Writing a health book can be fun and easy, or it can be a strain. I know this, for I’ve been a health book writer, ghostwriter, and editor for many years.
In fact, my very first health book, Green Tea: The Natural Secret to a Healthier Life, has sold more than 80,000 copies. I’ve also worked on New York Times bestselling health books.
Over the years, I’ve learned some techniques that are guaranteed to make the process of writing a health book easier and more productive than you might imagine.
Writing a Health Book: 12 Tips
- Begin your health book with some startling or touching information about the disease or condition you’re discussing.
- Right from the start, let readers know that you empathize with them and understand what they’re going through.
- Explain, in layman’s terms, the physiology and/or psychology of the problem.
- Present an overview of your program for better health by Chapter 4.
- Devote several chapters to an explanation of the nuts and bolts of your program, with one chapter dedicated to each point in the program.
- Write in short, understandable sentences.
- Use active language; keep passive sentences to a minimum.
- Include plenty of case histories.
- Don’t spend a lot of time attacking anyone or anything; focus on helping your readers.
- Offer plenty of helpful, specific advice, even on matters you think the readers should already know all about.
- Create an emotional experience for the readers; make them sit up and say, “Yeah, that’s me!”
- Leave out the heavy science that readers will skip. (You can put it in the appendices if you want to establish your scientific credibility.)
And one final tip for writing a great health book:
End the book with a rousing call to action plus an upbeat, encouraging reminder that most everyone can attain and maintain better health.
Once you’ve written your health book…
….you may want to find an agent. If you do, see my list of “30 Agents Who Represent Health Books.”
And if you want to review popular structures used in health books, see “7 Ways to Structure a Health Book.”
Just one more thing…
You have a good reason for writing your health book. (If you’re not sure whether or not you should write a health book, read “Why Write a Health Book?”)
If what you’ve written isn’t up to the highest standards, consider hiring a “book doctor” to make your book one you can be proud of!
I’m Nadine Taylor, M.S., R.D., a bestselling health book author and editor. If you need help writing your health book, give me a call at 818-917-5362.
You can see Green Tea, Arthritis For Dummies, Runaway Eating and other health books I’ve written or edited on my Author Page on Amazon.