The Number 1 Rule for Writing a Self-Help Book! Revealed by a UK Book Editor

Updated: Feb 21


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Professional book editor in the UK reveals the number 1 rule for writing a self-help book and why you need to stick to it!


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As a full-time book editor, I have been approached by many aspiring authors who have written a self-help book. Some have focused on mental health issues like anxiety and depression; some have concentrated on addiction and recovery; and others have centred on abuse and healing. Although these clients have had great ideas, methods, and techniques that could really benefit their target audience, they have all shared the same issue in common.

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Yep, you guessed it – a lack of research and evidence.

When someone in need picks up a self-help book with the hope of learning how to deal with a myriad of possible issues, that person expects to see that the author is an expert in that field with a credible bibliography and professional knowledge.


If they realise that the book is full of opinion-based points with a lack of real knowledge and expertise, they will quickly put it down and find one they can trust to help them.


It’s the same principle as if you visited the doctor, only to discover that the ‘professional’ behind the desk has not been trained at all, but an imposter full of opinions and guesses. You would dash straight back out the room and demand to see a real doctor.


Well, it’s the same for self-help books – if they lack aut