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5 Tips for Writing “How to” Books as a Self-Publishing Author

“How to” books are non-fiction books intended to teach people the way to do something. They are a great way to learn a new skill. Here are 5 tips for self-publishing authors writing a “How to” book.

Wrenches on a pipe symbolizing a topic for a “how to” book by a self-publishing author

1. Plan Ahead

Before sitting down to write, a self-publishing author should plan what they will need to include in their book. This often takes the form of an outline, but there can also be other layers to this step.

The self-publishing author might need to consult experts in the field to get information for the book. They might need to study different methods of accomplishing the end goal, or they might need to study problems that often arise when people try to complete the task they are writing about.

Planning will ensure the self-publishing author can plan their book sensibly and not forget vital information the reader will need.

2. Keep it Short

“How to” books should be long enough to relay all the information a reader needs but kept concise. Too much information can overwhelm readers who are coming to the book to solve their problems.

While the book’s main section should focus on answering the reader’s “How do I do this?” question, additional sections with more information can be added at the back of the book. These sections can include troubleshooting, choosing materials for a project, and frequently asked questions.

3. Keep it Simple

Self-publishing authors should not use jargon in their books without first explaining the meanings of technical terms. Similarly, they should not assume their reader has a base knowledge about the subject unless their book is marketed explicitly to intermediate or advanced users.

It is easy for a self-publishing author who is an expert in a topic to confuse readers by writing beyond their base knowledge. The self-publishing author must be aware of this danger and take steps to prevent it.

4. Visual Elements

Most “How to” books are easiest to use when the self-publishing author can provide visual elements. These can be photos, graphs, illustrations, charts, or maps to help readers understand the information they are being given.

Visuals help readers understand how the information they are being given works together. It can also offer clarification on complex instructions.

5. Be Specific

“How to” books should be as specific as possible to reach the right readers.

A book on how to crochet is not focused enough for most readers to find useful. A beginner’s guide to crocheting farm animals is more focused. Generally, focused and specific books are easier to market and get into the reader’s hands.

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