I would really like to write a self help book but I am not sure exactly how to narrow my focus down. I want to write about dealing with loss through substance abuse. After my mother died I got into drinking pretty hard and just ended up making a bad situation worse. I think I have a story that people want to read and advice that could really help, but I am having a lot of trouble getting started.
Has anyone written a self help book before? How did you make the first step? Did you work off of an outline? Also, how did you get publishers interested?