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by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I discussed different book genres/categories. Each day, I gave a few details about the genre/catego...

April 10, 2024

I is for Instructional Books #AtoZChallenge

by Donna Huber

#AtoZChallenge 2024 letter I

For the A to Z Challenge, I'm discussing different book genres/categories. Each day, I will give a few details about the genre/category and an example or two. I would love to know your thoughts on the genre/category and if you have any reading suggestions. Be sure to check out all of my A to Z posts.

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Before Google and YouTube, there was a thing called an Instruction Manual or Guide. They were print items that told you how to do something. Instructional books still exist. Sometimes they are found in the self-help section of bookstores and libraries, but instructional books can also be found in the cookbook and crafting sections. 

Instructional books teach you something for a specific purpose. A book that describes embroidery stitches or cooking techniques is instructional whereas a book of embroidery patterns or recipes wouldn't necessarily be instructional. Several years ago, I published an instructional book on how to organize blog tours and market your own book. 

Even with Google and YouTube, I believe there is still a place for instructional books in our lives. Instructional books can provide more information and go more in depth on a topic than an article on Google or a video on YouTube.

Since it is spring and perhaps you are procrastinating on getting the spring cleaning done (I know I am), I recommend this instructional book on decluttering the house.

The Clutter Free Home by Kathi Lipp

book cover of Instructional book The Clutter Free Home by Kathi Lipp

When it comes to your home, peace is possible...
Longing for a place of peace from which you can love others well? The Clutter-Free Home is your room-by-room guide to decluttering, reclaiming, and celebrating every space of your home. 
Let author Kathi Lipp (who once lived a life buried in clutter) walk you through each room of your house to create organizational zones that are not only functional and practical but create places of peace that reflect your personality.  Kathi will help you tackle the four-step process of dedicate, decide, declutter and “do-your-thing” to reveal the home you’ve always dreamed of, and then transform it into a haven that reflects who you truly are meant to be.
If you’re also feeling overwhelmed by the care and upkeep of all the stuff under your feet or sense that your home is running you, instead of the other way around, come discover how to create a space that doesn’t have to be showroom perfect to be perfect for you and the people you love.

Buy The Clutter Free Home at Amazon

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If you want you can also check out my book...

Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour by Donna Huber

book cover of how-to book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour by Donna Huber

From the publicist who introduced the world to Fifty Shades of Grey, Donna Huber is now revealing her secrets to successful blog tours. She shares tips and tricks learned through organizing over 30 tours, blasts, and promotional events for nearly 50 independently and traditionally published titles.

Secrets revealed in this quick read include,

*Planning stage decisions
*Different types of tours
*Recruiting bloggers and keeping requests organized
*Best practice communication tips
*Tricks to making a great guest appearance
*How to organize a fun (and legal) giveaway
*Actions to take during the tour
*Next steps once the tour is complete
*Virtual tour and other promotional opportunities
*When to hire a professional

In this easy to follow manual, Donna does not stop there. She spills even more of her blog tour secrets to help authors get the most out of their events by providing,

*Tour checklist
*Tour invite tips
*Step-by-step guide to creating tour graphics
*10 broad guest post topics
*25 sample interview questions

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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  1. I just bought your Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour. It sounds interesting, and I can always use the help. :-) I'm excited to read it.

    1. Thank you! It probably needs a little updating (particularly the graphics section) but I think most of the info is still solid advice.

  2. I teach my students (adult migrants) about instructional texts - we also call them procedural texts - but most of them go for YouTube tutorials. I think sometimes a combination of the two resources can be useful although I've tried everything and I still can't tie a tie. ha ha

  3. Your book is languishing on my TBR :-)

    Ronel visiting for I: My Languishing TBR: I