Write and publish Your Own Self-Help Books

Learn how to position your self-help book for success, write a persuasive proposal for agents and publishers, and use storytelling techniques to make your message compelling.
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Quick Facts

  • Delivery Method Online
  • Professional Certificate
  • 24hrs Suggested Study Time
  • 8 Weeks Access
  • Tutor Support
  • Mobile and Tablet Friendly
  • 558 Students

What's it all about?

Are you serious about becoming a published self-help book author—and are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work? Then this course is for you!

One of the most important secrets in publishing is that writing self-help books is different from writing books in other genres. That's because in this genre, you can land a writing contract before you complete your manuscript. In these lessons, a New York Times bestselling author shares the secrets for turning a book idea into a winning proposal to sell to publishing houses.

First, you'll learn about two of the most important players in the publishing industry—literary agents and acquisitions editors. You'll discover what they're looking for and find out how to maximise your chances of landing a contract.

Once you understand how the book industry works, you'll explore the three crucial criteria for selecting a topic for your first self-help book. You may even discover that you have more than one book in you! You'll also investigate the pros and cons of collaborating with other writers or having your book ghost written.

Next, you'll conduct a market survey of your key competitors and strategise how to position your book to sell. Then you'll find out the biggest secret for turning a self-help book into a top seller: a great hook! You'll learn the four characteristics of a good hook, and create your own sensational hook.

At this point, you'll get down to business and focus on writing your book. You'll confront one of the most challenging parts of writing a book—putting your life experience and insight into a concise, linear book format. You'll learn how to structure your book, how to speak directly to your readers, and how to use compelling stories to illustrate your message. To wrap up your writing practice, you'll create a dynamic chapter opening and learn how to write a chapter ending that keeps your readers engaged.

As you follow the step-by-step instructions in these lessons, you'll create a polished proposal package consisting of a proposal summary, a writing sample, a press kit, and supplemental information. By the end of the course, you'll have everything you need to start selling your book—and you'll know exactly what agents are looking for in a first-time author!

Courses are delivered to you through expertly executed lessons, online instruction and interaction with like-minded students. Our courses are designed to deliver all of the benefits of studying in a classroom whilst giving you the flexibility to study at a time and place to suit your needs. You can access your classroom 24/7 from any device with an internet connection.

New sessions of each course start monthly and last for six weeks. You’ll gain access to two lessons a week (for a total of 12 lessons) helping you pace your learning. There are no set times for you to study, you can log in and out at any time and complete the course at your own pace. Your expert tutor will guide and facilitate your course, answering any questions you have and providing guidance and feedback. You’ll complete comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments before submitting your final exam at the end of the course to achieve your certificate.

Session start dates are listed below. Has the start date already passed? Don’t worry, you can join a class up to 2 weeks after the start date!

Start Dates:

  • 18 October
  • 08 November
  • 13 December
  • 17 January

Who's the instructor?

Carmen Berry

Carmen Berry, a New York Times bestselling author, has written more than 20 books published by houses such as HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin. She has appeared on high-profile television and radio programs including OprahRead more Read Carmen Berry's Profile

What's involved?

  • Lesson 1- An Overview of Self-Help Publishing
  • Lesson 2- Turn Your Mistakes Into Manuscripts
  • Lesson 3- Will Your Idea Sell?
  • Lesson 4- How to Establish Credibility
  • Lesson 5- Audience
  • Lesson 6- Structure—Part 1
  • Lesson 7- Structure—Part 2
  • Lesson 8- Hook Your Readers
  • Lesson 9- Creating Your Writing Sample—Part 1
  • Lesson 10- Creating Your Writing Sample—Part 2
  • Lesson 11- Creating Your Writing Sample—Part 3
  • Lesson 12- Put It All Together

The Learning Environment

From the moment that you enrol in Write and publish Your Own Self-Help Books you will become an integral part of our learning community. You will experience the perks of classroom studies such as chatting by the water cooler or sharing your opinion on a specific task, all in your own home.

Tutor support during your learning is flawless, friendly and encouraging. You will learn from your professional tutor who is not only knowledgeable and highly skilled but is a passionate industry expert. Our ethos is that if you succeed, we succeed. As with any studies, learning can be intense, yet you will soon realise that your hard work and commitment will be both personally and professionally rewarding.

Why Choose Vibe Learning?

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With Vibe Learning we believe that education should be accessible to anyone who wants to learn. That's why we offer some of the most competitive prices in the industry. Investing in your future is a smart choice and doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you choose our money saving upfront prices or flexible payment plans, studying is accessible to you.

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