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How to Write a Self-Help Book, Part 1: Structuring

Many people have enjoyed reading self-help books but when it comes to writing one, they don’t know where to begin. How do you organize the material?

A great self-help book takes the reader on a journey from problem to solution. Watch this new video I made about how to structure a self-help book into six key sections, then take out your favorite self-help book and look at the contents page. Does it have the structure I’ve outlined here? Does it have a variation it? It never ceases to amaze me how often this structure is used and yet no one talks about it!







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Freaking out about the uncertainty of life? Check out WHOLELINESS by Dr. Carmen Harra

I’m so excited for my client, Carmen Harra, Ph.D., who is launching her book WHOLELINESS: Embracing the Sacred Unity that Heals Our World. It’s an incredibly rich and reassuring guide to using the sacred bonds we have with each other, Spirit, nature, time, and within ourselves (mind-body-soul) to give ourselves strength and courage so that we can make it through this time of turbulence and heal ourselves and perhaps, too, our small corner of the fabric of reality. Dr. Harra is a licensed clinical psychologist in NY who also has a Ph.D. in hypnosis and is a metaphysical intuitive, and in addition, is an immigrant from a totalitarian regime in Eastern Europe, which gives her an unusual perspective on what we’re going through here in the West as we face the turning point of 2012 (don’t worry, it’s not doomsday–she explains in the book why we have a propensity for projecting negativity on turning points and inventing concepts like doomsday!).

2012 doomsday fears and uncertainty in these turbulent times plaguing you? WHOLELINESS offers an antidote and a tonic!

Working with Dr. Harra really opened me to the sources of strength all around me that I tend to overlook when I start to get anxious and fearful about the present and future. I love her practical ideas (especially the ones for conversing with angry people–don’t we all need some help with that these days?) and for adopting a three-step healing practice of Observe, Pray, Act. It was truly extraordinary to be in on her writing process and be the first to hear these incredible ideas that are rooted in her studies of Kabbalah, cognitive therapy, numerology, hypnosis, 19th century Spiritism, etc., as well as her extraordinary life experiences. Having done some sessions with her, I can tell you her intuitive talents are shockingly well honed. What she has to say about where all of us are headed, and how to hold on to our center while we’re getting there, are SO helpful.


Help Carmen get a bestseller this week!

And hey, if you buy the book this week, you get tons of bonus gifts and will be entered to win a digital camera, a flatscreen TV and tickets to a Hay House I Can Do It! event.

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