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How to Write a "HOW TO" book in 5 Simple Steps

Updated on September 29, 2011
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Perhaps the best selling books today are the genre of the HOW TO self help books

.All you need is knowledge, understanding and familiarity with something that other people want to learn about.

So if you have an expertise in some section of your personal or professional life you can make money on it by writing a HOW TO book.

Here is how to write a HOW TO book in 5 simple steps.

Step 1- The Idea

Start with a provocative idea or story which will lay the foundation for why the reader needs to read the book. This must catch the attention and make the reader feel that the book will have information that can help him.

Step 2 - Empathy

Empathize with the reader. Have a personal story about the information that you are sharing. Knowing that you have gone through the exact same situation helps the reader to build a bond with the author and the helpful instructions given in the book.

Step 3 - Experience

Emotional experiences of others can also be quoted. It is true that misery loves company so get a number of case study stories in the same or related field and share them with the reader. Be sure to pin point what lessons can be seen in each of the stories.

Step 4 - Improvement Ideas

Give firm ideas for improvement. Don't fob off your readers with general and well meaning advice. You need to give them practical steps and actual game plans to follow. A template or a set of instructions is a good way to achieve this. Make sure you leave these flexible enough for most challenging situations.

Step 5 - Make them Act

Give them a call to action. Providing checklists and questionnaires is good but make sure you give the readers that extra push in the end to get down to the project. After all it is only if they do something with the information that you share that they are likely to see a change in their situation.


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    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Do share the ebook when you are done with it!

    • HikeGuy profile image


      7 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Good tips, and well-organized. I've been wanting to write an ebook -- thanks for the push!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for all these great helpful tips.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Thank you AlexK2009

    • AlexK2009 profile image


      7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Useful Info. Bookmarked.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Thanks Kaiharriss and SusieQ42. Hope you go ahead and write that book !!!

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      7 years ago

      Great useful info. I've written over 300 articles but never a book. I'll keep in mind your advise if I ever do. Thank you, voted up and interesting and useful.


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