The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality. Description A pioneer in the writing and teaching of nonfiction presents a practical guide to composing creative nonfiction that covers the entire process--from initial psychological preparation to marketing a finished piece. Written in an engaging style, the book provides pertinent information on conducting research, using interviews, "immersion journalism, " cinematic writing, the ethical and moral concerns of writing subjective truth and more.
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A Rulebook for Arguments Anthony Weston. How To Not Write Bad: First You Write a Sentence. Do I Make Myself Clear? Thinking Like Your Editor , mentioned above, covers proposals.
But I suggest you also read one or more of the following: The Art of the Book Proposal: This superb book is filled with insights as well as examples and ingenious exercises. It's helpful for anyone writing a book proposal, but consider it a must-read if you get stuck. Maisel is a psychologist and creativity coach, as well as an author. He presents the book proposal as an essential part of the creative process, one that will help you focus and shape your book. This is an excellent, informative how-to book with many brief examples from successful proposals.
Write the Perfect Book Proposal: In addition to instructional material, this book offers extensive excerpts from successful book proposals, with candid comments about them. This covers the entire publication process, starting with the proposal including an excellent chapter on coming up with a title, as well as an appendix with her own book proposal and continuing through publicity, royalty statements and remainders , and planning your next book. A proposal includes information about marketing as well as about the content of the book.
Publishers not only want to know about your professional credentials as, say, a wedding planner; they're interested in your speaking experience, and your connections with likely markets for your books. For a wedding planner, that might include gift shops and other businesses or organizations that cater to engaged couples. The stronger your platform, the more marketable your proposal. For an excellent checklist that will help you present your platform effectively, see this article by publicist Annie Jennings.
Book proposals also describe existing books on similar subjects, and explain how yours will be different. You need to show that there's a strong demand for books like yours — but that your book offers readers something the others don't.
Go to a bookstore and check out the competition. While you're there, pay attention to book jackets see box below. Read the acknowledgements too - you'll learn about agents and editors who might be interested in your book. Learning from Book Jackets. Finding an Agent A book can be sold without an agent. If you're hoping to publish with a university press or a small publisher, you can submit the bookyourself though you might want an agent or a literary lawyer to check the publishing agreement before you sign it.
But it's much easier to sell your book to a large commercial publisher if you work with a literary agent. Indeed, some major publishers won't consider proposals unless an agent submits them. Below are resources that can help you find a literary agent. The books and most of the websites include not only listings but also articles explaining how agents work, so you'll learn how to approach them and what to expect: See the website of the Association of Authors' Representatives , the leading organization of literary agents.
The site provides a searchable database of their members, with contact information, as well as articles of interest to authors. Find information about more than agents at Publishers Marketplace - click on "agents" on the menu to the left. If they weren't looking for new clients, they wouldn't pay to be listed there. Search the extensive agent database at Agent Query. Also check out the articles and other resources for writers offered by this excellent free site.
Browse listings at WritersNet , a directory of writers, editors, publishers, and more than literary agents. The page for agents includes links to several helpful articles. Visit a library and check Literary Marketplace , which has the most comprehensive lists of agents and editors.
Also look for guides to agents - several are published annually. Ask friends and colleagues. Your networking opportunities expand if you join a writers' organization or take a class. Attend conferences and workshops at which agents speak. Agents attend these events because they're interested in meeting new writers. When you look at published books on similar topics, check the acknowledgments — writers often thank their agents. Use the Internet to learn more about agents who interest you.
These days, many literary agencies have websites. At a minimum, these sitesprovide contact information. But they may offer more, including agent biographies, client lists, directions for submitting material, and useful articles for writers. The online resources above often provide website addresses; if not, a Google search might turn up the official site if there is one , as well as other information about an agent you're considering.
For example, you might find an interview with the agent, a notice about a writing conference at which the agent is speaking — or even a complaint about the agent in an online discussion group. For more information on selecting and working with an agent, see the following books and articles: It includes helpful information, such as a list of questions to ask an agent you're considering to represent you.
This page offers extensive advice and information, with a focus on cautions for writers seeking an agent. Five Ways to Attract an Agent's Attention. Agents and Book Proposals helpful page on this Writers and Editors site. Clearing Rights and Permissions. A Few Words of Caution. Merilyn Simonds on Jane Friedman's blog, Her mantra: Write to the end. Take as long as you need. Among pieces of advice given: Acknowledge those voices, and then ignore them. At the same time, there have never been more ways to establish a career as an author. Three case histories and the takeaways from those experiences.
See, for example, Marcia Bartusiak: Dispatches from Planet 3. I have to thank Neil deGrasse Tyson's wildly successful Astrophysics for People in a Hurry also a collection of Natural History columns for re-energizing the genre. Backstories on books by NASW members, Carl Zimmer's latest book, which elicited advice based on his own process: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: Figuring out how to position a re-launch with Amazon.
Distance yourself from your work so you come back to it with a more professional attitude. See for example her example of the difference between a synopsis and marketing copy.
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But then, how do you find a good book doctor? I know three of the editors who work with this group, and they've been editing manuscripts with a track record of success as books for MANY years: The key elements of a sticky idea, they write, are simplicity, unexpectedness, concreteness, credibility, emotions, and stories.
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