12 Tips For Writing a Great Health Book

12 Tips For Writing A Great Health BookI’ve been a health book writer and ghostwriter for many years.

My first book, Green Tea: The Natural Secret to a Healthier Life, sold more than 80,000 copies. Since then, I’ve learned some basic techniques that are guaranteed to grab the reader’s attention, and condensed them into twelve tips:

  1. Begin your health book with some startling or touching information about the disease or condition you’re discussing.
  2. Right from the start, let readers know you empathize with them and understand what they’re going through.
  3. Explain, in layman’s terms, the physiology and/or psychology of the problem.
  4. Present an overview of your program for better health by Chapter 4.
  5. Devote several chapters to an explanation of the nuts and bolts of your program, with one chapter dedicated to each point in the program.
  6. Write in short, understandable sentences.
  7. Use active language; keep passive sentences to a minimum.
  8. Include plenty of case histories.
  9. Don’t spend a lot of time attacking anyone or anything: focus on helping your readers.
  10. Offer plenty of helpful, specific advice, even on matters the readers “should” already know all about.
  11. Create an emotional experience for the readers; make them sit up and say, “Yeah, that’s me!”
  12. 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 creating a great health book:

End the book with a rousing call to action plus an upbeat, encouraging reminder that everyone can attain and maintain better health.

Just one more thing…

You had a good reason for writing your 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! You can learn more about writing health books on my “Health” page.

I’m Nadine Taylor, M.S., R.D., a bestselling author and editor. If your health book needs help, give me a call at 818-562-7721. You can see Green Tea: The Natural Secret For A Healthier LifeArthritis For Dummies, Runaway Eating and other health books I’ve written or edited at Amazon.com. 

About Nadine Taylor, M.S., R.D.

Nadine Taylor, a Registered Dietitian, is an experienced writer who has authored or co-authored several books in the health and memoir genres. Her memoirs include Diana & Dodi: A Love Story, and her health books include Green Tea: The Natural Secret to a Healthier Life, Runaway Eating, Natural Menopause Remedies, Arthritis For Dummies and 25 Natural Ways To Relieve PMS. She has also ghostwritten numerous books in various genres.