Self-help books are written with the intention of instructing its readers on solving personal problems. The books take their name from Self-Help, an 1859 best-seller by Samuel Smiles. However, they are also know and classified under self-improvement, the term being a modernized version of self-help. Self-help books moved from a niche position to being a postmodern cultural phenomenon in the late twentieth century.
The first self-help writings are most probably from the Ancient Egyptian “Codes” of conduct, the classical Roman, Cicero’s On Friendship and On Duties as well as the Florentine Giovanni della Casa’s book of manners published in 1558.
However, in the last half-century or so the humble self-help book has jumped to cultural prominence, in fact it could be said self-help books have become an addiction in and of themselves. These books cover such subjects as relationships, personal improvement, whether physical or emotional, spiritual enlightenment, and many more.
Have you used self-help book?
Have you written one?
A friend of mine, Kathie Sutherland has a blog that covers personal and spiritual growth and self-expression. Why not take a look?
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Little did I know how big this blog would become when I began. I was advised to start it to promote my first children’s picture book, Rumble’s First Scare. Not only was it my first published work but blogging was a complete mystery to me.
As the year’s rolled by, I found that connections with the writing community from far and wide as well as local was the impetuous that propelled me to continue. I have loved the interviews, the feedback and even the crazy schedules I imposed on myself. One year I posted every day! Mad I know, but it was a unique exercise to come up with the response to a particular word every single day from a daily calendar.
Now I construct an annual schedule and declare it prior to January 1st every year. Mainly posting three times a week, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, with each day being a specific theme.
Times have changed since that first post and I now have five published books to my name with two more (hopefully) this year, followed by another two next and then a sequel and a new genre novella after that. The stories keep coming and I am obsessed with my writing life. It has brought me joy and an enormous circle of friends, whether virtual or not.
Thank you to everyone who has followed, connected and responded to my blog. Onward and upward for year’s to come.
This week includes my writing group’s sharing meeting on Tuesday, I always look forward to connecting with other members and sharing. I have several writing tip sheets to give out this week and will have to create a writing prompt to start the meeting off.
As I am making good progress on my new YA novella I will read an excerpt – feedback is always good to receive. Also when you read out loud you pick up on the rhythm of your words.
What events do you have this week? Care to share?
Laurie MacFayden “Walking Through Turquoise” Book Launch
NOV 8 19:00 – 21:00 pm at Audreys Bookstore
Laurel Deedrick-Mayne Book signing
11th November 12:30 – 13:30 pm Audreys Books 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5
Do you have a book signing to promote? You are welcome to leave the details in the comments.
Your blog, Mandy Eve-Barnett’s Official Blog, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 28 hourly views – 1 hourly views on average
A spike in your stats.
Thank you all – 3,274 followers
Own up this is you?
Why not share a writing or reading jokes of your own?