it.
Because while it’s commendable that your self-help book illuminates your specific problem or situation, it also has to have that universal element that speaks to everyone.
So let’s talk about how to do that.
The best self-help books address a multitude of concerns.
If you write a self-help book, your personal struggles and experiences may only be a small part of the book. To write the best self-help books, you will have to include some research and some other people’s experiences. This will help you reach a larger audience, which will make your self-help book a bestseller.
And here’s something else.
The best self-help books are actually helpful.
The book market is glutted with books surrounding the survival of people in crisis, but the best self-help books will also have a plan of action that anyone can follow for themselves. Hence the term “self-help.”
Including additional research and other people’s experiences, along with a plan of action, is what will make your book stand out from all the rest. It will also make your self-help book the one to go to when someone wants to change their own situation.
Which may be unnervingly similar to yours.
The best self-help books will start by providing someone the comfort that they are not alone.
And this does come from the sharing of your personal experience. But giving someone a step-by-step way to deal with their situation, along with some other real survivors' stories, and also some hopeful statistics and resources to turn to in a time of crisis will make your book one of the best self-help books on the market.
I know you can do it.
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